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


Urban Development


Social innovations that improve the health of cities


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.


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.


Delivering the Goods

Entrepreneurs are setting up shop in the nation's urban food deserts.

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Misapplying Theory

In his latest book, David Sloan Wilson argues that evolutionary theory should be used to illuminate and tackle urban problems.


Trees Fight Crime

A Philadelphia study connects green spaces to neighborhood safety.

By Jessica Ruvinsky | Spring 2012