Editor’s Note

Stanford Social Innovation Review guides and inspires millions of social changes from around the world and across all sectors of society -- nonprofits, businesses and governments). Through webinars, conferences, magazines, online articles, podcasts, and more, SSIR explores research, theories, and practices across a variety of topics, including human rights, impact investing, and business models for nonprofit organizations.


 SSIR is published by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) at Stanford University. Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation is the publisher of SSIR China, which brings together the cutting-edge research, practice and experience in social innovation from all over the world, as well as the new opinions of experts and scholars on social innovation.


As a cutting-edge magazine, every issue of SSIR introduces some concepts and methodologies that are unfamiliar to readers and are closely related to current social issues. In this issue, there are some new trends of philanthropy. For example, "The Rise of Philanthropy LLCs" tells how Chen-Zuckerberg plans to choose charity limited liability companies as its organizational structure instead of private foundations, thus avoiding the strict supervision of the "tax-exempt charities" regulations and making the fund very effective in operation. This issue also covers interesting topics such as whether financial means could generate social impact. 

Social Innovation: Knowledge Communication between Text and Practice 1
The Rise of Philanthropy LLCs 4
The for-profit limited liability company is poised to become the preferred vehicle for the nation’s elite philanthropists. What it gives up in tax benefits it repays in flexibility, privacy and control. Will the public gain from added investment in social good, or lose from ceding even more power to the wealthy?
The Ethics of Designing Digital Infrastructure 24
Digital infrastructure is crucial to non-profit organizations. How to choose an infrastructure that aligns with their vision? The decisions that nonprofit executives and boards will make promise to transform the sector.
Ten Reasons Not to Measure Impact 40
Impact evaluations are an important tool for learning about effective solutions to social problems, but they are a good investment only in right circumstances. Organizations must build an internal culture in which the right data are collected, analyzed, and applied to manage and improve programs.
When Philanthropy Meets Advocacy 64
Increasing numbers of Americans want charitable organizations to step into the public policy arena and lead the causes they care about. If philanthropists are going to help make that happen, they will need to work through five fundamental questions.
Giving in the Light of Reason 86
Facebook co-founder, billionaire Dustin Moscovitz and his wife, Cari Tuna, experimented alternative ways of philanthropy. They created the Open Philanthropy Project to ensure that their wealth help solve important and neglected social problems, making it a more open and transparent charitable organization.
Social Impact Bond: A New Form of Financial Tools 111
In 2010, the Peterborough Social Impact Bond was the first of its kind. Does its success in improving recidivism rates while rewarding the investors herald a new way of using finance for social impact?
Wild Animal Label: Protecting Nature by Consumption 119
The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network makes a business case for protecting Asian elephants.
Beyond the Block 125
Chicago’s My Block My Hood My City uses the concept of travel to get young, low-income residents more connected with their city.
Creating New Markets for Tribal Art 131
Through the digitalization of indigenous designs, Roots Studio has connected tribal artists and their communities to the global economy, to generate income as well as preserve cultural traditions.
Irrigation Innovation 135
The Barsha pump developed by Dutch Company aQysta aims to deliver water for agricultural irrigation without fuel, electricity or greenhouse gas emissions.
Can Blockchains Be Journalism’s Savior? 138
Civil is a journalism platform built on blockchain technology and funded by crypto-currency, which aims to protect journalists while rebuilding public trust in the press.
The Code For Success 141
Girls’ Coding is a free after-class and weekend program run by Pearls African Foundation. This program aims to create a path out of poverty and help girls get into the male dominated tech industry in Nigeria.
Think Strategically About Prize Hosting 144
Social media has made it easy for organizations to launch competitions, but too few consider how such efforts best align with their goals.
The Moral Imperative of Clean Household Energy 151
The world’s poor and low-income countries need greater access to modern energy solutions, including clean-burning fossil fuels for household use.
Harmonizing Tension of Hybrid Organizations 157
Social enterprises must sustain both a social mission and a for-profit venture, and not tip too far to one side or the other.
Bidding for Development Aid 160
Businesses and nonprofits play different roles in bidding for development aid.
Bottom-Up Corporate Social Responsibility 163
Compared with top-down Corporate Social Responsibility programs, employee-driven projects are more likely to succeed.
Money for Nothing 167
Road Map to a New World 171
Rethinking Development Work 174
Winning Hearts and Minds 178
The Legacy of White Supremacy 182
SEE Conservation: A Joint Public Welfare Platform by More than 900 Chinese Entrepreneurs 184
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.

Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation is the publisher of SSIR china. Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation is dedicated to engendering an inclusive society. Leping provide an ecosystem to solve social problems for those who care about social development with empathy and passion. leping is the catalyst and market builder for social innovation

As a catalyst and architect for the social innovation ecosystem in China, the Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation accelerates the rapid development of innovative social enterprises through impact-driven investments to facilitate their potential for large-scale social impact. Through a collection of knowledge-based products, Leping develops the social innovation talent pool and idea marketplace. By fostering an ecosystem for a diverse community of social entrepreneurs, Leping promotes achievable, scalable growth for social enterprises.

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