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Newberg: How Real is the Impact Economy?

Mark Newberg is a one-man balancing act who has taken on three positions with a common thread: impact.  Previously, he was the Senior Policy Advisor to the US Small Business…

Weekly Roundup: Will Global Governance Ever Be Global?

A few weeks back, there was a lot of chatter about who would don the hat of president of the World Bank.  As the NYTimes reported, having more than one…

Small Business Strife in Emerging Markets: ANDE

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, commonly referred to as ANDE, targets the often-overlooked sector of small businesses in emerging markets.  By working through intermediary organizations, such as Ashoka, Skoll,…

Weekly Roundup: Facing Drought and Hunger Again

Sahel: A Familiar Tale of Drought, Hunger, and Famine Last year, the Horn of Africa suffered from drought and famine.  Now, there’s news again that famine and drought are hitting…

Weekly Roundup: Burma Emerges

Burma: On the Threshold of Democracy? Civil society showed its force this week in Burma.  The people’s call for a more democratic nation finally came through when Aung San Suu…

Beverly Schwartz: Social Entrepreneurship Flourishing

Beverly Schwartz, the author of Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation throughout the World, serves as Vice President of Social Marketing at Ashoka.   We caught up with her just before…

Weekly Roundup: BRICS, Banks, and Baggage

Do We Need Another Bank? This week the BRICS (China, India, South Africa, Brazil, and Russia) met in Delhi to discuss the possibility of a BRIC bank; One that would…

Water Woes with Shekhar Kapur

When I first met filmmaker and activist Shekhar Kapur, he asked me about my jeans.  Did I know their history?  In particular, did I know how much water was used…

Weekly Roundup: India and Its Numbers

Do India’s Numbers Add Up? India saw new figures this week. Poverty rates have dropped since India liberalized, with states such as UP and Bihar apparently progressing.  At first, the…

Weekly Roundup: Banking, OpEds and Wall Street

Banking Gets A Beating? Former Goldman Sachs employee, Greg Smith wrote an OpEd this week in the New York Times that highlights the malignant work culture at a company that…

Nuru: Photojournalism and Social Entrepreneurship Intersect

JB Reed, a photographer turned social entrepreneur is using a new revenue model to raise funds for sustainable social ventures.  After having his own work showcased in publications such as…

Education Generation: Crowdfunding Tuition

Eileen Knowles, founder and CEO of Education Generation, a new crowdfunding platform for education, says that she wants to “move away from pity-driven charity.”  Rather, she’s working to get stories…

How A Film Captures a Dictator: Granito

Earlier, Dowser reported on Granito, a documentary, which has excavated old footage for a genocide case against ex-Guatemalan dictator General Efrain Rios Montt.   On January 26, 2012, we learned that…

Weekly Roundup: Afghanistan’s Brutal Winter Moves Readers to Help

As Facebook’s $5 billion IPO saga continues and Walmart decides to label all health products in their stores with a “Great for You” sticker, a less reported story captured readers…

Pico Iyer: Keeping the Narrative Alive

Pico Iyer has traveled to nearly every corner of the globe, often writing about it along the way: from the holy city of Benares to remote corners of Tibet to…