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Amidst War, An Afghan Renaissance

We often see the arts as only fit for museums, galleries, and film festivals, cloistered in halls only for the intellectual elite.  But the arts can help build a nation,…

Weekly Roundup: Internet Censorship and Occupy’s Hurdles

The World’s Largest Democracy Tries to Curb the Internet #KapilSabil became one of the most popular hashtags this week on Twitter.  Ironic, considering that Kapil Sabil, India’s Communication and IT…

Weekly Roundup: Busan, Durban, LA OWS, and Forbes

More big meetings, more empty promises? Busan: The Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. The aim: a partnership for global development and aid effectiveness that has big players like China…

Jed Emerson: What Impact Investing Has to Offer in Today’s Rocky Economy

Jed Emerson and Antony Bugg-Levine have co-authored a new book titled Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making A Difference. Emerson has worked at Harvard and Stanford, focusing…

Weekly Roundup: Global Fund Takes a Hit And Occupy Protests Face Serious Challenges

Every week, we roundup the conversation surrounding the news in the world of social innovation. Global Fund Takes a Hit The Global Fund to Fight AIDS,  Tuberculosis, and Malaria will…

Weekly Roundup: Global Entrepreneurship Week, Mobile Banking and OWS

Global Entrepreneurship Week Invokes the Startup Spirit “New firms are indeed the greatest source of new wealth for struggling economies and a powerful weapon against poverty.”  – Jonathan Ortmans, president…

Encore Entrepreneurs: Founders of a Certain Age Kickstart Social Impact Business

Our sputtering economy needs workers with more of that entrepreneurial spirit. Think tank Civic Ventures suggests they might come from an unexpected demographic: workers who are approaching middle age or…

Weekly Roundup: The G-20 Stalls and Stanford gets Flush

G-20: Fury with International Leaders This past week, the world’s leaders convened for the annual G-20 summit in France titled “New World, New Ideas.”  The hottest topic of discussion?  The…

Weekly Roundup: China Teams up with Gates, the Seven Billion Mark and Occupy Oakland

Population Hits 7 Billion On Monday this week, the world population ballooned to 7 billion people. News agencies clambered to find that 7 billionth child, finding him again and again…

Movirtu – Building a Virtual Mobile Phone for the BoP

Heard of cloud computing?  Probably, yes.  Heard of the cloud phone?  Similar idea, different medium. Despite the growing number of mobile users worldwide, many still have to borrow phones to…

Bill Drayton on Empathy and Collaborative Entrepreneurship

Ashoka’s Founder and CEO Bill Drayton recently spoke to Dowser about a new approach to problem solving – collaborative entrepreneurship. By pooling together hundreds of entrepreneurs (and their passion, innovation,…

How to get a social enterprise off the ground: Collaboration

So you’ve got the next Great Idea to solve a social or environmental problem; or the beginnings of the next Great Idea — where do you go from here? How…

Paul Polak’s BoP advice

Go spend time with your new market.  Understand their needs.  Do not presuppose that you know the answer. Multinationals can play a role in this.  It’s about collaborating.  They can…

Making Relief Aid More Sustainable

This is part of a series highlighting innovations and possibilities for action for the famine in Somalia. Most news stories frame the famine and political conflict as near unsolvable; we’re examining…

Gen Y’s Marketplace for Entrepreneurship

While at Oxford, Rajeeb Dey knew that students generally gravitated toward traditional internships with leading banks and prestigious firms. Yet, as the head of Oxford’s Enterprise Society, he had countless…