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


Civil Society


Social innovations that enrich society and enhance democratic participation


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.


Mobilizing the Masses

The Liberty Hill Foundation concentrates on helping community activists create lasting change in Los Angeles.


Contagious Health

A community-based program in rural Kentucky uses face-to-face social networks to promote wellness.


What Makes People Mobilize?

Protest movements don't emerge merely because people have something to protest. Many other factors come into play.


Incentivizing Donor Registration

Does granting people priority for organ allocation affect their willingness to become organ donors?


Elusive Effectiveness

A look at how to examine the effectiveness of community advocacy and representation.


Innovating Modern Democracy, in Brazil and Globally

The OGP partnership with Brazil represents a global challenge for government and civil society stakeholders to advance the concept of 21st-century democracy.