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




Reviews of new and notable titles


Danger Ahead

The spread of technology-based platforms brings greater connectivity—but also greater vulnerability.

Reviewed By Marina Gorbis | Summer 2015

Not-So-Ordinary Altruism

A defense of Effective Altruism raises the question of just how effective that movement can be.


Stolen Future

The conditions faced by young people in the United States highlight the impact of growing inequality.

Reviewed By Bill Shore | Summer 2015

Always on Call

A new, data-driven mode of confronting humanitarian disaster requires an appropriate policy framework.

Reviewed By Lucy Bernholz | Summer 2015

A New Vision for Elder Care

Can the emergence of a “Caring Majority” help meet the needs of an aging US population?

Reviewed By Meika Loe | Summer 2015

Past Isn’t Always Prologue

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


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

Misdiagnosing Science

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


Nuance in Government

A leading public intellectual, fresh from government service, explores the complexities of cost-benefit analysis.

Reviewed By Peter A. Ubel | Winter 2015