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Audio talks and lectures by leaders of social change, co-hosted by Stanford Social Innovation Review's Managing Editor Eric Nee.

Episode Date
Former Prisoner Pays Forward the Gift of Being Heard

When Shannon Revels came home to Oakland after nearly 15 years in prison, he found his criminal record made it difficult to get a job. But through the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), he found a role first as a janitor then resident services counselor in transitional housing for the formerly homeless. In this interview with former NPR host Bill Littlefield, Revels discusses the importance of his being heard by a teacher he met in prison, giving feedback to CEO and seeing it acted upon, and how he created ways to listen to his residents and dignify their suggestions with action.
Nov 27, 2018
Rewriting Our Cultural Narrative for a More Just Society

The nonprofit Color of Change was formed after Hurricane Katrina to use online resources in the fight for the rights of Black communities in America. Since then, Color of Change has grown into the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, with more than 1.4 million members.

Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, spoke at our 2018 Nonprofit Management Institute conference about the nature of political and cultural power and the importance of continually assessing the nonprofit sector's efforts to bring about change. Robinson says, “We have to continue to challenge and ask ourselves, ‘What are we winning?’”

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Nov 06, 2018
The Tenuous Relationship Between Technology and Social Innovation

Technology can magnify the power of grassroots organizing and social innovation, but it can sometimes bring about societal harm, whether intentionally or not.

At SSIR’s 2018 Frontiers of Social Innovation conference, Rob Reich, a Marc and Laura Andreessen faculty co-director of Stanford PACS, explores the implications for the social sector and free speech in conversation with Kelly Born, a program manager at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Madison Initiative, and Arisha Hatch, a managing director of campaigns at Color of Change, the largest online racial justice organization in the United States. They touch on topics including election integrity in the United States, online organizing around discriminatory policing, and the spread of hate speech and false information on social media platforms.

“Our democracy, our informational ecosystem, has been outsourced to a very few, very powerful platforms,” says Reich. “We don’t really know how the algorithms that power them are working to facilitate the very communication that we all depend upon.”
Aug 28, 2018
Fostering a Human-Centered Approach to Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI), once a niche discipline within computer science, has blossomed over the past decade—including in the social sector. In this recording from our 2018 Frontiers of Social Innovation conference, Johanna Mair, academic editor at SSIR and a professor at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, speaks with AI expert Lab Fei-Fei Li about the growing importance of AI to the social sector and the imperative to improve representation within the community of AI technologists. Li is an advocate of “human-centered AI”—an approach emphasizing human psychology, augmentation rather than replacement, and social and human impact—and in 2017, she co-founded AI4ALL, a nonprofit organization working to increase diversity and inclusion in AI. Li argues that including people of diverse backgrounds is important to putting fears about the technology at bay.

“We know AI will change the world,” Li says. “The real question is who is going to change AI?”
Jul 31, 2018
Embracing Emerging Technology for Social Change

Emerging technologies like biotech and artificial intelligence have the potential to transform so many of the systems that make up the world around us.
At our 2018 Frontiers of Social Innovation conference, Katherine Milligan, who directs the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship spoke with a few savvy social entrepreneurs who are harnessing these tools for social impact right now. Milligan speaks with Keller Rinaudo, CEO and cofounder of Zipline, which is using drones to deliver blood and medicines to remote parts of the world; Kristin Richmond of Revolution Foods, which is using data and technology to increase access to fresh, healthy food to underserved communities and schools; and David Risher, CEO and co-founder of Worldreader, a global nonprofit that provides people in the developing world with free access to culturally relevant, digital books via e-readers and mobile phones.
Jul 17, 2018
Ending Slavery and Child Labor in Global Supply Chains

In the mid-1990s, NGO activists began shining a spotlight on the concentrated use of slave child labor in Pakistan to produce soccer balls for the global market. The attention prompted the industry to make deep changes in its supply chain to eliminate the problem. Today, the campaign is viewed as a model for improving labor standards, with the gains a result of government, NGO, and donor involvement.
And yet human trafficking, modern slavery, and child labor remain pressing concerns in many industries’ global supply chains. At SSIR’s recent Frontiers of Social Innovation conference, Siddharth Kara, who directs the program on human trafficking and modern slavery at the Harvard Kennedy School, spoke with Nina Smith of Goodweave International, Leslie Johnston of C&A Foundation, which works to transform the fashion industry, and Bama Athreya of USAID, about how their organizations and sectors are addressing these issues.
Jul 03, 2018
Creating Enabling Environments for Refugees

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 65 million people around the world have been forced from home—the highest levels of displacement on record.

In her recent SSIR article, “Let Refugees Be Their Own Solution,” Emily Arnold-Fernandez, executive director of the nonprofit Asylum Access, and Brian Rawson, the organization’s associate director of advocacy and communication, make the case that better policies in host countries can enable refugees to rebuild their own lives and contribute to host economies. Priss Benbow, a fellow at Stanford’s Distinguished Careers Institute, interviews Arnold-Fernandez about what enabling environments look like in practice and how nonprofits and other social sector players can help create them.

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Jun 19, 2018
Tackling Cyber-hate in Silicon Valley

As director of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Silicon Valley-based Center for Technology and Society, Brittan Heller oversees efforts to track cyber-hate, and works in partnership with technology companies and law enforcement agencies to reduce bigotry and promote justice and fair treatment in online environments.

At a time when tech companies are struggling to respond to the rise of online hate speech and cyber harassment, the ADL is attempting to take a proactive approach.

At SSIR’s 2018 Data on Purpose conference, Kim Meredith, executive director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, spoke with Heller about the ADL’s data-driven tactics as well as Heller’s background in international criminal and human rights law, and her role in one of the first high-profile, cyber-harassment cases in the United States.

Additional resources:
Leading Through Turbulent Times
Apr 19, 2018
How Big Indicators Can Help Solve Global Problems

To solve “wicked problems” like deforestation and persistent poverty, we not only need better data but also better indicators to identify problems and patterns in real time. Planet Inc., a geospatial organization that has deployed the largest constellation of Earth-observing satellites in history, is leading the way—using data insights to help solve these complex global problems.

At our 2018 Data on Purpose conference, Andrew Zolli, Planet’s vice president of global impact initiatives, discusses what he sees as the coming age of “big indicators.” Breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, computer vision, crowdsourcing, and other related analytical approaches are converging, allowing us to detect patterns in data that would elude even the most sophisticated human analysis—collectively, these tools are known as big indicators.

We have the tools to help us monitor the health of our planet instantaneously, and we are on the cutting edge of being able to predict crises like flood or famine thanks to big indicators, Zolli says. He argues that the next step is to restructure data-collection funding to create instruments that will allow us to intervene in extremely precise ways.

Additional Resources:
After Big Data: The Coming Age of “Big Indicators”
Andrew Zolli - Globeshakers with Tim Zak
The Mismeasure of Impact
Apr 05, 2018
How Nonprofits Can Find Data-driven Success

Good ideas and intentions are not enough to solve the world’s most pressing problems. Many early-stage organizations fail because they lack the tools they need to grow—especially when it comes to collecting data and measuring impact. Data is essential for nonprofit scaling because it not only attracts funders but also allows organizations to prove and improve on their mission.

In this recording from our 2018 Data on Purpose conference, Kathleen Kelly Janus, a social entrepreneur, Stanford lecturer, and author of Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference, shares insights on the strategies organizations need to succeed. As Janus writes, 75 percent of organizations report that they collect data, yet only 6 percent feel they use it effectively. Data is only as good as an organization’s ability to use it.

Janus argues that the nonprofit sector as a whole has a responsibility to help organizations improve in this regard. To do this, funders must end the “nonprofit starvation cycle” by supporting data collection. And nonprofits must focus their data collection on long-term outcomes and instill the importance of data collection within their staff and organizational culture. Not every outcome can be measured, but every nonprofit can find metrics that fit its services and goals.

Additional resources:
Creating a Data Culture
Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up and Make a Difference
Three Things Every Growing Nonprofit Needs to Scale
Mar 22, 2018
Data Privacy and Security: From Mandate to Mission

Social sector organizations are increasingly under pressure to better protect the privacy and security of their data. How should they examine their data governance practices to align with the demands of governments, their constituents, and their mission?

At our 2018 Data on Purpose conference, Lucy Bernholz, a senior research scholar at Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and the director of the Digital Civil Society Lab explored this topic with Alix Dunn, executive director and co-founder of the Engine Room, a nonprofit that helps activists and other organizations make the most of data and technology to increase their impact, and Amy O’Donnell, the information communications technology program lead at Oxfam.

The speakers argue that civil society organizations have an opportunity to positively model responsible data use and offer some tips for getting started. For most nonprofits, a rights-based approach to data governance requires a culture shift and involving staff from all parts of an organization, Dunn and O’Donnell explain. In this podcast you’ll also hear from conference participants who help underline the knotty ethical considerations responsible data governance often involves.

Additional resources:

Corporate Social Responsibility for a Data Age
Using Data for Action and for Impact

Mar 08, 2018
Debating the Role of Philanthropy in Democracy

Given the largely unaccountable position of power held by philanthropists, what role
should they play in democratic societies? In this recording from the 2017 Philanthropy Innovation Summit, hosted by Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Rob Reich, a Marc and Laura Andreessen faculty co-director of Stanford PACS, facilitates a conversation with Reed Hastings, cofounder and CEO of Netflix, and Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation.

They discuss their differing approaches to charitable giving and grantmaking and how in their own ways they aim to inspire public confidence that they are learning from mistakes and improving their effectiveness.

Says Walker, “I’m less obsessed with ‘Are we holding these rich people accountable?’ than I am in saying, ‘Are we helping philanthropists have the right approach to their philanthropy,’ and ‘Are we pushing back?’ because there is a lot of arrogance.”

Additional resources:
Does Philanthropy Threaten Democracy?
Democracy and Philanthropy

Jan 25, 2018
Reigniting Leaders’ Passion to Advance Equity

Nonprofit leaders can’t continue to do the same things and expect different results in their work to help move the United States toward greater equity.

In this podcast from our 2017 Nonprofit Management Institute, PolicyLink President Michael McAfee (@mikemcafee06) shares his perspective on being both angry and excited about the changes America needs to make—and using both of those emotions in a productive way.

Before taking the helm of PolicyLink, McAfee was the inaugural director of the racial- and economic-justice research organization’s Promise Neighborhoods Institute.
Before that, he was a senior community planning and development representative with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Here he offers advice on thinking big and having the courage to lead and advance systemic change.

