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




The latest stories on social innovation, published each weekday



Ode to Representative Democracy: The Power of Factions Still Matters

It is still necessary today to protect against the power of factions; it is vital this critical aspect of American democracy is restored.

By Eric Friedenwald-Fishman | 6 | Nov. 3, 2011

Nonprofit Management

Justice Begins within the Social Entrepreneur Organization

Social change organizations should focus on creating a just organizational culture for themselves before bringing about global justice.

By Rich Tafel | 15 | Nov. 2, 2011
SSIR blogger James Vineburgh is director of research and marketing at Converge Consulting. Social Innovation


Higher Education Fundraising Redefined

A national study of alumni explores attitudes, motivations, and behavior associated with giving.

By James Vineburgh | Nov. 1, 2011
SSIR blogger Scott Sherman has taught courses on social entrepreneurship at numerous universities, including Yale, Princeton, NYU, and Johns Hopkins.


Teaching the Key Skills of Successful Social Entrepreneurs

What if we taught the key mindsets and skill sets that help make successful social entrepreneurs?

By Scott Sherman | 8 | Oct. 31, 2011
SSIR blogger Kelly Kleiman, who blogs as The Nonprofiteer, is principal of NFP Consulting.

Individual Giving

Beyond the “Will not!” “Will so!” of Tax Reform

Campbell and Co. sponsored a study to determine the impact of increased marginal tax rates and a cap on the charitable-giving deduction on giving.

By Kelly Kleiman | 2 | Oct. 28, 2011

Measuring Social Impact

What Can Philanthropy Learn from Moneyball?

In order to succeed, philanthropies, like baseball teams, must rely on both objective and subjective analysis.

By Paul Connolly | 2 | Oct. 27, 2011

Technology & Design

PopTech: A Conference to Break Cynics

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

By Tamara Straus | 1 | Oct. 26, 2011


Social Change Increasingly Requires Networked Action

In order to effectively create social change, we must use social connections and a networking mindset to maximize impact.

By Diana Scearce & Lori Bartczak | 1 | Oct. 26, 2011

Nonprofit Management

The Seven Patterns of Nonprofit Digital Teams

What we’ve seen across all organizations, regardless of size, is that digital teams are the biggest predictor of online effectiveness.

By Jason Mogus & Christopher Roy | 2 | Oct. 25, 2011

Measuring Social Impact

Making Money: A Bonus of Measuring to Improve Performance

Measurement can attract money. A nonprofit that can demonstrate results and improvement is more inviting to potential donors than one that can’t.

By Matthew Forti & Peter Kim | 1 | Oct. 24, 2011