Articles on social change from the latest edition of SSIR
Volume 12, Number 3
The summer 2014 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review includes the Up for Debate feature—“Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World.” In this article, the authors argue that philanthropists should shift from the prevailing model of strategic philanthropy that emphasizes predictable outcomes, to an emergent model that accommodates uncertainty and learning. Joining the conversation are prominent thinkers from academia and philanthropy.
Nonprofits lag behind business and science in using big data effectively.
The polarization of US politics is imposing new limits on how foundations can influence the policy process.
Up for Debate
Foundations need to adopt a more emergent approach to strategic philanthropy.
In London, the YMCA is combining prefab construction with stylish design to create a new kind of affordable home.
A Web-based initiative uses analysis of social media chatter to locate hotspots of antisocial behavior.
Presenting content with a social message is the focus of a recently launched movie-streaming company.
In the wake of a recently passed law, companies in India are figuring out how to meet their CSR requirement.
Field Report (formerly What Works)
GiveDirectly relies on high tech and hard data to test whether large cash transfers can alleviate extreme poverty.
Thanks to ROC USA, residents of mobile home parks can gain a real stake in the places where they live.
Aflatoun, a global social and financial education program, is relying on partnerships rather than centralized control to scale up.
Viewpoint (formerly First Person)
Foundation CEOs play a complex, ever-more-demanding role—a role that may not lend itself to on-the-job training.
The work of transforming an organization starts with a readiness to question its scale, its scope, and even its core identity.
It’s time for people in the nonprofit community to reclaim the language of nonprofit evaluation.
Philanthropic efforts funded by private family wealth—long common in the United States—are on the rise worldwide.
Community activists have a lot of potential influence on whether large retailers enter a local market.
Simple steps to reduce conflicts of interest can improve both pollution reporting and regulatory compliance.
Combining charity with financial gain can seriously tarnish others’ appreciation of altruistic efforts.
For companies, higher levels of social performance often translate into improved access to funding.
Loan officers’ discretion plays a large role in determining the success of a micro-lending organization.
Books (formerly Reviews)
The first chief technology officer of the United States offers a vision for remaking public services.
The limits of technocratic, one-size-fits-all approaches to economic development have become all too evident.
A veteran corporate social responsibility leader reflects on “doing well and doing good” at a big oil company.
An emerging method for enabling innovation focuses not on plans or projects, but on broad social challenges.
Women and even girls continue to be the victims of acid attacks by men in Bangladesh and other countries.
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