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The Start of a Change: Health for America seeks to transform health innovation

In mid-2012, cardiologist Kapil Parakh and management and health professional Madhura Bhat pooled their experience of US healthcare to set up an innovative fellowship program. Inspired by Lean Startup methodology,…

Dilsukhanagar: What the Response to a Disaster Says about Public Health in India

If you walk through the Dilsukhanagar neighborhood in Hyderabad, past vendors selling sugarcane juice and knock-off Nike baseball caps, it’s hard to imagine that less than five months ago this…

Live Webcast Today: TedxChange-The Big Picture

Beginning at 11:30 a.m. EST today (5:30 p.m. Central European Time), TedxChange will be Webcast live from Berlin, Germany. TEDxChange is a partnership between TED.com and the Bill & Melinda…

An Unlikely Obstacle to Girls’ Education: Improving Hygiene Around the World

There’s been a slow but steady push in recent years to improve girls’ access to education in developing countries. But while education has tremendous implications for gender equality and economic…

First person: Entrepreneurs on early lessons in the field — Keyne and Kirsten Monson of Elevita

Keyne and Kirsten Monson founded Elevita in May 2010 to help artisans in developing countries find a greater world market for their products. Dowser: What’s something concrete and tangible you’ve…

First Person: Jennifer Chan of Exhibit Change on Early Lessons as an Entrepreneur

Jennifer Chan founded Exhibit Change to encourage impact through design thinking and to promote community building. The organization serves as a think tank for people to share ideas and designs,…

The Other Half of the Story: The HPV Vaccine in Rwanda

Several weeks ago, as GOP presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry wrangled over the ethics and implications of vaccinating preteen girls against the human papillomavirus (HPV)—the virus that causes…

End Malaria: Michael Stanier on publishing, impact and the possibility virus

It’s sometimes a stretch to see how buying a product can solve a cause, but with his new book End Malaria: Bold Innovation, Limitless Generosity, and the Opportunity to Save…

How To Cover Social Innovation: Start Small, Build Big

This article is the latest in a series that dissects news stories to make the case for high-quality “solution journalism.” Last Wednesday, our founder David Bornstein gave a talk about…

Social Innovation Roundup: Tackling Diabetes With A Different Slant

The mainstream media tends to place a disproportionate amount of its attention on problems. This is not just something we’ve noticed at Dowser. The public has noticed, too: In 1997,…

Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health Event Takeaways

Looking at the statistics, the world has a long way to go on maternal health. One woman dies from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications every minute–that’s 529,000 women a year. That…

Addressing Mental Health in Conflict Zones

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…

Xóchitl Castañeda on helping farm workers (who grow our food) stay healthy themselves

We often think of agricultural workers as healthy, physically active and surrounded by produce, but obesity and diabetes are at epidemic levels in many farm-worker communities. Researchers at the University…

How to get a social enterprise off the ground: Making an idea for social change become a reality

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…

Getting life off the page and into the reader’s imagination: an interview with Tracy Kidder

Can writers promote causes for social change, and should they? Tracy Kidder is author of numerous essays and books of fiction and nonfiction, and is recently best known for Mountains…