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…

Making cents of work for refugees: Samasource responds to Dowser review

Editor’s Note: Earlier this week, we reviewed leading microvolunteering applications, including “Give Work” by Samasource. In the review, we described aspects of our experience using Give Work as confusing. Samasource…

The social sector is a hot mess and guess who’s to blame? (Hint: same folks responsible for your work ethic and sexual hang-ups)

“What we’ve been taught about social change is backwards, upside down, and standing in the way of real progress,” said Dan Pallotta during his keynote at Monday’s ReVisioning Value conference….

Virtual Street Corners: using technology to bridge class and cultural divides in Boston

Boston area neighborhoods Brookline and Roxbury are two miles apart, but they might as well exist in different countries. Brookline is a majority white and Jewish suburb, while Roxbury is…

Interview: Phil Borges on how children in 30 countries can teach one another with digital tools

Acclaimed photographer Phil Borges spent decades chronicling social, environmental and cultural threats and problems around the world. Now he has handed cameras over to young people in 30 countries to…

Micro-volunteering via mobile phones: Hype or hope? Dowser investigates.

Micro-volunteering has gotten a lot of buzz lately. And with good reason–new applications enable mobile phone users to pitch in for causes without putting a dent in their schedules. You…

Interview: Jessica Mayberry reimagines media made by and for villagers

When the World Bank asked 20,000 of the world’s poorest people to list their greatest need, the most common response was a way to express their voice. Jessica Mayberry, founder…

Twitter Roundup – April 22: Frost’s Fire and Ice at TEDxVolcano and what if Ashpocalypse hit the U.S.?

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thoughtful tweets from last week: Jennifer 8. Lee (@jenny8lee),…

ReVV’ing up Portland as a social innovation hub

Social innovation, impact investing, venture capital: These terms tend to be associated with leading global cities and top colleges: London, New York, San Francisco, the Ivy League. However, as social…

Interview: John Sage on how Pura Vida turned an inspiring story into a real business

One time he was two weeks away from payroll and he didn’t know how he was going to pay his staff. Another time, he delivered a customer coffee beans that…