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The latest stories on social innovation, published each weekday


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

Global Issues

Improving Sales Offers for Improved Stoves

A unique sales strategy puts more environmentally friendly cookstoves into the hands of more cooks.

By David I. Levine | Jun. 15, 2011

Social Entrepreneurship

Now What? Young Leaders Are Changing the World by Working for Themselves

Growing numbers of young people are making an about face—turning their backs on working for “the man” and creating their own ventures.

By Carol Sanford | 23 | Jun. 14, 2011

Social Entrepreneurship

A New Business Model for Women in the West Bank

Fidaa El Tunky has created the first grassroots venture capital project for rural women in the whole of the Arab region.

By Iman Bibars | Jun. 13, 2011
SSIR blogger Rahim Kanani is founder and editor-in-chief of World Affairs Commentary.


Dr. Madhav Chavan

An interview with Dr. Madhav Chavan, CEO of Pratham, a nonprofit that provides quality education to underprivileged children of India.

By Rahim Kanani | Jun. 10, 2011

Technology & Design

Personal Democracy Forum Gets Religious

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

By Tamara Straus | 3 | Jun. 9, 2011