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


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Networking a City

The Barr Fellows Network is changing the way work gets done in Boston’s large and entrenched social sector.


Microfinance for Wealthy Countries

The UK microcredit business Fair Finance is paving the road for the growth of microfinance in the developed world.


Change Comes at a Cost

In 2008, a group of Chicago’s social service agencies formed the Back Office Cooperative, which has produced impressive financial savings. Yet greater efficiency has had a cultural cost.

By Donald Haider & Franz Wohlgezogen | 1 | Winter 2012

Too Good to Fail

In August 2010 the US government closed ShoreBank, one of the country’s leading social enterprises. Why did ShoreBank fail?

By James E. Post & Fiona S. Wilson | 9 | Fall 2011

The Problem with Fair Trade Coffee

Fair Trade-certified coffee is growing in sales, but strict certification requirements are resulting in uneven economic advantages for coffee growers and lower quality coffee for consumers.

By Colleen Haight | 20 | Summer 2011

Better Vision for the Poor

Several social enterprises are attempting to provide eyeglasses to the 500 million to 1 billion poor people who need them. Why haven’t any of the organizations succeeded on a large scale?

By Aneel Karnani, Bernard Garrette, Jordan Kassalow, & Moses Lee | 10 | Spring 2011

Market-Minded Development

Acumen Fund uses impact investing to tackle global poverty. It's approach has garnered attention, but does it change aid?

By Hima Batavia, Justin Chakma, Hassan Masum, & Peter Singer | 5 | Winter 2011

Do No Evil

Google DotOrg launched in 2004 with bold ambitions and almost $1 billion in seed funding. But the results have been less than stellar.

By Suzie Boss | 6 | Fall 2010

Fueling Growth

Riders for Health has created a novel approach to maintaining health transport vehicles in sub-Saharan Africa.

By Sonali Rammohan | Summer 2010

LEED the Way

The LEED green-building certification system is one of the fastest growing nonprofits in America.

By Brandon Keim | Spring 2010