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


Tamara Straus

Tamara_Straus_SSIR Tamara Straus is senior editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review.


Environmentalists in Prison | Nov. 14, 2012


The Sustainability in Prisons Project is helping US prisons reduce their operating costs and providing ex-cons a pathway to green jobs.

Foundation of the Future? | Oct. 26, 2012


PopTech has evolved from an annual technology gathering to a social innovation accelerator that curates international conferences, initiatives, labs, and fellowships. Can it live up to its ambitions?

Fight for the Future | Aug. 15, 2012


The nonprofit Fight for Peace uses boxing to create a dialogue with hard-to-reach urban youth.

Community Empowerment | Feb. 15, 2012


Emory and Chris Rose are members of a multi-issue nonprofit—SOCM—that tackles health, employment, and environmental issues in the isolated and often struggling coalfield communities of Tennessee.

The Race Against CO2 | Nov. 16, 2011


The Chinese government's new five-year plan calls for increasing the energy efficiency of new buildings.

PopTech: A Conference to Break Cynics | 1 | Oct. 26, 2011


PopTech, the annual three-day meeting of innovators and do-gooders is a cynicism breaker.

Personal Democracy Forum Gets Religious | 3 | Jun. 9, 2011


The Personal Democracy Forum revealed that 2011 is a watershed moment for work at the intersection of politics, government, and technology.

Qaddafi Son’s Thesis on Civil Society | 1 | Mar. 2, 2011


The second son of the former Libyan president wrote a dissertation entitled “The Role of Civil Society in the Democratization of Global Governance Institutions: ..."

Creating Engaged Citizens | Nov. 17, 2010


Break Away connects campuses and communities to promote service-learning trips that inspire lifelong citizenship.

A Sobering Assessment of Microfinance’s Impact | 11 | Oct. 27, 2010


At a conference last week of leaders in microfinance, attendees focused on the nitty-gritty of the social impact of microlending, and the results of the discussions were both sobering and startling.

Five-Digit Giving | 5 | Jun. 14, 2010


How texting became young donors’ preferred way to make charitable donations.

Settling Up | 3 | Mar. 4, 2010


Upwardly Global places skilled immigrants in jobs worthy of their talents.