Additional resources:
Bringing Soul to the Work of Collective Impact
The Curb-Cut Effect
The Role of Public Policy in Alleviating Poverty
Dec 28, 2017
Leading Through Turbulent Times

Since its founding in 1913, the ADL has fought against the defamation of Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment for all.

That mission has kept Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL)
very busy over the past two years. His tenure has coincided with the 2016 US election, a rise in hate crimes and hate groups, and an increase in cyber-hate.

In this podcast from our 2017 Nonprofit Management Institute, SSIR Senior Editor David Johnson (@contrarianp) interviews Greenblatt about leading the organization through turbulent times and fostering a culture of innovation within an established organization.

During the conversation, Greenblatt draws from his background in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. During the Obama administration, he served as special assistant to the President and head of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation at the White House. He previously cofounded Ethos Water, a bottled water company that donates a portion of its profits to help clean water initiatives around the world, and ran the media company GOOD.

Additional resources:
Speaking Out When Our Values Are in Play
The Lean Startup Goes to Washington
Dec 14, 2017
Shifting Philanthropy to a Justice-Minded Approach

Youth, families, and residents are the leaders of their own destinies, and yet public institutions oftentimes don’t reflect the demographics of their communities and are not guided by strategies defined community members.

In this podcast from our 2017 Nonprofit Management Institute, Paola Peacock Friedrich, a consultant with Achieve Mission, interviews Dorian Burton (@Dorian_Burton), assistant executive director and chief program officer at the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, and Brian Barnes (@BCBBarnes), a speaker on the topic of responsiveness to education and health in communities.
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Barnes and Burton argue for the importance of shifting the philanthropic sector’s framework from one grounded in traditional notions of charity to one centered on justice and addressing economic, social, and political inequalities holistically, an idea they outlined in their SSIR article, “Shifting Philanthropy From Charity to Justice.”

They are co-founders of TandemEd, which aims to put this justice-minded agenda into practice, supporting youth and communities to reclaim leadership of strategies and actions for communal progress.

“It’s extremely important that communities are their own heroes of their own stories,” Burton says to foundation leaders. “We are not the saviors of communities.”

Additional resources:
“Paying in Full”
“Shifting Philanthropy From Charity to Justice”
Dec 01, 2017
Bridging the Climate Change Investment Gap

Our Winter 2018 cover story, “The Investment Gap that Threatens the Planet,” takes a detailed look at investments in discovering and developing new solutions to address climate change. It finds that such investments are woefully low and have even been falling in recent years. The article concludes that philanthropists are particularly well-suited to bridging this investment gap in the market.

On this related podcast, David Johnson (@contrarianp), senior editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review, interviews Sarah Kearney (@swoodkearney) and Scott Burger (@burgersb), who co-authored the article along with Fiona Murray and Liqian Ma. Kearney is the founder and executive director of PRIME Coalition, a public charity that empowers philanthropists to inject charitable capital into market-based solutions to climate change. Burger is a doctoral candidate in the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society at MIT and the technology investment advisor to the PRIME Coalition.
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They discuss why we need to continue developing new solutions to climate change in addition to harnessing existing solutions, why agriculture—one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions—gets so little investment compared to other sectors, and why the venture capital industry in the United States is not in the business of solving social problems.

“Most [venture capital] funds are in a race to go first for the next Instagram,” Kearney says, “but no one wants to go first for the grid capacity energy storage company or industrial waste heat-to-electricity conversion company that might take longer and cost more and have uncertain exit options than the 10-year venture fund structure can afford.”

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Nov 15, 2017
Learning How to Listen to Beneficiaries

In this session, Valerie Threlfall discusses the Fund for Shared Insight‘s largest grant program, Listen for Good, which provides grants and technical assistance to dozens of nonprofits to build high quality feedback loops with those they serve. Two Listen for Good grantees, Krystle Onibukon of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula and Brad Dudding of the Center for Employment Opportunities, also talk about their experience with the program.

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Jun 26, 2017
Unlocking Data and Unleashing Its Potential

Data has the potential to help fuel social change across the world, yet many relevant datasets remain locked away and siloed across government agencies, nonprofits, and corporations. What kind of collaboration does it take to make this data available to different actors working to create change?

In a series of TED-style talks, Melinda Rolfs of the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth, John Wilbanks of Sage Bionetworks, Greg Bloom of Civic Hall Labs and Open Referral, and ST Mayer of Code for America talk about how to develop not only the right tools, but also the right relationships to make data collaboration happen. Jake Porway of DataKind then leads a discussion on how we can collectively harness data for the greater good.

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View the slides from this session here.
Jun 05, 2017
Prediction vs. Bias in Data: A Debate

This panel from our Do Good Data | Data on Purpose conference features conference co-hosts Lucy Bernholz of Stanford PACS and Andrew Means of Uptake, along with Stanford education professor Candace Thille, and Kristian Lum, lead statistician at the Human Rights Data Analysis Group. The discussion focuses on the advantages and drawbacks of using data to analyze social trends in areas including higher education and criminal justice.

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View the slides from this presentation here.
May 29, 2017
Software for Good: Empowering the Social Sector Data Revolution

Leading for-profit companies thrive by embracing data insights to drive increased efficiency, effectiveness, and scale. They view information and analytics as core strategic assets in running a modern business. In this talk from our 2017 Do Good Data | Data on Purpose conference, Jim Fruchterman, founder and CEO of the tech nonprofit Benetech, argues that the social sector must follow these companies’ lead. Drawing from his 2016 SSIR article “Using Data for Action and for Impact,” Fruchterman leads a discussion about how nonprofits can embrace the “Software for Good” movement characterized by data-driven decisions to better serve communities.
May 15, 2017
Get Out of Your Own Way: Challenging Your Mindsets and Behaviors

Building successful networks isn’t just about pairing organizations with similar missions. It’s also about human relationships. In this talk from our 2016 Nonprofit Management Institute, conservationist Steve McCormick looks at several common barriers to developing strong relationships—and ways to overcome them.

Steve McCormick is cofounder and CEO of The Earth Genome, a startup venture to create the first global, open-source information platform on ecosystem services and natural capital. He previously served as president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy.
May 01, 2017
There Is No Geography to Intelligence and Passion

In this podcast, Ernesto Sirolli, founder of the Sirolli Institute, considers how to decentralize, democratize, and empower local communities. Sirolli has been working in the field of local economic development since 1971 and has developed a philosophy and practice that allows communities to manage their own social and economic growth. Based on his experience, Sirolli argues that NGOs must incorporate local know-how and leadership into their operation, and that a key to successful development is listening to local communities.

Download the slide presentation that accompanied Sirolli’s talk here.
Apr 18, 2017
Building a Culture of Opportunity Within Disadvantaged Communities

In his talk from SSIR‘s 2016 Nonprofit Management Institute, Derrick Braziel looks at how connecting people with the right resources and training, and building a culture of opportunity from within communities, can enable unlikely entrepreneurs, revitalize neighborhoods, and break the cycle of poverty.

Urban communities across America are experiencing an unprecedented renaissance. But this boom threatens to displace long-time residents, who are typically lower income and people of color. Braziel talks about how his organization, MORTAR, uses entrepreneurship to encourage redevelopment without displacement, providing the opportunity for long-time residents to grow with their swiftly changing communities. The organization offers business courses designed for under-served people who are low-income, unemployed, high­ school drop­outs, felons, homeless, or former gang leaders. The aim of this training is to support a new kind of entrepreneur—one focused on collaboration, connecting with people from different backgrounds, and maintaining a sense of community.

Download the slides that accompanied Braziel’s talk here.
Apr 10, 2017
Cultivating a Network Leader Mindset

In this podcast, Jane Wei-Skillern, an adjunct associate professor at the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley, identifies four counterintuitive principles that are essential to effective collaboration:

  • Trust, not control
  • Humility not brand
  • Node, not hub
  • Mission, not organization

Based on 15 years of research on a range of successful networks, Wei-Skillern uses detailed case studies to illustrate these principles and offers insights for how nonprofit leaders can ensure their collaborations can have an impact that is dramatically greater than the sum of the individual parts.

You can view the slides that accompanied the presentation here.
Mar 27, 2017
Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio: Successful Tech Projects and Social Networks in the Trump Era

Smita Vadakekalam of Heller Consulting and Sandy Reinardy of the University of Wisconsin Foundation discuss ways to avoid some all-too-common pitfalls of nonprofit technology. And Amy Sample Ward of the Nonprofit Technology Network suggests strategies to organize for success in a new political environment.
Mar 13, 2017
Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio: Digital Inclusion and Creating an Annual Grants Plan

How can we reach people who don’t have home access to the internet? In this podcast, part of a partnership with Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio, three women who have each made digital inclusion a priority share their thoughts: Kami Griffiths of the Community Technology Network, Karen Lincoln of The Stride Center, and Alicia Orozco of the Chicana/Latina Foundation.

Martignetti also talks with Diane Leonard, president and owner of DH Leonard Consulting, about creating an annual grants plan. They start with the basics, then move into goals and metrics, and end with colleague engagement.
Mar 06, 2017
Lean Experimentation for the Social Sector: Build Smart to Learn Fast

How do you know if your idea will work, without burning through all your time and money? To solve this problem, many nonprofits are turning to the “lean startup” approach, which emphasizes flexibility, pragmatism, and experimentation. The method, pioneered by entrepreneurs such as Steve Blank, allows organizations to learn as quickly as they can about what works, so that they can build and scale successful programs while avoiding huge up-front investments that might lead in the wrong direction.

In this podcast, Blank and fellow author-entrepreneur Giff Constable lead a discussion of the lean process at our 2015 Nonprofit Management Institute. Chase Adam, founder of global healthcare crowdfunding platform Watsi, and Alethea Hannemann, who formerly served as vice president of product and national programs at the Taproot Foundation, share their personal experiences with the methodology.

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Aug 22, 2016
Thriving in an Age of Volatility

In a time of profound and sustained disruption and volatility, organizations need greater agility, innovation, and creativity than ever before. In this talk from our 2015 Nonprofit Management Institute, Andrew Zolli provides a big-picture view of critical trends and forces of change that will shape the decade to come. He discusses the biases that limit our understanding and explores new ways that organizations can create more resilient organizational strategies and cultures.

