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


Economic Development


Social innovations that improve the living standards of the poor


Making It to McDonald’s

How Fair Trade coffee moved out of its niche and into the most mainstream market of all.

By Kirsten Olsen | Winter 2007

One Buyer at a Time

Aid organizations help build small businesses build capacity without asking whether people want the businesses’ products. As these stories show, successful programs start with real buyers.

By James T. Riordan | 3 | Winter 2007

Review: The White Man’s Burden

Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good

Reviewed By Deborah Burand | Fall 2006

Carving out a Niche

A Czech social enterprise uses woodworking to help drug addicts.

By Will Tizard | Summer 2006

Balkan Boom to Bust

Vanishing NGOs in Bosnia leave lessons in their wake.

By Beth Kampschror | Summer 2006

Choosing Mission Over Money

Sidebar to "Crisis Mentality:" giving for the long term.

By Keith Epstein | Spring 2006

The Hidden Cost of Paradise

Indigenous people are being displaced to create wilderness areas, to the detriment of all.

By Mark Dowie | 1 | Spring 2006

Closing the Culture Gap

Aiding Africans first requires understanding their cultures.

By G. Pascal Zachary | Spring 2006

Organic Growth

How an all-natural Mexican farming cooperative is improving its community while making a bundle.

By Ricardo Sandoval | Spring 2006

Child’s Play

A video game teaches children about famines and how to stop them.

By Sheryl Nance-Nash | Winter 2005