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



Time for the Plural Sector

To create a healthy society the plural sector needs to take its rightful place alongside the private and public sectors.


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Blog Posts

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  • More than a billion people worldwide still lack electricity and the opportunity it can bring. But access is now more possible than ever.

    By Richard Dobbs, James Manyika, & Jonathan Woetzel
  • The real competitive advantage of social enterprise, compared to traditional charities isn’t revenue generation—it’s the ability to…

    By Dave Algoso
  • Four ways nonprofits can cut through the data hype and start using data on purpose.

    By Rahul Bhargava | 2
  • Three common and harmful prejudices against charitable organizations, and how nonprofits can subvert them.

    By Allison Gauss | 9
  • Creating a healthy, humane world will require more than new organizational designs. It will take rethinking the nature of organizations entirely.

    By Hildy Gottlieb | 6
  • Models that tie pedagogy to business have the potential to provide revenue to help fund education and practical business exposure for students.

    By Paul Clyde
  • Three ways corporations can more effectively partner with nonprofits.

    By Antony Bugg-Levine & Kerry Sullivan | 8
  • By applying behavioral economics theory to philanthropy, we can better manage grantmaker tendencies toward loss and risk aversion, and the…

    By John R. Ettinger & John T. Ettinger | 1
  • Caroline_Fiennes_Giving_Evidence_SSIR_headshot A flawed study on deworming children—and new studies that expose its errors—reveal why activists and philanthropists alike need safeguards.

    By Caroline Fiennes | 4
  • A look at how a number of Social Innovation Fund subgrantees are successfully developing program strategies for greater growth and impact.

    By Katie Mounts


All Podcasts
  • What nonprofits can do to maximize their influence on Twitter and through social media in general.

    Featuring Caroline Barlerin & Sammie Rayner | 1
  • After experience in Iraq as a part of the Marine Corps, Jake returned to business school and took on the challenge to alleviate extreme poverty. From this effort, Nuru was launched in 2008.

    Featuring Jake Harriman
  • Give Directly offers a simpler, more personal route of donation - connecting donor to recipient. In this podcast, Paul discusses how technology, a commitment to efficiency, and dedication to improving the donation process on both ends, has made Give Directly a success.

    Featuring Paul Niehaus | 1
  • In this podcast, Professor Sutton overviews his findings in studying methods for successfully scaling excellence and explains the importance of taking a logical and thought out approach to scaling.

    Featuring Robert Sutton
  • ENOVA was recently recognized as the winner of Tech Awards 2013 in the Education category for its incredible social impact.

    Featuring Jorge Camil Starr | 2
  • Liesolette Heederick tells us about Nazava Water Filters, winner of Tech Awards 2013 in the Health category for its innovative solution to lack of clean water accessibility in Indonesia.

    Featuring Lieselotte Heederik
  • Kreger describes how Potential Energy, winner of Tech Awards 2013 in the Economic Empowerment category, innovatively tackles social issues as a nonprofit venture.

    Featuring Michelle Kreger
  • In this podcast, Benjamin describes TOHL’s rise to be a global industry leader in water logistics and infrastructure, and how it has been changing lives in the process.

    Featuring Benjamin Cohen | 1
  • Robert Swan, an inspirational speaker who founded 2041 and the first man to walk to both global poles, addresses his audience about the relationship between passion and reaching goals.

    Featuring Robert Swan
  • In this audio lecture, Carl Bass, President and CEO of Autodesk, discusses at Social Innovation Summit 2013 the application of design to solve social problems.

    Featuring Carl Bass | 1


All Webinars
  • This webinar is part of a two-webinar package on Advancing Women. With growing data on the powerful impacts of increased gender equality in…

    Marissa Wesely, Dina Dublon, Daniel Jae-Won Lee, & Muadi Mukenge
  • This webinar is part of a two-webinar package on Advancing Women. The world is waking up to the economic power of women. A growing number of…

    Jackie VanderBrug, Sarah Kaplan, Sharon Vosmek, & Catherine Gill
  • For nonprofits and other social purpose organizations, the work of developing, testing, and launching new programs and services for…

    Peter Murray, Steve Ma, Palak Shah, & Justin Ruben
  • Nonprofits need money—to expand their reach, to increase their impact. And they never have enough of it. At many boldly ambitious nonprofit…

    William F. Meehan III, Kim Starkey Jonker, Ernie Iseminger, & Johann Koss
  • How we communicate is changing—rapidly. Every day, it seems, a new innovation comes along that transforms the way people connect and share…

    Sean Gibbons, Fred Mann, Daniella Gibbs Léger, Kevin Nix, & Andrew Sherry
  • What does it mean to be a system leader?  What does it take to catalyze collective leadership? Join Peter Senge, author of The Fifth…

    Peter Senge, Darcy Winslow, & Molly Baldwin
  • How do you scale up? How, in other words, do you increase the size of your organizations in an effort to achieve greater impact? It’s a…

    Alice Gugelev, Andrew Stern, Mitchell Besser, Willy Foote, & Taz Tagore
  • An increasing number of philanthropists and foundations are considering a limited-life strategy as a way to maximize impact in their own…

    Christopher Oechsli, David La Piana, & Sherrilyn Ifill
  • Talent matters! It’s widely accepted that people, not programs, drive the success of nonprofits and other social sector organizations. Yet…

    Monisha Kapila, Liz Maw, & Linda Wood
  • This webinar is part three of a three-part series on Core Components for Driving Greater Impact, moderated by Alexa Cortes Culwell, founder…

    Alexa Cortes Culwell, Antony Bugg-Levine, & Janet Gless