Zolli is the co-author of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back and the former director of the innovation and social change network PopTech. He serves as an advisor to organizations including DataKind and The Workshop School.
Aug 11, 2016
The Evolving Role of Social Innovation

How can the social sector develop to meet new and ongoing challenges in the 21st century? And how can individual social entrepreneurs and organizations find their place within this changing environment? In the concluding session of our Frontiers of Social Innovation forum, Zia Khan, vice president for initiatives and strategy at the Rockefeller Foundation, discusses questions such as these with Johanna Mair, academic editor at SSIR and professor of management, strategy, and leadership at the Hertie School of Governance.
Aug 02, 2016
How Can We Advance Health Equity?

Health is more than health care. It’s also a product of several social factors, including education, income, race or ethnicity, and neighborhood environment—which means that attaining health equity will require addressing many larger social and economic issues.

How can we accomplish this goal? That’s the topic of this panel from our Frontiers of Social Innovation conference, featuring Faith Mitchell, president and CEO of Grantmakers In Health, Dr. Robert Ross, president and CEO of The California Endowment, and Nick Tilsen, the founding executive director of the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, an grassroots organization of the Oglala Lakota Nation. They discuss how they are applying a health equity perspective to their work, what they have accomplished, and what it will take to achieve an inclusive—and healthy—society.

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Jul 19, 2016
What Foundations Can Do to Address Inequality

In this panel from our Frontiers of Social Innovation forum in May, Rob Reich, professor of political science at Stanford University and faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, moderates a discussion about how foundations, which are arguably the product of marketplace excess, can nevertheless be a vehicle to remedy inequality and advance social justice.

The first panelist is Darren Walker, who as president of the Ford Foundation has spearheaded the organization’s shift toward a focus on inequality. The second is Craig Newmark, the founder of the popular online classified advertising site Craigslist, who has since established Craigconnects, a platform to support a range of organizations in areas from veterans affairs to women in tech to ethical journalism.

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Jul 05, 2016
What Have We Learned About Fighting Poverty?

Organizations around the world spend billions of dollars each year trying to lift people out of poverty. Despite the best of intentions, many of these efforts fail, and many others achieve less than optimal results. But some organizations have successfully designed, funded, implemented, and scaled impressive anti-poverty interventions. In this panel, SSIR’s Eric Nee talks to leading experts from three.

Asif Saleh, senior director of strategy, communications, and empowerment at BRAC, talks about what the world’s largest NGO has learned about scaling up programs. Yale economist Dean Karlan outlines lessons that Innovations for Poverty Action, the nonprofit research and policy organization he founded, has drawn from more than a decade of evaluating poverty programs around the world. And Kevin Starr talks about the evidence-based approach that the Mulago Foundation, where he is managing director, uses to find and fund poverty-fighting organizations.

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Jun 20, 2016
Opportunities for a Fresh Start on Race

In this talk from our Frontiers of Social Innovation forum in May, Trabian Shorters offers perspective and perception tools that we all can use to update our narratives on race, communities, and America’s future. He demonstrates how far too often, we focus on negative statistics about groups such as Black men, rather than emphasizing their strengths, positive contributions, and future potential. And he shows how a technique called “asset-framing” can help us tell positive stories about people and encourage the understanding, empathy, and optimism that are necessary for meaningful social change.

Shorters is founder and CEO of BMe Community, a network of all races and genders committed to building better communities across the United States and promoting and celebrating the contributions of Black men. Before starting BMe Community, Shorters served as vice president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and worked as a tech entrepreneur. His work on “asset-framing” earned him an Aspen Institute Fellowship and an Ashoka fellowship, and he is the co-editor of the New York Times bestseller REACH: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading and Succeeding.

If desired, you can follow along with the slideshow that accompanied Shorters’s presentation here.
Jun 06, 2016
The Role of Public Policy in Alleviating Poverty

In this recording from our recent Frontiers of Social Innovation conference, Angela Glover Blackwell talks about why, for United States to grow and prosper, policymakers must adopt new approaches to produce good jobs, ensure reinvestment in low-income communities, upgrade the education and skills of an increasingly diverse workforce, and create opportunities for everyone to apply their talents. She also shows how equity, inclusion, and fairness are no longer just moral issues but also economic imperatives: Equity is the superior growth model.

Blackwell is founder, president, and CEO of PolicyLink, an organization working to advance economic and social equity. A lawyer by training, she previously served as senior vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation and founded Urban Strategies Council in Oakland, Calif.
May 27, 2016
Practice Safe Stats! A PSA

In the opening keynote at SSIR‘s February 2016 Data on Purpose conference, Jake Porway shares best practices for data storytellers and shows why knowing what the data is or is not saying is critical to creating ethical and accurate visualizations. Among other things, he explains the pitfalls of pie charts, why you should be wary of word clouds, and why good data storytelling ultimately means good statistics. He also argues that the real power of data storytelling lies not just in reporting on past activity, but in making decisions that drive decision-making in the future.

Porway is the founder and executive director of DataKind, a nonprofit that uses data science in the service of humanity. He previously worked at the New York Times R&D Lab, Google, and Bell Labs, and has spoken at IBM, Microsoft, and the White House. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Columbia University and a master’s degree and a doctorate in statistics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

If desired, you can follow along with the slideshow that accompanied Porway’s presentation here.
May 10, 2016
Whose Story Are We Telling?

In the closing keynote of SSIR‘s February 2016 Data on Purpose conference, which was themed around “Telling Great Stories With Data,” Andrew Means looks at the importance of using storytelling to raise funds and motivate teams—but also the risks of telling the wrong stories. He argues that in a world increasingly reliant on data, we need to be able to accurately quantify organizations’ impact, and be careful about when and how we turn to dramatic, unrepresentative stories.

Andrew Means is the cofounder of The Impact Lab, a data science shop that works with nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies solving social problems. He has previously held leadership positions at the University of Chicago’s Center for Data Science and Public Policy, Groupon, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.

If desired, you can follow along with the slideshow for Means’ presentation here.
Apr 28, 2016
Using Data to Create Social Change

In the opening keynote of SSIR’s 2015 Data on Purpose conference, Nancy Lublin shares how she mobilized around data. She discusses the mistakes she has made, the lessons she has learned, and how she believes that data can be a powerful force for social good.

Lublin served as’s CEO from 2003 to 2015. She is the founder of Crisis Text Line, where she currently serves as CEO, and the creator of Dress for Success.
Apr 21, 2016
Leveraging Twitter for Nonprofit Initiatives

Leveraging social media allows non-profits to reach a wide range of key stakeholders as well as promote awareness. At Social Media on Purpose 2014, Caroline Barlerin, Head of Twitter for Good, outlines what non-profits can do to maximize their effectiveness on Twitter. Barlerin is joined by HandUp director of business development Sammie Rayner, and the two discuss how non-profits can support their key initiatives by engaging audiences and disseminating content.

At Twitter, Caroline Barlerin works with community outreach and corporate philanthropy, heading up Twitter for Good. In conversation with HandUp’s Sammie Rayner, Barlerin walks the Social Media on Purpose 2014 audience through how non-profits can focus on establishing brand, key partnerships, engaging content, amplification, and measurement. By focusing on these five areas, Barlerlin explains how by covering the basics and utilizing innovative ideas, non-profits can maximize the effectiveness of social media campaigns. Rayner shares how HandUp uses everything from design consistency to partnering with Twitter influencers to best leverage social media to promote HandUp’s mission.

Caroline Barlerin heads Twitter for Good, which highlights Twitter’s social good initiatives around the world. Before coming to Twitter in 2014, Barlerin worked as the Director of Global Community Engagement & Communications, HP Sustainability and Social Innovation (SSI). At HP, Barlerin engaged more than 300,000 HP employees around the world in programs benefiting the community, employees, and the company. In 2012, Silicon Valley Business Journalism recognized Caroline as one of their “40 under 40.” Barlerin graduated from Vassar College and was a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Sammie Rayner leads business development at HandUp, a digital platform that allows people to donate directly to homeless people and neighbors in need. Before joining HandUp, Rayner founded and served as the Executive Director for Lumana, a microfinance organization in West Africa.
Dec 06, 2014
From the Marine Corps to Kenya: Ending Extreme Poverty

After he witnessed the War on Terror, Jake was overcome with the initiative. He wanted to combat what he saw as the largest source of terrorism, insurgency, and global instability: extreme poverty. While deployed in Iraq as an Infantry and Special Operations Platoon Commander in the Marine Corps, Jake Harriman was troubled by the inability of many civilians to direct their lives, due to extremely oppressive governments. To address this, Jake returned to business school and took on the challenge to alleviate extreme poverty. From this effort, Nuru was launched in 2008, aiming to implement an innovative sustainable and scalable model for ending extreme poverty. This model’s most unique attribute is in addressing the “who” instead of the “what” - rather than pouring economic aid into a targeted nation, Jake’s vision is to find and train leaders who will be able to make community decisions and problem solve as the district evolves. With a dedication to empowering people, Jake Harriman and Nuru hope to eradicate extreme poverty within this lifetime.

Jake Harriman, MBA ‘08, graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy and served seven and a half years as an Infantry and Special Operations Platoon Commander in the Marine Corps. He led four operational deployments and was awarded the Bronze Star for actions in combat. From his experiences, Jake came to believe that the “War on Terror” won’t be won on the battlefield alone: the contributing causes of terrorism – disenfranchisement, lack of education, and extreme poverty – must also be eradicated. Jake left his military career and enrolled at the Stanford Graduate School of Business to build an organization focused on tackling extreme poverty. He graduated with an MBA in June 2008 and led a team to launch Nuru International in Kenya in the same year.
Oct 23, 2014
Helping Donors Give Directly to Recipients

For nearly 60 years, donors have been partaking in a less-than-fantastic donation system. Traditionally, donors will give money to an international organization that manages money, which delivers economic relief to developing nations. However, this takes the relationship out of donating - donors can’t explicitly tell where their money is going or what their money is doing. For this reason, Paul Niehaus founded Give Directly - a nonprofit on a mission to simplify the donation process. At the core of Give Directly’s beliefs is that of the poor having an “enviable track record” of using capital to improve their lives. Paul describes studies in this podcast that have proved the poor are able to use donations extremely effectively - whether it be increasing nutrition, decreasing child labor, increasing education, or improving other sectors of life. Therefore, Give Directly offers a simpler, more personal route of donation - connecting donor to recipient. In this podcast, Paul discusses how technology, a commitment to efficiency, and dedication to improving the donation process on both ends, has made Give Directly a success.

