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


Civil Society


Social innovations that enrich society and enhance democratic participation


Beyond Diplomacy

Civil society organizations are dramatically changing how countries bring an end to violent political conflict.


A Sporting Chance

In troubled spots around the world, Right to Play shows how fun and games can be a serious tool for development.


Bridging the Generations

Older people and foster families are forming mutually supportive communities, with help from a group called Generations of Hope.


Markets Versus Morals

In a market context, people are apt to betray their own beliefs about right and wrong.


Divided Minds, Divided Cultures

To address social conflicts, we must learn to balance "independent" and "interdependent" selves, two cultural psychologists argue.

Reviewed By Joan Miller | Fall 2013

Designing the Digital City

Internet technology can help us to connect, globally and otherwise, but only if we structure it well.

Reviewed By Lucy Bernholz | Fall 2013

Breakthrough Leadership

The saga of Molly Melching and Tostan, her Africa-based organization, illustrates the power of community-led change.


Civic Work, Civic Lessons: Two Generations Reflect on Public Service

Civic Work, Civic Lessons discusses the importance of engaging in public service, especially for younger people.

By Thomas Ehrlich & Ernestine Fu | Jul. 15, 2013

Social Innovation and Resilience: How One Enhances the Other

Social innovations must take into account the complexity of social problems and foster solutions resilient enough to adapt and survive.


Labor of Love

Ai-jen Poo, cofounder and director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and 2014 McArthur genius grant recipient, is building a movement to improve the lives of 2.5 million US home care workers.