Stanford Social Innovation Review : Informing and inspiring leaders of social change




Articles on social change from the latest edition of SSIR


Winter 2013

Volume 11, Number 1

Social media—such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn—is upending the way all organizations operate. Nowhere is this more true than in nonprofit fundraising. The traditional models of finding, engaging, and cultivating donors, volunteers, and other supporters has changed forever, according to “The Permanent Disruption of Social Media” in the winter 2013 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review. The article not only dissects the changes—it offers a new model that takes full advantage of social media.

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The Permanent Disruption of Social Media

A new study highlights the realities of donor behavior and how organizations can redesign their outreach strategies to be more effective.


Impact Investing

Closing the Pioneer Gap

More money than ever is flowing into impact investing, yet many social entrepreneurs creating companies that serve the poor still find it difficult to raise capital.



A Revolution Begins in Teacher Prep

A new generation of teacher education programs is challenging how teachers get trained for the classroom.



Learning from Coca-Cola

When it comes to expanding medical supply chains in the developing world, there is much to be learned from Coca-Cola’s global-scale production and distribution model.



Using National Networks to Tackle Chronic Disease

YMCA and other national nonprofit networks are using their reach into local communities to deliver public health programs.


What's Next


New Option for Retirees

State-sponsored pensions for private sector employees aim to stem US retirement insecurity.



Giving Smarter

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy aims to help donors make informed, smarter giving decisions.

By Suzie Boss | 2


Room to Grow Nonprofit Innovation

At Center4, small organizations will be able to pool their problem-solving strategies and resources to incubate new solutions.



All-Mobile Microfinance

Kenya is about to become a world leader in mobile microfinance.


Field Report



Investing in Arab Entrepreneurs

Endeavor’s expansion to Egypt and Jordan is helping to create thousands of jobs.

By Jamil Wyne | 3


Nonprofit-Public School Alliance

A partnership between Fairfax High and the nonprofit Greenway Arts Alliance in Los Angeles has improved school finances and created a community hub.


Civil Society

Follow the Money

MapLight, a nonprofit that crunches data to determine the influence of money in politics, aims to make government more accountable.


Case Study


The Encore Fellowships Network

In just two years, the Encore Fellowships Network used a network-scaling model to grow from a single pilot program to 200 organizations operating nationwide.




Impact Investing

Complete Capital

We need integrated solutions, not just investment capital, to address social problems.


Economic Development

From Dependency to Self-Sufficiency

The Africa Governance Initiative aims to support a new generation of African leaders building strong, transformative government institutions.



Redefining Community Foundations

The CEO of the largest merged community foundation in the world reflects on the changing interests and identity of its donors.


Socially Responsible Business

The Power of Unreasonable Teams

Intrapreneurs can accelerate solutions for the complex environment that companies face in the 21st century.



Human Rights

Searching for Gender Equality

To combat violence against women, mobilize feminist groups.



Trading on Climate Change

Tanzania might benefit from unexpected trade opportunities resulting from climate change—but the country must enact policies to take advantage of them.


Civil Society

Spreading Protest Tactics

More collaboration among activist groups leads to a broader repertoire of tactics.


Civil Society

Tragedy of the Common Car

Zipcar members may share cars, but they don't feel a sense of community.



Urban Development

Demographic Revision

The vast majority of neighborhoods in American cities do not "trade places." Instead, concentrated poverty and its opposite, concentrated affluence, are surprisingly persistent.

Reviewed By Robert J. Sampson

Social Entrepreneurship

Tales of an Entrepreneur

The author provides a rollicking and detailed recounting of what it takes to build a social business in Africa.

Reviewed By Sam Goldman

Technology & Design

When Life Imitates the Internet

Networks, equal access, and read-write products are no longer just core design elements of the Internet; we are making them real.

Reviewed By Lucy Bernholz

Last Look


Environmentalists in Prison

The Sustainability in Prisons Project is helping US prisons reduce their operating costs and providing ex-cons a pathway to green jobs.