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Interview: Steve Barr on how Green Dot’s schools are beating the odds in Los Angeles

Rather than lobby the State Board of Education to create reform in the public school system, Steve Barr uses grassroots political tactics to motivate families to demand change. A co-founder…

Interview: Bob Lenz on how Envision Schools prepare low-income high schoolers for college

Bob Lenz, co-founder and CEO of Envision Schools, is not satisfied with teaching history and science: he wants students to practice being historians and scientists. That’s why at his schools…

Interview: Jeremy Hockenstein on how Digital Divide Data attacks poverty in Cambodia and Laos

Jeremy Hockenstein is the son of a Holocaust survivor, a fact that made his first visit to Cambodia in 2000 intensely personal.  Much like his mother’s Jewish contemporaries in Nazi…

Interview: Gina Harman uses small loans to combat big recession

When the U.S. economy took a nose dive, and banks cut back on lending, many small American businesses turned to a credit source typically associated with the developing world: microfinance….

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…

Interview: Jessica Mayberry reimagines media made by and for villagers

When the World Bank asked 20,000 of the world’s poorest people to list their greatest need, the most common response was a way to express their voice. Jessica Mayberry, founder…

WATCH: Elizabeth Scharpf on that time of the month for millions

We all know that that time of the month is a pain, but who knew that it causes millions of women to lose up to 45 days of work and…

Tax Day Special! Dowser Interview: Donna Morton of the Centre for Integral Economics

Happy Tax Day! Have you ever wondered why don’t we tax Hummers instead of salaries? Or why don’t we list environmental damage as a liability on balance sheets? These are…

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…

Dowser Interview: Matt Flannery of Kiva

While traveling through Uganda in 2004, Matt Flannery and his wife, Jessica, got the idea to use the Internet to connect poor people in need of loans with those in…

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…

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…