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Starting From Scratch: Working On-The-Ground To Make Something Happen

Over the last year, Dowser has tracked the nascency of Rubina Design, a social enterprise that aims to address rural poverty and women’s empowerment through ethical, informed consumerism. When we…

Why Health Care Is A Wicked Problem

The Supreme Court has allowed most aspects of Obama’s health care bill to pass. So, now we all get free broccoli, right? Hopefully, we’ll eventually see the bill’s effects in our…

Susan Ross, Author Of “Expanding the Pie,” On Nonprofit-Corporate Partnerships

After working as the reproductive health director of CARE, where she focused on partnerships with corporations aimed at improving health conditions in garment factories until 2003, Susan Ross became interested…

Recent Impact Investing Conference Hosted By Agora Partnerships Moves The Industry Forward

At the recent Impact Investing In Action conference that took place in Atlanta from May 22-25, various players in the field gathered to discuss possible future directions for the impact…

Clique provides more secure online dating through social networks

For young city-dwellers, dating is a social problem: infinite complications (limited time and money, instable or constantly-changing social circles) add stress and frustration to the already-daunting process of searching for…

How Food Is Revitalizing Detroit

“There’s different people–black, white, rich, poor–coming together to talk about why their tomatoes aren’t growing,” says Scott, a 30-ish homesteader in Detroit’s heavily blighted Brightmoor neighborhood. “Gardening is a common…

The Millennial Version of “Mad Men”: Office Kuki Offers Sustainability Brand Consulting

Back in the days of “Mad Men,” companies would spend big bucks on advertising in magazines and billboards. That still happens, but small start-ups can’t afford to shell out for…

The Unreasonable Institute At Sea: A Mobile Incubator

The Unreasonable Institute, an incubator for social enterprise start-ups from around the world, has teamed up with Stanford’s d.school and the study abroad program Semester At Sea to offer a…

Are Too Many Social Enterprises Adding To Our Problems?

If you want to change the world—whether locally or globally, big or small—you’ve probably thought about starting up your own social enterprise or nonprofit. Think again. Author and Columbia University…

Ethikus Leverages the Power of the Ethical Consumer

The idea that change starts small isn’t new. But in an age when large corporations seem increasingly ubiquitous and powerful, small businesses have become an important locus of sustainable economic…

Journalist Kevin Fagan on the Link Between Reporting on Solutions and Creating Them

Journalist Kevin Fagan spent months immersed in the homeless community in San Francisco for his “Shame of the City” series, which ran in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2003. The…

Are Social Entrepreneurs Too Idealistic?

Are social entrepreneurs too idealistic? David Brooks thinks so. In his recent Times column, he wrote that “young idealists” are, while “refreshingly uncynical,” also too naïve, and unaware about national…

An Uphill Battle For Medical Marijuana

Earlier this month in Oakland, the Federal government raided a center for training in marijuana cultivation. At least half a million people in California use marijuana as a form of…

Organizing for Resilience: The Transition Towns Network

A while back, Dowser wrote about Bellingham, Washington, a town that is consciously developing its local economy in order to withstand the global recession. Across the world, communities are forming…

Steve Rothschild On How Non-profits Can Learn From Market-Driven Organizations

Steve Rothschild’s recent book, The Non-Nonprofit, argues that issue-focused non-profits would do well to take some cues from corporate, market-driven approaches. After an extensive career in the corporate world, Rothschild…