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Allan Chochinov on Negotiating Problem Spaces through Design

Once upon a time, to be a designer meant that you made things—chairs, for example—and, in some cases, that you were focused on the needs of the wealthy, who could…

Stories of Innovation and Hope in the Motor City

Margarita Barry, a 26-year-old Detroit native, was tired of hearing nothing but dismal news coming out of her city. In response she developed I Am Young Detroit, a blog that…

Amy Clark of Ashoka on 2011 and What’s to Come in the Year Ahead

This is the 2st part of our Year in Review Series, in which we reconnect with our group of experts about the trends they forecasted for social entrepreneurship in 2011…

Sasha Dichter of Acumen Fund on 2011 and What’s to Come in the Year Ahead

This is the 1st part of our Year in Review Series, in which we reconnect with our group of experts about the trends they forecasted for social entrepreneurship in 2011…

Conversations with Unreasonable Fellows: Luis Duarte of YoReciclo

In this series we check in on Unreasonable Institute graduates. The Institute puts 25 entrepreneurs through an intense training and mentoring program to speed the development of their social enterprise….

Tracking the Unreasonable Institute Fellows: Cycle Chalao

In this series we check in on Unreasonable Institute graduates. The Institute puts 25 entrepreneurs a year through an intense training and mentoring program to speed the development of their…

Jed Emerson: What Impact Investing Has to Offer in Today’s Rocky Economy

Jed Emerson and Antony Bugg-Levine have co-authored a new book titled Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making A Difference. Emerson has worked at Harvard and Stanford, focusing…

Skillshare’s Michael Karnjanaprakorn on Risk-Taking

In our risk-taking series, Tulane University and Ashoka U students Katie Smalley and Laura White shed light on the value of risk-taking. By interviewing social innovators about bold steps they’ve…

End Malaria: Michael Stanier on publishing, impact and the possibility virus

It’s sometimes a stretch to see how buying a product can solve a cause, but with his new book End Malaria: Bold Innovation, Limitless Generosity, and the Opportunity to Save…

From Food Stains to Corporate Social Responsibility: Susan McPherson’s Heart at Work

Echoing Green and Dowser have partnered to uncover the winding paths of today’s most innovative changemaking professionals. Susan McPherson’s career path has taken her from dreams of being an astronaut,…

On starting over: Troy Holmberg of Coast Coconut Farms

When a good idea is executed poorly the smart social entrepreneur will often scrap the project and go back to the drawing board. In this series entrepreneurs talk about discarding…

Bill Drayton on Empathy and Collaborative Entrepreneurship

Ashoka’s Founder and CEO Bill Drayton recently spoke to Dowser about a new approach to problem solving – collaborative entrepreneurship. By pooling together hundreds of entrepreneurs (and their passion, innovation,…

Driptech: How affordable irrigation can transform small-plot farms

This is part of a series highlighting innovations and possibilities for action for the famine in Somalia. Most news reports frame the famine and political conflict as near unsolvable; we’re exploring…

Unconstrained by Reality: Ian Rowe of Public Prep

Echoing Green and Dowser have partnered to uncover the winding paths of today’s most innovative changemaking professionals in an ongoing series posting every other Tuesday. From aerospace engineering to the…

Interview: Andrew Rasiej on technology as a new ecology, not just a medium

This week Dowser is revisiting our best tech stories while our writers report back from the Social Good Summit. Check back often for our conference coverage – we’ll examine the…