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


Urban Development


Social innovations that improve the health of cities


Confronting Suburban Poverty in America

Confronting Suburban Poverty in America offers a new look at American poverty as well as recommendations for combating it.


Housing the Homeless

Common Ground helps reduce the number of people sleeping on New York City streets by opening residential buildings for the homeless and impaired.


Why Nonprofits Should Operate Commuter Trains

The nonprofit sector has taken on the management of a wide range of heretofore government services. Some portions of mass transit should be next.


Habitat Builds Out Its Vision

In the aftermath of the US housing crisis, Habitat for Humanity is working to build not just affordable homes, but affordable communities.


From Vision to Action

From Vision to Action features tried-and-true ways to mitigate the effects of poverty in America.

By Jesse Conrad & Michael Saccocio | Jan. 25, 2013

Demographic Revision

The vast majority of neighborhoods in American cities do not "trade places." Instead, concentrated poverty and its opposite, concentrated affluence, are surprisingly persistent.


The New Chinese Underclass

Due to the rapid growth of its cities, China's middle class is growing—but so is its urban poor.


Climate Science as Culture War

The public debate around climate change is no longer about science—it’s about values, culture, and ideology.


Holding the Line in Oregon

Oregon’s land-use policies have preserved farmland and led to smart urban growth.


Networking a City

The Barr Fellows Network is changing the way work gets done in Boston’s large and entrenched social sector.