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How To Cover Social Innovation, Part II: Ask Different Questions

This article is the latest in a series that dissects news stories to make the case for high-quality “solution journalism.” In business, you reach success when you start asking the…

How To Cover Social Innovation: Start Small, Build Big

This article is the latest in a series that dissects news stories to make the case for high-quality “solution journalism.” Last Wednesday, our founder David Bornstein gave a talk about…

Social Innovation Roundup: Tackling Diabetes With A Different Slant

The mainstream media tends to place a disproportionate amount of its attention on problems. This is not just something we’ve noticed at Dowser. The public has noticed, too: In 1997,…

Mashable Social Good Summit Day 2: Empowering Women

This week, Mashable, the UN Foundation and 92Y are hosting a Social Good Summit – a four-day event to facilitate conversation about tech and social change. See three can’t-miss announcements…

Weekly Roundup: SOCAP11, the Green Jobs Debate and Boosting Small Business

Every week, we report on the conversations surrounding the big issues in the world of social entrepreneurship and change. SOCAP 2011 SOCAP11, the four-day conference that brings together global leaders…

Weekly Roundup: UK Launches New Social Impact Bond, Keystone XL, and Climate Change and Conflict

Didn’t have time to read the news this week? Every week, we report on the conversations surrounding the big issues in the world of social entrepreneurship and change.

Weekly Roundup: World Water Week, For-Profit Hybrids and Protesting Big Oil

Didn’t have time to read the news this week? Every week, we report on the conversations surrounding the big issues in the world of social entrepreneurship and change. (this week by Rachel Signer and Blair Hickman)

Indigenous Rights And A New Wave of Social Change

[field name=iframe] Every Thursday, thanks to a content partnership with brother-sister duo Journey of Action, we’ll be exploring Gen Y changemakers–and how they fit in with the rest of the world….

Ethical Economics in Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Journey of Action is filming Gen Y changemakers around the world. We catch up with them in Tegucigalpa, Honduras to visit the for-profit social enterprise Tegu, a premiere wooden block maker whose innovative business model takes a three-pronged attack to social problems in Honduras.

Weekly Roundup: #f**kyouwashington, new strategies to fight climate change and questioning what really qualifies as poor

#f**kyouwashington The top American news this week: the debt ceiling. Mother Jones produced one of the best explainers I found, and the Huffington Post has a nice live-blog documenting the…

Live-Blog: Pencils of Promise Leadership Institute

Pencils Of Promise Leadership Institute aims to education, inspire and motivate young, community leaders with a series of seminars ranging from social media to female empowerment to public speaking. Dowser is there with the live-blog.

Weekly Roundup: TEDGlobal, Big Society In The UK, and Google+…++

Didn’t have time to read the news this week? We’re going to report on the conversations surrounding the big issues in the world of social entrepreneurship. This is a new feature, so if we missed anything, or you have suggestions, please let us know in the comments.

Defining Solution Journalism, Part II: The anatomy of a powerful idea

Ten (sustainable) stars to Gardiner Harris and The New York Times for their recent Solution Journalism piece on changing admission requirements for medical schools. This article made both the “Most-Emailed” and “Top-Shared on Facebook” lists, which have become indicators of success for online journalism…and defies assertions that “good news” leads to decreased readership.

Defining Solution Journalism: It’s about real news, not feel-good stories

Everybody loves a feel-good story. That’s why media outlets have a special section for them – like the section of the zoo where you can pet the gentle animals. But there’s rarely any little critical thinking about whether the story really represents an effective or systematic way to address a problem. And too often it devolves into unadulterated hagiography — which destroys the legitimacy and credibility that we’d like solution journalism to have.

Holding the Ocean in Your Hand: How Knight News Challenge Winners Are Making Sense of a Changing World

This article is part of a series that dissects news stories to make the case for high-quality “solution journalism.” In his 2007 book Blessed Unrest, journalist/ social entrepreneur/ environmentalist Paul Hawken estimates that…