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A man looking at graffiti  | Reuters/Nacho Doce
September 2, 2015
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How to Make Government Work More Attractive

Vetor Brasil matches leaders with opportunities in the public sector.

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World Bank President Jim Yong Kim says focusing on health care will help improve the lives of the world's poorest. | REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
January 11, 2016
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How the World Bank President Plans to Eradicate Poverty by 2030

Jim Yong Kim talks about how audacious goals bring real change.

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Finding the right investment can be tricky |  iStock/JJ Pan
August 25, 2015
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Paul Brest: Making Money While Doing Good

Social impact investing is changing the way philanthropy is done.

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More Americans are interested in responsible food. | iStock/Joel Carillet
August 4, 2015
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Is the Responsible Food Trend Sustainable?

The organic food movement has momentum, explains an owner of San Francisco grocer Bi-Rite Market.

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Craftspeople are the mainstay of India’s non-farming, rural economy. | Courtesy TOTO Express
July 21, 2015
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A Nonprofit Group Helps Struggling Indian Craftspeople

Innovation fellow creates an artisan’s business-to-business matching platform.

Latest Stories in Social Innovation

May 1, 2014
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Hau Lee: A Surprising Formula for Improved Supply Chain Performance

Responsible supply chain practices are associated with lower operating costs and improved overall performance, according to a study by Prof. Hau Lee at the Stanford Value Chain Innovation Initiative.
April 29, 2014
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One Unconventional Approach Deserves Another: Funding Social Change Through Private Investment

Jake Harriman,’08, explains how rejecting conventional wisdom about financing a nonprofit helped him turn his vision into a real intervention.
March 20, 2014
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Dale Miller: Choosing a Board Seat, Advice from the Pros

Experienced board members from the Stanford community share their advice for choosing a first time board.
February 27, 2014
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Dale Miller: Why Go Nonprofit?

Dale Miller brings the expertise and experience of Stanford GSB faculty and alumni to consider the question, “Is nonprofit passé or overlooked?”
February 5, 2014
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Researchers: How to Create Sustainable Tourism in Rural China

By making key changes to the normal supply chain supporting tourism, a group of researchers look to alleviate rural poverty.
January 29, 2014
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Glenn Carroll: How Do Local Businesses Affect Social Policy?

New research explores the impact of gay-owned businesses on anti-discrimination laws.
January 28, 2014
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T. Renee Bowen: The Political Impact of Mandatory Spending Programs

Game theory shows why “discretionary” spending programs lead to more self-interested behavior by politicians than “mandatory” spending programs.
January 1, 2014
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Joshua Rauh: Stanford Symposium Features Innovative Ideas for the Future of U.S. Public Sector Pensions

The symposium was the culmination of the massive open online course about retirement and pensions.
November 18, 2013
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Frank Flynn: Does “Group Membership” Influence Behavior?

A look at the work of some of our finest researchers on what spurs people to do something on behalf of someone else, what psychologists call “prosocial behavior.”
October 30, 2013
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Sarah Soule: How Design Thinking Can Help Social Entrepreneurs

A Stanford scholar discusses a collaborative, human-centered approach to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.