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


Global Issues

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


Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development

By Daniel Immerwahr | Reviewed By Michael Weinstein

For policy makers today, earlier efforts to promote local community organizing yield relatively few lessons.


Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor Movement

By Thomas Geoghegan | Reviewed By Thomas A. Kochan

New ideas on how to empower US workers involve breaking free of current labor law.


The Creativity Crisis: Reinventing Science to Unleash Possibility

By Roberta B. Ness | Reviewed By Maryann Feldman

A survey of obstacles to innovation focuses erroneously on the supposed caution of university-based scientists.


Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

By George Marshall | Reviewed By Andrew J. Hoffman

People tend to avoid reckoning with climate science—for reasons that have little to do with science.


Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast: A Blueprint for Transformation from the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation

By Nicholas LaRusso, Barbara Spurrier, & Gianco Farrugia | Reviewed By Gabriella Rosen Kellerman

The Mayo Clinic achieves patient care improvements through innovation that is incremental rather than disruptive.


The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism

By Jeremy Rifkin | Reviewed By Timothy Ogden

A "big think" look at the future of capitalism fails to reckon with the factors that make capitalism so resilient.


On the Rocketship: How Top Charter Schools Are Pushing the Envelope

By Richard Whitmire | Reviewed By Catherine DiMartino

In one prominent effort to reinvent public schools, promise and performance don't necessarily match up.


Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government

By Aneesh Chopra | Reviewed By Sonal Shah

The first chief technology officer of the United States offers a vision for remaking public services.


The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

By William Easterly | Reviewed By Kevin Starr

The limits of technocratic, one-size-fits-all approaches to economic development have become all too evident.


The Social Labs Revolution: A New Approach to Solving Our Most Complex Challenges

By Zaid Hassan | Reviewed By Lucy Bernholz

An emerging method for enabling innovation focuses not on plans or projects, but on broad social challenges.