Articles on social change from the latest edition of SSIR
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.
A new study highlights the realities of donor behavior and how organizations can redesign their outreach strategies to be more effective.
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 new generation of teacher education programs is challenging how teachers get trained for the classroom.
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.
YMCA and other national nonprofit networks are using their reach into local communities to deliver public health programs.
State-sponsored pensions for private sector employees aim to stem US retirement insecurity.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy aims to help donors make informed, smarter giving decisions.
At Center4, small organizations will be able to pool their problem-solving strategies and resources to incubate new solutions.
Kenya is about to become a world leader in mobile microfinance.
Field Report (formerly What Works)
A partnership between Fairfax High and the nonprofit Greenway Arts Alliance in Los Angeles has improved school finances and created a community hub.
Endeavor’s expansion to Egypt and Jordan is helping to create thousands of jobs.
MapLight, a nonprofit that crunches data to determine the influence of money in politics, aims to make government more accountable.
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.
Viewpoint (formerly First Person)
Intrapreneurs can accelerate solutions for the complex environment that companies face in the 21st century.
We need integrated solutions, not just investment capital, to address social problems.
The Africa Governance Initiative aims to support a new generation of African leaders building strong, transformative government institutions.
The CEO of the largest merged community foundation in the world reflects on the changing interests and identity of its donors.
To combat violence against women, mobilize feminist groups.
Tanzania might benefit from unexpected trade opportunities resulting from climate change—but the country must enact policies to take advantage of them.
More collaboration among activist groups leads to a broader repertoire of tactics.
Zipcar members may share cars, but they don't feel a sense of community.
Books (formerly Reviews)
The vast majority of neighborhoods in American cities do not "trade places." Instead, concentrated poverty and its opposite, concentrated affluence, are surprisingly persistent.
The author provides a rollicking and detailed recounting of what it takes to build a social business in Africa.
Networks, equal access, and read-write products are no longer just core design elements of the Internet; we are making them real.
The Sustainability in Prisons Project is helping US prisons reduce their operating costs and providing ex-cons a pathway to green jobs.
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