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Summer 2010

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.

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Measuring Social Impact

Measuring Social Value

Too many people believe social value is objective, fixed, and stable, when in fact it is subjective, malleable, and variable.

By Geoff Mulgan | 6
 

Business

Thinking Straight About Sustainability

Sustainability is the best way to integrate social, environmental, and economic impacts into all corporate decisions.

By Marc J. Epstein
 

Nonprofit Management

Working Wikily

A few nonprofits are using social media to fundamentally change the way they work and increase their social impact.

By Diana Scearce, Gabriel Kasper, & Heather McLeod Grant | 4
 

Business

A Good Business for Poor People

Microfranchising poses fewer risks and offers greater benefits than does creating a new business from scratch.

By Lisa Jones Christensen, David Lehr, & Jason Fairbourne | 1
 

What's Next

Economic Development

Big Payoffs from Small Savings

SaveTogether wants to foster the savings habit among low-income Americans.

By Suzie Boss
 

Social Entrepreneurship

Unreasonable and Ready

A new social enterprise incubator fills two critical gaps facing social entrepreneurs: mentoring and access to capital.

By Suzie Boss
 

Health

Containing a Global Health Care Crisis

Used shipping containers become health care clinics in the developing world.

By Suzie Boss
 

Technology & Design

Game-Changers of the World, Unite

Play this online game and learn social innovation strategies to solve global crises.

By Suzie Boss
 

Field Report (formerly What Works)

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Socially Responsible Business

A Bigger Pie

Mission Pie, a for-profit bakery and café, supports local farmers while training at-risk kids.

By Sam Scott
 

Fundraising

Five-Digit Giving

How texting became young donors’ preferred way to make charitable donations.

 

Microfinance

Financing Freedom

Microlending in leprosy colonies frees residents from poverty, shame, and isolation.

By Meredith May
 

Case Study

Health

Fueling Growth

Riders for Health has created a novel approach to maintaining health transport vehicles in sub-Saharan Africa.

By Sonali Rammohan
 

Viewpoint (formerly First Person)

Nonprofit Management

The Nonprofit Paradox

Nonprofits tend to recreate within their own organizational cultures the very social problems they are trying to solve.

By David La Piana | 10
 

Nonprofit Management

Scaling Impact

Scaling requires not only fidelity to core processes and programs, but also constant adjustments to local needs and resources.

By Jeffrey Bradach | 13
 

Government

Patience and Perseverance

What it takes to make change in the U.S. State Department.

By Goli Ameri
 

Fundraising

The Mouths of Gift Horses

Why nonprofits should court contributions that help both themselves and society.

By Henry E. Riggs | 1
 

Research

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Philanthropy

Next to Godliness

People are more likely to engage in moral behavior when they are in a clean-scented room.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 

Government

House Divided

From warring political parties comes broad-based policymaking.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 

Environment

Evil Green

New research shows that buying green products makes people more likely to cheat and steal.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 

Government

Fermenting Innovation

New public-private partnerships have led to big leaps in the exportation of Argentinian wine.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 
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Economic Development

Lucrative but Deadly

As parents spend more time raising their profitable coffee crop, they spend less time attending to their children's needs.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 

Food

Local Warming

Global warming may end up helping some poor farmers who will be able to sell their crops for higher prices.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 

Books (formerly Reviews)

A PARADISE BUILT
IN HELL: The
Extraordinary
Communities That
Arise in Disaster
Rebecca Solnit

Civil Society

Come on up to the Rising

A PARADISE BUILT IN HELL: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster by Rebecca Solnit

Reviewed By Jonathan D. Greenberg
 
GOD’S ECONOMY:
Faith-Based
Initiatives and the
Caring State
Lew Daly

Civil Society

Faith Tempered by Reality

GOD’S ECONOMY: Faith-Based Initiatives and the Caring State by Lew Daly

Reviewed By Robert Wineburg
 
MOVING POLITICS:
Emotions and ACT
UP’s Fight Against AIDS
Deborah B. Gould

Human Rights

Doing Good by Being Bad

MOVING POLITICS: Emotions and ACT UP’s Fight Against AIDS by Deborah B. Gould

Reviewed By James M. Jasper
 
CREATIVE
COMMUNITY
ORGANIZING: A
Guide for Rabble-
Rousers, Activists,
and Quiet Lovers
of Justice
Si Kahn

Human Rights

Lessons from an Organizer

CREATIVE COMMUNITY ORGANIZING: A Guide for Rabble-Rousers, Activists, and Quiet Lovers of Justice by Si Kahn

Reviewed By Hahrie Han
 

Q&A

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Environment

Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs believes we must lift a billion-plus people out of poverty while reducing our impact on the environment.

By Eric Nee | 9