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


Global Issues


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



Citizen as Designer

By shifting the responsibility of the citizen from deciding to designing, we can redirect resources away from conflict and toward creating better ideas.

By Brodie Boland | 7 | Sep. 7, 2012

Civil Society

A Faithful Force for Good

Religious organizations are powerful catalysts for social change.

By Andrew Wilkes | Sep. 6, 2012

Economic Development

Trust and Technology

Together, the public and private sector can develop affordable and truly accessible banking solutions that benefit the world’s poor.

By William Brindley | Sep. 5, 2012


A Simple Method to Improve College Graduation Rates

A case study of Boston-area organization Bottom Line.

By Arshad Merchant | 3 | Sep. 4, 2012

Economic Development

Smartphones and Mobile Payments

The penetration of smartphones in the US has caused jockeying for position in the new mobile payments space—can this happen in developing countries too?

By Ignacio Mas | 1 | Aug. 31, 2012

Impact Investing

Social Media Won’t Drive a New Economy

Social media investments will not drive a new economy powerful and pervasive enough to employ millions of people.

By Jigar Shah | 2 | Aug. 30, 2012

Nonprofit Management

Becoming a Networked Nonprofit

Redesigning your nonprofit organization to become more participatory, open, authentic, decentralized, collective, and effective—via social media, networks, and beyond.

By Beth Kanter | 18 | Aug. 30, 2012


Business and Education: Powerful Social Innovation Partners

Fostering entrepreneurship education and social innovation skills in schools improves youth employment prospects.

By Caroline Jenner | 2 | Aug. 27, 2012


Food Security 3.0

The environment is the fifth pillar of international food security.

By Rufo Quintavalle | 6 | Aug. 24, 2012


Regionalizing US Food Systems

Exploring the role of regional models—takeaways from the University of Vermont’s first-ever food systems summit.

By Cynthia Belliveau | 2 | Aug. 23, 2012