Articles on social change from the latest edition of SSIR
Volume 5, Number 4
Books (formerly Reviews)
Should water be turned into a commodity that only "haves" can pay for?
An innovative federal project turns retiring military personnel into teachers.
How Sustainable Conservation unites all sectors for the environment.
How for-profit clinics are healing and enriching the rural poor in Kenya.
How clear, brief mission statements inspire progress.
Most Americans give roughly the same percentage of their incomes.
Flattery, not good governance, reaps corporate directorships – especially for white males.
Five tips for designing workplaces that nurture great ideas.
How the vocal few can skew perceptions of public opinion.
You can learn more from your mistakes than from your successes. Paul Schmitz, president and CEO of Public Allies, gives a sampling of classic foibles of not only social entrepreneurs, but leaders in general.
To ensure that baby boomers' wealth does not fall short of its philanthropic potential, Randall Ottinger suggests applying portfolio theory to make wiser social investments.
SSIR Academic Editor Jim Phills spoke with Nike’s Hannah Jones about the sportswear giant’s extensive corporate social responsibility programs.
A growing number of foundations are offering low-interest loans, buying into green business ventures, and investing in other asset classes to advance their missions. To bring about real change, foundations need to make strategic mission investments that complement their grantmaking and leverage market forces.
Many businesses serving lower income communities languish because they can't raise enough money to fund their growth. To meet their needs, a new breed of private equity investment—development investment capital—has emerged. Although this style of investing is still in its infancy, it's already showing promise.
As the wall between the nonprofit and corporate worlds crumbles, many social change organizations are asking themselves: Do we stick to our activist guns, or do we cross the divide and work with business? Research suggests that social movements need both kinds of organizations to make the changes they seek.
How nonprofits win the dedication of their volunteers.
The human spirit endures in grassroots activism.
Clean technology is creating greener pastures for business.
To enrich Africa, oil companies and NGOs must cooperate.
Business trumps government in creating social change.
Where have all the public servants gone?
Conventional wisdom says that scaling social innovation starts with strengthening internal management capabilities. This study of 12 high-impact nonprofits, however, shows that real social change happens when organizations go outside their own walls and find creative ways to enlist the help of others.
Jafee provides an inside look at the world of fair trade.
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