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The Story of Change: Story of Stuff Part II

Ann Leonard exemplifies new media – by fusing cartoony graphics with activism, her first video, The Story of Stuff, went viral in 2007 getting over 15 million views online.  …

Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace: Thoughts post Rio+20

  KUMI Naidoo of South Africa has emerged as the Intl. Executive Director of Greenpeace after a lifetime of activism.  He was recently seen at the much publicized Rio+20 conference….

Jugaad: Frugal Innovation – Lessons for Corporates

Dr. Ahuja in a village near Wankaner, Gujarat with MittiCool innovator Mansukh Prajapati. (Photo Courtesy of subject) A new book titled Jugaad Innovation looks at lessons from emerging markets in frugal innovation for…

Learning from Frugal Health

Last year, a book was published that narrated the story of an eye doctor who was performing free surgeries for the poor. The book, “Infinite Vision,” had nothing to do…

Talking Action: the Do Good Conferences

The number of conferences that I receive notices about these days is staggering. It seems that we’ve found a new pastime — talking action. It’s fashionable to dress up, look…

12 Countries in 12 Months with Heifer

Photo Courtesy of Subject BETTY LONDERGAN started a blog, WHAT GIVES 365, to give $100 to a nonprofit each day of the year.  It got wildly popular and led Londergan…

The School Fund Looks to Music to Crowdfund Education

Palo-Alto based, The School Fund, has used crowdsourcing to finance the studies of over 200 students worldwide for the past three years.  Now, they’re partnering with 28-year-old Grammy-nominated singer Carolyn…

WIN-WIN For Women: Calvert Foundation

DC-Based Calvert Foundation announced a new initiative WIN-WIN, which will invest $20 million in organizations and individuals that support women, in the US and globally.  Dowser spoke with Lisa Hall,…

Verizon Goes Green: More than CSR?

  Jim Gowen, Corporate Sustainability Officer of Verizon, was recently at the UN Social Innovation Summit.  He spoke to Dowser about the “green” strides that Verizon is taking within the…

Starbucks: Digital Innovation And Creating Jobs?

  Adam Brotman serves as Chief Digital Officer at Starbucks and attended the UN Social Innovation Summit recently.   He speaks to Dowser about Starbucks’ Create Jobs campaign and how…

Doug Lawrence: Reviving American Eco-nomy

Doug Lawrence is the Managing Principal of NY’s 5 Stone Capital, a new equity investor in green real estate and green business.  He speaks to us about the recent Jobs…

Microsoft Aspires to Innovate4Good: Akhtar Badshah

Akhtar Badshah has transitioned from his days as an architect and  the founder of a nonprofit to the Senior Director of Global Community Affairs at Microsoft – it’s a natural…

Weekly Review: Global Governance Afterthoughts

In this series we interview thought leaders on the big concepts in the week’s news. Below we examine the G8 and global governance issues with Parag Khanna. Parag Khanna spends…

Shivani Siroya of InVenture Bridges the ‘Middle Gap’ with Mobile Technology

Shivani Siroya, an Unreasonable Institute fellow, is tackling the cash-based economy with a new investment model and mobile technology.  After a career in finance and development that took her to…

Weekly Roundup: Malaria Making Progess?

This week the global health and development community marked World Malaria Day (April 25), highlighting new initiatives to fight malaria: the Partnership for Transforming Health Systems in tandem with the…