Editor’s Note

We always need innovative methodologies to solve complex, iterative social problems in reality. Along with sociologist perspectives to observe and to generalize various practices, we make our own path, which means that the social innovation will only succeed in process and in accumulation.

SSIR is written by and for social change leaders from around the world and from all sectors of society—nonprofits, foundations, business, government, and engaged citizens. SSIR’s mission is to advance, educate, and inspire the field of social innovation by seeking out, cultivating, and disseminating the best in research- and practice-based knowledge.

Index
Features
A Revamped ACLU Takes on Today’s Fights 9
The ACLU pursued a 10-year plan to expand the capacity of its affiliates nationwide and defend people’s constitutional rights against the threats of a Trump presidency.
Creating Breakout Innovation 31
Nonprofits, community groups, and philanthropists are embracing cocreation as a way to engage a wider community in tackling pressing problems.
The Chinese Collectivist Model of Charity 53
In the West, most wealthy entrepreneurs prefer to give to specific individual causes, by establishing their own foundation, family office, or donor-advised fund. Most Chinese entrepreneurs, by contrast, would rather work together and pursue philanthropy collectively.
The Generalizability Puzzle 74
Rigorous impact evaluations tell us a lot about the world, not just the particular contexts in which they are conducted. Access to this article made possible by MIT.
Caught in a Fake Debate 91
Finding solutions for the global poor need not require choosing between theory and decision making. Good evaluations focus on both.
Case Study
Native Wisdom Is Revolutionizing Health Care 98
Southcentral Foundation has vastly improved Alaska Native welfare while saving on costs by using traditional healing practices.
Field Report
Dance Revolution 115
The Wooden Floor is licensing its successful model of using arts education to break the cycle of poverty.
Tend It Like Beckham 122
Vi-Ability uses football to get disengaged British youth interested in acquiring the skills and experience necessary to succeed.
Humanitarian Relief 128
The Contemplative-Based Resilience Project is using meditation to help aid workers stave off burnout.
What’s Next
Where Credit Is Due? 135
A Fresh Market 139
Prison Reform Goes Local 142
Health Care in the Mohallas 145
Viewpoint
Cash as Capital 148
To fulfill the promise of cash transfers, we need to double down on investment in research.
Fighting Sustainability Inertia 155
Keeping sustainability programs on track requires a new mind-set, executive leadership, and clear public commitments.
Against “Big Bets” 161
Funders should be wary of the latest fad of making large grants for quick results and abandoning long-term commitments to the many organizations working on our most important problems.
Research
Nonelected Community Representatives 167
Boycott Politics 169
Making Green Less Pink 171
Microfinancing Teamwork 173
Books
Give and Take 175
Income for All 178
Turning Empathy Inward 181
The Closer You Look, the Worse It Seems 184
Last Look
Water is Life 187
Case Study in China
Design Interventions: PAO’s approach to tactical u 188
Author Intro

SSIR is written by and for social change leaders from around the world and from all sectors of society—nonprofits, foundations, business, government, and engaged citizens. SSIR’s mission is to advance, educate, and inspire the field of social innovation by seeking out, cultivating, and disseminating the best in research- and practice-based knowledge. SSIR is published by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) at Stanford University.

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