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Mother helps daughter with homework during breakfast
August 21, 2015

An Organization Builds a Technological Bridge Between Parents and Teachers

An innovator looks outside the classroom to reduce the educational achievement gap.


Finding the right investment can be tricky |  iStock/JJ Pan
August 25, 2015

Paul Brest: Making Money While Doing Good

Social impact investing is changing the way philanthropy is done.


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.


Craftspeople are the mainstay of India’s non-farming, rural economy. | Courtesy TOTO Express
July 21, 2015

A Nonprofit Group Helps Struggling Indian Craftspeople

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

Latest Stories in Social Innovation

May 7, 2013

Jessica Jackley: Stories of Poverty and Entrepreneurship

The cofounder of a microlending outfit says entrepreneurs need to “wake up each day and say, ‘Now what?’”
April 30, 2013

Yan Chow: Taking Health Care Technology for a Test-Drive

A physician-turned-administrator at Kaiser Permanente discusses cost-effective innovations that improve care.
April 9, 2013

Caroline Hoxby: New Tools Help Smart Low-Income Kids Realize Great College Opportunities

New study finds that low-income, high-achieving students with information about their full range of college opportunities, will apply to selective colleges in larger numbers, attend and graduate.
March 1, 2013

An Entrepreneur Attempts to Reinvent Anesthesia

How a New York-based company is trying to make surgery in the developing world a lot easier.
February 22, 2013

Save Your Teens, Save Your Marriage: Stanford’s Brief Interventions

Recent Stanford research reveals the benefits of brief interventions in both aggressive teens and antagonistic spouses.
February 19, 2013

Frank Flynn: Giving the Gift of Our Time to Others

What spurs people to do something on behalf of someone else? This quarter’s column explores giving the gift of our time to others.
February 19, 2013

Simple Interventions Bridge the Achievement Gap Between Latino and White Students, Stanford Researcher Finds

A study shows how the effects of “stereotype threat” can be overcome by assignments that foster a more supportive environment.
February 4, 2013

A Fine Wine: Do Labels Make a Difference?

Research from Stanford’s Michael Hannan examines how consumers perceive the value of organic and biodynamic Alsatian wines.
January 7, 2013

Researchers: A New Tax Plan for Saving Our Health Care Dollars

A group of top health care economists propose a system that eliminates incentives to spend more at every turn.
December 13, 2012

Ashanthi Mathai: Cross-Sector Effort Helps People See Better

Mathai established a powerful cross-sector collaboration with the Sri Lankan government, regional and local clinics, businesses, and philanthropists to issue eyeglasses to 10,600 people.