Interview: Gerald Chertavian on how he made the jump from business to social entrepreneur

Shortly after Gerald Chertavian landed a banking job on Wall Street in the late 1980s, he  became a Big Brother to David Heredia, a ten-year old who lived in a…

Twitter Roundup – June 3: Social Innovation Fund gets a boost, Facebook gets a rival, and 25 unreasonable people get together

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. Last week, a group…

Know your audience: The key to sustainable design

Last week, on behalf of the New York Women Social Entrepreneurs, I moderated a panel on innovations in sustainable design. Panelists’ expertise ran the gamut—architecture, fashion, education, and industrial design—but…

UC San Diego: A ‘living laboratory’ for green energy

Growing up in the San Diego suburb of University City, the University of  California, San Diego (UCSD) campus felt like a second backyard.  As a kid, the main perks of…

WATCH: David Bornstein talks about storytelling, problem solving and the idea behind Dowser

We thought our readers might enjoy a recent talk given by our founder, David Bornstein, at the Good Experience Live (Gel) conference in New York. It sheds light on our…

Interview: Jeremy Hockenstein on how Digital Divide Data attacks poverty in Cambodia and Laos

Jeremy Hockenstein is the son of a Holocaust survivor, a fact that made his first visit to Cambodia in 2000 intensely personal.  Much like his mother’s Jewish contemporaries in Nazi…

Twitter Roundup – May 28: Subverting BP PR, The Betterness Manifesto, and Bill Gates gets his tweet on

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of thought-provoking tweets from the past week: A fake Twitter account holder (@BPGlobalPR)…

Top 5 graduation speeches for changemakers

Break out the champagne and mortarboards—it’s graduation time! A century and a half ago, abolitionist Robert Purvis said, “A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands…

Happy Commenter Appreciation Day!

In honor of you—our wise and beautiful* readers—Dowser officially dubs May 27 “Commenter Appreciation Day”! We’ve received some great comments, which we’re especially stoked about given that we’re only six…

WATCH: Adam Green on kids who build boats and boats that build kids

Adam Green believes in teaching 21st century job and life skills through old fashioned wooden boat building. The idea first infected him as a Vassar College student in 1996, when…

Project H: A global network of designers who focus on changing lives

The folks at L.A.-based Project H Design like to make things that matter. Project H and its network of socially motivated designers have built playgrounds that teach math in South…

Interview: Darell Hammond on building playgrounds that transform communities (1,750 and counting…)

The day Darell Hammond read a Washington Post story about two children who had suffocated in a car because they had nowhere else to play, he knew he had reached…

Sally Osberg on how social entrepreneurs can punch above their weight

Several years ago, I was at my mother-in-law’s home for a social gathering and I got into a conversation with one of her guests, a woman in her 70s. She…

Twitter Roundup – May 21: Pay-what-you-like restaurant chain, The Blue Sweater Challenge, Kiva founder’s new venture

And we’re back! 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: Last…

Portland’s ReBuilding Center: How to avoid millions of pounds of waste with a simple idea

There is no shortage today of people using technology to advance social change. Check out the AshokaTECH blog to get a sense of some amazing ideas bubbling up.  Mobile apps…