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SSIR Now! Oct 1, 2015
By Martin Kirk, Jason Hickel & Joe Brewer

We need to ratchet up from targeted innovation and apply design-thinking principles to one of the biggest social issues of our time: global poverty itself. Read More

Design thinking is a human-centered method for tackling complex problems. Learn from Stanford professor Nadia Roumani how social sector leaders can incorporate design thinking into their strategy in this two-part SSIR Live! webinar series on Oct. 20 and Nov. 10.  Read More

By David Nee & Curtis Ogden

Foundations can play an essential role in generating authentic conversation on hard issues, but they must be both an equal player among community partners and an active steward of the mission. Part of The New Network Leader series. Read More

By Ladan Davarzani & Mark Purdy

Several ventures now under way in developing countries show how networks of connected machines can drive economic growth. Read More

By Rubayat Khan

If we want to achieve all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, we need to start at the bottom of the list. Read More

By Lynne Martin

Online advising promises to connect low-income, first-generation students to college and career opportunities. Read More

By Amie Batson

We must create new channels for collaboration, new strategies for investment, and a coordinated approach as we look to achieve and pay for the new global agenda. Read More

By Nick Martin & Christopher Neu

Students passionate about building a better future are increasingly being asked to mortgage their own in return. Why would-be leaders can't afford to fight poverty—and what to do about it. Read More

Stanford Social Innovation Review is excited to announce that Gary Cohen, author of 2014 feature "Lessons in Forging Global Change," and Patrick Awahua, author of 2012 article, "Path to a New Africa," have been named 2015 MacArthur fellows. Congratulations! Read More

Watch video presentations of experts from a variety of sectors on the proliferation of data in the social sector and how organizations can use data for social change. Read More

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