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




Innovations in health care policies and programs


Financing Freedom

Microlending in leprosy colonies frees residents from poverty, shame, and isolation.

By Meredith May | Summer 2010

Lucrative but Deadly

As parents spend more time raising their profitable coffee crop, they spend less time attending to their children's needs.

By Jessica Ruvinsky | Summer 2010

Containing a Global Health Care Crisis

Used shipping containers become health care clinics in the developing world.

By Suzie Boss | Summer 2010

Sell the Wind

What are social marketers to do when their target audience couldn’t care less about the change they want to make? Here's how one group got everyday people to care about alternative energy.

By Cathy L. Hartman & Edwin R. Stafford | Winter 2010
An Ecopragmatist
Stewart Brand

An Environmental Provocateur

Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto by Stewart Brand

Reviewed By Denis Hayes | Winter 2010

What’s Next: Fresh Faces at City Hall

To halt the greying of municipal government, the City Hall Fellows program offers recent college graduates a year-long stint working on everyday challenges such as transportation, public works, and housing.

By Suzie Boss | Winter 2010

What’s Next: Out-Greening Your Neighbor

Nobody wants to be the biggest energy hog on the block.

By Suzie Boss | Winter 2010

Tackling HIV

Grassroot Soccer uses the world’s most popular sport to educate kids in sub-Saharan Africa about HIV and its prevention.

By Corey Binns | Summer 2008

Smoke and Mirrors

British American Tobacco Malaysia has won the favor of the Malaysian government and people by making donations to cultural institutions, funding scholarships, and developing youth smoking prevention programs. But can a tobacco company ever be socially responsible?

By Alana Conner | Summer 2008

Marching to a Different Mission

When the Salk polio vaccine proved to be effective in 1955, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis had to choose whether to close up shop or to pursue a new agenda. The foundation first broadened its mission, but lost donations, volunteers, and public support. After honing its mission to birth defects, however, it recovered. Here's how the organization that eventually became the March of Dimes planned – and survived – its transitions.

By Georgette Baghdady & Joanne M. Maddock | Spring 2008