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


Social Entrepreneurship


Innovative ideas for social entrepreneurs who tackle society’s problems


Cadaver Commerce

The moral legitimacy of a new market can come as much from how you sell something as from exactly what you’re selling.

By Jessica Ruvinsky | Fall 2011

Perspectives from the Field

Two venture capitalists and an entrepreneur discuss the challenges and opportunities that innovators confront as they seek to improve health care.


Foundations as Investors

Social investors are experimenting with a profusion of creative funding mechanisms to help innovators sustain health-improving approaches and to achieve greater impact.


The Networked Nonprofit

Organizations should focus less on growing themselves and more on cultivating their networks.

By Jane Wei-Skillern & Sonia Marciano | 7 | Spring 2008

Mothers of Invention

Maternova is getting hundreds of life saving innovations to the front lines in developing countries using a new online platform.

By Suzie Boss | 1 | Summer 2011

Social Innovation in Washington, D.C.

A look at what’s needed next to create the right policy environment for innovation and results.

By Michele Jolin | 3 | Summer 2011

For Love or Lucre

A veteran social entrepreneur provides a guide to those who are thinking through the thorny question of whether to create a nonprofit, a for-profit, or something in between.

By Jim Fruchterman | 23 | Spring 2011

A New Type of Hybrid

Social entrepreneurs have taken the hybrid model to a new level, crafting it into a single structure that can operate as both a for-profit and a nonprofit.

By Allen R. Bromberger | 9 | Spring 2011

Better Vision for the Poor

Several social enterprises are attempting to provide eyeglasses to the 500 million to 1 billion poor people who need them. Why haven’t any of the organizations succeeded on a large scale?

By Aneel Karnani, Bernard Garrette, Jordan Kassalow, & Moses Lee | 10 | Spring 2011

Turning a Profit by Helping the Poor

Politically radical social workers didn’t expect to be working in a bank any more than white-collar bankers expected to be holding meetings in a crowded public market.

By Jessica Ruvinsky | Spring 2011