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Stanford Social Innovation Review

"Big Bets" From Unlikely Philanthropic Investors

Ned Breslin | Posted 06.06.2016 | Impact
Ned Breslin

"Why does such a large gap exist between what donors say they would like to achieve with their philanthropy and where they actually make their biggest...

The CHANGE Before the SOLUTION to Charleston's Tent City

Derek Snook | Posted 02.17.2016 | Impact
Derek Snook

Roughly one hundred and fifty people now live in a tent city under the main interstate and entry to Charleston. Tent cities are nothing new to Charleston but the visibility of this one is.

Climate Change: Changing Design, Not Minds

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 07.23.2014 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

Like many complex social problems, climate has been reduced to a religious debate -- you must believe as I do! But actions speak louder than words, and it's pretty easy to see where our past actions have us headed.

Partnerships Are Essential to Addressing Nutrition and Post-2015 Development Goals

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

There is a great deal to learn from the experience of multi-stakeholder partnerships in food and nutrition security. My answer to the question on their role in the post MDGs is that they are essential. Governments on their own don't have the funding, skills or reach to succeed.

Finding New Wealth for Environmental Gain

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 03.31.2014 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

Although social impact investing has been around for a pretty good while (e.g., microfinance, gender lens investing, etc), the reality is that investment vehicles for conservation has lagged behind.

Social Change via the Living Room

Rachael Chong | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Rachael Chong

In New York, we went to interview Erica Ford in Jamaica, Queens, where for 340 days she and her team, I Love My LIFE, had stopped violence -- not a single shot, not a single murder happened.

Moving Everyday Gun Violence Into View

Rachael Chong | Posted 03.16.2014 | Impact
Rachael Chong

Mayor Michael Nutter talks about Cities United and preventing gun violence in cities across the United States through cross-sector partnerships.

What Are We Doing About Gun Violence?

Rachael Chong | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Rachael Chong

With every horrific story of gun violence, we vow to amend gun laws so that they require universal background checks and ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Then, as the news coverage fades, so does our attention.

How-To Boldly and Bravely Bet On Yourself

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

To describe itself to itself and to attract new converts, it is common these days for the nonprofit sector to talk in terms of investment - obscuring ...

Impact Investing 2.0 -- What $3 Billion Tells Us About the Next $300 Billion

Cathy Clark | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Cathy Clark

Impact Investing 2.0 has arrived. We have the lessons of those who have done this work successfully for years at our disposal. We should now focus on these emerging best practices and work to bring the field to scale.

Measuring Success in the Social Sector: Depends on Who's Asking

Atul Tandon | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Atul Tandon

This enormous sector is in the midst of a revolution unprecedented in our nation's history. Within a few years -- certainly within a generation -- most Americans' views of the success or failure of charities likely will change.

How-To Listen Selfishly To Unselfishly Lead Change

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

In the course of interviewing dozens of Café Impact social entrepreneurs from multiple continents working on a multiplicity of issues using a myriad ...

How-To Interview For A Social Justice Career

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 08.17.2013 | Business
Jonathan Lewis

There's nothing all that unnerving about a social justice job interview that a really first-class miracle won't cure. In the allotted time you are ex...

Community Schools: Proving That 'Collective Impact' Works

Martin J. Blank | Posted 02.05.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

There comes a time when many fine examples of how to improve learning and life conditions for our children and young people hits a ceiling. They cannot get to scale, because as exemplary as they may be, they have an "isolated impact" on the issues.

My Three Favorite Things at Stanford

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 07.31.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Once a year, I teach a course at the University of California Berkeley campus about social entrepreneurship. But I also love visiting the Stanford campus for three tipping point reasons.

An In-Depth Interview With Eric Nee, Managing Editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rahim Kanani

I spoke to Nee about about the evolution of the publication, the state and promise of social innovation today, gaps in sector-wide research, and more.

Turning Billable Hours into Volunteer Hours: Five Ways to Capitalize on New Skills-based Volunteering Trend

Margot Pritzker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Margot Pritzker

With professionals time valued at $200 per hour on average, nonprofits can stretch their budgets by leveraging the professional skills of their volunteers.

How Art Museums Are Striving to Stay Relevant for a New Generation

Sue Bell Yank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Sue Bell Yank

The overwhelming consensus is that younger generations of Americans eschew the largely passive role of audience, and demand participation from their art institutions.

Planting the Seeds of Change

Bob McKinnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Bob McKinnon

A burgeoning underground of social entrepreneurs may represent our best hope for economic and social growth.