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Spring 2010

Volume 8, Number 2

President Obama has initiated a number of important changes in the way that the federal government funds outside programs. One of the most important of these is the US Department of Education’s Race to the Top Fund, a pool of money that states compete for by proposing innovative K-12 educational programs. In the spring 2010 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review, managing editor Eric Nee interviews Joanne Weiss, director of the $4.3 billion fund, who explains what changes she hopes the fund can achieve.

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Features

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Economic Development

The Ingredients of Growth

By choosing smart economic models and stabilizing political institutions, political leaders pave the way for fast and sustained development.

By David H. Brady & Michael Spence | 2
 
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Philanthropy

The Case for Stakeholder Engagement

Grantmaking initiatives often fail when the foundation remains isolated from its grantees and the communities they both serve.

By Kathleen P. Enright & Courtney Bourns | 1
 
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Nonprofit Management

Merging Wisely

Funders are increasingly pressuring nonprofits to merge, however, mergers are not always the right path for nonprofits in financial distress.

By David La Piana | 8
 
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Measuring Social Impact

The Power of Theories of Change

Improving the lives of disadvantaged populations requires proven theories of change.

By Paul Brest
 

What's Next

Education

The Flattened Campus

The world's first tuition-free online university hopes to dramatically increase access to higher education.

By Suzie Boss
 

Nonprofit Management

Leap Forward for Social Enterprises

Rick Aubry is designing social enterprises that can succeed on a national scale.

By Suzie Boss
 
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Technology & Design

Bite-Sized Goodness

The Extraordinaries have created a web-based platform that allows people to easily volunteer short amounts of time.

By Suzie Boss
 
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Economic Development

Namibia Experiments with Aid for All

The world’s first universal cash transfer program is in Namibia and provides cash with no strings attached.

By Suzie Boss
 

Field Report (formerly What Works)

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Human Rights

Airborne Peace

In Rwanda, Radio La Benevolencija uses soap operas to heal ethnic tensions. Listeners who tune into a weekly show about feuding ethnic groups are more likely than non-listeners to stand up to authority and to voice their own opinions.

By Meredith May
 
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Socially Responsible Business

Fun for a Change

Volkswagen believes that doing the right thing—taking the stairs, reducing litter, and driving an eco-friendly car—can be pleasurable and desirable.

By Aaron Dalton | 1
 
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Business

Settling Up

Upwardly Global places skilled immigrants in jobs worthy of their talents.

 
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Human Rights

Lessons in Courage

Against all odds, the Afghan Institute of Learning educates women and girls in a war-torn society.

By Suzie Boss
 

Case Study

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Environment

LEED the Way

The LEED green-building certification system is one of the fastest growing nonprofits in America.

By Brandon Keim
 

Viewpoint (formerly First Person)

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Business

All Entrepreneurship Is Social

Let’s not overlook what traditional entrepreneurs contribute to society.

By Carl Schramm | 24
 
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Measuring Social Impact

Dashboards That Guide Good

Funders can help grantees track their progress more effectively by helping them develop dashboards that measure key items.

By Anne Marie Burgoyne
 
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Education

Which Fix?

Some school reformers advocate starting over, while others want to keep the same students and site. Both approaches are useful.

By Justin Cohen
 

Research

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Human Rights

Long Suffering Falls Short

Guilt might move people not to relieve suffering, but to exacerbate it by rationalizing that the victims somehow deserve their plight.

By Alana Conner
 
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Global Issues

Interviewer Beware

When it comes to job interviews, self-presentation tactics—appearance, gestures, postures, flattery, and self-promotion—go farther than you think.

By Alana Conner
 

Civil Society

How the Danes Do It

How much inequality there is in a society depends on how inheritable the wealth is, which in turn depends on the kind of wealth that it is.

By Alana Conner
 

Philanthropy

Radical Grantmaking

Funders who want to catalyze radical innovation should make long-term grants, invest in people, and offer rich and frequent feedback.

By Alana Conner
 
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Environment

Tech Clears the Air

Manufacturers in the United States are building more and more products while churning out less and less air pollution.

By Alana Conner
 

Education

Charters Rock Exam

A recent study shows that the UK's charter (like) schools fare better than standard schools on national exams.

By Alana Conner
 

Books (formerly Reviews)

SMALL CHANGE:
Why Business Won’t
Save the World
Michael Edwards

Socially Responsible Business

A Mandarin’s Lament

SMALL CHANGE: Why Business Won't Save the World by Michael Edwards

Reviewed By Doug Bauer | 12
 
THE SPIRIT LEVEL:
Why Greater Equality
Makes Societies
Stronger
Richard Wilkinson
& Kate Pickett

Civil Society

Inequality Makes Us Anxious

THE SPIRIT LEVEL: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger by Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett

Reviewed By David B. Grusky | 2
 
SWITCH: How to
Change Things When
Change Is Hard
Chip Heath & Dan Heath

Nonprofit Management

A Handbook for Change

SWITCH: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

Reviewed By Dan S. Cohen
 
LOOKING FOR
THE LIGHT: The
Hidden Life and Art
of Marion Post
Wolcott
Paul Hendrickson

Arts

Bearing Witness

LOOKING FOR THE LIGHT: The Hidden Life and Art of Marion Post Wolcott by Paul Hendrickson

Reviewed By Bill Shore
 

Q&A

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Education

Joanne Weiss

Joanne Weiss is in charge of the federal government’s $4.3 billion Race to the Top Fund, a new program that is funding innovations in K-12 education.

By Eric Nee | 2