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

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Research

 

Highlights from scholarly journals

 

Lean In—Together

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

 

Do Volunteers Make Better Employees?

People who perform volunteer work, far from being distracted by it, tend to perform better at their jobs.

 

Fatal Flaw

After a disaster, donors to relief funds pay more attention to the death toll than to the needs of survivors.

 

Leading Indicators

Team dynamics strongly affect the level of commitment shown by volunteer leaders of nonprofit associations.

 
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The Call of Violence

In parts of the world, expanding cell-phone coverage brings with it an increase in violent activity.

 
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The Power of Being Seen

People are more apt to behave in socially responsible ways when they think that others might take notice.

 
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Off-the-Shelf or Do-It-Yourself?

How a company supports employee voluntarism depends on whether it participates in certain kinds of external networks.

 
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Mapping Word of Mouth

Spreading messages in remote villages is a matter of understanding the patterns by which villagers connect with each other.

 
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Sponsoring Hope

A properly designed sponsor-a-child program can have real, long-term impact on the life course of its beneficiaries.

 

Good (and Not-So-Good) Neighbors

Major local events, with some notable exceptions, spur locally based companies to increase charitable giving.