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


Global Issues


Innovations that address global challenges such as education, environment, and health


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

The People’s IPO

Lower-income patrons of Market Creek Plaza can now invest in the shopping center.

By Anne Stuhldreher | Winter 2007

Guess Who’s Socially Irresponsible?

Nonprofits aren’t as nice to their employees as you might think.

By Mal Warwick | 8 | 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

Rolls-Royce Radicals

Responsible Wealth, a Boston-based nonprofit, is convincing many affluent Americans to challenge the very rules that made them rich.

By Sandra Rothenberg & Maureen Scully | Winter 2007

15 Minutes with Victoria Hale

MacArthur “genius” prize winner creates drugs for the developing world.

By Eric Nee | 1 | 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

Networks for Good Works

Successful social innovators nurture close ties between members and infuse their networks with a common set of values.

By Joel M. Podolny | Winter 2007

15 Minutes with Alan Bersin

California’s secretary of education tackles the nation’s largest school system.

By James A. Phills Jr. | Fall 2006