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Winter 2015

Volume 13, Number 1

The winter 2015 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review features a cover story, “The Dawn of System Leadership,” written by noted management and organizational thinker Peter Senge (author of the best-selling book The Fifth Discipline). In the article Senge and his co-authors argue that organizations need a new type of leader, one who can collaborate, build consensus, and foster what they call “collective leadership.”

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Nonprofit Management

The Dawn of System Leadership

To solve society's most pressing problems requires a system leader who can catalyze collective leadership. Includes magazine extras.

 

Nonprofit Management

Bridge-Building for Social Transformation

Well-designed structures of multi-stakeholder collaboration can achieve not just positive impact but long-term, systemic change.

 

Nonprofits

What’s Your Endgame?

Nonprofit leaders who ask "How do you scale up?" are most likely posing the wrong question.

 
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Socially Responsible Business

The Hidden Pitfalls of Inclusive Innovation

What business leaders need to know to create successful products and services for the poor in emerging markets.

 

What's Next

Environment

Airport Buzz

Amid landing strips and airline terminals, threatened bee species are finding a much-needed new habitat.

 

Government

Scrappy Solutions

A new regulation in Massachusetts aims to direct food waste away from landfills and toward more productive uses.

 

Technology & Design

Circulating the Internet

At two big-city libraries, patrons can check out a new approach to accessing a wide range of digital technology.

 

Environment

Taking Flight for Conservation

Despite their somewhat ominous reputation, drones are proving to have a wide range of beneficial applications.

 

Field Report

Arts

Growth Stage

A novel artistic strategy and a novel ticket-pricing model distinguish Signature Theatre from its counterparts on and off Broadway.

 

Government

Finding a Niche

In Colombia, the Center for Social Innovation is exploring how much government can do to facilitate social change.

 

Economic Development

All in One Place

Single Stop USA provides low-income Americans with a convenient gateway to a wider range of services and benefits.

 

Case Study

Nonprofit Management

Planned Performance

Here's how the International Planned Parenthood Federation is working to build a new global performance culture. Includes magazine extras.

 

Viewpoint

Food

Feeding Relationships

Social capital has enabled Second Harvest Japan to overcome cultural resistance to its operating model. Includes magazine extras.

 

Urban Development

An Absorbing Problem

To help low-income residents, urban communities need to build up their capacity for using investment capital effectively.

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Socially Responsible Business

Cuban Remix

In measured but far-reaching ways, a state-controlled economy is opening a space for socially responsible enterprise.

 

Philanthropy

Known Quantity

To be effective, the work of philanthropy should be not just innovative but also cumulative.

 

Research

Business

Brands as Targets

Companies with a high profile are more likely to become the focus of anti-sweatshop protests.

 

Education

Learning From Charter Schools

What happens when educators transplant successful practices from the charter sector to the public school system?

 

Civil Society

The Strong Effect of Weak Ties

Social connections help drive protest mobilization—as long as those connections aren't too close.

 

Food

In Aid of Conflict?

International food assistance can lead to a spike in the occurrence of armed conflict within a country.

 

Books

Government

Nuance in Government

A leading public intellectual, fresh from government service, explores the complexities of cost-benefit analysis.

Reviewed By Peter A. Ubel
 

Environment

A Climate of Mind

People tend to avoid reckoning with climate science—for reasons that have little to do with science.

Reviewed By Andrew J. Hoffman
 

Philanthropy

How Giving Keeps on Giving

Those who engage in altruistic behavior reap benefits that are significant and measurable, two sociologists argue.

Reviewed By Kieran Healy
 

Health

Design or Disrupt?

The Mayo Clinic achieves patient care improvements through innovation that is incremental rather than disruptive.

 

Last Look

Arts

You Go Girl

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has produced more than 3,600 murals throughout the city.