Dowser Interview: Gillian Caldwell of 1Sky

Gillian Caldwell had a dream job. She was running WITNESS, an organization that safeguards human rights through multimedia technology. Everything about the work aligned perfectly with her values, talents and…

Move over social entrepreneurs–here come the intrapreneurs

In Tribes, Seth Godin discusses the importance of leadership and the surprising places where leaders appear. A leader can be the CEO, but she can also be the intern. A…

Beyond slacktivism: Can we click our way to social change?

When the punditocracy  convened in late 2009 to assess the “aughts” (or whatever we’re calling the just-concluded decade), they focused on the War on Terror, the proliferation of reality TV,…

WATCH: Maura Minsky, Scenarios USA

Remember how dull (and awkward!) your high school sex ed and life skills classes were? Maura Minsky, co-Founder and Executive Director of Scenarios USA, has a different approach: let young…

Mini Case Study: Lesson in partisan politics for Seventh Generation

PROBLEM: Seventh Generation seeks to blend purpose and profit, but when it comes to politics, the company is careful not to mix activism and business. That’s a lesson that co-founder…

Dowser Interview: Geoff Cape of Evergreen

Geoff Cape, whose background was in carpentry and real estate development, founded Evergreen in 1991 to help city-dwelling Canadians reconnect with nature at a time when urban planning was obsessed…

Tim DeChristopher: Biding time by bidding big

Social entrepreneurs like to use the word “scrappy” to describe the way they tackle big problems.  Think of doing whatever it takes—writing emails until 4 a.m., living in your best…

Mini Case Study: Community helps SMYRC avert collapse

PROBLEM: Like the youths it serves, the Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC) often finds itself living close to the edge. Through its 11 year history, it has had to…

Dowser Interview: Bill Abrams of Trickle Up

Bill Abram’s jokes that when he was hired as president of Trickle Up the staff “thought the board had lost its mind.” He’d spent 30 years in the media industry,…