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“Maximize Impact without being a Jerk” in Social Enterprise: iOnPoverty Series

Our next video comes from Jacob Harold of Hewlett Packard Foundation. Sage advice for social entrepreneurs looking to get funding. For more videos with Harold, go to iOnPoverty.tv 

The Story of Change: Story of Stuff Part II

Ann Leonard exemplifies new media – by fusing cartoony graphics with activism, her first video, The Story of Stuff, went viral in 2007 getting over 15 million views online.  …

Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace: Thoughts post Rio+20

  KUMI Naidoo of South Africa has emerged as the Intl. Executive Director of Greenpeace after a lifetime of activism.  He was recently seen at the much publicized Rio+20 conference….

Jugaad: Frugal Innovation – Lessons for Corporates

Dr. Ahuja in a village near Wankaner, Gujarat with MittiCool innovator Mansukh Prajapati. (Photo Courtesy of subject) A new book titled Jugaad Innovation looks at lessons from emerging markets in frugal innovation for…

12 Countries in 12 Months with Heifer

Photo Courtesy of Subject BETTY LONDERGAN started a blog, WHAT GIVES 365, to give $100 to a nonprofit each day of the year.  It got wildly popular and led Londergan…

Susan Ross, Author Of “Expanding the Pie,” On Nonprofit-Corporate Partnerships

After working as the reproductive health director of CARE, where she focused on partnerships with corporations aimed at improving health conditions in garment factories until 2003, Susan Ross became interested…

The School Fund Looks to Music to Crowdfund Education

Palo-Alto based, The School Fund, has used crowdsourcing to finance the studies of over 200 students worldwide for the past three years.  Now, they’re partnering with 28-year-old Grammy-nominated singer Carolyn…

WIN-WIN For Women: Calvert Foundation

DC-Based Calvert Foundation announced a new initiative WIN-WIN, which will invest $20 million in organizations and individuals that support women, in the US and globally.  Dowser spoke with Lisa Hall,…

Verizon Goes Green: More than CSR?

  Jim Gowen, Corporate Sustainability Officer of Verizon, was recently at the UN Social Innovation Summit.  He spoke to Dowser about the “green” strides that Verizon is taking within the…

Clique provides more secure online dating through social networks

For young city-dwellers, dating is a social problem: infinite complications (limited time and money, instable or constantly-changing social circles) add stress and frustration to the already-daunting process of searching for…

Doug Lawrence: Reviving American Eco-nomy

Doug Lawrence is the Managing Principal of NY’s 5 Stone Capital, a new equity investor in green real estate and green business.  He speaks to us about the recent Jobs…

Microsoft Aspires to Innovate4Good: Akhtar Badshah

Akhtar Badshah has transitioned from his days as an architect and  the founder of a nonprofit to the Senior Director of Global Community Affairs at Microsoft – it’s a natural…

Shivani Siroya of InVenture Bridges the ‘Middle Gap’ with Mobile Technology

Shivani Siroya, an Unreasonable Institute fellow, is tackling the cash-based economy with a new investment model and mobile technology.  After a career in finance and development that took her to…

Are Too Many Social Enterprises Adding To Our Problems?

If you want to change the world—whether locally or globally, big or small—you’ve probably thought about starting up your own social enterprise or nonprofit. Think again. Author and Columbia University…

Journalist Kevin Fagan on the Link Between Reporting on Solutions and Creating Them

Journalist Kevin Fagan spent months immersed in the homeless community in San Francisco for his “Shame of the City” series, which ran in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2003. The…