Paul Niehaus is a director and President of GiveDirectly. He is also Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego; a Junior Affiliate at the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD); an Affiliate of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL); and an Affiliate at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA). His research examines the design of welfare programs in developing countries, and in particular how to control corruption. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.
Oct 23, 2014
Scaling Excellence Successfully

In this podcast, Professor Sutton overviews his findings in studying methods for successfully scaling excellence. To sum up these conclusions, Robert Sutton describes a few main lessons. Among these, Professor Sutton further details importance of focusing on the mindset one is trying to scale, the significance of self-driven culture in scaling, the consequence of making teams too large in the process of scaling, and the need to dispel all the identifiably unwanted parts of an organization prior to scaling. Through his enthusiasm and real-world examples, Professor Sutton explains the importance of taking a logical and thought out approach to scaling, with the caveat that undergoing such a process could be immensely good or incredibly destructive.

Robert Sutton is Professor of Management Science and Engineering and a Professor of Organizational Behavior (by courtesy) at Stanford. Sutton has been teaching classes on the psychology of business and management at Stanford since 1983. He is co-founder of the Center for Work, Technology and Organization, which he co-directed from 1996 to 2006. He is also co-founder of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (also known as the
Oct 23, 2014
Bringing Technology-Based Learning to Urban Mexico

ENOVA was recently recognized as the winner of Tech Awards 2013 in the Education category for its incredible social impact. In this interview with Co-Founder Jorge Camil Starr, we learn more about ENOVA’s journey as a nonprofit venture. Through this podcast, Jorge describes ENOVA’s beginnings and the success this social enterprise has had in closing education gaps of low-income Mexican communities. He discusses his logistical methods for measuring impact, his goals for the scaling and achievement of the nonprofit, and challenges ENOVA has faced in accomplishing its mission. Jorge also speaks about his personal experience as an entrepreneur, including lessons he has learned and advice he has for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Jorge Camil Starr is in charge of the development of domestic and international strategic alliances in the public, private and civil society sectors. For 11 years Jorge worked extensively in developing Mexico’s technology sector, having founded PLC Networks an innovative BPL (Broadband Over Powerline) start-up pioneering data, voice and video transmissions and also co-created LT Solutions a company dedicated to selling Thin clients. He holds a double Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Oct 23, 2014
A Clear View of Social Improvement: Nazava Water Filters

Nazava Water Filters was recently recognized as the winner of Tech Awards 2013 in the Health category for its innovative solution to lack of clean water accessibility in Indonesia. In this interview with co-founder Lieselotte Heederik, we learn more about Nazava’s success in combating the issues associated with limited access to clean water.

Heederik talks about how Nazava’s filters are not only addressing the obvious health risks associated with unpurified water, but also making clean water more affordable, as well as reducing the toxic emissions from boiling water. The conversation covers Nazava’s logistical methods for measuring impact, her goals for the scaling and success of the company, and challenges Nazava has faced in its journey. Heederik also speaks about her personal experience as an entrepreneur, including lessons she has learned and advice she has for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Oct 22, 2014
Stoves of Empowerment: How A Household Item is Saving Lives

Potential Energy was recently recognized as the winner of Tech Awards 2013 in the Economic Empowerment category for innovatively tackling a combination of social issues. In this interview with executive director Michelle Kreger, we learn more about Potential Energy’s journey as a nonprofit venture. Through this podcast, Michelle describes the lives of many inhabitants of IDP or Refugee Camps through the lens of cooking-related chores. Not only do these residents suffer the effects of toxic emissions from fire-related activities in their homes, but they often are burdened with physical and sexual violence associated with collecting firewood (women especially). Michelle discusses how her venture’s product – an energy and cost efficient cook stove – minimizes these issues. She also speaks to her goals for the scaling and impact of her nonprofit in the future, and the evolution of Potential Energy’s mission and focus. Finally, Michelle talks about her personal experience as an entrepreneur, including lessons she has learned and advice she has for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Michelle Kreger became Potential Energy’s Executive Director after 7 years at Kiva, a nonprofit organization connecting people through lending to alleviate poverty. At Kiva, Michelle spent 5 years building their network of microfinance partners across Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, and 2 years as Senior Director of Kiva’s Strategic Initiatives group, where she was responsible for overseeing their expansion into new impact areas including clean energy, water and sanitation, innovative agriculture and higher education. In 2012, Michelle served as a Rainer Arnhold Fellow, a prestigious program for social entrepreneurs with particularly promising solutions to the big problems in health, poverty, and conservation in developing countries. Prior to joining Kiva, Michelle founded a nonprofit organization in Costa Rica, NatureKids, which focuses on English literacy and environmental sustainability in burgeoning tourist hubs. She also worked at various organizations dedicated to financial inclusion, including ACCION International. Michelle graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Economics.
Oct 22, 2014
Social Enterprise through Digital Design

Social enterprise is scaling up through innovative digital design of everything from robots to LEDs. The result has been a positive impact on clean water, sanitation, climate change and energy consumption. In this audio lecture, Carl Bass, President and CEO of Autodesk, discusses at Social Innovation Summit 2013 the application of design to solve social problems. Bass describes how the availability of infinite computing capacity combined with people’s willingness to share their knowledge of how to make things advances social entrepreneurship for everyone’s betterment. Inexpensive access to information and tools empowers more people to innovate through the principles of design that Bass explains. In this Social Innovation Conversations, Stanford University podcast, Bass shares examples of creative small businesses that advance social enterprise through innovation.

Carl Bass is president, chief executive officer and interim chief financial officer of Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. Since joining the company, he has held several executive positions including chief technology officer and chief operations officer. Bass serves on the boards of directors of Autodesk, Quirky and E2open; on the board of trustees of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; and on the advisory boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science, UC Berkeley School of Information and UC Berkeley College of Engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University. Bass is a maker and spends his spare time building things—from chairs and tables to boats, and most recently, an electric go-kart.
Oct 19, 2014
Social Problem Solving through Innovation

This podcast, given by Chris Librie - the Senior Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs at HP, describes the corporation’s commitment to social responsibility. Since its inception, Hewlett-Packard has embraced the goals of both innovating great new technologies, and applying those technologies in ways that improve the lives and livelihoods of the larger world. In order to do this, HP has developed a holistic approach to social problem solving. This method looks at three main components of sustainability: human impact, environmental impact, and economic impact. After analyzing these sectors of influence, HP aims to address all three legs with its solutions. Throughout the podcast, Chris Librie gives examples of the impact HP has had on the global social sector - from combating HIV/AIDS in Africa, to targeting more efficient methods of meeting exponentially rising data demands. Chris portrays his excitement for the future of social innovation and inspires listeners to be a part of the larger social movements around them.

As Senior Director – Sustainability Programs, Chris Librie is responsible for leveraging and aligning HP’s capabilities in environmental sustainability and health care into a focused set of global programs that contributes to HP’s top-line growth, brand and reputation. Chris leads a global team to articulate the HP sustainability strategy with a single voice, implement HP-led initiatives that have a positive impact on the environment and manage the development of company-wide environmental goals. With the support of recognized leaders in global health as partners, Chris and his team collaborate to drive transformational programs which strengthen the quality of health systems and accelerate access to health care. Chris’ background includes branding, marketing, general management and environmental experience. Prior to joining HP, Chris worked at S.C. Johnson & Son, where he served as Director, Global Sustainability. There Chris led a team to drive the company’s global sustainability strategy, establish company targets and drive key projects. In addition to S.C. Johnson, he has held senior positions at Diageo Brands and Unilever. Chris graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He then earned his Master of Business Administration in International Business at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Oct 19, 2014
Lessons Learned From Walking to the North and South Poles

Robert Swan, an inspirational speaker who founded 2041 and the first man to walk to both global poles, addresses his audience about the relationship between passion and reaching goals. With humor and words of experience, he relays his feelings about the importance of positivity and commitment in pursuing a target. Robert Swan discusses his journey, how it influenced him to dedicate himself to saving the environment, and how he plans to do this by engaging a young audience. Through this podcast, Robert encourages readers to get the word out about the awesome things they are doing, because nothing inspires individuals more than passion and a positive mindset. He also inspires readers to chase their goals now, and that the boldness required to do that will inspire genius, power, and magic.

Robert Swan is a polar explorer, environmentalist and the first man ever to walk unsupported to both the North and South Poles. He is an exceptionally gifted communicator and is regarded as one of the world’s top motivational speakers. He compares his icy experiences to boardroom maneuvers and his inspirational addresses have received the acclaim of discerning audiences worldwide. His contribution to education and the environment have been recognized through his appointment as UN Goodwill Ambassador for Youth, a Visiting Professorship of the School of Environment at Leeds University and in 1994 he became Special Envoy to the Director General of UNESCO. He was awarded the OBE in 1995. In 2003 and 2004, Robert and his company, 2041, delivered the first ever corporate Antarctic Expeditions on teamwork and leadership. Through positive participation and real missions, the unique insights and lessons he has learned, have enabled Robert Swan to educate and stimulate his audiences.
Oct 19, 2014
Delivering Clean Water Using Solar-Powered Pipelines

TOHL was recently recognized as the winner of Tech Awards 2013 in the Young Innovators category for its overwhelming social good in combating emergency situations and basic need inaccessibility. In this interview with Co-Founder and CEO Benjamin Cohen, we learn more about TOHL’s journey as a nonprofit venture. Through this podcast, Benjamin describes TOHL’s rise to be a global industry leader in water logistics and infrastructure, and how it has been changing lives in the process. He discusses his logistical methods for measuring impact, his goals for the scaling and achievement of the organization, and challenges TOHL has faced in accomplishing its mission. Benjamin also speaks about his personal experience as an entrepreneur, including lessons he has learned and advice he has for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Under the leadership of Benjamin Cohen, TOHL has progressed from an idea to a company with scalable products and services contracted by large organizations worldwide. Ben has received various awards and fellowships for leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation, named Young Innovator at the Tech Awards in Silicon Valley. His skills include finance, accounting, and capital allocation. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.
Oct 19, 2014
What California Can Teach Washington

The overuse of fossil fuels is leading to increased CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere, trapping more and more heat and warming the Earth. As a result, we’re seeing more dramatic weather patterns across the globe and the need for climate regulation is being discussed around the globe. Climate policy wonks fall in two camps: the proponents of a complicated cap-and-trade system that sets a firm limit on emissions and the supporters of a carbon tax that sets a fixed price on carbon. California, the ninth largest economy in the world, recently launched a new carbon cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, is responsible for leading this program, which could ultimately provide a model to support other regional or national efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. At the Stanford Center for Social Innovation’s 2013 Conradin Von Gugelberg Memorial Lecture, Nichols discusses the new cap-and-trade system and the current thinking around regional and federal policies, and what these changes mean for our environment.

