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Articles on social change from the latest edition of SSIR

 

Winter 2011

Volume 9, Number 1

The winter 2011 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review features one of the publication’s most popular articles—“Collective Impact.” This article, written by John Kania and Mark Kramer of the consulting firm FSG, lays out a clear framework for how organizations across all sectors can work together to achieve a common goal, such as improving K-12 education or cleaning up a river. The Collective Impact approach has been adopted by hundreds of organizations around the world.

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Features

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Microfinance

Microfinance Needs Regulation

The microcredit industry needs to be regulated through policies that address high interest rates and abusive loan recovery practices.

By Aneel Karnani | 11
 
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Nonprofit Management

Collective Impact

Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, not the isolated intervention of individual organizations.

By John Kania & Mark Kramer | 65
 
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Nonprofit Management

Disseminating Orphan Innovations

Disseminating innovations takes a distinct, sophisticated skill set, one that often requires customizing the program to new circumstances, not replicating.

By Susan H. Evans & Peter Clarke | 2
 

Technology & Design

The Dragonfly Effect

Two veterans of consumer psychology, marketing, and entrepreneurship provide a guide to using social media for social change.

By Jennifer Aaker & Andy Smith | 9
 

What's Next

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Education

Curling Up with E-Readers

Worldreader.org is using electronic reading devices to catalyze a new culture of global literacy.

By Suzie Boss | 3
 
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Urban Development

Here Comes the Neighborhood

A low-income Cleveland neighborhood works together to revitalize the community in an environmentally responsible way.

By Suzie Boss
 

Human Rights

Stopping Child Porn

Computer imaging technology gets put to work to fight child porn fast—five-millisecond-fast.

By Suzie Boss
 

Education

Mentoring India’s Youth

The Indian higher education system centers on one test. Avanti Fellows seeks to make the system more accessible to talented but underprivileged students.

By Suzie Boss
 

Field Report (formerly What Works)

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Nonprofit Management

Creating Engaged Citizens

Break Away connects campuses and communities to promote service-learning trips that inspire lifelong citizenship.

 
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Health

Employment Power

How a private-public-academic partnership is helping people with serious mental illnesses find and keep jobs.

By Laura Gehl
 
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Government

Integrating Youth Services

Governmental agencies in Oakland, Calif., are collaborating to serve at-risk children better, with good results.

By Sam Scott | 1
 

Case Study

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Impact Investing

Market-Minded Development

Acumen Fund uses impact investing to tackle global poverty. It's approach has garnered attention, but does it change aid?

By Hima Batavia, Justin Chakma, Hassan Masum, & Peter Singer | 5
 

Viewpoint (formerly First Person)

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Nonprofit Management

Effective Partnerships

How local governments and nonprofits can work together for large-scale community change.

By Saphira M. Baker
 
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Business

An Unusual Merger

A housing and health care charity for the elderly makes British history when it acquires a for-profit care company.

By David Grayson | 1
 
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Socially Responsible Business

Investing at the Bottom of the Ladder

Companies that invest in their lowest-level employees are more productive and more profitable.

By Jody Heymann | 6
 
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Nonprofit Management

The Power of Many

The Tahirih Justice Center multiplies its impact by creatively using pro bono attorneys.

By Layli Miller-Muro
 

Research

Health

Can’t Buy Me Laughter

While more money may translate to a higher valuation of oneself, but when it comes to happiness, money is no indicator.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 
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Philanthropy

Volunteering for Number One

Study suggests that for young volunteers, it's not just about résumé padding.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 
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Nonprofit Management

Generation Me at the Office

Young workers are, on average, less self-less than previous generations. How will this affect the nonprofit sector?

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 

Environment

Bring Polluters Back In

Research reveals why low-income minority neighborhoods are often the site of the worst environmental polluters.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 

Civil Society

One Villager, One Vote

Direct participation by African villagers proves that process matters, even when outcomes don't change.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 
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Health

Virtual HIV Prevention

Health education is at a crossroads, and interactive computer games may be a guiding force.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 

Books (formerly Reviews)

THE IMAGINATIONS
OF UNREASONABLE
MEN: Inspiration,
Vision, and Purpose
in the Quest to End
Malaria
Bill Shore

Social Entrepreneurship

When Good Is Just Not Good Enough

The Imaginations of Unreasonable Men: Inspiration, Vision, and Purpose in the Quest to End Malaria by Bill Shore

Reviewed By Jane Wales
 
A FISTFUL OF RICE:
My Unexpected
Quest to End Poverty
Through Profi tability
Vikram Akula

Social Entrepreneurship

The Quintessential Entrepreneur

A FISTFUL OF RICE: My Unexpected Quest to End Poverty Through Profitability by Vikram Akula

Reviewed By Jonathan C. Lewis
 
CLIMATOPOLIS:
How Our Cities
Will Thrive in the
Hotter Future
Matthew E. Kahn

Environment

Climate Speculations

CLIMATOPOLIS: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter Future by Matthew E. Kahn

Reviewed By James L. Sweeney
 
THE COMING
FAMINE: The Global
Food Crisis and What
We Can Do to Avoid It
Julian Cribb

Food

Food Solutions

The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It by Julian Cribb

Reviewed By Janine Yorio
 

Q&A

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Environment

Manish Bapna

Manish Bapna, managing director of World Resources Institute, is helping China manage its environmental problems.

By Eric Nee