Articles on social change from the latest edition of SSIR
Volume 6, Number 4
If you read only one article from the fall 2008 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review, make it “Rediscovering Social Innovation”. In this article, the authors define social innovation and explain why it is the best way to produce lasting social change across all kinds of boundaries. In “Cultivating the Green Consumer,” find out why Americans who say they want to go green actually don’t.
Consumers say they want to buy ecologically friendly products and reduce their impact on the environment. But when they get to the cash register, their Earth-minded sentiments die on the vine. Although individual quirks underlie some of this hypocrisy, businesses can do a lot more to help would-be green consumers turn their talk into walk.
The world's neediest people are using mobile phones in ways that were never intended, and with great success. With wireless technologies, Indian farmers are finding out the latest crop prices, Nigerian youth are learning how to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, and Peruvian citizens are reporting criminal activity in their neighborhoods. Yet dialing into these powerful tools is not always straightforward. The author explains how to make the wireless revolution ring in economic growth and prosperity for people living at the bottom of the pyramid.
Certain nonprofits can take a page from business's playbook and learn how to attract cash for expansion.
Social entrepreneurship and social enterprise have become popular rallying points for those trying to improve the world. These two notions are positive ones, but neither is adequate when it comes to understanding and creating social change in all of its manifestations. The authors make the case that social innovation is a better vehicle for doing this. They also explain why most of today's innovative social solutions cut across the traditional boundaries separating nonprofits, government, and for-profit businesses.
In Berkeley, here comes the sun.
LivingGoods sends its version of Avon ladies—white-uniformed "health promoters"—knocking on doors in hundreds of Ugandan communities.
Rewarding the socially responsible with customers.
Using TV as an engine for giving.
Museum teaches about ending world hunger.
MBA students turn their attention to social enterprise.
Move over, Prius; here comes the Aquatanker.
Why the Soccer Ball Project—one of the world's first multistakeholder efforts to stop abuses of labor rights—is failing to protect workers in Pakistan.
LaserMonks, a multimillion-dollar enterprise, sells ink-jet cartridges and other office supplies online to support its Cistercian abbey in Wisconsin and to help others.
To share its expertise without jeopardizing its mission, FareStart spun out a new organization.
The Posse Foundation sends diverse students to college together so that they can lean on each other and lead their schools.
By tailoring its methods to local values and needs, Rare has slowly seeded conservation programs in 40 countries. Yet as more and more species teeter on the brink of extinction, the organization must expand quickly. Here's how the boutique nonprofit is delivering customized Rare Pride social marketing campaigns to millions of people in the planet's most fragile ecosystems.
Comprehensive reintegration programs will lower the U.S. recidivism rate.
How companies can respect human rights.
One foundation's approach to maximum impact.
Charismatic people spread happiness and well-being.
The polling place influences voting behavior.
Just do it...later.
CSR as competitive advantage
The violence, noise, and crowding of poor neighborhoods stress kids and parents, bringing out their bad sides and breeding psychopathology.
Economics don't necessarily determine politics.
The military's better than civilian life, say minorities and women such as Marine Corps Capt. Elizabeth Okoreeh-Baah, the first woman to pilot the V-22 Osprey.
THE SOUL OF A NEW MACHINE by Tracy Kidder
THE INSANITY OFFENSE: How America's Failure to Treat the Seriously Mentally Ill Endangers Its Citizens by E. Fuller Torrey
THE POST-AMERICAN WORLD by Fareed Zakaria
SUPERCAPITALISM: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life by Robert Reich
In this interview with James A. Phills Jr., the Stanford Social Innovation Review's academic editor, former presidential advisor David Gergen discusses his views on social innovation, why social entrepreneurs should be more engaged in politics, and how the federal government can work with and even fund social entrepreneurs.
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