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Newberg: How Real is the Impact Economy?

Mark Newberg is a one-man balancing act who has taken on three positions with a common thread: impact.  Previously, he was the Senior Policy Advisor to the US Small Business…

Small Business Strife in Emerging Markets: ANDE

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, commonly referred to as ANDE, targets the often-overlooked sector of small businesses in emerging markets.  By working through intermediary organizations, such as Ashoka, Skoll,…

Steve Rothschild On How Non-profits Can Learn From Market-Driven Organizations

Steve Rothschild’s recent book, The Non-Nonprofit, argues that issue-focused non-profits would do well to take some cues from corporate, market-driven approaches. After an extensive career in the corporate world, Rothschild…

Beverly Schwartz: Social Entrepreneurship Flourishing

Beverly Schwartz, the author of Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation throughout the World, serves as Vice President of Social Marketing at Ashoka.   We caught up with her just before…

Water Woes with Shekhar Kapur

When I first met filmmaker and activist Shekhar Kapur, he asked me about my jeans.  Did I know their history?  In particular, did I know how much water was used…

In Haiti, a Social Enterprise Launches to Support Grassroots LGBT Activism

Alongside the surge in international attention since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, there has been a sustained criticism of the way outside interventions have operated in the most destitute country…

#PunkMoney Pilots an Alternative Currency using Twitter

Everywhere you look—the Republican primaries, Occupy Wall Street, the media—the spotlight is on fixing the economy. Some critics have charged that the economy, as we know it, never really worked…

Working Toward Sustainable Energy for All

Every year, the UN chooses a social or environmental issue of global importance — such as biodiversity (2010) or microcredit (2005) or sanitation (2008) — to bring attention to the issue…

First Person: Matt Gunn of the Haitian Youth Development Center

Matt Gunn, a 34-year-old elementary teacher from Logan, Utah built a living quarters and school for orphans in Leogane, Haiti. He partners with other organizations so that the orphanage has…

Nuru: Photojournalism and Social Entrepreneurship Intersect

JB Reed, a photographer turned social entrepreneur is using a new revenue model to raise funds for sustainable social ventures.  After having his own work showcased in publications such as…

First person: Entrepreneurs on early lessons in the field — Keyne and Kirsten Monson of Elevita

Keyne and Kirsten Monson founded Elevita in May 2010 to help artisans in developing countries find a greater world market for their products. Dowser: What’s something concrete and tangible you’ve…

Education Generation: Crowdfunding Tuition

Eileen Knowles, founder and CEO of Education Generation, a new crowdfunding platform for education, says that she wants to “move away from pity-driven charity.”  Rather, she’s working to get stories…

In Texas, a housing development pioneers a fresh, holistic approach to sustainable design

In some respects, humans should envy turtles. They carry their homes on their backs and never have to pay rent or worry about mortgages. Housing is a basic need for…

‘Little actions on the edge’: John Thackara on Designing Solutions in the Bubble Economy

John Thackara’s 2005 book, In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World, argues for a world where the value of people and relationships is emphasized over the value of things….

Design Impact Reflects on its First Year Launching a Social Enterprise in India

At Dowser, we were excited to recently reconnect with the leadership team of Design Impact at the end of their pilot year launching an innovative social enterprise across India. Per…