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SSIR blogger Diana Jue is working toward her Master of City Planning at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning as a member of the International Development Group. social entrepreneurship

Technology & Design

Academic-Nonprofit Partnerships Can Pick Up Where Student Innovators Leave Off

Academic-nonprofit, cross-sector partnerships have immense potential to influence long-term development, dissemination, and diffusion of technologies.

By Diana Jue | Jun. 29, 2011
SSIR blogger Stephanie Wolcott is social responsibility director for the Alcoa Foundation in New York City and serves as content contributor to KIN Global at the Kellogg School of Management.


San+Co: Waste is Terrible Thing to Waste

A new social enterprise aims to provide a unique sanitation service to shantytowns.

By Stephanie Wolcott | 1 | Jun. 28, 2011
SSIR blogger Thaler Pekar is the principal partner of Thaler Pekar & Partners. She facilitated the opening plenary of the most recent Smithsonian Institute Conference on Organizational Storytelling.


Working with Stories

When embracing the benefits of working with stories, it’s important to keep two things in mind: engage empathy and embrace emergence.

By Thaler Pekar | 2 | Jun. 27, 2011

Socially Responsible Business

Explaining the Long-term Single Bottom Line

Publicly owned companies will be most effective in creating social benefit when they plan for a long time horizon and focus on a single bottom line.

By Daniel Altman and Jonathan Berman | 3 | Jun. 24, 2011
SSIR blogger Paul Rice is the president and CEO of Fair Trade USA.

Socially Responsible Business

Fair Trade: A Model for Sustainable Development

Fair Trade is a viable vehicle for producers to strengthen their positions and take more control over their lives.

By Paul Rice | 8 | Jun. 23, 2011

Global Issues

Less Epistemology, More Evolution

An analysis of Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo’s book Poor Economics.

By Timothy Ogden | 3 | Jun. 22, 2011
SSIR blogger Sean Stannard-Stockton is CEO of Tactical Philanthropy Advisors. Strategic Philanthropy


Large Foundations Dropping the Ball on Government Programs

The Pay For Success program and Social Innovation Fund are examples of the government turning to philanthropy for help selecting the effective programs.

By Sean Stannard-Stockton | Jun. 21, 2011
SSIR blogger Jill Vialet is the president and founder of Playworks and an Ashoka Fellow.


How Do You Create a New Normal? A Three-Part Path to Scale

At Social Impact Exchange, a forum dedicated to scaling high-impact social programs, investors wanted to know “How will your idea achieve scale?”

By Jill Vialet | 3 | Jun. 20, 2011
SSIR blogger Jonathan Kalan, founder of The (BoP) Project. corporate social responsibility

From the Field: Impact First

Social enterprises in East Africa seem to have two quite distinct commonalities: a comprehensive, impact-driven business model, and a plan to “scale big.”

By Jonathan Kalan | 3 | Jun. 17, 2011

Socially Responsible Business

Thirty Million Dollars, a Little Bit of Carbon, and a Lot of Hot Air

Carbon for Water is engaged in a loopy funding scheme and offers a lousy public health solution.

By Kevin Starr | 35 | Jun. 16, 2011