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


Economic Development


Social innovations that improve the living standards of the poor


Is This the Silver Bullet?

Why narrowing the gap between the rich and poor could alleviate many social problems.

By Alana Conner | Winter 2008
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Review: Building Wealth

Building Wealth: The New Asset-Based Approach to Solving Social and Economic Problems

Reviewed By Marc J. Lane | Summer 2006

Review: A New Green Order?

The World Bank's Global Environment Facility may be undermined by bureaucracy.

Reviewed By Tim Perlstein | Summer 2003

Review: Despite Good Intentions

International development aid should be dissolved, argues Dichter.

Reviewed By David Suarez | Summer 2003

Review: Capitalism 3.0

A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons.

Reviewed By David Vogel | Winter 2007

Faith in Fair Trade

How Lutherans are transforming their love of coffee into global good.

By Kathryn Wolford & Lisa Bonds | 1 | Winter 2007

Green Fire

A Chilean firewood certification program spares both the air and indigenous business.

By Laila Weir | Winter 2007

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