Technology & Design Webinars

Innovations in technology and design that serve the world

Our on-demand SSIR Live! webinars are offered every 4-6 weeks, and feature the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s most provocative and important topics. Webinars are available for purchase on-demand 12 months after the date of the live event.

Data-Driven Strategy in the Social Sector (Complimentary)

February 26, 2014 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Jon Sotsky, Sean Gourley, & Jeffrey Bladt

By applying big data to their research, organizations can better inform their decision-making, understand the fields in which they work, and achieve the greatest impact. Join Jon Sotsky of the Knight Foundation, Sean Gourley of Quid (Knight Foundation’s data analytics firm), and’s Jeffrey Bladt as they discuss new ways to help people engage around complex issues and research, applying breakthrough techniques in data mapping and visualization. They will use their recent collaboration on the report, “The Emergence of Civic Tech: Investments in a Growing Field,” to provide insights on integrating data-driven models into social sector research and the trend toward open sharing of data and ideas. This webinar is for strategy and assessment teams, research and communication professionals, and anyone at foundations, nonprofits, and social enterprises focused on highlighting the impact of their work.

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We’re Getting Data, Now What?

November 27, 2012 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Lucy Bernholz, Darin McKeever, Jake Porway, & June Wang

Thanks to rapid advances in computer and communication technologies, it is possible for stakeholders in the nonprofit sector to disclose more, to know more, and to demand more through increased transparency and collaboration. In October, a group of the largest US foundations committed to release their grant information in a consistent, open, and frequent manner. Dubbed the “Reporting Commitment,” 15 large foundations have agreed to report at least quarterly to the Foundation Center’s transparency-centered website, In addition, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the financial firm LiquidNet announced in October a “New Markets for Good” effort, focused on helping donors—individuals and foundations—use data about different organizations to inform their giving choices. This webinar will explore the repercussions of these moves toward big and open data. Presenters will analyze how more timely grant reporting from foundations can allow other foundations and nonprofits to look for relevant patterns, identify potential partners, scan a field of activity, and potentially develop strategies that take into account other philanthropic resources.

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Leading in a Hyperconnected World: Driving Innovation & Impact with Digital Media

May 30, 2012 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Ben Hecht, Claire Diaz Ortiz, & Steve Downs

New digital media platforms and social networks have radically democratized the ways people produce, share and consume information, yet our understanding of what it means to be a leader in this new, networked society has not kept pace. Join leaders from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Twitter, and Living Cities during this free webinar to understand how these trends are changing previous notions of leadership and learn more about ways your organization can harness new technologies to accelerate innovation, adaptation, and ultimately impact. This webinar is complimentary to viewers, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Living Cities.

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The Future of Green Tech

May 31, 2011 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Clayton M. Christensen and L. Hunter Lovins

Corporate executives, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, and concerned citizens alike know that the key to solving business, environmental, and societal problems over the next generation rests on the success of green tech. But which green energy technologies will provide solutions to harness power from renewable, sustainable sources or reduce adverse human impact on the environment? Will solutions come from technologies such as solar, wind, and geothermal power, biofuels, and smart power grids, or hydrogen and electric vehicle propulsion? Join Clayton M. Christensen, Robert and Jane Cizik professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and L. Hunter Lovins, president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions, for an interactive dialogue about the complex landscape of green tech investment, application, and implementation.

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The Dragonfly Effect: Harnessing Social Media to Drive Social Change

March 31, 2011 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Jennifer Aaker

People are clamoring for ways to use social media for social change. Join Jennifer Aaker, veteran of consumer psychology, marketing, and entrepreneurship, as she explains how to harness the incredible power of social media to make a difference by applying the ideas of The Dragonfly Effect. Aaker will discuss how to tap social media and consumer psychological insights to achieve a single, concrete goal.

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Design Thinking for Social Innovation

February 10, 2011 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by IDEO

Design thinking allows organizations to be more innovative, differentiate their offerings, and bring products and services to market faster. Nonprofits are also finding that design thinking encourages high-impact solutions to bubble up from below rather than being imposed from the top. Join Jocelyn Wyatt, coauthor of SSIR‘s “Design Thinking for Social Innovation,” as she updates her popular article from the Winter 2010 issue, drawing on new case studies from the work of IDEO, a design and innovation consultancy. Wyatt discusses the importance of innovation in the social sector and shares the process and tools of design thinking.

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Working Wikily: Social Networks for Social Change

June 8, 2010 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by the Monitor Institute

There is a fundamental shift now occurring in the way people think, form groups, and do their work. The focus is moving from organizations to networks, and new tools are enabling more collective ways of working. Join us as the Monitor Institute’s Heather McLeod Grant and Diana Scearce discuss this, suggesting ways for organizations to get started working wikily.

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