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Educational Focus: Are We Striving for the Wrong Goals?

Recently, Unnayan Learning Hub was featured in a news story that focused on how we, the co-founders, gave up our careers to transform the lives of children in underprivileged areas….

Somak Ghosh: A Contrarian Approach to Impact Investing

Somak Ghosh was a founding member of YES Bank which, less than nine years after starting its operation, is now the fourth largest private sector bank in India. Last year…

The Fragile Future of the “Mountains of Life”

Kamal Bawa and Sandesh Kadur, a biology professor at the University of MA (Boston) and a noted wildlife photographer, respectively, came together to catalogue the biodiversity and changing geography of…

Thinking Outside the Bottle: Coca-Cola’s Lessons from India

I moved to India with my family as a young boy. My father, a career diplomat, was dispatched to New Delhi to serve as the Republic of Turkey’s ambassador to…

Goonj: Rescuing Uttarakhand and Bridging the Clothing Divide

In the hilly and scenic state of Uttarakhand, India, monsoon floods have become deadly – killing almost 10,000 people.  The flashfloods this month have absorbed villages, ravaged homes, and left…

Share my Dabba: The Tiffin Has Just Become More Social

A new campaign in Mumbai uses the famous lunchbox network to feed the street children of the city.  Some would define it as “social innovation” – using an existing infrastructure…

Tap for Safety: Circle of 6 to Stop Rape

  by Rosie Spinks When Vice President Joe Biden—a longtime opponent of violence against women—announced the Apps Against Abuse technology challenge in 2011, Brooklyn-based filmmaker and activist Nancy Schwartzman knew…

Social Enterprises Respond to Delhi Gang-Rape Case

Justice for Women offers a free self-defense training course at NMIMS University in Mumbai, India.  (Photo Couresty of Subject) Dowser asks what role can social enterprise play in the conversation…

Bangladesh Fire Raises Concerns for Women Workers

Photo courtesy of Nari Uddug Kendra, one of Global Fund for Women’s Bangladeshi grantee partners. By Lindsay Hebert The fire that killed 112 garment factory workers in Bangladesh last month…

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…

How to get a social enterprise off the ground: Collaboration

So you’ve got the next Great Idea to solve a social or environmental problem; or the beginnings of the next Great Idea — where do you go from here? How…

How to get a social enterprise off the ground: The money trail

So you’ve got the next Great Idea to solve a social or environmental problem; or the beginnings of the next Great Idea — where do you go from here? How…

Starting From Scratch: The challenge of sticking to a social mission during product development

When you look at a business plan, it can all seem so simple: design product, sell product. Right? In reality, there are countless obstacles to climb over between envisioning a…

How to get a social enterprise off the ground: Keeping the momentum

So you’ve got the next Great Idea to solve a social or environmental problem; or the beginnings of the next Great Idea — where do you go from here? How…

How to get a social enterprise off the ground: The importance of surveying the field

So you’ve got the next Great Idea to solve a social or environmental problem; or the beginnings of the next Great Idea — where do you go from here? How…