Twitter Roundup: January 14 – Sustainable business plans, mobile money services and hydrogen fuel cells

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: What’s next for…

The Excel Center: A new model for adult education

About 1.2 million American students drop out of high school each year, at great cost — high school graduates earn ten times more wealth over their careers than dropouts. If…

Charles Slaughter of Living Goods applies the Avon model to healthcare in Uganda

Living Goods is a hybrid microfinance and public health organization; it operates a network of saleswomen in Uganda who go door to door offering health products, like bed nets, condoms…

Design Impact: Design solutions for the developing world

Good design can innovate solutions to problems we weren’t even aware of and create products that make everyday life easier. Ramsey Ford, a co-founder of Design Impact, spoke to Dowser…

WITNESS on how to use video advocacy to promote human rights

Video has a unique power to convey human experience, to make a viewer lean forward, engage, and empathize with the subject on film. Using the tagline “See It, Film It,…

Mark Hanis on what comes after the Sudanese referendum

let’s say, best-case scenario, in July — which is the date set to allow the storm to calm — everything is going smoothly. First variable: there’s a border region called Abyei that’s heavily militarized, very contentious. It’s supposed to have a referendum vote on January 9th, as well, but it seems very unlikely that will happen. So we have to make sure there’s still engagement, pressure, consequences, incentives, disincentives.

Sustainable theory and practice at the Human Impacts Institute

While working as the program director at the Lower East Side Ecology Center in New York City, Tara DePorte saw the same problem again and again — many groups working…

DesigNYC: Social problem-solving through design

Now in its second year of projects, desigNYC uses design as a way to engage New Yorkers in collaborative action around some of the city’s systemic problems. It’s a matchmaking…

Books in Brief: Where Good Ideas Come From

Here at Dowser, we talk a lot about how to change the world. But sometimes the beleaguered amongst us (meaning me) survey the logistics of social change and marvel at…

Last post of 2010: Recapping some innovation trends

As we teeter on the edge of a new year, after eight months in operation, we thought we’d highlight a few of the stories we came across the past year….

Twitter Roundup – December 24: Fast food competitions, the food safety act and a better food pyramid

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: Here’s a story…

How Nuru Lights markets LEDs via networks of micro-entrepreneurs

While driving through a village in Rwanda, Sameer Hajee came across a mother walking with her two-year-old son, who had severe burns covering a third of his body. The cause:…

Emergent: How to create a profitable green energy company

The Emergent Energy Group was founded in the basement of a Tufts University dorm, and the founders, Jayson Uppal and Jesse Gossett, got their first consulting contract before they got…

The Brooklyn Grange, a commercial rooftop farm in New York City

One of the biggest farms in New York City, the Brooklyn Grange, sits six stories above the sidewalks of Queens. It has over a million pounds of soil and spans…

Giving What We Can: Maximizing the impact of donations

In the giving season, choosing where to donate can be difficult; the staggering number of important organization and causes is overwhelming, and where you put your money is as important…