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

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Research

 

Highlights from scholarly journals

 

Social Work as a Social Wedge

In China, a new kind of NGO has started to embed the values of civil society in its provision of social services.

 

How Fair Trade Grew

Variances in the experience of producer countries strongly affect how fair trade markets have evolved.

 
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As Giving Goes Global

Philanthropic activity is increasing worldwide in ways that reflect a shared ethos of humanitarian "virtue."

 
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The Stories That NGOs Tell

Traditional aid organizations and newer, more volunteer-driven groups view their work in notably different ways.

 

Big Box Protests Can Be a Big Deal

Community activists have a lot of potential influence on whether large retailers enter a local market.

 

Auditing the Auditors

Simple steps to reduce conflicts of interest can improve both pollution reporting and regulatory compliance.

 

Not “Better Than Nothing”

Combining charity with financial gain can seriously tarnish others’ appreciation of altruistic efforts.

 

The Upside of CSR

For companies, higher levels of social performance often translate into improved access to funding.

 

Broken Rules, Better Loans?

Loan officers’ discretion plays a large role in determining the success of a micro-lending organization.

 

Lean In—Together

Gender pay equity is higher in countries where women's involvement in advocacy and organizing efforts is more robust.