Volume 10, Number 4
New legal forms that make it easier for a business to pursue a social mission, such as benefit corporations and low-profit limited liability corporations (L3Cs), are growing in popularity. But according to “The Truth About Ben & Jerry’s”—a critical look at the sale of the popular ice cream company featured in the fall 2012 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review—you don’t need a new legal form to do good. In fact, it’s possible for a regular old C corporation to pursue the same social mission as one of the new types of corporations.
Defining credible evidence has polarized into two camps that must be brought together to tackle social problems effectively.
The public debate around climate change is no longer about science—it’s about values, culture, and ideology.
It is time to move from innovation as an ideology to innovation as a process.
Contrary to myth, the sale of Ben & Jerry’s to corporate giant Unilever wasn’t legally required.
An open source web application draws on the wisdom of the crowds to give the blind access to images.
Free2Work is a mobile app that allows shoppers to scan a product for information on human rights and other issues.
Naya Jeevan aims to bring catastrophic health coverage to millions of low-skilled workers in India and Pakistan.
Green bonds have come to the United States.
Field Report (formerly What Works)
Better World Books has found a way to make a profit and donate more than $11 million for literacy programs and libraries worldwide.
Oregon’s land-use policies have preserved farmland and led to smart urban growth.
The Center for Community Self-Help provides financial services to those who can’t afford to live without them.
DKT International, founded by one of the largest erotica distributors in the United States, provides contraceptives to approximately 50 million people a year in the developing world.
Viewpoint (formerly First Person)
Open innovation enables behaviors that lay the groundwork for scale.
The successors to the Millennium Development Goals must take advantage of the power of NGOs, companies, and technologically enabled citizens.
The US State Department is redefining diplomacy and development.
Root Capital and Acumen Fund propose a system for program evaluation that is akin to GPS.
Due to the rapid growth of its cities, China's middle class is growing—but so is its urban poor.
What are the biggest factors that affect recruiting nonprofit volunteers?
Markets can promote economic development, as long as they are inclusive.
Economists are using a tool familiar to the financial industry to analyze climate change outcomes for conservationists.
Can financial education in grade school have long-term effects?
Books (formerly Reviews)
Can "movement marketing"—a means for companies to connect with consumers through social media—really lead to positive social change?
Researchers from Pew and NetLab examine how the Internet, mobile phones, and social networking are radically changing our lives.
Why do some people, systems, and societies bounce back from adversity and other don't?
Michael Sandel's latest book takes up the question: What are the moral limits of the marketplace?
A discussion of the ways in which growing numbers of communities are aligning resources and pulling together to create significant change on a community problem.
The nonprofit Fight for Peace uses boxing to create a dialogue with hard-to-reach urban youth.
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