Big Ideas: J. Gregory Dees makes the case for social entrepreneurship

Starting today, we’re going to check in regularly with big thinkers in the field of social innovation. We want to know what they’re working on, what questions they’re wrestling with,…

Want to be a more effective changemaker? Play to your strengths

Kristin Ivie, social innovation program manager for the Case Foundation, recently put together a helpful list of seven tips for changemakers and idealists at Social Citizens. There’s one suggestion, however—in…

100K Homes’ campaign goal: End chronic homelessness by 2013

More than 100,000 Americans are “chronically homeless,” meaning they live on the streets or in shelters for a year or more. If a new campaign launched yesterday meets its goal,…

Interview: Deepali Sachdeva on how CLASS matches skilled volunteers with organizations

More than 90 million Americans will volunteer this year. But many will find the experience dissatisfying, unable to find a group that genuinely needs what they have to offer. Imagine…

Interview: Mary Ellen Iskenderian on why women + microfinance = less poverty

Fresh out of business school, Mary Ellen Iskenderian went to work on Wall Street, where she learned the art of banking and made good money. But something was missing. “I…

How to avoid more oil spills? Abolish the payroll tax!

Sometimes you have to put two stories side by side to highlight the strange tradeoffs we make every day in a complex world. Today, in the New York Times, for…

Weekly Roundup: Who’s solving what and how

All around us people are working to solve pressing social problems, but these stories can be difficult to track down. So we’ll be scouring the Web regularly to highlight a…

NYWSE: Training women to be effective intrapreneurs

In coverage of social innovation, entrepreneurs get most of the play. But intrapreneurs—employees who innovate within organizations—are key drivers of change, too. With this in mind, New York Women Social…

Mini Case Study: How KaBOOM! uses the Web to teach thousands of communities to build their own playgrounds

Social innovators can learn from each others’ successes and failures. That’s the idea behind Dowser’s Mini Case Studies, real-world stories showing how changemakers confront practical challenges. From time to time,…

Eric D. Dawson on how to create world peace one school at a time

How would you go about creating a world where people live in peace? Rather than dismiss the question as hopelessly naive, think of it as a practical challenge. Where would…

Twitter Roundup – July 2: Omidyar gives $2.3 million to boost democracy, Tesla goes public, Panera expands pay-what-you-wish

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

Can Blue Engine Fellows bridge the gap between college-eligible and college-ready?

Think back to the toughest class you took in high school.  Would you have performed better with an experienced coach by your side?  And what if that coach had been…

Interview: Scott Belsky on what it takes to bring good ideas to life

How do you feel when you see a promising idea that’s going nowhere? If you’re like Scott Belsky, the founder of Behance Network, a popular online platform for creative professionals…

Mini Case Study: Operation Warm’s Kim Fortunato on how to leverage a coat drive for maximum impact

PROBLEM: When Kim Fortunato joined Operation Warm as president in 2006, she was impressed by its vision and reach. The Pennsylvania-based organization provides new winter coats to kids who can’t…

Interview: Bob Lenz on how Envision Schools prepare low-income high schoolers for college

Bob Lenz, co-founder and CEO of Envision Schools, is not satisfied with teaching history and science: he wants students to practice being historians and scientists. That’s why at his schools…