Volume 8, Number 3
Social media—such as Facebook and Twitter—can be cost-effective and powerful tools for organizations to increase their social impact and enhance the way that they work. In the summer 2010 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review, Monitor Institute consultants detail how some organizations have become more effective by using social media to transform themselves into networked organizations. The authors of “Working Wikily” go on to provide a road map for organizations that want to do the same.
Too many people believe social value is objective, fixed, and stable, when in fact it is subjective, malleable, and variable.
Sustainability is the best way to integrate social, environmental, and economic impacts into all corporate decisions.
A few nonprofits are using social media to fundamentally change the way they work and increase their social impact.
SaveTogether wants to foster the savings habit among low-income Americans.
A new social enterprise incubator fills two critical gaps facing social entrepreneurs: mentoring and access to capital.
Used shipping containers become health care clinics in the developing world.
Play this online game and learn social innovation strategies to solve global crises.
Field Report (formerly What Works)
Mission Pie, a for-profit bakery and café, supports local farmers while training at-risk kids.
How texting became young donors’ preferred way to make charitable donations.
Microlending in leprosy colonies frees residents from poverty, shame, and isolation.
Riders for Health has created a novel approach to maintaining health transport vehicles in sub-Saharan Africa.
Viewpoint (formerly First Person)
Nonprofits tend to recreate within their own organizational cultures the very social problems they are trying to solve.
Scaling requires not only fidelity to core processes and programs, but also constant adjustments to local needs and resources.
What it takes to make change in the U.S. State Department.
Why nonprofits should court contributions that help both themselves and society.
People are more likely to engage in moral behavior when they are in a clean-scented room.
From warring political parties comes broad-based policymaking.
New research shows that buying green products makes people more likely to cheat and steal.
New public-private partnerships have led to big leaps in the exportation of Argentinian wine.
As parents spend more time raising their profitable coffee crop, they spend less time attending to their children's needs.
Global warming may end up helping some poor farmers who will be able to sell their crops for higher prices.
Books (formerly Reviews)
A PARADISE BUILT IN HELL: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster by Rebecca Solnit
GOD’S ECONOMY: Faith-Based Initiatives and the Caring State by Lew Daly
MOVING POLITICS: Emotions and ACT UP’s Fight Against AIDS by Deborah B. Gould
CREATIVE COMMUNITY ORGANIZING: A Guide for Rabble-Rousers, Activists, and Quiet Lovers of Justice by Si Kahn
Jeffrey Sachs believes we must lift a billion-plus people out of poverty while reducing our impact on the environment.
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