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


Global Issues


Innovations that address global challenges such as education, environment, and health


Social Entrepreneurship

Turning Success into Failure

An essential skill for innovators and entrepreneurs is the ability to turn success into failure.

By Timothy Ogden | 2 | Feb. 28, 2012

Global Issues

Do You Think 2050 Is Far Away?

We cannot afford to let companies push sustainability to the periphery of their strategies.

By Charmian Love | 1 | Feb. 28, 2012

Economic Development

Survey: Can Management Consulting Help Tiny Firms Grow?

Predict the results of two recent development studies, conducted by IPA, one of the world's leading poverty research organizations.

By Annie Duflo & Dean Karlan | 9 | Feb. 23, 2012
SSIR blogger Michael Horn is the executive director of Innosight Institute, a nonprofit think tank focused on education and innovation, and the author of the award-winning book, Disrupting Class.


Conversation Spotlights Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education

A variety of entities are utilizing online learning to launch disruptive innovations in higher education, making education more convenient, accessible, and lower-cost.

By Michael Horn | 3 | Feb. 21, 2012

Global Issues

Unconventional Solutions

As we create new ideas and solutions to society’s problems, we have to be careful not to become too wedded to them and think that they are universally applicable.

By Eric Nee | 1 | Feb. 16, 2012

Civil Society

Diversity and the Komen-Planned Parenthood Debacle

An important lesson that no one is talking about but that we all need to learn.

By Rich Tafel | 8 | Feb. 14, 2012


ReCoding Good: Part 2

From the Field Series: An ongoing report of the Philanthropy, Policy, and Technology Project, which explores the use of private resources for public good.

By Rob Reich & Lucy Bernholz | 6 | Feb. 13, 2012
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Akhuwat: Making Microfinance Work

A groundbreaking microfinance model is bringing out the best in society.

By Kamal Munir | 19 | Feb. 9, 2012

Technology & Design

Q&A with MASS Co-founder Michael Murphy

A new generation of architects and designers are raising expectations for the public interest design movement.

By Courtney E. Martin | Feb. 7, 2012
Rob Reich, Associate Professor of Political Science and, by courtesy, in Philosophy and at the School of Education, at Stanford University

Technology & Design

Thrun on the Udacity Model

A follow up to the recent post "Some Questions About Udacity."

By Rob Reich | 2 | Feb. 1, 2012