Mary Nichols has devoted her career in public and nonprofit service to advocating for the environment and public health. In addition to her work at the California Air Resources Board, she has served as Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) under President Clinton, Secretary for California’s Natural Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003, and Director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Oct 06, 2014
Shared Measurement and Big Data For Good

Traditional tools for evaluation and measurement fail to take into account the complexity of an interconnected and digitized world. Emerging techniques, such as developmental evaluation, improve on traditional linear, cause-and-effect models, while shared measurement increases the capacity of cross-sector collaboration. In this panel discussion, experts offer a case study-rich overview of three emerging tools: developmental evaluation, shared measurement, and big data. Kathy Brennan describes how developmental evaluation adopts a systems-learning approach absent from formative and summative designs, making it more favorable to evaluating complex, non-linear, and dynamic social realities. Patricia Bowie discusses the importance of shared measurement as a catalyst for collective learning. Researcher Lucy Bernholz warns that data collection offers as much peril as potential, and implores the nonprofit sector to think critically about how digital data is driving actions and whose voices it excludes. Presented in partnership with FSG, this panel discussion was part of the Next Generation Evaluation conference.
Jul 28, 2014
Optimized Social Responsibility Through Evaluation

Three evolving approaches to evaluation in social enterprise could change its use in a significant way. In this audio lecture, Hallie Preskill, FSG managing director, opens the 2013 Next Generation Evaluation conference with examples of how leading social sector organizations are thinking about and implementing evaluation. Preskill discusses three new approaches to evaluation: developmental evaluation, shared measurement, and big data, providing context from multiple perspectives. She describes six characteristics that exemplify how social organizations are thinking about evaluation in relation to the new trends. In this podcast, Preskill explains how evaluation practice needs to evolve along with other developments in process and infrastructure to keep up with the needs of social enterprise.
Jul 18, 2014
Implications for the Social Sector

Both funders and nonprofits are placing a premium on the promise of measurement and evaluation to accelerate social change. But tools like shared measurement, big data, and developmental evaluation are only powerful if they’re applied correctly. In this panel discussion, experts address how the social sector must ask the right questions when developing metrics. Alicia Grunow discusses the Carnegie Foundation’s use of improvement science to make strides in education. Hewlett Foundation representative Fay Twersky implores nonprofits to systematically solicit feedback from intended beneficiaries. Policy researcher Liesbeth Schorr underscores how the search for “certainty” stifles innovation. Presented in partnership with FSG, this panel discussion was part of the Next Generation Evaluation conference. FSG is a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in strategy, evaluation, and research.
Jul 18, 2014
Embracing Complexity in Social Enterprise Evaluation

Embracing complexity is essential in social enterprise evaluation. In this audio lecture, Brenda Zimmerman, Associate Professor of Policy at York University’s Schulich School of Business, suggests approaches for addressing complexity in evaluation systems. In the closing keynote at the 2013 Next Generation Evaluation Conference, Zimmerman explores ways to embrace complexity in social sector evaluation practice. She describes how social innovation can be fostered by applying cognitive diversity to solve structural and causative complexity problems. To remain relevant, evaluation systems must reflect the complex systems they evaluate. Zimmerman discusses sophisticated nuanced comparisons, and the role of coherence versus consistency in social enterprise evaluation. She illustrates how being strategic in complex systems is significant to social enterprise.
Jul 18, 2014
The Paradoxical Break In Philanthropy

By a simple twist of fate, Jacob Leif found himself in post-apartheid South Africa, staring at a big paradoxical break in philanthropy - success was measured in numbers instead of long-term impact. While working at a local school, he found time, money, and aid were plentiful, along with supplies of books, computers, and daily lunches for the school children. However, once the nonprofit organization supporting the school left after the funding cycle finished, the school returned right back to where it started. Lief decided to found Ubuntu Education Fund, an organization that supports children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa through an integrated system of medical, health, educational and social services. In this episode of The Social Disruptors, Ned Breslin and Jacob Lief discuss the struggles of funding for long-term sustainable impact within the current philanthropic system of 12-month grant cycles and the power of saying “no” when funding requirements do not meet the outcomes.
Jun 24, 2014
Responsible and Successful Collaboration

“The number one rule: Don’t collaborate unless you have to.” Willa Seldon, a consultant at Bridgespan, got some laughs at the 2013 Nonprofit Management Institute, but gives some pointers on successful collaboration and how to productively evaluate common goals. To support her viewpoints, she engages Stephanie Couch and Carolyn Nelson, two experienced collaborators who provide insights on their own collaborative work with communities. Nelson and Couch explain how the personal connections that community members offer lead to great outcomes. The panel highlights how creating a shared culture can bypass disagreements and cultural differences to generate results.

Willa Seldon has extensive experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit worlds. After seven years of being a director at AirTouch Communications, a multi-billion dollar wireless communications company, Seldon co-founded Milepost, a venture capital firm investing in women entrepreneurs. Seldon has since held top positions in the nonprofit sector as Executive Director of Tides Center and CEO of the Glide Foundation. She currently shares her multi-sector expertise as a consultant at The Bridgespan Group.
May 30, 2014
Empowering Others to Tell Your Organization’s Story

Social media can allow an organization’s supporters to use their personal influence to promote a cause. In this audio lecture from the 2013 Nonprofit Management Institute, Julie Dixon discusses different types of cause supporters—from passive online ones to offline activists—and how organizations can engage them. She argues that many potential supporters, believing that organizations want only monetary donations, may be discouraged from supporting a cause, even though they can support it in another way: through influence. Dixon cites the popularity of websites like Yelp to show that people are more likely to trust their peers’ testimony than an organization’s and that organizations should encourage their supporters to engage meaningfully on social media to spread their causes. By empowering supporters through the knowledge that they can have a real impact, organizations can tap into the often-ignored power of influence.

Julie Dixon is the Deputy Director of Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC). She manages the day-to-day operations of the center, including applied research, training, curriculum, partnership development, and outreach. Prior to joining the university in 2011, Julie was the Assistant Director of the Center for Social Value Creation at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Dixon completed a master’s degree in public relations, with a focus on corporate social responsibility and sustainability, at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
May 30, 2014
The Nature of the Future: From Institutions to Amplified Individuals

Socialstructing is a new model that empowers individuals, rather than institutions, to create impact by utilizing modern technology to build large networks. In this audio lecture from the 2013 Nonprofit Management Institute, Marina Gorbis describes how micro-contributions from people in these networks enable flexibility and unlock potential in ways that institutions cannot. She shares three stories about successful socialstructing: the transformation of an abandoned building, fostering science education, and collecting crime-related data worldwide. Gorbis explains that, through socialstructing, technology allows individuals to accomplish difficult tasks without money, staff, or management, and generates new types of value that can replace institutional approaches in the future.

Marina Gorbis is a futurist and social scientist. She serves as executive director at the Institute for the Future (IFTF), a Silicon Valley nonprofit research and consulting organization. In her fourteen years with IFTF, Gorbis has brought a futurist perspective to hundreds of organizations in business, education, government, and philanthropy to improve innovation capacity, strategy development, and product design. She has written a book, called “The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World,” and has written for, FastCompany, Harvard Business Review, and other major media outlets. Gorbis holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in public policy from UC Berkeley.
May 21, 2014
The Science Behind Compassion

At the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s 2013 Nonprofit Management Institute, Dr. James Doty criticizes Silicon Valley’s reluctance to attribute success to support and goodwill in favor of personal genius. He argues for the necessity of altruism and funding for both societal and individual benefit. Drawing on his expertise as a neurosurgeon, Doty highlights the mental and physical health benefits that result from compassion. Referencing a “compassion deficit” among the wealthy, he addresses their general fear of “wasting” funds, despite access to vast resources. Finally, using his personal story as an example of the importance of social entrepreneurship and funding support, Doty urges listeners to consider whether the amount of emphasis our society places on compassion is enough.

Dr. Doty is a practicing neurosurgeon and professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University. He is also director of the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism, serves as a chairman of the Dalai Lama foundation (among other nonprofits), and is an active entrepreneur and philanthropist. Facing a test of character, Doty followed through on a promise to give valuable stock to a promising start-up, despite losing most of his wealth in the dot-com crash.
May 12, 2014
Starting A RYOT In Traditional News

What is RYOT‘s game plan to change traditional media? They allow people to “Become the News.” Bryn Moser and David Darg are humanitarians. They have been on the front lines of some of the world’s major catastrophes and have seen positive transformation in communities through human impact. Frustrated with the traditional media’s inflexibility in providing actionable context around news, they decided to #ChangeThat by providing a social online hub that does: RYOT. RYOT connects action with each news story so people can get involved in the world’s most pressing issues. This month’s Social Disruptors podcast is a chat with Bryn and David on their plans to disrupt traditional media.

Edward D. (Ned) Breslin is the CEO of Water For People, widely considered a force for positive change by challenging status quo approaches and offering concrete alternatives to water, sanitation, and transparency in philanthropy and aid, by offering concrete alternatives. Breslin received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2011.

David Darg was one of Esquire Magazine’s “2012 Americans of the Year,” and spent the last decade as a first responder and frontline contributor for Reuters, CNN, and the BBC. Currently based in Haiti, David is Vice President of Operation Blessing International and has traveled to over 100 countries. David has won numerous awards as a filmmaker, including a Special Jury Mention at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival as Co-Director of “Baseball in the Time of Cholera.”

Bryn Mooser was named one of Esquire Magazine’s “2012 Americans of the Year” for his work in Haiti. As Country Director for Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), Bryn helped build APJ’s secondary school in Port-au-Prince, which now educates 1,400 young Haitians per year. Bryn is also an award-winning film maker. His latest documentary, “The Rider And The Storm”, premiered in April in NYC as his third consecutive world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival.
May 08, 2014
The Whole World In Our Hands

In his 2013 Nonprofit Management Institute talk, Kenyon addresses how organizations need to take advantage of the growing intersection between mobile technology and nonprofits. In a digital age that is increasingly personalized, nonprofits should understand how best to utilize mobile devices without invading supporter privacy. Kenyon argues that nonprofits must base social media effectiveness on listening: What content is popular on social media? What is the community interested in hearing about? How can nonprofits use non-voice mobile technology to their advantage? Kenyon presents strategies for answering these questions and using technology to improve nonprofit outreach.

