Blog Profile / Dowser


URL :http://dowser.org/
Filed Under:Society & Culture
Posts on Regator:496
Posts / Week:2
Archived Since:May 26, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Panama: Dam Promises or Dam Lies?

With massive infrastructure projects such as the Panama City Metro and the Panama Canal expansion underway, Panama is on the brink of exceeding its national electricity capacity. There is little...

Rural Malawi: A Hard Place to Practice Medicine

Elderly Malawians generally have bitter memories of colonial rule but fond memories of colonial medicine. Samuel Jameson Kaphale, a 78-year-old orange farmer and retired teacher, ruefully recalls friends jailed for...

Ruwwad: How One Community Overcame the Middle East Education Crisis

I already knew the Ruwwad story intimately. The vision was formed by Fadi Ghandour, the founder and now chairman of the largest logistics company in the Middle East and Africa,...

Strategic Branding: How to Market a Growing Nonprofit

As nonprofits feel the squeeze of funders cutting dollars for operating costs and organizations try to set themselves apart, many nonprofit managers focus on marketing individual programs and services first,...

A Quick Guide to Changing the World – Seriously

The solution revolution—the convergence of money and meaning, problem solvers and “patient” capital, governments and citizen (and commercial) changemakers—is underway. But while it flourishes in some parts of the world,...

The Elephant has left the room

In late 2012, at the Booth Theater in New York, I watched Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”. During intermission, seeking distraction from the pain of the play, I...

Raise Your City: Millennial Tactics for Fundraising

It’s becoming an age-old question: How do you engage today’s 20-somethings in charitable giving and community engagement? Organizations and nonprofits have racked their brains and literally devised development strategies to...

NextDrop: The ‘Big Data’ Influence

The proliferation of mobile-supported business models in India is substantial. Given its ubiquity amongst lower-income groups, mobile technology is recognized as a maximum impact tool, particularly for grassroots data collection....

SolePower Aspires to Put a Charge in Your Step

Cell phones are transforming lives in places like Sub-Saharan Africa, where they are crucial for advancing everything from education to medicine to commerce. The problem? Many developing countries lack access...

The Crucial Role of Empathy: Molly Melching

A conversation with Molly Melching, founder and executive director of Tostan and the protagonist of Aimee Molloy’s However Long the Night.Molly Melching was 24-years-old when she first arrived to Senegal as a University...

24 Millennials Rode the Rails and This is What They Learned

A classroom on wheels, vintage wheels. The Millennial Trains Project is a modern-day experiment in learning.  It’s indicative of a generation that’s seeking education beyond the classroom.   And piling into a...

Keeping Hope Alive in Somalia: Dr. Hawa Abdi

Her nicknames range from “Mama Hawa” to “Mother Theresa meets Rambo.” When the Somalian government collapsed in 1991, Dr. Hawa Abdi was a young doctor operating a small clinic on...

Fixing Water Pumps in Nigeria with WASH

She could not help looking just a bit smug as she grabbed the wrench and went to work on the broken water pump that stood in the middle of the...

Primeros Pasos: Fighting Malnourishment with Home Cooking

Chuicavioc, Guatemala: Janet Coyoy focused intensely on the cooking demonstration, taking mental notes on how to make cream of potato soup thick with vitamins and nutrients. It was only when another...

Food Fortification in the Midst of Turmoil?

Political turmoil and related conflicts can dictate the amount and quality of nutrients accessible to everyday people. Coverage of the Arab Spring has brought to light the dire circumstances still...

Shrimp and Sea Cucumber Farms Offer Models for Aquaculture Investments

From shrimp in Mexico to sea cucumbers in Madagascar, pioneering NGOs are testing new approaches to open ocean aquaculture that emphasize environmental stewardship and increasing local wealth — and lay the foundation for financially...

Cafe Impact: How To Tackle Thankless Social Change

Grunt work is annoying, sometimes demeaning, but necessary. Get over yourself. Accept grunt work with grace. The boring, awful details are the most important.

Eating Insects Makes for A “Sustainable” Snack

Last fall, I attended a conference hosted by the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics at MIT. The conference, entitled “Global Systems 2.0,” focused on potential interdisciplinary approaches to the environmental...

Newspapers Take to the Streets in Greece

For more than two decades, homeless and unemployed individuals have bought and sold magazines to make a living on the streets. In February the world’s newest ‘street paper’ launched in...

Powerful Tech: New Innovations to Fight Rape, Murder, and Atrocities

Can technology single-handedly prevent atrocities?  That may be far fetched. But, it can certainly help collect data, catalogue stories, and build awareness.  USAID and Humanity United, a foundation devoted to...

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