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How A Film Captures a Dictator: Granito

Earlier, Dowser reported on Granito, a documentary, which has excavated old footage for a genocide case against ex-Guatemalan dictator General Efrain Rios Montt.   On January 26, 2012, we learned that…

StartSomeGood Co-founder Tom Dawkins Shares Lessons in Crowdfunding Social Enterprises

StartSomeGood was launched in March 2011 as a crowdfunding site explicitly geared toward social entrepreneurs. Their goal is to help changemakers get their projects off the ground by connecting them…

Pico Iyer: Keeping the Narrative Alive

Pico Iyer has traveled to nearly every corner of the globe, often writing about it along the way: from the holy city of Benares to remote corners of Tibet to…

Harvard’s Julie Battilana Takes the Pulse of the Social Entrepreneurship Movement

A duo of researchers at the Harvard Business School recently set out to investigate movers in the field of social entrepreneurship beyond the big names who attract the most attention. Their…

Conversations with Unreasonable Fellows: Ties Kroezen of NICE

Ties Kroezen lives in the Netherlands, but the fruits of his labor are in Africa. His company, NICE International, brings IT services and clean energy development to The Gambia and…

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,…