Fall 2004

Volume 2, Number 2

What happens when hippies, radicals, and activists enter the corporate mainstream? When committed idealists take corporate jobs but refuse to give up their passionately held desire to changing the world, the results can be surprising for everyone. In “The Tempered Radicals,” from the fall 2004 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review, Debra E. Meyerson provides a powerful profile of the activist on the inside.

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Social Innovations

An Accidental Good

By Doug Guthrie

How savvy social entrepreneurs seized on a tax loophole to raise billions of corporate dollars for affordable housing.


The Sound of No Music

By James A. Phills, Jr.

Like many nonprofits, the Oakland Symphony failed to understand the distinction between mission and strategy.


The Tempered Radicals

By Debra E. Meyerson

How employees push their companies – little by little – to be more socially responsible.


Zeroing in on Impact

By Susan Colby, Nan Stone, & Paul Carttar 1

In an era of declining resources, nonprofits need to clarify their intended impact.

Field Report


Behind the Glitter

By Matthew Schuerman

Tiffany and Co. moves to get African “conflict diamonds” out of its stores.


Nifty Success

By Leslie Berger

Teaching inner-city kids business skills to build their confidence and aspirations.


Sticking Together

By Anne Stuhldreher

A California mayor’s challenge leads to an innovative resource-pooling strategy.

Case Study


Common Bonds

By Donald Haider

Two Chicago nonprofit job training programs find strength and stability in a merger.



Take Advantage of Us!

By Marc Freedman

Retiring baby boomers are dying to retool their professional skills to help society. How can society help them do so?


When the Boss Bails

By Tom Adams

Surviving -- and even thriving -- after a change in leadership.


Social Innovations

Nonprofits and the Net

By Gerald Burstyn

Tight budgets and a lack of technical know-how are keeping nonprofits off the web.


A Lesson for the Left

By Andrea Orr

Study finds right-wing philanthropy gets more results.

Social Innovations

Determining Diversity

By Jan Chong

Do socially responsible funds ask the right questions?



Review: What Matters Most

Review By Sheila Kaplan

The authors offer an inside view of corporate social responsibility at work.

Global Issues

Review: Random Family

Review By Anitra Lynn Waller

Waller offers an intimate exposé of crime and drugs in the inner city.


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