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
The Investment Gap that Threatens the Planet 3
To prevent drastic climate change, philanthropists must invest more in nascent solutions ignored by traditional capital markets.
Design Thinking for Higher Education 23
Universities should redesign their core functions while also courting emerging and underserved markets.
Can Measures Change the World? 39
Our ability to track and report is accelerating, resulting in a proliferation of measures. It’s time to focus more effort on understanding how those measures can be used to change complex social systems.
How Field Catalysts Galvanize Social Change 55
Surmounting daunting social challenges such as ending malaria or achieving marriage equality can require the help of an intermediary organization—a field catalyst—that amplifies the efforts of others.
Case Study
A Tax-Funded Nonprofit to Create Happy Families 73
Colombia’s Comfama has brought critical economic and social services to Medellín. Can this public-private hybrid continue to bolster the country’s growing middle class?
Field Report
360-Degree Development 91
Swades Foundation is working to break nonprofit community development efforts out of their silos in India.
Unconventional Wisdom 98
The Rockefeller Foundation’s “scan and search” approach casts a wide net to identify the issues it’s best suited to tackle.
Saving the Neighborhood 104
In the face of Berlin’s rising rents and gentrification, tenants are asserting their rights through Kotti & Co.
What’s Next
Health Insurance for Migrants 110
From Prison Back to School 113
Desegregating the Home-Sharing Economy 116
Bringing Together Research and Action 119
Viewpoint
Caring for Working Caregivers 122
Employers must do more to help employees who combine their jobs with taking care of family members and friends.
Mobilize Communities for Homeless Vets 127
The departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development turbocharged community efforts to end homelessness among veterans and provided a model for better government.
The Art of the Development Deal 133
The Trump administration can use foreign aid to further American interests and improve the lives of people around the world.
Research
The Right Soil for Innovation 139
A Limited Right of Association 142
Hacking the Hierarchy 145
Passion is Infectious 148
Books
Social Impact by Design 151
Finding a Place for Refugees 154
A Cultural View of Sanitation 157
Keeping it Real 160
Last Look
Innovative Infrastructure 164
Case Study in China
Lingxi: A Provider of IT Solutions for Nonprofits 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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