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




Innovations in sustainable energy


Cheap and Clean

Cheap and Clean explores how, more than anything else, beliefs about the costs and environmental harms associated with certain fuels drive opinions about energy and climate change policy.


Get Rid of the Grid?

An emerging business model that aims to reduce energy poverty holds real promise. But it needs a jump-start.


A Smarter Way to Park

In San Francisco, planners are using variable pricing to reduce the congestion, pollution, and aggravation that come with big-city traffic.


China’s Quest to Adopt Electric Vehicles

The Chinese government’s effort to create an electric vehicle industry illuminates the promise and peril of economic development policies.


Tales of an Entrepreneur

The author provides a rollicking and detailed recounting of what it takes to build a social business in Africa.

Reviewed By Sam Goldman | Winter 2013

Governing Innovation

New York’s Center for Economic Opportunity tests new antipoverty programs from the mayor’s office.

By Corey Binns | 1 | Winter 2012

Picking Green Tech’s Winners and Losers

Unless clean tech follows well-established rules of innovation and commercialization, the industry’s promise to provide sustainable sources of energy will fail.

By Clayton M. Christensen, Suman ("Shuman") Talukdar, Richard Alton, & Michael B. Horn | 8 | Spring 2011

This Old Green House

Clean Energy Works Portland gets consumers—and the workforce—energized about weatherization.

By Suzie Boss | 1 | Fall 2010

The Wrong Risks

By paying so much attention to managing their own risks, philanthropists are no longer attending to the marginalized people who risk so much to make change happen.

By Sheela Patel | 1 | Winter 2010

A Lot of Hot Air

A popular Mexico City program for cutting air pollution from vehicles doesn’t work; in fact sales of new cars, used cars, and gasoline have climbed since the program's launch in 1989.

By Alana Conner | Summer 2008