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Know your audience: The key to sustainable design

Last week, on behalf of the New York Women Social Entrepreneurs, I moderated a panel on innovations in sustainable design. Panelists’ expertise ran the gamut—architecture, fashion, education, and industrial design—but…

WATCH: Adam Green on kids who build boats and boats that build kids

Adam Green believes in teaching 21st century job and life skills through old fashioned wooden boat building. The idea first infected him as a Vassar College student in 1996, when…

Mini Case Study: How Common Ground reinvented its homelessness strategy

PROBLEM: By standard measures, Rosanne Haggerty and her staff at Common Ground had achieved stunning success attacking the problem of homelessness in New York in the 1990s. Haggerty had won…

We’re hiring! Dowser seeks Editorial Manager

Dowser is hiring an editing whiz with a knack for writing knockout content about social innovation. We’re looking for a smart, committed, resourceful type to come on board to fill…

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…

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…

Inspiration is Overrated

The Young Social Entrepreneurs of Canada published an interview with our own David Bornstein this past Tuesday. We’re highlighting it here because David made a few points that really capture…

Mini Case Study: Global Citizen Year’s recruitment quagmire

PROBLEM: When Abby Falik started Global Citizen Year (GCY) in 2008, the last challenge she expected to encounter was not attracting enough applicants for the organization’s program. GCY offers intense…

Dowser Audio Slideshow: Jose Lopez, Make the Road New York

At 23, Jose Lopez has spent over half his life fighting for justice and opportunity in his native Bushwick, Brooklyn. He now runs the Youth Power Project, the program which…

Dowser Video: Steve Larosiliere, Stoked Mentoring

Imagine snowboarding for the first time if you had never seen snow: the awe you’d feel on the the lift. The fear looking down from the summit. The sense of…

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…