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Published: 2018-02-14T16:54:00+00:00

 



New Year, New Brand? (Blog)

2018-02-22T17:15:00+00:00

Three questions that can help nonprofits determine whether its time to refresh their brand.



Using Human-Centered Design to Advance Civic Engagement in Nonprofits (Blog)

2018-02-21T17:15:00+00:00

Civic engagement efforts in the United States are becoming a renewed priority for nonprofits, but they can seem like a strain. Human-centered design can help.



Using Story to Change Systems (Blog)

2018-02-20T19:12:00+00:00

We need to develop new processes of collective storytelling across sectors to navigate turbulent times and foster systems change.



Small Data for Big Impact (Blog)

2018-02-16T17:15:00+00:00

Small data can transform opportunities and quality of life for underserved communities, and help address the biases of big data.



Making Founder Successions Work

2018-02-14T19:54:00+00:00

Nonprofits benefit when they carefully plan an extended role for founders who step down.



The Next Phase of Business Sustainability

2018-02-14T19:30:00+00:00

Corporations are ushering in a new age of sustainability by actively transforming the market to make it more sustainable.



Four Strategies for Large Systems Change

2018-02-14T19:15:00+00:00

To create systems of societal change, we need to become clearer about the archetypes of societal change strategies, their strengths and weaknesses, and their interactions.



The Civic Science Imperative

2018-02-14T19:00:00+00:00

Philanthropy has a vital role to play in building a culture of “civic science,” in which scientists take active roles as citizens and citizens engage with scientific research.



SSIR’s 15th Anniversary (Blog)

2018-02-14T18:29:00+00:00

Since 2003, Stanford Social Innovation Review has provided a forum for social-change leaders to share new ideas and best practices, and learn from one another.



Raising Opioid Addicts from the Dead

2018-02-14T18:26:00+00:00

North Carolina’s Project Lazarus has brought harm-reduction principles to Appalachia to address the opioid addiction crisis.



Waging Lawfare to Save the Planet

2018-02-14T18:18:00+00:00

ClientEarth has taken a US-style legal strategy of protecting the environment across the Atlantic and found surprising success.



A Space for Refugees

2018-02-14T18:17:00+00:00

An ambitious community project is helping Amsterdam’s newest residents find both dignified work and a social network.



Building Community by Sharing Books

2018-02-14T18:15:00+00:00

Little Free Libraries draw neighbors together on street corners, on school campuses, and in police stations.



Algae for Food and Green Jobs

2018-02-14T18:07:00+00:00

EnerGaia is growing spirulina to feed people and help the environment.



Taking Kids Off the Streets in Nigeria

2018-02-14T18:06:00+00:00

Street Priests ministers to the homeless children of Calabar, Nigeria, to help them find a better path.



Digital Natives Collect Community Needs

2018-02-14T18:06:00+00:00

Humanitas AI has created a smartphone app to enable young people to coordinate social projects.



Free College

2018-02-14T18:05:00+00:00

San Francisco’s Free City program covers tuition at its community college through a real estate transaction tax.



Women, Prosperity, and Social Change in India (Blog)

2018-02-14T17:15:00+00:00

Social enterprise, which promises both economic empowerment and social trans-formation, is driving tremendous positive change in the lives of women in India. But it is also at the heart of a growing debate about the past and future of India's social sector.



Taps and Toilets for All

2018-02-14T16:54:00+00:00

Microfinance for water and sanitation enables people to find their own solutions.



Let Refugees Be Their Own Solution

2018-02-14T16:49:00+00:00

Better policies in host countries can enable refugees to rebuild their lives and contribute to host economies.



Social Enterprise Is Not Social Change

2018-02-14T16:39:00+00:00

Solving systemic social problems takes people, politics, and power—not more social entrepreneurship.



Reproductive Health Care by Mail

2018-02-14T16:30:00+00:00

It is time to give US women the convenience and autonomy of birth control and abortion pills that women elsewhere enjoy.



Nonprofit Crime Reduction

2018-02-14T16:10:00+00:00

Community organizations devoted to reducing crime have shown results.



Teaching to the Life Test

2018-02-14T16:00:00+00:00

The ability of teachers to improve students’ non-cognitive abilities may have greater importance than test scores.



Workplace Volunteering Culture

2018-02-14T15:57:00+00:00

Companies that create a climate of volunteering can see benefits even among non-volunteers.



Gender and Social Ventures

2018-02-14T15:52:00+00:00

Presence of female business leaders in community can bolster launching female-led social enterprises.



A Revolution in Science Collaboration?

2018-02-14T15:46:00+00:00

A new era of scientific collaboration demands new measures and models for gauging its effectiveness.



Organizations for All

2018-02-14T15:41:00+00:00

When the rights and benefits of formal organization became available to all, it unleashed a new social order and greater economic dynamism.



Year of the Woman

2018-02-14T15:09:00+00:00

From the Women’s March to #MeToo, women have risen up to change politics and society.



Challenging Conventional Wisdom on Nonprofit Boards (Blog)

2018-02-13T17:15:00+00:00

Rethinking board sizes, term limits, and fundraising requirements may help unlock greater strategic insight and value from your board.



The AI Invasion is Coming to Africa (and It’s a Good Thing) (Blog)

2018-02-12T18:04:00+00:00

Before Africa can reap the benefits of artificial intelligence, African governments, investors, and NGOs must train workers for complex tasks, and reform laws and education to meet the demands of tomorrow's economy.



Ensuring That Skilled Volunteers Land with Impact (Blog)

2018-02-09T17:15:00+00:00

Without the proper planning, preparation, and long-term thinking, skills-based volunteers and the organizations that sponsor them can easily do more harm than good.



The Mindsets and Motives of New Donors (Blog)

2018-02-07T17:15:00+00:00

There is enormous potential for the social sector to help new donors become more self-aware, intentional, and strategic in their giving.



What Makes Nonprofit Digital Teams Successful Today? (Blog)

2018-02-06T17:15:00+00:00

A look at the new landscape of nonprofit digital advocacy and engagement.



Systems Change—Big or Small? (Blog)

2018-02-05T17:15:00+00:00

To tap the full potential of a systems change approach, we should not limit our thinking to large, transformational changes. We should also include smaller, more targeted changes.



Chasing the Holy Grail of Outcomes (Blog)

2018-02-02T17:15:00+00:00

Philanthropists need to acknowledge the challenges nonprofits face in reporting succinct and compelling outcomes, and to avoid celebrating simplistic claims.



Beyond Policy: How Gendered Interactions on the Ground Shape Development (Blog)

2018-02-01T17:15:00+00:00

Viewing social and economic development as a series of interpersonal interactions can help us understand why development outcomes sometimes diverge from policy goals, and how gendered interactions shape social and economic development.



Circular Social Innovation in India (Blog)

2018-01-31T17:15:00+00:00

Social enterprises in India are using restorative and regenerative, circular economy principles to address the deep-seated sustainable development challenges.



Better Business Support for Early-stage Social Enterprises (Blog)

2018-01-30T17:15:00+00:00

The time has come to make private sector support of startup social enterprises the expectation, not the exception.



Do Financial Inclusion Efforts Really Have an Impact on Poverty? (Blog)

2018-01-29T17:15:00+00:00

Affordable, accessible financial products and services like mobile money are becoming more prevalent in the developing world, but are they improving the lives of the poor?