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

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Economic Development

 

Social innovations that improve the living standards of the poor

 
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The Time Bank Solution

For decades, time banking has been a relatively small-scale movement. But signs are emerging that it may be an idea whose time has come.

 

Source of Opportunity

Sama Group, a social enterprise that connects disadvantaged people with digital work, is expanding its reach to the United States.

 

Lifting Up Day Labor

A social enterprise called In Every Story brings better pay—and a spirit of empathy—to a highly marginalized workforce.

 

The Price of Competition

Market structures have a complex but discernible effect on people’s willingness to buy socially responsible products.

 

Stolen Future

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

Reviewed By Bill Shore | Summer 2015
 
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An Incubator for Labor

Through the Workers Lab, union leaders aim to nurture “audacious ideas” that might reinvent the US labor movement.

 
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Entrepreneurship and Ebola

Creating an ethically sourced apparel company in West Africa is hard enough, but when Ebola strikes, the challenges become almost insurmountable.

 
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Bursaries for Girls

The relatively simple act of providing African girls with the money they need to stay in school has achieved significant results.

 

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.