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David Brooks, Politics and Social Entrepreneurs

In a recent New York Times column, David Brooks takes note of the increasing popularity of social entrepreneurship – but unfortunately frames it as a kind of naïve idealism, a…

Are Social Entrepreneurs Too Idealistic?

Are social entrepreneurs too idealistic? David Brooks thinks so. In his recent Times column, he wrote that “young idealists” are, while “refreshingly uncynical,” also too naïve, and unaware about national…

An Uphill Battle For Medical Marijuana

Earlier this month in Oakland, the Federal government raided a center for training in marijuana cultivation. At least half a million people in California use marijuana as a form of…

Organizing for Resilience: The Transition Towns Network

A while back, Dowser wrote about Bellingham, Washington, a town that is consciously developing its local economy in order to withstand the global recession. Across the world, communities are forming…

Live Webcast Today: TedxChange-The Big Picture

Beginning at 11:30 a.m. EST today (5:30 p.m. Central European Time), TedxChange will be Webcast live from Berlin, Germany. TEDxChange is a partnership between TED.com and the Bill & Melinda…

Occupy Springs Forward: An Update On The Past Few Months And What’s Ahead

To readers of mainstream media, it would seem that Occupy Wall Street had been hibernating for the winter. But, in fact, Occupiers spent the winter working hard on movement-building, strategizing,…

Weekly Roundup: Banking, OpEds and Wall Street

Banking Gets A Beating? Former Goldman Sachs employee, Greg Smith wrote an OpEd this week in the New York Times that highlights the malignant work culture at a company that…

Don’t be a Slave to Rent: How to Live Rent-Free in Any Big City

You’re a twenty-something or thirty-something, aspiring-something, and you’re living in a bustling—read, expensive—city, like New York, or L.A., or San Francisco. Life is good, but you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck…month after month….

Leveling the Playing field: Supporting the underrepresented women in social entrepreneurship

Women have historically been unrepresented in all sectors of business; only recently have prominent leadership positions in business become occupied by women. Lee-Ann Gries, the president and chief investment officer…

The Unreasonable Institute Targets Female Entrepreneurs for Fellowships

The Unreasonable Institute is revving up for another summer session to accelerate socially-minded ventures. Every year entrepreneurs compete to become Unreasonable Fellows, in the final round they are  featured in…

Book Review: Green Washed – Have Americans lost the big picture by focusing on buying ‘green’?

“Our slim, trim and sleek new box is 10% smaller than before! The paper savings alone equal over 1000 trees per year and energy savings equal to heating about 38…

‘Lemonade Detroit’ Shares Stories of Resilience, Using Crowdfunding to Create Community

“I think that it’s a city that has begun to realize that it’s really only gonna be lots and lots of small solutions,” says one of the subjects of “Lemonade…

Brooklyn’s FEAST Makes Crowdfunding a Face-to-Face, Social Event

The rise of crowdfunding has shown the power of individual, small donations to collectively support projects of all sizes — from community garden nooks to large documentary films. Most crowdfunding…

Sex Trafficking and the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl visits a different city every year, creating a highly sought-after boost in tourism for the city and excitement for football fans. But, many say, it also brings…

Ioby Partners with Deutsche Bank to Fund Projects by Community Development Corporations

ioby, the first and only online micro-funding platform dedicated to promoting civic urban environmental projects, recently announced partnership with Deutsche Bank, who will match donations made to ioby for all…