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Why you should chew your news longer

Have to have all your news the minute it breaks? The new Delayed Gratification Quarterly is working to change your mind. Started by Rob Orchard and Marcus Webb’s Slow Journalism…

Interview: Eboo Patel on promoting religious plurality in America

Growing up Muslim in Chicago, Eboo Patel was familiar with faith-based tension from an early age, and has watched as jihad entered the cultural lexicon and Islam became synonymous with…

Mark Hanis on what comes after the Sudanese referendum

let’s say, best-case scenario, in July — which is the date set to allow the storm to calm — everything is going smoothly. First variable: there’s a border region called Abyei that’s heavily militarized, very contentious. It’s supposed to have a referendum vote on January 9th, as well, but it seems very unlikely that will happen. So we have to make sure there’s still engagement, pressure, consequences, incentives, disincentives.

Mini Case Study: Heal The Bay on how to make a video go viral

Social innovators can learn from each others’ successes and failures. That’s the idea behind Dowser’s Mini Case Studies, real-world stories showing how changemakers confront practical challenges. PROBLEM: The environmental advocacy…

Interview: Alice Tepper Marlin on how to hold companies accountable in a globalized world

Who made the shirt you’re wearing? Were the cloth cutters or seamstresses treated fairly? Did the factory comply with reasonable environmental standards? If you have no clue, then check out…

Twitter Roundup – July 16: Recycling clothes in NYC, when ideas ‘have sex,’ goats and the city

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: Trendspotters PSFK (@psfk)…

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…

Mini Case Study: Build Change lays off Indonesian staff, then major earthquake hits

PROBLEM: On September 30, 2009, at 5:16 PM, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake ruptured the Sunda Trench, offshore from Padang, Indonesia, killing over 1,100 people and causing 250,000 families to lose…

Dowser Interview: Phil Buchanan of The Center for Effective Philanthropy

If a company like Levi Strauss wants to know how well it’s doing, it counts the number of pairs of jeans it sold last quarter.  What happens when a grant-making…

A shared space age: Coworking from Canada to Cincinnati

As a freelancer who works from her “home office” (read: dark, cave-like basement), I am all too aware of the connection between physical environment and intellectual creativity. Though I have…

Dowser Interview: Guy Jacobson of RedLight Children Campaign

After being solicited for sex by a barrage of very young girls while traveling through Cambodia, Guy Jacobson learned two things:  First, child sexploitation was not something many people talked…

Dowser Interview: Ami Dar of Idealist

Ami Dar’s career as a social entrepreneur began with an epiphany, $1,000, and a childhood dream to change the world. Years later, he would act on that dream when he…

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…

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…