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Interview: Ashoka’s Amy Clark on trends to look for in 2011

Amy Clark joined Ashoka more than ten years ago, even before the organization began its work in the United States. Clark has spent the majority of her time at Ashoka…

Twitter Roundup: January 14 – Sustainable business plans, mobile money services and hydrogen fuel cells

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: What’s next for…

Sustainable theory and practice at the Human Impacts Institute

While working as the program director at the Lower East Side Ecology Center in New York City, Tara DePorte saw the same problem again and again — many groups working…

Books in Brief: Where Good Ideas Come From

Here at Dowser, we talk a lot about how to change the world. But sometimes the beleaguered amongst us (meaning me) survey the logistics of social change and marvel at…

Last post of 2010: Recapping some innovation trends

As we teeter on the edge of a new year, after eight months in operation, we thought we’d highlight a few of the stories we came across the past year….

How Nuru Lights markets LEDs via networks of micro-entrepreneurs

While driving through a village in Rwanda, Sameer Hajee came across a mother walking with her two-year-old son, who had severe burns covering a third of his body. The cause:…

The Unreasonable Institute, version 2.0

The Unreasonable Institute is gearing up for its second year and the wind is at its back. More than half the entrepreneurs selected last year received funding to implement their…

On Food: Bill Shore of Share Our Strength is now aiming at childhood hunger in the U.S.

In our Risk-taking series, Tulane University and Ashoka U students Katie Smalley and Laura White interview social innovators, inquiring about the bold steps they’ve taken to advance their work. Today,…

Interview: Erin Krampetz of Ashoka U on taking measured risks to transform higher education

In our Risk-taking series, Tulane University and Ashoka U students Katie Smalley and Laura White shed light on the value of risk-taking. By interviewing social innovators about bold steps they’ve…

SeeClickFix: Infrastructure solutions 2.0

An enlarging pothole is threatening the safety of drivers or bicyclists in your neighborhood, but your city has no hotline for non-emergencies. What do you do? It can be frustrating…

Big Ideas: Nick Temple on the ‘long tail’ of social entrepreneurship

In our Big Ideas series, we check in regularly with creative thinkers in the field of social innovation. We want to know what they’re working on, what questions they’re wrestling with,…

Twitter roundup – October 8: Life-ring bazookas, eyeglasses, and being unreasonable

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: Quite a bit…

Bob McKinnon on how to get 32 renowned people to contribute to a book on social change (Hint: ask 230)

Bob McKinnon, the founder of YELLOWBRICKROAD, a company that focuses on communication that advances social change, had a vision five years ago to create a book that would gather creative…

WATCH: Judy Wicks on building a sustainable food movement

Philadelphia restaurateur Judy Wicks hadn’t sought to become a food activist and sustainability entrepreneur when she opened the White Dog Café in 1983.  But when she learned about the dire…

Big Ideas: Pamela Hartigan on why you don’t have to be a social entrepreneur to make change

In our Big Ideas series, we check in regularly with top thinkers in the field of social innovation. We want to know what they’re working on, what questions they’re wrestling with,…