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More Americans are interested in responsible food. | iStock/Joel Carillet
August 4, 2015

Is the Responsible Food Trend Sustainable?

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


An environmental activist with green paint on his hand gives a plant to a car driver | Reuters/Sigit Pamungkas
May 21, 2015

Why Social Movements Should Favor Collaboration over Confrontation

What the Nature Conservancy can teach other groups fighting for social change.

Latest Stories in Social Innovation

March 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
July 9, 2013

Research: Big Investors May Still Be Too Parochial

Institutional investors often favor deals close to home — even though it can cost them dearly.
June 27, 2013

Pooja Sankar: Using Technology to Remove Barriers

An entrepreneur launches the Piazza social learning website to reduce students' isolation.