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


Technology & Design

Innovations in technology and design that serve the world


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.


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 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.


Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much

By Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir | Reviewed By Timothy Ogden

The new book Scarcity provides critical insights for designing better anti-poverty programs, but not for allocating scarce philanthropic resources.



By Ethan Zuckerman | Reviewed By Lucy Bernholz

Internet technology can help us to connect, globally and otherwise, but only if we structure it well.


The Nature of the Future: Dispatches From the Socialstructed World

By Marina Gorbis | Reviewed By Lucy Bernholz

In the world that's now emerging, pre-modern practices that emphasize personal relationships are returning to prominence.


Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age

By Steve Berlin Johnson | Reviewed By Lucy Bernholz

Networks, equal access, and read-write products are no longer just core design elements of the Internet; we are making them real.


Networked: The New Social Operating System

By Lee Rainie & Barry Wellman | Reviewed By Lucy Bernholz

Researchers from Pew and NetLab examine how the Internet, mobile phones, and social networking are radically changing our lives.


Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

By Peter H. Diamandis & Steven Kotler | Reviewed By Timothy Ogden

Two books argue that entrepreneurs and technology are transforming the global economy.


Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People Is Greater Than the People in Power, A Memoir

By Wael Ghonim | Reviewed By Micah Sifry

A riveting memoir by Egyptian revolutionary—and Google marketing executive—Wael Ghonim.