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Commongood Careers: Talent Initiative Competition

For an organization to successfully achieve its social mission, it’s essential to have skilled and dedicated staff members on board; talent creates social change. Commongood Careers is a consulting firm…

Mini Case Study: How to resurrect a social service cut by tight government budgets

PROBLEM: In 2006, residents of Arlington, VA were close to losing an after-school program that taught kids how to fix bikes. Community Spokes, as the program was known then, recruited…

Mini Case Study: Catchafire pairs professionals with social change organizations

PROBLEM: People generally want to volunteer in some capacity; social change organizations generally need volunteers. Soup kitchens and Habitat for Humanity seldom have a shortage of volunteers, because most anyone…

Mini Case Study: Why VolunteerMatch rejected venture financing and the prospect of fast growth

PROBLEM: VolunteerMatch, an online service that matches volunteers and organizations, had operated for about a year when it faced a wrenching choice: either become a for-profit business, which would allow…

SOCAP wrap-up: Human capital, mobile madness and green jobs

SOCAP, the social capital markets conference, wound down in San Francisco earlier this week. What follows are some insights and reflections from the event. Venture (human) capital: Jacqueline Novogratz of…

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,”…

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,…

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…

A shared space age: Coworking from Canada to Cincinnati

As a freelancer who works from her “home office” (read: dark, cave-like basement), I am all too aware of the connection between physical environment and intellectual creativity. Though I have…