Social Innovation Live - Podcasts


Social Innovation Live, sponsored by the Stanford Graduate School of Business Center for Social Innovation, highlights innovations in education and society by talking to leaders from a variety of sectors. Creator and Host Ash Jafari interviews CEOs and leaders from governments, non-profits, corporations, and academia to see how each group is working to alleviate social problems.

Ash is the Founder and CEO of, the national college student mentoring organization. aims to increase college completion and enhance student career readiness thereby producing a robust 21st century workforce. Ash was recently invited to The White House to meet the President and talk to his staff about's role in improving college completion and preparing students for the workforce of tomorrow.

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Executive Director of the Jaquelin Hume Foundation Gisèle Huff on the role of social innovation in nonprofits.

Philanthropy and the Free Market in Education

Featuring Gisele Huff

Jaquelin Hume Foundation Executive Director Gisele Huff talks about the foundation’s investment strategy, and why innovation and technology initiatives are significant.

CraigConnects founder Craig Newmark on aligning nonprofits to increase efficacy

Connecting Nonprofits

Featuring Craig Newmark

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark tells us about how he started CraigConnects, chose areas to support, and selected nonprofits to focus on.

COO of Bats'il Maya Alberto Irezabal on the social environment in Chiapas and his nonprofit

Bringing Fair Trade to Indigenous Farmers

Featuring Alberto Irezabal

COO of Bats’il Maya Alberto Irezabal talks about the social environment in Chiapas that led to the founding of the organization, and how the co-op works.

Mindy S. Lubber - Collaborating for Environmental Sustainability

Making environmental sustainability stick is requiring the cooperation of the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. In this audio interview, Stanford Center for Social Innovation correspondent Ashkon Jafari interviews Ceres president Mindy Lubber about how her organization brings together investors, government, human rights groups, and others to build a cross-sector voice for sustainability.

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Claire A. Williams, Lara Vogel - Using Social Enterprise to Outpace Poverty

Hope Runs is a nonprofit social enterprise working in Kenya and Tanzania that uses athletics, education, and social entrepreneurship to empower AIDS orphans. In this audio interview, founders Claire Williams and Lara Vogel talk about how they have turned their idea of using marathon running to "outpace poverty" into a vital organization that partners with AIDS orphanages to have a real influence in children's lives. They discuss their model, how they use volunteers, and advice for social entrepreneurs.

Muhammad Yunus - Creating a Poverty-Free World

Professor Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Grameen Bank, changes traditional principles of banking by putting poor people's needs first. Today, Grameen Bank is a powerful organization that supports poor people by providing microloans, credits, and banking services. In this audio lecture, Yunus describes the reasons behind his philosophies and how they have led to the launch of new enterprises in various industries in Bangladesh.