Summer 2010

Volume 8, Number 3

Social media—such as Facebook and Twitter—can be cost-effective and powerful tools for organizations to increase their social impact and enhance the way that they work. In the summer 2010 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review, Monitor Institute consultants detail how some organizations have become more effective by using social media to transform themselves into networked organizations. The authors of “Working Wikily” go on to provide a road map for organizations that want to do the same.

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Working Wikily

By Diana Scearce, Gabriel Kasper, & Heather McLeod Grant 4

A few nonprofits are using social media to fundamentally change the way they work and increase their social impact.

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Fueling Growth

By Sonali Rammohan

Riders for Health has created a novel approach to maintaining health transport vehicles in sub-Saharan Africa.


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The Nonprofit Paradox

By David La Piana 10

Nonprofits tend to recreate within their own organizational cultures the very social problems they are trying to solve.



House Divided

By Jessica Ruvinsky

From warring political parties comes broad-based policymaking.


Evil Green

By Jessica Ruvinsky

New research shows that buying green products makes people more likely to cheat and steal.


Fermenting Innovation

By Jessica Ruvinsky

New public-private partnerships have led to big leaps in the exportation of Argentinian wine.

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Lucrative but Deadly

By Jessica Ruvinsky

As parents spend more time raising their profitable coffee crop, they spend less time attending to their children's needs.


Local Warming

By Jessica Ruvinsky

Global warming may end up helping some poor farmers who will be able to sell their crops for higher prices.



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Jeffrey Sachs

By Eric Nee 9

Jeffrey Sachs believes we must lift a billion-plus people out of poverty while reducing our impact on the environment.

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