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


Jessica Ruvinsky

Jessica Ruvinsky is a science writer based in Santa Monica, California. She was an editor at Discover magazine in New York and has contributed to The Economist, Science, and U.S. News & World Report. She has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Stanford and a bachelor's degree from Yale.


The Call of Violence | 2 | Nov. 20, 2013


In parts of the world, expanding cell-phone coverage brings with it an increase in violent activity.

The Power of Being Seen | Nov. 20, 2013


People are more apt to behave in socially responsible ways when they think that others might take notice.

Off-the-Shelf or Do-It-Yourself? | Nov. 20, 2013


How a company supports employee voluntarism depends on whether it participates in certain kinds of external networks.

Mapping Word of Mouth | Nov. 20, 2013


Spreading messages in remote villages is a matter of understanding the patterns by which villagers connect with each other.

Sponsoring Hope | 7 | Aug. 14, 2013


A properly designed sponsor-a-child program can have real, long-term impact on the life course of its beneficiaries.

Good (and Not-So-Good) Neighbors | Aug. 14, 2013


Major local events, with some notable exceptions, spur locally based companies to increase charitable giving.

Poverty and Achievement, Revisited | Aug. 14, 2013


Enrollment in a classroom with a high poverty rate doesn't necessarily affect individual student performance.

Markets Versus Morals | Aug. 14, 2013


In a market context, people are apt to betray their own beliefs about right and wrong.

Diversity Opportunities | Nov. 16, 2011


New research finds that some companies are increasingly pro-diversity and others lag well behind.

Making Businesses More Responsible | Nov. 16, 2011


Corporate sustainability reporting is increasingly mandated by government and the public.

The Evolution of Membership | Nov. 16, 2011


Membership in organizations is growing, but not what it used to be.

Global Diseases, Local Needs | 3 | Nov. 16, 2011


The diseases that get funded tend to be the ones for which funders can take credit.

Public Services 2.0 | Nov. 16, 2011


Technology can empower citizens to co-create some government services.

Giving Blind | Nov. 16, 2011


Watch dog organizations don't reach most donors.

Nonprofits Aren’t More Commercial | Aug. 16, 2011


A new study finds that nonprofits are not becoming more commercialized.

Improving Teamwork | Aug. 16, 2011


Collectivist, group-oriented teams do better work.

Undisclosed Pharma Contributions | Aug. 16, 2011


Most health advocacy organizations do not report industry funding.

How Leaders Encourage Innovation | Aug. 16, 2011


Transformational leaders capitalize on the creativity that employees have.

Cadaver Commerce | Aug. 16, 2011


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

Welfare Works Better than Bootstraps | Feb. 16, 2011


In Britain, the social safety net allows people who fall into poverty to pull themselves out. Americans who become poor are more likely to stay that way.

Turning a Profit by Helping the Poor | Feb. 16, 2011


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.