Interview: Adam Bucko on how homeless youth can turn their creativity into careers

Adam Bucko helps homeless youth channel their passion into creative careers. His organization, the Reciprocity Foundation, connects youths living on the streets in New York City with college scholarships and…

3 ways to combat Gulf oil disaster (#1 send your hair…)

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig may be dumping 25,000 to 80,000 barrels of oil into the Gulf each day.  This epic disaster…

Urban slums: The next frontier in green design

The new sports complex in the San Agustin hills overlooking Caracas looks oddly out of place. Sitting atop a steep hillside above Venezuela’s bustling capital, the gleaming four-story glass-and-steel “Vertical…

DoGooder: Change the world through advertising? There’s an app for that…

What if, instead of seeing banner ads for reality TV shows or credit cards, you saw ads of your own choosing that encouraged a sustainable lifestyle? Sounds like a bunch…

How honey bees help ex-offenders find new beginnings

Brenda Palms Barber didn’t set out to make honey. But after spending six years teaching work and life skills to ex-offenders in Chicago—only to see them get rejected for jobs…

Interview: Gina Harman uses small loans to combat big recession

When the U.S. economy took a nose dive, and banks cut back on lending, many small American businesses turned to a credit source typically associated with the developing world: microfinance….

How to practice solution journalism part 2: Ask what needs to happen next

One of the reasons we launched Dowser was to counter a pervasive bias in the news—a bias against the future. Too often journalists report on yesterday’s events without giving readers…

Mini Case Study: How Common Ground reinvented its homelessness strategy

PROBLEM: By standard measures, Rosanne Haggerty and her staff at Common Ground had achieved stunning success attacking the problem of homelessness in New York in the 1990s. Haggerty had won…

Seth Godin calls for an end to the age of conformity

In India, so many people suffer during dry spells that the government uses farmers’ suicide rates as an official measurement of drought, marketing guru Seth Godin told a gathering of…

Mother’s Day Interview: Vivian Stromberg on fighting for the rights of MADRES everywhere

In 1983, Vivian Stromberg traveled with a women’s delegation to Nicaragua in the midst of a brutal civil war. There, she witnessed day care centers, schools and clinics that had…

Twitter Roundup – May 6: Nonprofits beware the Ides of May, TED and VisionSpring on the small screen, and guess who won a million bucks from Sam’s Club?

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: Chris Anderson (@TEDchris), Curator…

SENO’s innovation incubation offers a model for New Orleans’ new mayor Mitch Landrieu

When we hear the word “incubator,” the image that comes to mind is big heat lamp glowing above a newborn or maybe a basket of eggs.  To the entrepreneur, both…

Emily Spivack on reinventing the wheel

Last week Changemakers interviewed our director, Emily Spivack, about her experiences as the founder of Shop Well with You, a body-image resource for women with cancer. Emily started Shop Well…

We’re hiring! Dowser seeks Editorial Manager

Dowser is hiring an editing whiz with a knack for writing knockout content about social innovation. We’re looking for a smart, committed, resourceful type to come on board to fill…

May Day Special: Deconstructing the biggest victory in anti-sweatshop history

Last November, student activists won what the New York Times called the “biggest victory by far” in the history of the anti-sweatshop movement. Ten months earlier, Russell Athletic, the sportswear…