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Fall 2010

Volume 8, Number 4

One of the most difficult things for any entrepreneur to recognize is when the time has come to turn over the reins to someone else. The fall 2010 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review features an article—“Freeing the Social Entrepreneur”—that explains why it is important for social entrepreneurs to relinquish control. The article goes on to provide a blueprint for the type of leadership team that social entrepreneurs should build, and how it is different from the team that business entrepreneurs create.

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Social Entrepreneurship

Turning Values into Action

To produce good outcomes, social entrepreneurs must learn how to articulate their values consistently and act on them.

By Mary C. Gentile | 4
 
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Civil Society

What Civil Society Needs

Without a healthy civil society it becomes difficult if not impossible to solve other, more readily apparent problems.

By Bruce Sievers
 
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Social Entrepreneurship

Freeing the Social Entrepreneur

Social entrepreneurs must recognize when it is time to relinquish control and create strong leadership teams.

By Chantal Laurie Below & Kimberly Dasher Tripp | 7
 
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Government

Beyond the Poverty Line

A new approach to measuring poverty is needed, one that accounts for multiple factors such as housing, and regional economic differences.

By Rourke L. O'Brien & David S. Pedulla | 3
 

What's Next

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Human Rights

Drowning Out Hate

The website Not In Our Town is combating prejudice by broadcasting anti-hate stories and campaigns.

By Suzie Boss | 4
 

Fundraising

Nonprofits Pipe Up

Chris Hughes, Facebook’s cofounder, has created a social media platform called Jumo designed specifically for nonprofits.

By Suzie Boss
 

Measuring Social Impact

Wisdom of a Smaller Crowd

Philanthropedia cofounder Deyan Vitanov wants to make it easier for donors to see the impact of the organizations they fund.

By Suzie Boss
 
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Government

Unlocking Future Savings

The English hope to sell social impact bonds (potentially paid for by the government) to raise money to fund new programs.

By Suzie Boss
 

Field Report (formerly What Works)

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Energy

This Old Green House

Clean Energy Works Portland gets consumers—and the workforce—energized about weatherization.

By Suzie Boss | 1
 
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Economic Development

Microfinance’s Next Frontier

LeapFrog Investments aims to insure the poor on a grand scale.

By Meredith May
 
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Human Rights

The Law of Networks

The Innocence Network, an international collaboration of pro bono legal and investigative organizations, grows rapidly and flexibly.

By Sam Scott & Jessie Speer
 

Case Study

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Corporate Philanthropy

Do No Evil

Google DotOrg launched in 2004 with bold ambitions and almost $1 billion in seed funding. But the results have been less than stellar.

By Suzie Boss | 6
 

Viewpoint (formerly First Person)

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Socially Responsible Business

Big Business Matters

Social intrapreneurs—change agents already working deep within business—are the answer for business’s woes.

By Judith Samuelson | 7
 
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Social Entrepreneurship

Monk, Architect, Diplomat

Three types of leadership are needed to build a successful organization.

By Mark Albion | 8
 
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Government

Innovating Public Systems

With these seven levers, social entrepreneurs can foster change in everything from affordable housing to child welfare to poverty alleviation.

By Stephen Goldsmith
 
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Arts

Collaborative Change

Bringing innovation to hard-to-change institutions.

By James Shulman
 

Research

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Technology & Design

Buzz Control

Social media is a powerful marketing tool. But how do you control your message once it goes viral and is in the hands of the public?

By Jessica Ruvinsky | 1
 

Fundraising

Put at Least One Egg in Another Basket

For-profit companies preach and employ diversification—and it would behoove nonprofits to have diverse revenue portfolios, as well.

By Jessica Ruvinsky | 1
 

Government

Receiving Aid, Receiving Respect

How people experience government programs directly affects their levels of civic engagement.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 
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Business

Unsoiled Reputations

Family-owned firms pollute less than nonfamily firms; and that is due to the family values that these firms were founded upon.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 

Civil Society

What Makes Civic Associations Work

What makes a civic association effective is not so much the resources and opportunities available to it, but good leaders.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 
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Health

The Value of Free

People are more likely to use products that they pay for, but when it comes to malaria-preventing bed nets in Africa, the opposite holds true.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 

Books (formerly Reviews)

SERVING COUNTRY
AND COMMUNITY:
Who Benefits from
National Service?
Peter Frumkin & Joann
Jastrzab

Government

Put the People to Work

SERVING COUNTRY AND COMMUNITY: Who Benefits from National Service? by Peter Frumkin & Joann Jastrzab

Reviewed By Chris Jarvis | 5
 
THE POWER OF
POSITIVE
DEVIANCE: How
Unlikely Innovators
Solve the World’s
Toughest Problems
Richard Pascale, Jerry
Sternin, & Monique Sternin

Measuring Social Impact

Survival of the Deviant

The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World’s Toughest Problems by Richard Pascale, Jerry Sternin, & Monique Sternin

Reviewed By Dean Karlan
 
BUILDING SOCIAL
BUSINESS: The New
Kind of Capitalism
that Serves Humanity’s
Most Pressing Needs
Muhammad Yunus

Socially Responsible Business

Hear, Hear for Profits

Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs by Muhammad Yunus

Reviewed By Rodney Schwartz | 3
 
THE CLIMATE WAR:
True Believers, Power
Brokers, and the Fight
to Save the Earth
Eric Pooley

Environment

Climate Soldiers

The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Fight to Save the Earth by Eric Pooley

Reviewed By Stephen H. Schneider | 5
 

Q&A

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Economic Development

Neal Keny-Guyer

Neal Keny-Guyer believes that wars, earthquakes, and other disasters create opportunities for Mercy Corps to help improve society.

By Eric Nee