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More than Just Fun and Games: MTV and Half the Sky for Digital Games with Social Impact

Zynga.org team meets together to discuss the new Half the Sky digital gaming project. (Photo Courtesy of Liz Hafalia for SF Chronicle) – Gaming is more than just a pastime…

OpEd: Could the Blackout be Fuel for India’s Energy Entrepreneurs?

By Jim Koch The collapse of India’s power grid cast 670 million people into darkness—nearly one in 10 inhabitants of our planet.  It called into question the dominant logic of a fragile…

Water.org: the Non-Profit with a Venture Fund

Damon and White discuss with local partner for Water.org, SIDUR, in Hyderabad, India.(Photo Courtesy of Subject) This originally appeared in San Francisco Chronicle. – Water.org isn’t your typical nonprofit –…

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….

How Should Journalists Write about Africa?

The latest debate on how (not) to write about Africa – this one between New York Times columnist Nick Kristof and Ugandan entrepreneur Teddy Ruge – has caused quite a…

Scaling Social Impact in Six Steps

The recent Social Impact Exchange conference discussed one of the most difficult aspects of running a nonprofit organization: the decision of how, and when, to grow.  How does an organization…

Why Health Care Is A Wicked Problem

The Supreme Court has allowed most aspects of Obama’s health care bill to pass. So, now we all get free broccoli, right? Hopefully, we’ll eventually see the bill’s effects in our…

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…

Recent Impact Investing Conference Hosted By Agora Partnerships Moves The Industry Forward

At the recent Impact Investing In Action conference that took place in Atlanta from May 22-25, various players in the field gathered to discuss possible future directions for the impact…

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,…

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…

How Food Is Revitalizing Detroit

“There’s different people–black, white, rich, poor–coming together to talk about why their tomatoes aren’t growing,” says Scott, a 30-ish homesteader in Detroit’s heavily blighted Brightmoor neighborhood. “Gardening is a common…

The Millennial Version of “Mad Men”: Office Kuki Offers Sustainability Brand Consulting

Back in the days of “Mad Men,” companies would spend big bucks on advertising in magazines and billboards. That still happens, but small start-ups can’t afford to shell out for…

The Unreasonable Institute At Sea: A Mobile Incubator

The Unreasonable Institute, an incubator for social enterprise start-ups from around the world, has teamed up with Stanford’s d.school and the study abroad program Semester At Sea to offer a…

Drink Water? 999Bottle Lets You Measure How Much Plastic You Don’t Use

If you’ve started to feel like plastic has taken over the world, it has — from the Tupperware in our kitchens to children’s toys to the remote patches of ocean…