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On Fundraising: Michael Gray of Fairbourne Consulting Group

The best social innovations can get stalled in the ideas-phase without funds to get started. In this series social entrepreneurs discuss fundraising: the strategies, pitfalls and sweat spent on the…

George Overholser on how to finance social organizations so they learn to fend for themselves

One of the key questions in the social sector is: What kind of financing is needed to help build great organizations, i.e. organizations that genuinely succeed in solving problems and…

Interview: Oso Martin on how Free Geek redirects 500 tons of computers from landfills to humans each year

Oso Martin, founder of the Portland, OR-based recycling collective Free Geek, combines three problems and comes up with a solution. “Some people have too many computers; others don’t have enough,”…

Nancy Lublin of Do Something on how to do more with less

I swung by the 92Y Tribeca here in New York Tuesday evening for a cool book event: Nancy Lublin, author of the new book Zilch: The Power of Zero in…

Want to be a more effective changemaker? Play to your strengths

Kristin Ivie, social innovation program manager for the Case Foundation, recently put together a helpful list of seven tips for changemakers and idealists at Social Citizens. There’s one suggestion, however—in…

NYWSE: Training women to be effective intrapreneurs

In coverage of social innovation, entrepreneurs get most of the play. But intrapreneurs—employees who innovate within organizations—are key drivers of change, too. With this in mind, New York Women Social…

Mini Case Study: How KaBOOM! uses the Web to teach thousands of communities to build their own playgrounds

Social innovators can learn from each others’ successes and failures. That’s the idea behind Dowser’s Mini Case Studies, real-world stories showing how changemakers confront practical challenges. From time to time,…

Interview: Scott Belsky on what it takes to bring good ideas to life

How do you feel when you see a promising idea that’s going nowhere? If you’re like Scott Belsky, the founder of Behance Network, a popular online platform for creative professionals…

Interview: Gerald Chertavian on how he made the jump from business to social entrepreneur

Shortly after Gerald Chertavian landed a banking job on Wall Street in the late 1980s, he  became a Big Brother to David Heredia, a ten-year old who lived in a…

UC San Diego: A ‘living laboratory’ for green energy

Growing up in the San Diego suburb of University City, the University of  California, San Diego (UCSD) campus felt like a second backyard.  As a kid, the main perks of…

SENO’s innovation incubation offers a model for New Orleans’ new mayor Mitch Landrieu

When we hear the word “incubator,” the image that comes to mind is big heat lamp glowing above a newborn or maybe a basket of eggs.  To the entrepreneur, both…

Emily Spivack on reinventing the wheel

Last week Changemakers interviewed our director, Emily Spivack, about her experiences as the founder of Shop Well with You, a body-image resource for women with cancer. Emily started Shop Well…

We’re hiring! Dowser seeks Editorial Manager

Dowser is hiring an editing whiz with a knack for writing knockout content about social innovation. We’re looking for a smart, committed, resourceful type to come on board to fill…

Dowser Interview: Phil Buchanan of The Center for Effective Philanthropy

If a company like Levi Strauss wants to know how well it’s doing, it counts the number of pairs of jeans it sold last quarter.  What happens when a grant-making…

Mini Case Study: Lesson in partisan politics for Seventh Generation

PROBLEM: Seventh Generation seeks to blend purpose and profit, but when it comes to politics, the company is careful not to mix activism and business. That’s a lesson that co-founder…