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




Green for Green

Peter Liu started his working life as an engineer at the oil giant Chevron Corp. The experience turned him into an avid environmentalist. Several years later, it also led him to co-found the New Resource Bank, which calls itself the nation’s first “green” commercial bank.

By Carolyn Said | Summer 2007

15 Minutes with Emmett Carson

SSIR Managing Editor Eric Nee met with Emmett Carson to discuss his bold plans for the newly merged Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which is now the fourth largest community foundation in the country.

By Eric Nee | 1 | Summer 2007

Money for a Song

The Public Radio Fund gives investors a chance to protect nonprofit airwaves. With its help, KTOO-FM in Juneau, Alaska, recently debuted a 24-hour news show and two locally-hosted Alaska-flavored music stations.

By Alessandra Bianchi | Summer 2007

Fair Trade Spanish

Michael Parker pays his new Spanish tutor $17 less than he paid his old teacher in Iowa. But his new teacher, Yesenia Mateu Grave, takes away double her normal fee. Thanks to Web conferencing, Mateu Grave teaches students around the world from her hometown in Antigua, Guatemala, via a site called Speak Shop, combining audio, video, and online chat for a classroom-like experience.

By Laila Weir | 1 | Summer 2007

Partners for the Planet

You know the world is changing when the largest corporate buy-out in history hinges on an environmental commitment. That’s what happened in February when two top private equity firms enlisted the help of Environmental Defense, a nonprofit that finds practical solutions to environmental problems, to acquire TXU Corp., the largest utility in Texas.

By David Yarnold | Summer 2007

The Merger Proposal

It's summer. The wedding season is upon us, and many nonprofits are likewise feeling the urge to merge. But should nonprofits couple up, take the plunge, and get hitched? In this SSIR special, three articles explore whether, why, and how nonprofits should undertake mergers or other alliances.

By Kevin T. Kirkpatrick, Denise L. Gammal, & Don Haider | Summer 2007

A New Era for Business

More and more business leaders recognize that their company's future is increasingly intertwined with the needs and demands of society. But many executives don't understand how to manage that changing relationship. In this article, McKinsey & Company consultants provide a model for incorporating sociopolitical issues into the strategic decision-making process.

By Scott C. Beardsley, Sheila Bonini, Lenny Mendonca, & Jeremy Oppenheim | 1 | Summer 2007

Microfinance Misses Its Mark

Despite the hoopla over microfinance, it doesn't cure poverty. But stable jobs do. If societies are serious about helping the poorest of the poor, they should stop investing in microfinance and start supporting large, labor-intensive industries.

By Aneel Karnani | 39 | Summer 2007

Review: Made to Stick

Simplicity is the golden rule for getting messages across.

Reviewed By Judith Samuelson | 1 | Summer 2007

From the Bottom Line of Our Hearts

Why businesspeople don't mention values when they discuss social responsibility.

By Alana Conner | Summer 2007