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




Investigating organizations and the people who run them



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


What Price Democracy?

A slippery slope: from good-willed private philanthropy in support of public goals to a system in which private goals predominate.

By Kelly Kleiman | 1 | Dec. 20, 2012


Keeping Climate Change Out of the Presidential Campaign

The complete absence of climate change from the first two presidential debates was the best thing that could have happened to the cause.

By Joe Zammit-Lucia | 4 | Oct. 17, 2012


Preserving the Meaning of Social Enterprise

Nonprofit and for-profit enterprises that prioritize social impact and financial sustainability need to band together and make the collective voice of social enterprise exponentially more powerful.

By Jim Schorr & Kevin Lynch | 5 | Sep. 14, 2012

Socially Responsible Business

Leveling the Playing Field

US Federal subsidies encourage waste and incentivize unsustainable business practices.

By Jeffrey Hollender | 3 | Apr. 5, 2012

Socially Responsible Business

Another Look at “Carbon for Water” in Western Kenya

There needs to be more scrutiny around the use of the LifeStraw water filter and more debate about the validity of its carbon for water deal.

By Kevin Starr | 2 | Mar. 12, 2012

Civil Society

A Platform Worth Spreading

Finger-wagging critics have missed the most provocative component of the TED empire.

By Courtney Martin | 3 | Mar. 9, 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


The Billionaire vs. “Free-riding” Multimillionaires

Philanthropy is not sufficient and taxation is necessary.

By Kelly Kleiman | Jan. 19, 2012

Economic Development

Is Fair Good Enough?

As Fair Trade USA changes its certification standards, a tempest is brewing among those in the coffee industry who see technology and transparency as the means to lift farmers out of poverty.

By Glenn Parrish | Dec. 16, 2011