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Crowdfunding Gets Specific: 10 New Platforms

by Brittany Koteles As a follow-up to yesterday’s piece on the explosion of crowdfunding in 2012, here’s a list of new platforms that connect crowdfunding to people, communities, and causes. …

Crowdfunding Capitalism: Likely to Keep Growing in 2013

  By Brittany Koteles In 2012, crowdfunding platforms grew 81 percent, while venture capital investments fell for the first time in three years. While I’m not here to forecast the…

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…

Techy Girls Gaining Ground

By Lindsay Hebert The stereotype “computer geek” carries with it the usual accoutrements: glasses, game consoles and lots of alone time. Even as technology has become ubiquitous through social networks…

Tech for Atrocities: Can Cell Phones Help?

by Tessa Farnsworth Curry How do you harness one of the world’s greatest tools for changing the way we live, and use it to prevent mass atrocities from occurring? Technology…

Microsoft gets “smart” with phones 4Afrika

When Microsoft unveiled a multipronged investment in African technological capacity and human capital a few days ago, its new smart phone, manufactured by the Chinese company Huawei, dominated news coverage. Winning over…

“I will not go to the bathroom,” says Matt Damon

  Matt Damon, co-founder of Water.org, held a press conference (a mock press conference) where he announced that he will not use the toilet.  Why?  To protest the fact that…

Online Dating for Teachers: Finding the Right Classroom

BY Adam Poswolsky If online dating works so well for people looking for love and happiness, maybe the same concept can apply to people looking for other types of fulfillment,…

Samahope: Crowdfunding Health

  Samahope, a new platform for public health campaigns, takes the fight for public health to the individual. By Lindsay Hebert The sixteen women on my computer screen need help….

The Four Challenges of Running a Social Enterprise in India: Villgro’s Uniphore Explains

  Caitlin Marinelli of Uniphore breaks down the challenges of running a social enterprise in India. Uniphore designs and delivers mobile solutions for businesses using Multilingual Speech Recognition and Voice Biometrics.  Photographed…

Reflections from the 2012 mHealth Summit for Smarter Public Health

Guest post by Nick Martin, CEO of TechChange, a social enterprise developing technology education for development and social impact.  Four thousand attendees. Three days. Three challenges. One global network solution….

Simplifying the Legalities: myRight

(Photo Courtesy of Subject) This guest post is by Michael Niu, co-founder of legal tech startup, myRight. According to the Court Statistics Project, there were over 106 million incoming state…

Water Wars in the Digital and Real World

Photo Courtesy of Water.org – By Lindsay Hebert Tilling virtual crops from their urban apartments and assembling criminal empires from the comfort of suburban homes, gamers seem to live in…

Raghava KK: Modern Artist Tackles Education via Tech

Artist Raghava talks to Dowser about his latest work with PolyVision on redesigning education through technology and creativity (photo courtesy of subject). Dowser: What led you to the PolyVision project?…

OpEd: Mentoring Global Startups in Silicon Valley

Farmers of IDE-India testing out new agricultural technologies.  (Photo Courtesy of IDE) From August 12 to 24, a group of 19 social entrepreneurs from all over the world is in…