Dowser is welcoming new writers/contributors; please send us a note at info@dowser.org with a writing sample.

The Big C: changing the way the world lives with cancer

On February 4th, the LIVESTRONG Foundation launched a pioneering initiative to “change the way the world lives with cancer.” The Big C competition is targetting a global community of entrepreneurs…

A Sense of Ownership: local communities are empowered to act on deforestation

An edited version of this article first appeared on TruthAtlas. BALE, ETHIOPIA–In the dappled shade of his eucalyptus plantation, Munir Adem recollects. “Before, the forest belonged to the government. There…

The Start of a Change: Health for America seeks to transform health innovation

In mid-2012, cardiologist Kapil Parakh and management and health professional Madhura Bhat pooled their experience of US healthcare to set up an innovative fellowship program. Inspired by Lean Startup methodology,…

Somak Ghosh: A Contrarian Approach to Impact Investing

Somak Ghosh was a founding member of YES Bank which, less than nine years after starting its operation, is now the fourth largest private sector bank in India. Last year…

The Power of Youth: Using the Tech Startup Mentality to Solve Healthcare Challenges

Addressing delegates at the International Youth Day conference in August 2001, then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan proclaimed, “Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation.” In…

Movirtu Offers Many Calls from One Mobile

London-based startup Movirtu is rethinking SIM cards.  Why carry around various SIM cards for multiple phones?  Movirtu has created a “virtual” SIM card that gives users in developing countries access…

Hidden Environmentalists: Cleaning up India

Indian Railways, often upheld as the greatest ‘gift’ of the British Raj, spans the length and breadth of India, connecting a diverse people from Kanyankumari to Kashmir. Despite 65 years…

You Don’t Have to Go to College to Succeed. Really?

By Ben Thurman In 1997’s big hit, Good Will Hunting, Will Hunting scoffed, “You wasted $150,000 on an education you coulda got for a buck fifty in late charges at…

mHealth Still Needs a Residence, Even in Rural India

by Ben Thurman Careering down the serpentine road from Araku to Visakhapatnam, in the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh – one eye on an ailing girlfriend in the back seat…