Articles on social change from the latest edition of SSIR
Volume 13, Number 2
The spring 2015 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review features two articles about social enterprises that went through difficult times, and what one can learn from their experiences. The first, “Cause for Reflection,” is about a “philanthropub” in Washington, D.C., that failed. The second, “Entrepreneurship and Ebola,” is about an ethically sourced apparel company in Liberia that is struggling to survive amidst the Ebola outbreak.
In many parts of the world, corporations today are cultivating partnerships with locally rooted organizations that promote a multi-faceted approach to women’s empowerment. Includes magazine extras.
Rapid advances in technology are changing philanthropy in fundamental ways—making it potentially more rational, effective, collaborative, transparent, and democratic.
Bringing innovation to the public sector is famously difficult. But efforts that open up the public sector value chain to multiple stakeholders can deliver impressive results.
Conservationists are devising new ways to strategically use financial incentives—such as conservation easements—to preserve nature.
Through the Workers Lab, union leaders aim to nurture “audacious ideas” that might reinvent the US labor movement.
Researchers are exploring an unlikely venue for serving the critical health needs of African-American men.
In Boston, a new program will give low-income college students an alternative to toiling as unpaid interns.
To leverage data science for social good, one company is working to foster a bit of healthy competition.
Creating an ethically sourced apparel company in West Africa is hard enough, but when Ebola strikes, the challenges become almost insurmountable.
A financial literacy program created by the Charles Schwab Foundation and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America has reached a half million teens.
The relatively simple act of providing African girls with the money they need to stay in school has achieved significant results.
To reach base-of-the-pyramid markets, entrepreneurs need to align their business models with customers’ lives.
One funder’s willingness to shift course strategically has been crucial to sustaining a decade-long education initiative.
A highly focused effort in Kenya to treat worm infections in children delivers lessons on how to expand a proven program.
A program at Credit Suisse helps high-level employees—and valued clients—to master the art of nonprofit board service.
Benefiting emotionally from altruistic behavior doesn’t lessen—indeed, it increases—other people’s regard for that behavior.
Teachers who help boost students’ test scores also have a notable impact on students’ long-term outcomes.
The example of venture philanthropy in Europe shows how old and new forms of practice can coexist.
In the way that people think about end-of-life care, moral and economic motives converge and commingle.
For policy makers today, earlier efforts to promote local community organizing yield relatively few lessons.
New ideas on how to empower US workers involve breaking free of current labor law.
Can the history of a century-old foundation amount to more than the sum of its grants?
A survey of obstacles to innovation focuses erroneously on the supposed caution of university-based scientists.
A growing number of Maasai in Kenya are ending female circumcision and replacing it with other coming-of-age rituals.
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