Articles on social change from the latest edition of SSIR
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.
The microcredit industry needs to be regulated through policies that address high interest rates and abusive loan recovery practices.
Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, not the isolated intervention of individual organizations.
Disseminating innovations takes a distinct, sophisticated skill set, one that often requires customizing the program to new circumstances, not replicating.
Two veterans of consumer psychology, marketing, and entrepreneurship provide a guide to using social media for social change.
Worldreader.org is using electronic reading devices to catalyze a new culture of global literacy.
A low-income Cleveland neighborhood works together to revitalize the community in an environmentally responsible way.
Computer imaging technology gets put to work to fight child porn fast—five-millisecond-fast.
The Indian higher education system centers on one test. Avanti Fellows seeks to make the system more accessible to talented but underprivileged students.
Field Report (formerly What Works)
Break Away connects campuses and communities to promote service-learning trips that inspire lifelong citizenship.
How a private-public-academic partnership is helping people with serious mental illnesses find and keep jobs.
Governmental agencies in Oakland, Calif., are collaborating to serve at-risk children better, with good results.
Acumen Fund uses impact investing to tackle global poverty. It's approach has garnered attention, but does it change aid?
Viewpoint (formerly First Person)
How local governments and nonprofits can work together for large-scale community change.
A housing and health care charity for the elderly makes British history when it acquires a for-profit care company.
Companies that invest in their lowest-level employees are more productive and more profitable.
The Tahirih Justice Center multiplies its impact by creatively using pro bono attorneys.
While more money may translate to a higher valuation of oneself, but when it comes to happiness, money is no indicator.
Study suggests that for young volunteers, it's not just about résumé padding.
Young workers are, on average, less self-less than previous generations. How will this affect the nonprofit sector?
Research reveals why low-income minority neighborhoods are often the site of the worst environmental polluters.
Direct participation by African villagers proves that process matters, even when outcomes don't change.
Health education is at a crossroads, and interactive computer games may be a guiding force.
Books (formerly Reviews)
The Imaginations of Unreasonable Men: Inspiration, Vision, and Purpose in the Quest to End Malaria by Bill Shore
A FISTFUL OF RICE: My Unexpected Quest to End Poverty Through Profitability by Vikram Akula
CLIMATOPOLIS: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter Future by Matthew E. Kahn
The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It by Julian Cribb
Manish Bapna, managing director of World Resources Institute, is helping China manage its environmental problems.
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