Stanford Social Innovation Review : Informing and inspiring leaders of social change




Individual Giving

If It Does Good, Feel It

Benefiting emotionally from altruistic behavior doesn’t lessen—indeed, it increases—other people’s regard for that behavior.

By Adrienne Day | Spring 2015


A “Value Added” Evaluation

Teachers who help boost students’ test scores also have a notable impact on students’ long-term outcomes.

By Adrienne Day | Spring 2015

Impact Investing

Sharing the Stage

The example of venture philanthropy in Europe shows how old and new forms of practice can coexist.

By Adrienne Day | Spring 2015


Ends and Means

In the way that people think about end-of-life care, moral and economic motives converge and commingle.

By Adrienne Day | Spring 2015

Economic Development

Past Isn’t Always Prologue

For policy makers today, earlier efforts to promote local community organizing yield relatively few lessons.


Economic Development

A More Perfect Union?

New ideas on how to empower US workers involve breaking free of current labor law.



Uncertain Legacy

Can the history of a century-old foundation amount to more than the sum of its grants?

Reviewed By Peter Frumkin | Spring 2015

Technology & Design

Misdiagnosing Science

A survey of obstacles to innovation focuses erroneously on the supposed caution of university-based scientists.


Human Rights

Becoming a Woman

A growing number of Maasai in Kenya are ending female circumcision and replacing it with other coming-of-age rituals.


Rethinking How Students Succeed

A wave of noncognitive skill initiatives holds promise for making teachers more effective and students more successful.