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




Civil Society

Time for the Plural Sector

To create a healthy society the plural sector needs to take its rightful place alongside the private and public sectors.


Nonprofit Management

The Promise of Lean Experimentation

By adopting a model from business, nonprofit organizations can launch, test, and implement new programs and services more efficiently. Includes magazine extras.


Nonprofit Management

Going Lean

Supplements to the article “The Promise of Lean Experimentation.”

By SSIR Editors | Summer 2015

Economic Development

The Time Bank Solution

For decades, time banking has been a relatively small-scale movement. But signs are emerging that it may be an idea whose time has come.


Board Governance

The Wall Street Takeover of Nonprofit Boards

Financiers represent a growing percentage of board members at some of America’s most prestigious nonprofits, resulting in poorer governance.


Technology & Design

Crisis Tech

Listening closely to users has enabled developers to create digital tools that support responses to the recent Ebola outbreak.


Civil Society

Getting Creative About Corruption

A group in Lebanon deploys a wide range of methods—from mobile apps to street theater—to thwart bribe-taking by officials.



Text the Vote

In a classic leapfrogging initiative, Libya has enabled its citizens to complete voter registration via digital messaging technology.



Booked for Revival

A combination of fresh funding and e-book technology will enable publishers to give new life to out-of-print scholarly works.


Economic Development

Source of Opportunity

Sama Group, a social enterprise that connects disadvantaged people with digital work, is expanding its reach to the United States.