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




The latest stories on social innovation, published each weekday


Social Entrepreneurship

The Rise of Kant, MBA

The Age of Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprise is upon us.

By Scott Hartley | Jul. 6, 2011

Technology & Design

Banking Beyond Branches: An Interim Report Card

There is a need to develop simplified paths for mobile operators and banks alike to get on the inexorable road to banking beyond branches.

By Ignacio Mas | Jul. 5, 2011
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How the Nonprofit Sector Is Misusing Its Greatest Asset

Two ways that nonprofits can take more control of the narrative surrounding the poor in the US.

By John Brothers | 2 | Jul. 1, 2011

Technology & Design

Playing Games and Getting Results

A game development initiative brings individuals together to achieve real-world social change.

By Mayur Patel | 2 | Jun. 30, 2011
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