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…

Are Too Many Social Enterprises Adding To Our Problems?

If you want to change the world—whether locally or globally, big or small—you’ve probably thought about starting up your own social enterprise or nonprofit. Think again. Author and Columbia University…

Ethikus Leverages the Power of the Ethical Consumer

The idea that change starts small isn’t new. But in an age when large corporations seem increasingly ubiquitous and powerful, small businesses have become an important locus of sustainable economic…

Weekly Roundup: Malaria Making Progess?

This week the global health and development community marked World Malaria Day (April 25), highlighting new initiatives to fight malaria: the Partnership for Transforming Health Systems in tandem with the…

Journalist Kevin Fagan on the Link Between Reporting on Solutions and Creating Them

Journalist Kevin Fagan spent months immersed in the homeless community in San Francisco for his “Shame of the City” series, which ran in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2003. The…

Newberg: How Real is the Impact Economy?

Mark Newberg is a one-man balancing act who has taken on three positions with a common thread: impact.  Previously, he was the Senior Policy Advisor to the US Small Business…

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…

Weekly Roundup: Will Global Governance Ever Be Global?

A few weeks back, there was a lot of chatter about who would don the hat of president of the World Bank.  As the NYTimes reported, having more than one…

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…

Small Business Strife in Emerging Markets: ANDE

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, commonly referred to as ANDE, targets the often-overlooked sector of small businesses in emerging markets.  By working through intermediary organizations, such as Ashoka, Skoll,…

Weekly Roundup: Facing Drought and Hunger Again

Sahel: A Familiar Tale of Drought, Hunger, and Famine Last year, the Horn of Africa suffered from drought and famine.  Now, there’s news again that famine and drought are hitting…

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…