Designing Social Change: Sustainable Cities

The “Designing Social Change” series examines the rapidly-growing movement to apply design approaches to social problems. Imagine that you and your family have just moved to an informal settlement on…

From Food Stains to Corporate Social Responsibility: Susan McPherson’s Heart at Work

Echoing Green and Dowser have partnered to uncover the winding paths of today’s most innovative changemaking professionals. Susan McPherson’s career path has taken her from dreams of being an astronaut,…

Movirtu – Building a Virtual Mobile Phone for the BoP

Heard of cloud computing?  Probably, yes.  Heard of the cloud phone?  Similar idea, different medium. Despite the growing number of mobile users worldwide, many still have to borrow phones to…

Weekly Roundup: B-Corps Get Ok’ed In CA, Alternatives To Big Banks, and Food’s Future On A Crowded Planet

Every week, we provide a roundup of the latest news in social change and innovation California B-Corp Law Goes Into Effect A bill allowing Benefit Corporations was signed into effect…

On starting over: Troy Holmberg of Coast Coconut Farms

When a good idea is executed poorly the smart social entrepreneur will often scrap the project and go back to the drawing board. In this series entrepreneurs talk about discarding…

Bill Drayton on Empathy and Collaborative Entrepreneurship

Ashoka’s Founder and CEO Bill Drayton recently spoke to Dowser about a new approach to problem solving – collaborative entrepreneurship. By pooling together hundreds of entrepreneurs (and their passion, innovation,…

Driptech: How affordable irrigation can transform small-plot farms

This is part of a series highlighting innovations and possibilities for action for the famine in Somalia. Most news reports frame the famine and political conflict as near unsolvable; we’re exploring…

Weekly Roundup: The SEC Considers Crowdfunded Investing, Impact Investment Is Buzzing, and Solyndra Debate Continues

Every week, we provide a roundup of the latest news in social change and innovation. Obama Jobs Plan Calls For Less Red-Tape In Crowdfunding The future of crowdfunding is at…

How to get a social enterprise off the ground: Collaboration

So you’ve got the next Great Idea to solve a social or environmental problem; or the beginnings of the next Great Idea — where do you go from here? How…

Social Innovation Roundup: Tackling Diabetes With A Different Slant

The mainstream media tends to place a disproportionate amount of its attention on problems. This is not just something we’ve noticed at Dowser. The public has noticed, too: In 1997,…

Unconstrained by Reality: Ian Rowe of Public Prep

Echoing Green and Dowser have partnered to uncover the winding paths of today’s most innovative changemaking professionals in an ongoing series posting every other Tuesday. From aerospace engineering to the…

Occupy Wall Street: They Are The 99 Percent (And So Are You)

Most media outlets have been and continue to be critical of the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City, now in its third week. The protesters’ message tries to…

Weekly Roundup: Hunger for change, Wangari Maathai’s legacy, and renewable energy abroad

Every week, we report on the conversations surrounding the big issues in the world of social entrepreneurship and change. Debates on Food Take Center Stage in the U.S. Americans appear…

SunSaluter Wins Social Good Summit’s Startups for Good

A 19-year old woman won the Social Good Summit’s Startups for Good challenge last week. Eden Full’s presentation to the panel of judges as a finalist was so impressive that…

Paul Polak’s BoP advice

Go spend time with your new market.  Understand their needs.  Do not presuppose that you know the answer. Multinationals can play a role in this.  It’s about collaborating.  They can…