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
Do Benefit Corporations Respect Human Rights? 9
The B Corp movement has pushed a powerful model of socially responsible business that has the potential to advance human rights. But it has so far failed to engage human rights advocates—to its detriment.
Scaling Science 34
A new approach to scaling is needed in which the goal is scaling up social impact for public good.
The Promise of Skills-Based Volunteering 51
One of the fastest-growing corporate citizenship programs is skills-based volunteering—in which a team of corporate employees works for an extended period of time to help a nonprofit solve a complex operational problem.
Creating a Policy Index for the Arts 71
The National Arts Index established a quantitative measure for arts vitality in the United States that aided public discussion by policy makers and the arts community. In the era of big data, what can we learn from its creation and impact?
Case Study
The Charity That Big Tech Built 88
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has grown to become one of the world’s most well-funded foundations. But who in the Valley benefits from this largesse?
Field Report
1,001 Story Times 107
We Love Reading brings imaginative reading circles for children across the Middle East and around the world.
Sharing Is Daring 114
Sage Bionetworks is transforming the culture of biomedical research with open-source methods.
Step by Step 120
ChildObesity180 is combating the nation’s child obesity epidemic by incubating and promoting the best ideas.
What’s Next
Making Kids Into “Makers” 127
Planting Trees With Drones 130
Rethinking Lunchtime 133
US States Embrace Baby Boxes 136
Viewpoint
Marginalized Returns 139
Impact investing has been seduced by a false narrative of combining social impact with financial gains.
The Impact of Periods 145
Promoting menstrual health is critical to women’s economic empowerment around the world.
Capital for Creativity 150
Impact investors have ignored the arts and culture sector, at the expense of the communities they seek to help.
Pound Foolish 156
Food banks must reject measuring their impact by pounds of food distributed and instead promote access to nutritious food.
Research
The Motivations Behind Giving 163
Winning Texas to Renewables 165
The Mortality of Arts Nonprofits 168
How Political Donors Band Together 170
Books
Stretching Toward Solutions 172
In Defense of Perpetuity 175
Resetting the Table 178
Learning From Each Other 181
Last Look
Puerto Rico in Peril 184
Case Study in China
Getting More Transparent: Establishment and Innova 185
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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