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Commentary and analysis on social innovation ideas and approaches



When Collaboration Doesn’t Make Sense

When should organizations build new capabilities in-house, rather than work with a partner?

By Mollie West & Andy Posner | 1 | Mar. 1, 2013


Sequestering the Sector

With the threat of a sequester looming, the charitable sector risks being boxed in.

By Melissa A. Berman | 5 | Feb. 28, 2013

Impact Investing

Defining Impact Investing: A Call to Action

It is time to clarify precisely what we mean by investing with the intent to create social and environmental impacts, and measuring our progress.

By Beth Sirull & Ben Thornley | Feb. 27, 2013


Has Venture Philanthropy Passed Its Peak?

We keep searching for the next new thing—at the expense of the tried-and-true.

By Joanna Jacobson | 4 | Feb. 26, 2013

Big Picture

Ten Years of SSIR

Stanford Social Innovation Review celebrates a decade of innovative ideas and practices.



Why International Climate Negotiations Must End

The poisonous atmosphere of climate negotiations has resulted in paralysis; we must now focus on creating dialog and cooperation.

By Joe Zammit-Lucia | 2 | Feb. 14, 2013


Collective Impact or Coordinated Blindness?

Competition across the sector with corresponding mechanisms to help organizations learn from these practices might better drive social innovation.

By Peter Boumgarden & John Branch | 1 | Feb. 13, 2013

Human Rights

The State of Diversity

As Obama addresses the most diverse Congress in history, a look at the state of diversity in the union of philanthropy.

By Jasmine McGinnis | 2 | Feb. 12, 2013


What’s Holding Back Mobile Phones for Education?

Mobile broadband will revolutionize learning networks around content delivery and workforce development.

By Linda Raftree & Nick Martin | 1 | Feb. 11, 2013


Building a Social Investment Market by Design

The work of the Social Innovation Fund should provide inspiration to governments looking to drive social investment at home.

By Jenny North | 4 | Feb. 7, 2013