Articles on social change from the latest edition of SSIR
Volume 12, Number 4
The fall 2014 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review features a number of articles on mission-driven for-profit companies. The Case Study, “From Petitions to Decisions,” examines Change.org, which has been profitable since 2010. It boosts more than 70 million registered users and is signing up new ones at the rate of 4 million per month. The company has ambitious plans to move beyond petitions to become a platform for a new sort of digital democracy.
It’s time to put an end to the “flat world” thinking that guides the work of all too many social change organizations.
Investing with a gender lens creates financial returns and improves the lives of women and girls and their communities.
Research on the needs and habits of the poor shows that nonprofits can serve a vital function in expanding access to financial services.
Philanthropic investment can close the funding gap between science research and the commercialization of science-based products.
Increasing numbers of businesses are adopting a social mission as an integral part of their work.
Seven lending organizations are teaming up to meet the large-scale needs of smallholder farms in the developing world.
A team of social innovators is devising ways to put urban India on track to a tidier future.
Taking a lead from LEED certification, a new standard aims to promote healthy construction of homes, offices, and other structures.
Field Report (formerly What Works)
In Nepal, a US-based nonprofit is partnering with the national government to deliver full-service medical care in remote areas.
An international design award based in Denmark celebrates products and projects that aim “to improve life.”
Thanks to the New Teacher Center, beginning educators gain support that will help them thrive in a challenging profession.
Viewpoint (formerly First Person)
An emerging business model that aims to reduce energy poverty holds real promise. But it needs a jump-start.
Leaders at the Atlantic Philanthropies are modeling best practices for winding down a large, high-profile foundation. Includes magazine extras.
Recent discoveries in brain science shed light on what holds the poor back—and on how to help them get ahead.
In China, a new kind of NGO has started to embed the values of civil society in its provision of social services.
Variances in the experience of producer countries strongly affect how fair trade markets have evolved.
Philanthropic activity is increasing worldwide in ways that reflect a shared ethos of humanitarian "virtue."
Traditional aid organizations and newer, more volunteer-driven groups view their work in notably different ways.
Books (formerly Reviews)
A "big think" look at the future of capitalism fails to reckon with the factors that make capitalism so resilient.
In one prominent effort to reinvent public schools, promise and performance don't necessarily match up.
Two impact investing pioneers offer a primer on efforts to generate both social benefits and financial returns.
Papua province is the epicenter for HIV/AIDS in Indonesia, the world's fourth largest country.
To be effective, collective impact must consider who is engaged, how they work together, and how progress happens.
To sustain collective impact, we must bring more rigor to the practice by drawing on lessons from a diverse array of communities to define what truly makes this work unique.
Grantmakers can catalyze connections and lay the groundwork for collective impact initiatives to take shape.
Collective impact initiatives must build the power needed to accomplish their common agenda.
The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions gathered scholars and practitioners for a conversation about engaging the community in a collective impact initiative.
Communities can suffer from too many initiatives, creating overlap, inefficiency, and frustration.
Successful collective impact initiatives embed evaluation in their DNA and use it to make better decisions about the future.
Emerging lessons on using data and resources to improve the prospects of young people.
Government policies too often impede, rather than enhance, collaborative efforts.
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