John Kenyon (@jakenyon) is the Principal at Kenyon Consulting, and is a technology educator and strategist who’s advised nonprofits for more than 20 years. He educates nonprofits about using technology strategically through his consulting, as well as through teaching seminars and writing articles, knowing that they can help organizations operate more effectively and efficiently. Kenyon authored the chapter “Effective Online Communications” in the book Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission. With Beth Kanter, he helped craft curriculum for and present the “We Are Media” social media training for nonprofits, and frequently speaks on social media topics. Kenyon is a member of the Executive Consultants Select Group at the Alliance for Children & Families, and is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco. Kenyon has been a featured speaker across the US, England, Australia, and online.
Apr 25, 2014
Achieve Great Things: The Art and Science of Aspirational Narrative

Aspirational communication focuses on mobilizing ordinary people to support a cause. In this audio lecture, recorded during the 2013 Nonprofit Management Institute, Doug Hattaway of Hattaway Communications outlines the components of an effective communication campaign: crafting an exciting goal, motivational and non-technical language, and a compelling call to action. Drawing on psychological and anthropological studies, Hattaway describes the types of messages that appeal to a nonprofit’s audience. Such messages are emotion-based, intuitive, and communicated in simple language that can be easily spread via word-of-mouth. Hattaway argues that an organization must speak to the heart before it speaks to the mind; it must connect with audiences by using aspirational communication to place human stories in the context of a larger narrative.

Doug Hattaway is president of Hattaway Communications. In his 25 years of experience in the field of communication, Hattaway has served as a spokesperson and consultant to high-profile leaders in politics, government, business, advocacy, and philanthropy. He has worked closely with many global leaders, such as Hillary Clinton and Al Gore, and has traveled extensively to work with government leaders, political parties, and civil society organizations all over the world. Hattaway earned a bachelor of science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a master’s degree in English from Florida State University.
Apr 23, 2014
Social Enterprise Enables Hazelnut Farming in Bhutan

Operating a successful social enterprise requires providing meaningful economics to people, in both income and personal worth. In this audio lecture, Daniel Spitzer, founder of Mountain Hazelnuts, describes his experience in applying specific approaches to supply chains and value-creating tools to develop a successful hazelnut farming social enterprise in Bhutan. In this podcast episode of Stanford University’s Social Innovation Conversations, Spitzer details how he enhances supply chains through corporate citizenship and leverages data of all kinds captured from Android phones with specialized apps. From his hands-on experience dealing with supply chains, Spitzer describes why there is nothing is more important than people in operating a profitable business that delivers value to all stakeholders through corporate social responsibility.

Daniel Spitzer is Chairman & CEO of Mountain Hazelnuts Group. Daniel has spent most of the past twenty years as Chairman and/or CEO of companies in Asia. Daniel founded several ventures that have successfully combined financial objectives with social and environmental goals, including Plantation Timber Products Group (PTP), which he built into China’s largest sustainable forestry company. PTP established US $200 million of new facilities to process logs grown by 700,000 farmers in the interior of China. Daniel spent the first ten years of his career in finance, and was Managing Director of a global merchant bank and Partner & Managing Director of a major private investment fund. He received his Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley and his Master’s from Stanford University.
Apr 15, 2014
Rodney Mullen: Innovation Doesn’t Exist In A Vacuum

Walk down most city streets and you will see a skateboarder doing tricks. Skateboarders see opportunity, not constraints, along any handrail and over any curb of urban architecture. Head to a ski slope and you will undoubtedly see snowboarders doing tricks, making jumps, and adopting skateboarding culture through their clothing, attitude and general embrace of experimental freedom. Skateboarding is a constantly evolving sport where anyone can bring something new and inventive to the table. The world of skateboarding has the power to illustrate artistry, innovation, trial and error and growth. The ethos of skateboarders can inspire social entrepreneurs in myriad ways. Join Ned Breslin as he speaks with Rodney Mullen, a great friend and a motivation to many. Rodney, at the vanguard of innovation, openness, and sharing, will talk about how skateboarding can serve as an important guide to social entrepreneurs everywhere.

Edward D. (Ned) Breslin is the CEO of Water For People, widely considered a force for positive change by challenging status quo approaches to water and sanitation, philanthropy and aid transparency with concrete alternatives. Breslin received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2011.

Rodney Mullen is a professional skateboarder, company owner, inventor, and public speaker who practices freestyle and street skateboarding. Mullen is credited with inventing numerous skateboarding tricks that are regularly performed in modern skateboarding. Mullen has appeared in over 20 skateboarding videos and authored an autobiography, entitled “The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself.” In 2013, Mullen was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame.
Apr 15, 2014
Leveraging Social Innovation

Supply chains are increasingly using innovation and collaborating with civil society and government to bring novel solutions to social problems. In this panel discussion, experts describe innovations that are benefiting society and delivering economic value, including responsible e-waste recycling efforts that generate revenue, innovative methods to end child labor in the carpet industry, and environmental supply chain innovations. They discuss keys to success for notable innovations, and how corporate supply chains can leverage social innovation to build shared value and make change on a large scale. The panel was part of the 2012 Responsible Supply Chains conference at Stanford.

Lakshmi Karan is director of global strategy with Riders for Health, a social enterprise delivering transportation solutions to millions. In the social sector, most recently she was the Skoll Foundation’s director of impact assessment. She has also served as a strategic advisor to global non-profits. In the private sector, Karan was a technology consultant to Fortune 500 companies.

Dara O’Rourke is associate professor at UC Berkeley and co-founder of GoodGuide, the most comprehensive source of consumer information on the health, environmental, and social performance of products and companies. He has consulted to organizations such as the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. O’Rourke was previously a professor at MIT.

Steven Rockhold is global program manager for product reuse and recycling for Hewlett-Packard. This includes responsibility for operational strategy, volume, cost goals, metrics, international product take-back standards development and compliance, HP global policies, and communications. In addition, he manages HP’s vendor standards for reuse and recycling, vendor audit protocols and processes, and third-party vendor audits.

Nina Smith is the executive director of GoodWeave USA. She oversees the development of GoodWeave’s child labor-free certification, which monitors weaving supply chains down to sub-contracted village and home-based production. She was formerly the executive director of The Crafts Center, a nonprofit organization providing marketing and technical assistance to indigenous artisans around the world. Smith was also president of the Fair Trade Federation.
Apr 07, 2014
Environmental Sustainability in China Advanced Through Supply Chain Transparency

Publishing over 97,000 pollution violations in an online open source database has been effective in advancing environmental sustainability in China. In this audio lecture, Ma Jun, Director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, describes the positive results achieved through the China Water Pollution Map, which provides each supplier’s detailed pollution data on a publicly searchable website. At the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum, Jun describes how a group of NGOs made tangible gains toward environmental sustainability by motivating corporate brands to influence their supply chain partners to correct their pollution violations. In this episode of Stanford University’s Social Innovation Conversations, Jun relates how the Green Choice Alliance is successful in achieving environmental sustainability through corporate social responsibility.

Ma Jun, Founding Director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), was ranked first in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2012. He is an influential Chinese environmentalist and writer. Jun led the development of the IPE China Water Pollution Map, an open source online database created to monitor corporate environmental performance. As a result of his work, Jun was named as one of the 100 most influential persons in the world by Time magazine in 2006 and received an award from the Nature Conservancy and the group Society, Entrepreneur & Ecology (SEE) in 2009. Jun also received the 2012 Goldman Environmental Prize.
Apr 07, 2014
Environmental Sustainability through “Waste to Worth” Vision

In this audio lecture, Jill Boughton describes a proven way to environmental sustainability, as demonstrated through the “Waste to Worth” program at Procter & Gamble (P&G). At the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum, Boughton, as Associate Research and Development Director at P&G, shares details of P&G’s long term vision of getting to zero waste in landfills in emerging markets. Boughton discusses the disruptive innovation portfolio that she developed at P&G, a broad vision of innovation in creating zero waste. She outlines the mechanisms that stimulate and catalyze infrastructure. In this Social Innovation Conversations, Stanford University podcast, Boughton relates practical steps in eliminating waste going to landfills and explains how she improved environmental sustainability through corporate social responsibility.

Jill Boughton began her career at Procter & Gamble (P&G) in 1988 after obtaining a BS in chemical engineering from Ohio State University. She has managed product development activities for several of P&G’s businesses, from personal health care to paper products. Her time with P&G included a seven year stint in Caracas, Venezuela, giving her firsthand knowledge of social/economic issues important to emerging regions. While at P&G, Boughton led P&G’s “Waste to Worth” program, which supports the company’s long term environmental sustainability vision: having zero consumer waste entering landfills.

In 2013, Jill Boughton was appointed CEO of Sustainable WasteResources International, a foundation formed to address the crisis caused by billions of tons of waste produced worldwide.
Apr 04, 2014
Tackling Energy Poverty With Pay-As-You-Go Solar

Retail prices of energy and lighting products in emerging markets are simply too high for end users, argues Lesley Marincola. As a result, large populations throughout the world live off the grid and have to rely on kerosene fuel and other less efficient light sources. To help combat this widespread energy poverty problem, Angaza has developed a pay-as-you-go financing platform for its solar products, as opposed to a large up-front retail price. In this podcast, Marincola also offers insights on her design and implementation of Angaza products, specifically focusing on user needs in these developing markets.

Lesley Marincola, CEO and founder of Angaza Design, is a product designer (B.S.) and mechanical engineer (M.S.) from Stanford University. Prior to founding Angaza, Lesley worked with the Amazon Design team at Lab126 on the first three iterations of the Kindle, and at D2M Inc., a Bay Area design consultancy. She was recognized by Businessweek as one of “America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs,” is a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, was named a Forbes “30 Under 30” Entrepreneur, and is a 2013 Echoing Green Fellow. Marincola’s vision is to solve the world’s most widespread problems–like energy access–with market-driven technology innovation developed from a human-centered design approach.
Mar 10, 2014
Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Africa

Towera Jalakasi is an entrepreneur in every sense of the word. She has made the jump from being a consultant advising entrepreneurs to transforming sectors with enterprises of her own. She has helped small producer communities in her native Malawi access fair prices for their products and materials by creating links between them and outside markets. Even with all her success she still faces an uphill battle as a female entrepreneur in Africa, where the glass ceiling has yet to give way. In a business environment where women are constantly questioned on their ability to lead and have difficulty accessing traditional funding sources, Towera is a beacon of hope and a confident leader articulating a vision of success. Join Ned as he speaks with Towera Jalakasi, a successful and innovative entrepreneur as we talk about the struggles and rewards of entrepreneurship in a developing economy.

