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Weekly Roundup: Who’s solving what and how

All around us, people are working on innovative solutions to pressing social problems. But those stories can be difficult to track down. Which is why we’re scouring the Web to…

Weekly Roundup: Who’s solving what and how

All around us people are working to solve pressing social problems, but these stories can be difficult to track down. So we’ll be scouring the Web regularly to highlight a…

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: Operation Warm’s Kim Fortunato on how to leverage a coat drive for maximum impact

PROBLEM: When Kim Fortunato joined Operation Warm as president in 2006, she was impressed by its vision and reach. The Pennsylvania-based organization provides new winter coats to kids who can’t…

Interview: R. Paul Herman on how to invest to maximize social impact and profit

“Capitalism used to be easy,” writes R. Paul Herman in the opening line of his new book, The HIP (Human Impact+Profit) Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World….

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…

Portland’s ReBuilding Center: How to avoid millions of pounds of waste with a simple idea

There is no shortage today of people using technology to advance social change. Check out the AshokaTECH blog to get a sense of some amazing ideas bubbling up.  Mobile apps…

Urban slums: The next frontier in green design

The new sports complex in the San Agustin hills overlooking Caracas looks oddly out of place. Sitting atop a steep hillside above Venezuela’s bustling capital, the gleaming four-story glass-and-steel “Vertical…

Earth Day Special: Gillian Caldwell, Majora Carter and Peter Goldmark on the past and future of green

Forty years ago, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day to call attention to impending ecological crises. Today, over 192 countries will observe it. To capture the day’s meaning, we…

Tax Day Special! Dowser Interview: Donna Morton of the Centre for Integral Economics

Happy Tax Day! Have you ever wondered why don’t we tax Hummers instead of salaries? Or why don’t we list environmental damage as a liability on balance sheets? These are…

A no-brainer health care reform

The recent health care debate has drawn attention to the industry’s proclivity for wasting time and money. But research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), shows…

Dowser Interview: Matt Flannery of Kiva

While traveling through Uganda in 2004, Matt Flannery and his wife, Jessica, got the idea to use the Internet to connect poor people in need of loans with those in…

Dowser Interview: Gillian Caldwell of 1Sky

Gillian Caldwell had a dream job. She was running WITNESS, an organization that safeguards human rights through multimedia technology. Everything about the work aligned perfectly with her values, talents and…