Fall 2010

Volume 8, Number 4

One of the most difficult things for any entrepreneur to recognize is when the time has come to turn over the reins to someone else. The fall 2010 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review features an article—“Freeing the Social Entrepreneur”—that explains why it is important for social entrepreneurs to relinquish control. The article goes on to provide a blueprint for the type of leadership team that social entrepreneurs should build, and how it is different from the team that business entrepreneurs create.

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What’s Next


Nonprofits Pipe Up

By Suzie Boss

Chris Hughes, Facebook’s cofounder, has created a social media platform called Jumo designed specifically for nonprofits.

Field Report

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Human Rights

The Law of Networks

By Sam Scott & Jessie Speer

The Innocence Network, an international collaboration of pro bono legal and investigative organizations, grows rapidly and flexibly.

Case Study

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Corporate Philanthropy

Do No Evil

By Suzie Boss 6

Google DotOrg launched in 2004 with bold ambitions and almost $1 billion in seed funding. But the results have been less than stellar.


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Innovating Public Systems

By Stephen Goldsmith

With these seven levers, social entrepreneurs can foster change in everything from affordable housing to child welfare to poverty alleviation.


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Technology & Design

Buzz Control

By Jessica Ruvinsky 1

Social media is a powerful marketing tool. But how do you control your message once it goes viral and is in the hands of the public?

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The Value of Free

By Jessica Ruvinsky

People are more likely to use products that they pay for, but when it comes to malaria-preventing bed nets in Africa, the opposite holds true.

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Unsoiled Reputations

By Jessica Ruvinsky

Family-owned firms pollute less than nonfamily firms; and that is due to the family values that these firms were founded upon.


True Believers, Power
Brokers, and the Fight
to Save the Earth
Eric Pooley

Climate Soldiers

Review By Stephen H. Schneider 5

The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Fight to Save the Earth by Eric Pooley


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Economic Development

Neal Keny-Guyer

By Eric Nee

Neal Keny-Guyer believes that wars, earthquakes, and other disasters create opportunities for Mercy Corps to help improve society.

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