Edward D. (Ned) Breslin is the CEO of Water For People, widely considered a force for positive change by challenging status quo approaches to water and sanitation, philanthropy and aid transparency and offering concrete alternatives, and received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2011.

Towera Jalakasi is a business consultant, entrepreneur and fair-trade expert who works with small producer communities in Malawi helping them to access fair prices for their materials, and creating links between them and outside consumer markets.
Mar 07, 2014
Turning Poison into Economic Opportunity

According to World Health Organization (WHO), more than 200 million resource-poor people are threatened with arsenic poisoning by drinking contaminated groundwater in South and Southeast Asia, and other regions of the world. In this university podcast, host Sheila Sethuraman speaks with Arup SenGupta, professor of civil, environmental, and chemical engineering at Lehigh University, about his project to eliminate arsenic from groundwater without using electricity or chemicals. SenGupta describes the successes and challenges of this project, which has created economic opportunity in the developing world and has helped more than 200,000 people benefit from cleaner water.

Arup SenGupta is the P.C. Rossin Professor of civil and environmental engineering and also of chemical engineering at Lehigh University. His award-winning research has expanded the field of ion exchange science and technology in solving critical environmental problems, and has led to the development of new classes of hybrid ion exchangers that have been incorporated into water and wastewater treatment processes globally. SenGupta teaches courses in environmental chemistry, reaction kinetics in environmental engineering, and environmental separation and control.
Feb 28, 2014
Using Science and Social Enterprise to Improve Rice Crop Yield in India and Bangladesh

Through very innovative work in the area of agriculture, scientists have worked through social enterprise in improving and securing crop yield, especially rice, which has enabled farmers in India and Bangladesh to feed their families and earn a profit from their surplus. In this audio interview with Stanford Center for Social Innovation correspondent Sheela Sethuraman, Pamela Ronald, of the University of California, Davis, talks about how her laboratory, in collaboration with other scientists, developed a variety of rice with sufficient submergence tolerance to survive severe flooding. Ronald also offers insights on the relationship between genetic engineering and organic farming, enhancing an ecologically based system of farming, and on international development, in this Social Innovation Conversations, Stanford University podcast.

Pamela Ronald is Professor, Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis. She also serves as Director of Grass Genetics at the Joint Bioenergy Institute. Ronald’s laboratory has engineered rice for resistance to disease and tolerance to flooding, which seriously threaten rice crops in Asia and Africa. Ronald led the isolation of the rice XA21 immune receptor and the rice Sub1A submergence tolerance transcription factor. In 1996, she established the Genetic Resources Recognition fund, a mechanism to recognize intellectual property contributions from less developed countries.
Feb 26, 2014
Cameron Conaway: Knowing When to “Tap Out” of the Fight

What insights does a former Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, now poet, activist and thought leader, have to teach social entrepreneurs? As it turns out, a lot more than you might imagine.

MMA fighters understand what failure is–not the “I failed… now let me put my badge on” rhetoric that has become an essential, but increasingly superficial, part of any budding entrepreneur’s story.

MMA fighters understand failure, and the pain that accompanies it. They get knocked down. They get knocked out. And they have to truly examine the lessons of defeat in order to perfect their strategy for success. This warrior mindset forces growth, adaptation and new creative expression. MMA fighters also know the wisdom of when to “tap out” and the necessity of dramatic pivots in some cases to achieve new areas of personal and professional development. Cameron Conaway’s journey offers fascinating lessons that show how unusual story arcs provide insightful truths for social entrepreneurs everywhere.

Edward D. (Ned) Breslin is CEO of Water For People, widely considered a force for positive change by challenging status quo approaches to water and sanitation, philanthropy and aid transparency and offering concrete alternatives, and received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2011.

Cameron Conaway, Executive Editor at The Good Men Project, is an NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer, a former MMA fighter and an award-winning poet. His international investigations into poverty, child labor and human trafficking can be found in publications such as The Guardian, The Huffington Post and the Women News Network. Conaway is a recipient of the Wellcome Trust Arts Award and currently teaches the capstone Shakespeare Seminar for Ottawa University.
Feb 10, 2014
Quality and Innovation as the Basis for Sustainability

TCHO, a chocolate factory in San Francisco, has encouraged social entrepreneurship in developing countries through its innovative supply chain practices. In this short audio lecture, John Kehoe, VP of Sourcing and Development at TCHO, discusses the company’s complex supply chain. His story starts with growers in Ghana, Ecuador, Peru, and Madagascar, and moves to to their factory and store in San Francisco. The company has developed TCHOSource, a unique partnership program that connects the TCHO to its sourcing cooperatives around the world through technology. The use of technology throughout the supply chain helps increase the quality, productivity, and sustainability of the chocolate production. Technology use, starting from the co-op level, allows TCHO to help improve the livelihood and craft of its growers. TCHO is promoting social entrepreneurship from the ground up.

John Kehoe began his career in international trade in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1987 with a local trading operation. After establishing a $10MM annual cotton trade, he co-founded and operated a leading cocoa exporting business, managing thirty percent of the country’s exports of premium cacao with clients in the United States, Japan, and Europe. In 1999, ED&F Man Cocoa hired Kehoe to restructure a cocoa exporting operation in the Dominican Republic. In 2002, he returned to the United States, and founded “EcoTrade,” a specialty cocoa brokerage and consultancy based in Miami. Joining TCHO in March of 2008, he has helped build TCHOSource through a $3.3MM USAID cooperative development grant. He also created a network of raw materials suppliers providing critical inventory financing. Kehoe holds a BA in economics from Tulane University and attended Venezuela’s IESA Advanced Management Program and the Owner–Directors program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Feb 06, 2014
Why Small Does Not Equal Powerless

The increasing demand for energy in emerging markets is a leading driver for international development. This demand results in increased need for environmental sustainability. In this short audio lecture, Katie Hill discusses the tension between economic development and environmental sustainability. Learn how companies can push through this tradeoff while lowering energy costs and reducing business risks. Hill explains how supply chains bases in Asia and Africa attract investments in affordable clean energy and factory efficiency. In this Social Innovation Conversations, Stanford University podcast, Hill describes the economic challenges manufacturers face with energy in emerging markets, such as Kenya, compared to in the U.S.. This contrast poses a compelling argument for the use of renewable energy in factories around the world to lower energy costs and further responsible economic development.

Katie Hill received a joint MBA/MS in Environmental Science at Stanford University in 2012. Katie’s career is focused on energy infrastructure and natural resources in emerging markets. Having spent six years living in Asia and Africa (India, China, Nepal, Uganda, Botswana), Katie has acquired a deep understanding of these markets. Prior to Stanford, she was the Energy Portfolio Manager for Acumen Fund, an impact investment fund, where she evaluated more than 300 clean technology businesses and managed $4 million in investments. Katie has also worked for McKinsey & Company, Generation Investments, Dalberg Advisors and the China Greentech Initiative.
Feb 06, 2014
Social Entrepreneurship and Cocoa Farmers

For TCHO, San Francisco’s only chocolate factory, social entrepreneurship is the focus. In this audio lecture, company executive John Kehoe talks about how the firm not only produces high-end chocolate products, but also helps farmers in developing countries. He discusses challenges associated with sourcing and cultivating quality organic cocoa beans, and what it takes to invest in and work with growers. Kehoe spoke at the Stanford Graduate School of Business at the invitation of the International Development Club.

John Kehoe is Vice President of Sourcing and Development at TCHO, San Franciso’s only chocolate factory. He began his career in international trade in Caracas, Venezuela in 1987. Since the cocoa market in Venezuela was liberalized in 1991, his work has been dedicated to the procurement and marketing of specialty cocoa, working closely with farmers, exporters, importers and chocolate manufactures. In 1999, ED&F Man Cocoa hired Kehoe to restructure a cocoa exporting operation in the Dominican Republic. In 2002, he returned to the United States, and founded EcoTrade, a specialty cocoa brokerage and consultancy based in Miami. Through friendships and contacts developed over the years, Kehoe expanded his experiences to initiate new relationships and diversify supply in Ecuador, Jamaica, Trinidad, and Madagascar, and to include fair trade cocoa from Ghana and the Ivory Coast. This work was considered by many as pioneering a market in the United States for specialty cocoa.
Jan 31, 2014
Social Media on Purpose

Developing a successful social media strategy enables effective nonprofit management, organizational growth, and strong relationships with target audiences. In this audio lecture from the Social Media on Purpose conference, presented by Stanford Social Innovation Review and Tides, journalist and new media strategist Marcia Stepanek provides a robust framework for building a social media strategy that fits with the organization’s mission. Stepanek recommends specific steps that include identifying and analyzing goals, defining the audience, assessing tool options, and deciding which channels are right for your organization to help it achieve greater impact.

Marcia Stepanek is a journalist, new media strategist, and author of the forthcoming book, Swarms: The Rise of the Digital Anti-Establishment; her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Huffington Post, Contribute, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. A former Knight Fellow at Stanford, Stepanek teaches social media strategy at New York University and curates an annual speaker series on disruptive innovation in the advocacy sector. She blogs regularly about technology at and lectures internationally on the influence of the Internet on social systems.
Jan 21, 2014
Social Responsibility Versus Slave Labor Tainted Products

Nearly all consumers eat, wear, or use items that are tainted by slave labor, which presents social responsibility challenges. In this short audio lecture, Katrina Benjamin describes the conditions enslaved people are in, and outlines four specific examples where slavery is an integral part of the consumer supply chain, as well as the degrading circumstances of enslaved adults and children. Benjamin addresses the complexity of slavery today, indicating the factors underlying slavery that must be addressed if slavery is to be eradicated. In this Social Innovation Conversations, Stanford University podcast, Benjamin describes the environmental sustainability problems associated with slavery, and suggests ways that large and small companies, NGOs, and non-profit organizations can work to eliminate slavery through cooperative social responsibility.
Oct 10, 2013
LaborVoices: Last-Mile Supply Chain Visibility

LaborVoices brings unprecedented transparency to supply chain management to improve social responsibility. In this short audio lecture, Dr. Kohl Gill, CEO of LaborVoices, Inc., discusses his company’s mobile technology platform. He uses crowdsourcing to let workers’ voices bring accountability to supply chain management. Dr. Gill believes that real time information drives improvement in workforce management from both a social responsibility and operational perspective. In this Social Innovation Conversations, Stanford University podcast, Dr. Gill shows how LaborVoices helps to create real-time, long-term relations and communication from supply chain executives to the factory floor. This supports accountability across all stakeholders, creates a better overall work environment, and improves social, environmental, and company performance.

