Volume 11, Number 3
A great deal has been written about innovation in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, but little attention has been paid to innovation in the public sector. Innovation does occur in government, however, and the pace of innovation is accelerating. To help better understand innovation in the public sector and how to create the conditions that foster it, the summer 2013 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review features the cover story “Unleashing Breakthrough Innovation in Government.”
Public sector innovators are improving government by replicating the market conditions that have fostered breakthroughs in the private sector.
Growing numbers of foundations, government agencies, and corporations in Europe are adopting venture philanthropy practices.
The nonprofit sector has taken on the management of a wide range of heretofore government services. Some portions of mass transit should be next.
NGOs, social entrepreneurs, impact investors, and philanthropists need to help slow climate warming.
Social Finance Inc. offers a network-based alternative to government-sponsored student loan programs.
To support entrepreneurs in emerging markets, investors are drawing upon a financial tradition that dates back centuries.
A community-based program in rural Kentucky uses face-to-face social networks to promote wellness.
The American Nonprofits Federal Credit Union will provide loans and other much-needed financial services to member organizations.
Field Report (formerly What Works)
The Liberty Hill Foundation concentrates on helping community activists create lasting change in Los Angeles.
With hard data and soft skills, Communities in Schools fine-tunes its model to reduce dropout rates.
A South African foundation is leading the way in creating mobile-phone-based solutions for social change.
Common Ground helps reduce the number of people sleeping on New York City streets by opening residential buildings for the homeless and impaired.
Ai-Jen Poo, cofounder and director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, is leading a movement of US home care workers.
Viewpoint (formerly First Person)
Health care communites can help.
Field scans are crucial for providing data about what has been funded and where funding gaps lie.
A wave of ethics transgressions underlines the importance of comprehensive ethics oversight for organizational success.
Getting promising drug discoveries out of university labs and into the drug pipeline is more difficult than it should be.
Where levels of workplace diversity are higher than average, the level of charitable giving also tends to be higher.
Protest movements don't emerge merely because people have something to protest. Many other factors come into play.
Racial integration in US schools has declined in the wake of recent court decisions to release districts from earlier desegregation orders.
Political reform alone doesn't ensure good government. Equally important, if not more so, are institutions that let citizens act collectively.
Books (formerly Reviews)
In the world that's now emerging, pre-modern practices that emphasize personal relationships are returning to prominence.
The disruptive force of the "new philanthropy" holds the promise of helping to reduce inequality. But will it actually do so?
Environmental conservation and business investment are not mutually exclusive, argues the CEO of the Nature Conservancy.
Solnechny Mir (Our Sunny World) is a Russian rehabilitation center that hosts more than 250 children and their families each week.
The president of the Rockefeller Foundation explains what social innovation means to the foundation and how it is preparing for the next 100 years.
Social innovations must take into account the complexity of social problems and foster solutions resilient enough to adapt and survive.
The old paradigm of government aid is inadequate. What's needed are innovative solutions that foster sustainable economic growth.
Organizations need the ability to both scale up successful innovations and create new ones, even those that challenge the status quo.
The mayor of Seoul, Korea, recounts his path to government office and explains why social innovation is central to the way that he governs.
Instead of treating poor people as a sink of public aid and assistance, we should view them as a source of new ideas and innovations.
Innovation is necessary to further social progress, and yet the challenges and paradoxes inherent in the endeavor cannot be avoided.
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