Tamara Straus

Tamara Straus is senior editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Environmentalists in Prison

Nov. 14, 2012

The Sustainability in Prisons Project is helping US prisons reduce their operating costs and providing ex-cons a pathway to green jobs.

Foundation of the Future?

Oct. 26, 2012

PopTech has evolved from an annual technology gathering to a social innovation accelerator that curates international conferences, initiatives, labs, and fellowships. Can it live up to its ambitions?

Fight for the Future

Aug. 15, 2012

The nonprofit Fight for Peace uses boxing to create a dialogue with hard-to-reach urban youth.

Community Empowerment

Feb. 15, 2012

Emory and Chris Rose are members of a multi-issue nonprofit—SOCM—that tackles health, employment, and environmental issues in the isolated and often struggling coalfield communities of Tennessee.

The Race Against CO2

Nov. 16, 2011

The Chinese government's new five-year plan calls for increasing the energy efficiency of new buildings.

Qaddafi Son’s Thesis on Civil Society

Mar. 2, 2011 1

The second son of the former Libyan president wrote a dissertation entitled “The Role of Civil Society in the Democratization of Global Governance Institutions: ..."

Creating Engaged Citizens

Nov. 17, 2010

Break Away connects campuses and communities to promote service-learning trips that inspire lifelong citizenship.

A Sobering Assessment of Microfinance’s Impact

Oct. 27, 2010 11

At a conference last week of leaders in microfinance, attendees focused on the nitty-gritty of the social impact of microlending, and the results of the discussions were both sobering and startling.

Five-Digit Giving

Jun. 14, 2010 5

How texting became young donors’ preferred way to make charitable donations.

Settling Up

Mar. 4, 2010 3

Upwardly Global places skilled immigrants in jobs worthy of their talents.