First person: Entrepreneurs on early lessons in the field — Keyne and Kirsten Monson of Elevita

Keyne and Kirsten Monson founded Elevita in May 2010 to help artisans in developing countries find a greater world market for their products. Dowser: What’s something concrete and tangible you’ve…

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….

Education Generation: Crowdfunding Tuition

Eileen Knowles, founder and CEO of Education Generation, a new crowdfunding platform for education, says that she wants to “move away from pity-driven charity.”  Rather, she’s working to get stories…

In Texas, a housing development pioneers a fresh, holistic approach to sustainable design

In some respects, humans should envy turtles. They carry their homes on their backs and never have to pay rent or worry about mortgages. Housing is a basic need for…

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…

‘Little actions on the edge’: John Thackara on Designing Solutions in the Bubble Economy

John Thackara’s 2005 book, In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World, argues for a world where the value of people and relationships is emphasized over the value of things….

Design Impact Reflects on its First Year Launching a Social Enterprise in India

At Dowser, we were excited to recently reconnect with the leadership team of Design Impact at the end of their pilot year launching an innovative social enterprise across India. Per…

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…

How A Film Captures a Dictator: Granito

Earlier, Dowser reported on Granito, a documentary, which has excavated old footage for a genocide case against ex-Guatemalan dictator General Efrain Rios Montt.   On January 26, 2012, we learned that…

StartSomeGood Co-founder Tom Dawkins Shares Lessons in Crowdfunding Social Enterprises

StartSomeGood was launched in March 2011 as a crowdfunding site explicitly geared toward social entrepreneurs. Their goal is to help changemakers get their projects off the ground by connecting them…

Weekly Roundup: Afghanistan’s Brutal Winter Moves Readers to Help

As Facebook’s $5 billion IPO saga continues and Walmart decides to label all health products in their stores with a “Great for You” sticker, a less reported story captured readers…

Pico Iyer: Keeping the Narrative Alive

Pico Iyer has traveled to nearly every corner of the globe, often writing about it along the way: from the holy city of Benares to remote corners of Tibet to…

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…