Past Events

Conference overviews, sessions, and speakers from previous events

Frontiers of Social Innovation 2018

May 21-22, 2018 at Stanford Univeristy

Every two years, Stanford Social Innovation Review—the leading global publication on cutting-edge theory and practice for the social sector—brings together senior leaders from nonprofit organizations and foundations, social entrepreneurs and philanthropists, leading academics and researchers, executives of for-profit CSR-centric businesses, and government policymakers from around the world for two days, to discuss, debate and develop solutions that address the most pressing global challenges. On May 21-22, 2018, attendees at Frontiers of Social Innovation explored some of the most important emerging forces impacting the world and society, including:

· AI's Human Impact 

· Modern Slavery and Global Income Inequality 

· Social Innovation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution 

· Democracy and the Growth of Social Movements 

· Systems Change and Impact 

· Inclusion and the Rise of Societal Equity


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Data on Purpose 2018

February 15-16, 2018 Stanford, CA

The technologies that connect us and provide unimaginable opportunities to effect positive change can also expose us to potential liabilities and tremendous risks. This year’s Data on Purpose was a mix of plenary and breakout sessions, examining some of the larger forces for good and ill shaping public discourse and action (from click-tivism to cyber-hate, from movement-building to fake news), and presenting emerging technologies and tools that can make the work of social innovation more efficient and effective. 

Additionally, over the course of the two days we featured a series of quick “Technology for Good” presentations, where organizations addressing various challenges (education, health, environment, etc.) demonstrated how they are using the tools of the connected world to make a difference.

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Nonprofit Management Institute 2017

September 12-13, 2017 Stanford, CA

The twelfth annual Nonprofit Management Institute—Leading Social Change in Turbulent Times—recognized that organizational leaders face difficult and uncertain roads ahead. Through a mix of intensive sessions, hands-on workshops, and insightful interviews with thought leaders from academia, nonprofits, for-profits, and government, this conference inspired and made the attendees ready to take action.

Nonprofit Management Institute 2016

Sep. 13-14, 2016 Stanford, CA
Jane Wei-Skillern, Beth Kanter, Ernesto Sirolli, and others

On September 12-13, 2016, the eleventh annual Nonprofit Management Institute explored the power of network leadership to drive social change.


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Frontiers of Social Innovation

May 3-5, 2016 Stanford, CA
Darren Walker, Raj Chetty, Angela Glover Blackwell, and others

On May 3-5, 2016, Stanford Social Innovation Review hosted leaders from around the world at its inaugural Frontiers of Social Innovation forum to discuss the best ways to build a more inclusive society. Foundation presidents, scholars, social entrepreneurs, government officials, NGO leaders, philanthropists, and business executives explored the most recent research and thinking on the causes of social inequities, and, importantly, the approaches and programs that are proving to be most effective at creating a more economically just world.

Nonprofit Management Institute 2015

Sep. 9-11, 2015 Stanford, CA
Barbara Bush, Andrew Zolli, Heather McLeod Grant, Pat Christen

The tenth annual Nonprofit Management Institute explored how leaders could build resilience in their organizations, communities, and in themselves.


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