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Frames (Poetry): Robert Creeley’s “I Know a Man” and the darkness that surrounds us…

At Dowser, we’re interested in the human ingredients behind social change. Why do some people give themselves the permission to challenge the status quo – to speak up boldly when…

Interview: Jamie Berger of the Thrive Project on helping overlooked young adults build meaningful careers

Think of able-bodied young adults in beautiful leaf-peeping Western Massachusetts, and you don’t think of kids who’ve dropped out of high school or gotten stuck in dead-end jobs. But after…

Arts and Urban Youth: Sarah Green on teaching poetry to at-risk youth

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by — or disconnected from — public schools. Starting today, and over the next few weeks, we’ll…

Arts and Urban Youth: Ryan Keesling of Free Write Jail Arts on slipping art through the bars

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by — or disconnected from — public schools. Over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a…

Interview: Bob Bates on how art gives kids lifelong problem-solving skills

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by, or disconnected from, public schools. Starting today, and over the next few weeks, we’ll be presenting…

Arts and Urban Youth: Interview with Phyllis Novak on why homeless youths need art studios, not just shelter

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by — or disconnected from — public schools. Over the next few weeks we’ll be featuring a…

Twitter Roundup – September 24: Student microloans, sparkling water, dog poop, and cruise ship greenhouses

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: That’s right, microlending…

Twitter Roundup – September 3: Baby carrots, fuel economy labels, and design prizes for social good

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: More than 50…

Go fly a kite! No, really!

When’s the last time you flew a kite? If it’s been a while, there’s an interesting event in New York City this weekend that could help fix that. FlyNY, drawing…

The Ingenuity Series Part 2: Make sure kids have the confidence to try out their ideas

Yesterday I wrote a post about the “creativity crisis” recently reported by Newsweek. Over the past 20 years, American children have steadily lost ground on a long-standing creativity assessment that’s…

The Ingenuity Series Part 1: How to reconstitute childhood and the American imagination

If you’re interested in children, education, social innovation, or, for that matter, the future of America, Newsweek‘s recent cover story on the “creativity crisis” by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman…

Interview: Patricia Walker on art, spirituality and international development

After evaluating dozens of disappointing aid projects in places like Togo, Swaziland, and Senegal, Patricia Walker asked herself: Why don’t more of these projects succeed?  In response, Walker, a Buddhist…

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…

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…