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Building More Mindful Media

Mandar Apte co-founded Media Rise Festival, part-conference, part-movement, to transform modern-day media.  The US-based organization is making a case for media that’s smarter, more sensitive, and more solutions-driven.  Dr. Srivi…

Weekly Roundup: politics and social enterprise, famine in Somalia, and Murdoch, Murdoch, Murdoch

Didn’t have time to read the news this week? We’re reporting on the conversations surrounding the world of social entrepreneurship and innovation. This week was all about Big Structures and…

Defining Solution Journalism, Part II: The anatomy of a powerful idea

Ten (sustainable) stars to Gardiner Harris and The New York Times for their recent Solution Journalism piece on changing admission requirements for medical schools. This article made both the “Most-Emailed” and “Top-Shared on Facebook” lists, which have become indicators of success for online journalism…and defies assertions that “good news” leads to decreased readership.

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…

Critical Exposure: A lens and a student aiming for systematic reform

The photo shows a wall-mounted clock with chunks of glass missing between one and three o’clock. “This photo depicts a broken clock in a classroom. It shows how time is…

What Kids Can Do

In an era of increasing anxiety about America’s education systems and headlines that ring alarms about US students’ poor international ranking, Barbara Cervone and Kathleen Cushman are working on a…

Twitter Roundup: March 11 – Smart activism, spreading ideas, and mitigating homelessness

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: If you’re considering starting…

Why you should chew your news longer

Have to have all your news the minute it breaks? The new Delayed Gratification Quarterly is working to change your mind. Started by Rob Orchard and Marcus Webb’s Slow Journalism…

How to get action on climate change? Hint: Don’t scare us out of our wits.

We’ve been told time and time again that telling a child they can’t do something just makes them want to do it more. It is particularly difficult to resist a…

Mini Case Study: How to leverage social media for action not just commentary

PROBLEM: While some applaud the power of social media to create social change, others doubt that information and discussion moves users to action. This fall, Malcolm Gladwell took a strong…

Interview: Just Vision’s Ronit Avni on nonviolent leaders in the Middle East

Eight years ago, the human rights activist and award-winning filmmaker Ronit Avni conducted over 475 interviews with Israeli and Palestinian activists to find out what kind of support they needed…

Can advertising be green?

Can consumerism and environmentalism go hand in hand? Paul Polizzotto, Founder of EcoMedia, is out to prove that they can not only work together, but truly benefit one another. Polizzotto…

WITNESS on how to use video advocacy to promote human rights

Video has a unique power to convey human experience, to make a viewer lean forward, engage, and empathize with the subject on film. Using the tagline “See It, Film It,…

Mark Hanis on what comes after the Sudanese referendum

let’s say, best-case scenario, in July — which is the date set to allow the storm to calm — everything is going smoothly. First variable: there’s a border region called Abyei that’s heavily militarized, very contentious. It’s supposed to have a referendum vote on January 9th, as well, but it seems very unlikely that will happen. So we have to make sure there’s still engagement, pressure, consequences, incentives, disincentives.

Books in Brief: Where Good Ideas Come From

Here at Dowser, we talk a lot about how to change the world. But sometimes the beleaguered amongst us (meaning me) survey the logistics of social change and marvel at…