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


Urban Development


Social innovations that improve the health of cities


Integrating Youth Services

Governmental agencies in Oakland, Calif., are collaborating to serve at-risk children better, with good results.

By Sam Scott | 1 | Winter 2011

Banking on Change

Express Credit Union reopens in Seattle to serve the unbanked, underbanked, and want-to-be-banked.

By Suzie Boss | Fall 2009

Putting More Fun into Play

In a new playground in Manhattan, "play associates" will encourage youthful creativity while reminding parents and nannies to take a giant step back.

By Suzie Boss | Fall 2009

Outrun the Recession

The seven healthy habits of nonprofits most likely to survive the economic downturn.

By Alan Tuck, Don Howard & William Foster | 6 | Winter 2010
An Ecopragmatist
Stewart Brand

An Environmental Provocateur

Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto by Stewart Brand

Reviewed By Denis Hayes | Winter 2010

Grow Your Own

Forget about luring big companies with tax incentives and subsidized space. Chris Gibbons focuses Littleton, Colorado's efforts on growing home-town businesses.

By Anne Stuhldreher | Winter 2010

Ten Nonprofit Funding Models

For-profit executives use business models—such as "low-cost provider" or "the razor and the razor blade"—as a shorthand way to describe the way companies are built and sustained. Nonprofit executives are not as explicit about their funding models and have not had an equivalent lexicon—until now.

By William Landes Foster, Peter Kim, & Barbara Christiansen | 52 | Spring 2009

Review: Random Family

Waller offers an intimate exposé of crime and drugs in the inner city.

Reviewed By Anitra Lynn Waller | Fall 2004

Review: Civic Revolutionaries

Cross-sector collaboration is the key to community revitalization.

Reviewed By Dawn Ibis | Spring 2004

15 Minutes with Kevin Johnson

SSIR Academic Editor Jim Phills sat down with former NBA superstar Kevin Johnson to discuss how he's revitalizing his old inner-city neighborhood.

By James A. Phills, Jr. | 3 | Spring 2007