The Story of Change: Story of Stuff Part II

Ann Leonard exemplifies new media – by fusing cartoony graphics with activism, her first video, The Story of Stuff, went viral in 2007 getting over 15 million views online.  …

Starting From Scratch: Working On-The-Ground To Make Something Happen

Over the last year, Dowser has tracked the nascency of Rubina Design, a social enterprise that aims to address rural poverty and women’s empowerment through ethical, informed consumerism. When we…

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….

Jugaad: Frugal Innovation – Lessons for Corporates

Dr. Ahuja in a village near Wankaner, Gujarat with MittiCool innovator Mansukh Prajapati. (Photo Courtesy of subject) A new book titled Jugaad Innovation looks at lessons from emerging markets in frugal innovation for…

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…

On CollegeNet Site, Student Blog For Scholarship Money

Destiny Watson is an undergraduate student of psychology at the University of Central Florida, where in-state tuition (Watson is from Pensicola) around $15,000 per year. While looking online for scholarships…

12 Countries in 12 Months with Heifer

Photo Courtesy of Subject BETTY LONDERGAN started a blog, WHAT GIVES 365, to give $100 to a nonprofit each day of the year.  It got wildly popular and led Londergan…

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…

Susan Ross, Author Of “Expanding the Pie,” On Nonprofit-Corporate Partnerships

After working as the reproductive health director of CARE, where she focused on partnerships with corporations aimed at improving health conditions in garment factories until 2003, Susan Ross became interested…

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,…

Verizon Goes Green: More than CSR?

  Jim Gowen, Corporate Sustainability Officer of Verizon, was recently at the UN Social Innovation Summit.  He spoke to Dowser about the “green” strides that Verizon is taking within the…

Starbucks: Digital Innovation And Creating Jobs?

  Adam Brotman serves as Chief Digital Officer at Starbucks and attended the UN Social Innovation Summit recently.   He speaks to Dowser about Starbucks’ Create Jobs campaign and how…