Articles on social change from the latest edition of SSIR
Volume 12, Number 1
The idea of “doing good and doing well” has become a mantra for many business people. In the winter 2014 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review we feature insightful articles on two of the most innovative and popular ways of achieving these goals. “The Paradox of Fair Trade,” by Manel Modelo, explores the recent schism in the fair trade movement, and “Inside the Buy-One Give-One Model” by Christopher Marquis and Andrew Park examines the business model popularized by Toms Shoes.
The buy-one give-one model popularized by TOMS shoes is growing in popularity and in its social impact.
The successful 15-year campaign to eliminate mercury-based medical devices provides lessons for others creating large-scale social change.
In 2011, a rift opened within the fair trade movement. What are the tensions that drove otherwise like-minded activists to form rival camps.
In Accra, Ghana, social entrepreneurs are working to reinvent the public library for the 21st century.
Software from a group called Ultrasafe Ultrasound promises to make it harder to practice sex-selective abortion.
A $100 million foundation initiative aims to foster urban resilience in the face of disaster.
A state-of-the-art database gives nonprofit leaders a tool for building relationships with potential funders.
Field Report (formerly What Works)
Fitted for Work gives women what they need—from a new look to a new skill set—to advance in their careers.
The Dispensary of Hope is distributing unused pharmaceuticals to patients who need them.
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs targets a "missing" segment in emerging economies.
By bringing people together and by pooling resources, the Housing Partnership network expands the range of affordable places to live.
After a period of crisis and transition, Impact Hub has emerged as an organization that is partly a movement, partly a business, and partly a network.
Viewpoint (formerly First Person)
Civil society organizations are dramatically changing how countries bring an end to violent political conflict.
The long, hard struggle to alter US policy on HIV/AIDS assistance shows that advocacy can deliver a real payoff.
The right formula for creating a socially beneficial enterprise often includes a strong dose of up-front philanthropic support
After many years of operating on others' academic turf, nonprofit studies is ready to claim new ground.
In parts of the world, expanding cell-phone coverage brings with it an increase in violent activity.
People are more apt to behave in socially responsible ways when they think that others might take notice.
How a company supports employee voluntarism depends on whether it participates in certain kinds of external networks.
Spreading messages in remote villages is a matter of understanding the patterns by which villagers connect with each other.
Books (formerly Reviews)
The movement to reform public schools through competition and testing is a "hoax," according to a one-time promoter of the movement.
Urban leaders offer a model for tackling big global problems that nation-states are failing to address.
The founder of the Worldwatch Institute and the Earth Policy Institute pursues an unfinished agenda.
There's money to be made by selling "ruthlessly affordable" products to the world's 2.7 billion poorest people.
Every year nonprofits and government agencies partner to help resettle the more than one million new immigrants to the United States.
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