Dr. Kohl S. Gill is the CEO of LaborVoices, Inc., providing intelligence to global workers and supply chain executives. Dr. Gill served in the U.S. State Department, as the South Asia and Middle East Labor Affairs Officer for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Dr. Gill served as an Indicorps Fellow in the slum areas of Delhi, India, fighting both petty and grand corruption at the local level. Dr. Gill is a graduate of the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Ph.D. for his work in semiconductor physics.
Oct 10, 2013
Embracing your Inner Punk Rock to Change the World

Ned Breslin kicks off the series by telling us where he draws his inspiration from and where he gets his perspective on social change from–punk rock. With a disregard for tradition and a fierce desire to challenge the norm, the punk rock ethos is the heartbeat of a story of social entrepreneurship. To the rise of social entrepreneurship, punk rock offers a narrative by breaking sideways in a world that tends to go straight ahead.  With the immensity of today’s global challenges, Ned argues that the story arc of punk, its relentless push for change, offers important insights into how social entrepreneurs operate everywhere, whether they like punk rock or not.

Host Ned Breslin is the CEO of Water For People. Ned found himself working on a water project in northern Kenya in 1987 and never looked back. Twenty years later he moved back to the US to join Water For People as its Director of International Programs, eventually becoming CEO in 2009. He is a recipient of the 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
Sep 25, 2013
Supply Chain Environmental Sustainability, Responsible Corporate Citizenship

Being sustainable at the core requires corporate social responsibility that thinks beyond just good works. In this audio lecture, Coca Cola Chief Administrative Officer, Alex Cummings, shares his company’s experience applying environmental sustainability as an essential element to sustainable business. Mr. Cummings relates how Coca Cola aims to double its business in a decade through social entrepreneurship. He describes how they are employing social enterprise to improve packaging and supply chain logistics. They use organic material in plastic bottles and empowering one-woman distribution companies in rural Africa. In this Social Innovation Conversations, Stanford University podcast, Cummings describes how, instead of philanthropic giving, strategic partnerships are used to strengthen corporate citizenship in local communities. Coca-Cola uses renewable resources and recycling projects to enhance environmental sustainability and international development.
Aug 16, 2013
Redefining Consumerism: Innovations in Product Sustainability

Today’s model of consumerism does not prioritize the efficient use of resources throughout the supply chain. Consumers just don’t use the full lifetime of a product. In this talk, e-commerce social entrepreneur and former Walmart sustainability executive Andy Ruben emphasizes opportunities for efficient design, production, and reuse of consumer products, from the perspective of corporations and consumers. Speaking at the 2012 Global Supply Chain Management Forum, Ruben details ways to improve supply chain efficiency. He explains why he hopes this new model for product exchange will revolutionize the way we think about what we buy, and what we throw away.
Jul 30, 2013
Corporate Social Responsibility Is Essential to Environmental Sustainability

Former Vice President Al Gore describes how Corporate Social Responsibility is essential to Environmental Sustainability, as he speaks with students in the View from the Top Series at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In this audio lecture, Mr. Gore explains why global warming is the most significant manifestation of a deeper underlying collision between human civilization and the planet’s ecological system. He shares his insights on leadership and climate crisis solutions, and provides data on population fertility management and the effects of current technology. In this Social Innovation Conversations, Stanford University podcast, Mr. Gore details how hyper-inequality is threatening to both Capitalism and Democracy, and identifies the need for reforms in markets, before suggesting alternatives to short term thinking and how to achieve Sustainable Capitalism.
Jul 15, 2013
Corporate Responsibility Through the Stakeholder’s Lens

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives are usually thought of as top-down, with the interests of company executives taking precedence over other workers. In this talk, CB Bhattacharya, a visiting Stanford professor and author of Leveraging Corporate Responsibility: The Stakeholder Route to Maximizing Business and Social Value, examines why the traditional approach to CSR should be reexamined. Speaking at a seminar organized by the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, he details how his research supports stakeholder-driven corporate social responsibility initiatives. He explains why this change from top-down to stakeholder-driven initiatives means higher returns for us all.
Jul 12, 2013
New Models to End Extreme Poverty

“Poverty is not just about an economic challenge. Extreme poverty is a condition where families cannot make meaningful choices to determine their own future.” The role of Nuru is to put those choices back on the table. In this audio interview, Jonathan Chang speaks with Jake Harriman, Founder and CEO of Nuru International. Nuru works to raise awareness of poverty in the developed world. At the same time they foster self-sufficiency in remote rural communities in East Africa. From combat operations in Iraq to Stanford Business to rural Ethiopia, Harriman traces his personal path towards sustainable solutions to poverty. This show was recorded as part of the Impact Innovators series, in which we speak with some of the most important players in the world of impact investments.
Jul 11, 2013
Thinking about Talent

Human capital is the most valuable asset in the social sector. Developing an effective human capital strategy enables nonprofits to grow, scale, and achieve greater impact. In this audio lecture from the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Nonprofit Management Institute, Omidyar Network partner Sal Giambanco discusses how nonprofits can create a recruiting framework and demonstrate organizational value to employees. He explains how to attract and engage an excellent team. By sharing examples from his years of coaching nonprofit executives from around the world, he explores questions such as: How do you attract the right talent to your organization? How do you enable them to be successful? How do you build a talent pipeline to engage future leaders? In this lecture, Gimabanco discusses techniques a nonprofit can use to execute a successful human capital strategy.
Apr 30, 2013
The Art of Collaborative Leadership

Good leadership requires moving across boundaries of sector, race, ideology, class, and political affiliation. Instead of competing for resources or working in isolation, leaders should reach across divides to develop healthy networks of trust and collaboration. In this audio lecture from the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Nonprofit Management Institute, Rockwood Leadership Institute president Akaya Windwood discusses how we can get movements and sectors to work together to advance the common good. She shares specific approaches and tools for leaders to step out of their comfort zones. These enable a collective effort that builds mutually beneficial relationships.
Apr 25, 2013
A Crash Course on Creativity

Whether we are struggling to generate fresh ideas or staring at problems with no solutions in sight, the spark of creative genius often seems out of reach. In this audio lecture from Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Nonprofit Management Institute, Stanford Professor Tina Seelig discusses how we can unlock our creative genius through a set of tools and conditions we each have in our control—our “innovation engine.” Based on real-world examples and a dozen years of experience teaching courses on creativity and entrepreneurship in the Stanford School of Engineering, Seelig challenges traditional assumptions about creativity to show us how we can seek out the right resources and environment to fuel our innovation engines. She contends that just as the scientific method demystifies the process of discovery, there is a formal process for unlocking the pathway to innovation.
Apr 23, 2013
The Critical Role of the Strategic Brand

While branding has been traditionally perceived as a tool for fundraising and public relations, nonprofits can take a new approach to brand management that effectively drives their mission and maximizes impact. In this audio lecture from Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Nonprofit Management Institute, Harvard researcher Nathalie Kylander challenges traditional branding principles and proposes a new framework for developing a more strategic brand. By examining the concepts of brand democracy and brand affinity, Kylander discusses how a strategic brand can create greater social impact and tighter organizational cohesion. She examines what successful branding looks like in the nonprofit sector and how the rise of social media and technological change can drive the development of a clear, strong, well-managed brand.
Apr 16, 2013
New Skills for the New Social Economy

What exactly is the new “social economy,” how did it come about, and what are its implications for nonprofit management? In this audio lecture, philanthropy, policy, and technology researchers Lucy Bernholz and Rob Reich explore some possible answers to these questions. Evaluating the changes that the social economy has created, Bernholz and Reich focus on new options that are available for both doers and donors. Speaking at Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Nonprofit Management Institute, the two analyze the impact that this new economy is having on nonprofit management and how social leaders can adapt.
Mar 26, 2013
Creating Forces for Good in Nonprofit Management

How can smaller and local nonprofits dramatically increase their impact? In this audio lecture, Heather McLeod Grant, senior consultant at the Monitor Institute and co-author of Local Forces for Good, shares ideas and case studies of high-impact small and local nonprofits, and how these organizations have leveraged outside forces and agencies to great success. Speaking from Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Nonprofit Management Institute, McLeod Grant analyzes how many smaller nonprofits managed not only to survive the economic downturn, but also to thrive during that time.
Feb 22, 2013
Network Mindsets in Nonprofit Management

Nonprofit management is presented with the challenge of adjusting to constant developments in technology and social media. To cope, leaders learn to use a network mindset. In this audio lecture, author and social media guru Beth Kanter presents ways nonprofit organizations can develop a networking mindset. These hard-won lessons are based on her own and others’ experiences within nonprofits and successful social media campaigns. Speaking at the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Nonprofit Management Institute, Kanter focuses on best practices for utilizing professional relationships and the steps organizations can take to develop a network model.
Feb 06, 2013
Connection Technology to Save Lives

How can a tsumami early warning system save lives? In this university podcast, Ridwan Djamaluddin, Indonesia’s deputy chairman for natural resources development, speaks on how the government of Indonesia is relying on technology to deal with climate and weather threats. The work, he says, is not just about creating better detection instruments but also about getting information to flow to those who need it more efficiently. Djamaluddin spoke at the USRio+2.0 Conference, hosted by the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Nov 27, 2012
Using Social Media for Social Good

Social media can do more than provide entertainment—it can also prolong or save lives. In this university podcast, Stanford business professor Jennifer Aaker tells the story of how friends drove a call to action online that provided a bone marrow transplant for a Stanford graduate who was diagnosed with leukemia. She talks about lessons for successful social media campaigns derived from the efforts of that grassroots registry, which still actively matches donors to patients. Aaker spoke at the USRio+2.0 Conference, hosted by the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Nov 27, 2012
Entrepreneurship in Service to Economic Growth

How do we transform our existing system into one that fosters sustainable economic growth? Entrepreneurship concentrating on scientific collaborations and innovations is the ticket, says Paul Kedrosky of the Kauffman Foundation in this university podcast. He argues that highly trained engineers, physicists and other professionals who have been sucked up by Wall Street need to return to their own domains and work more entrepreneurially. The way to more innovation and connectivity, he argues, is to let more ideas “collide” to create more impact. Kedrosky spoke at the USRio+2.0 Conference, hosted by the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Nov 27, 2012
Mobile Technology for Healthcare

Mobile and home-based technologies could help stretch limited funds and create sustainable healthcare for all. That’s the assertion of Eric Dishman, director of health innovation at Intel, in this university podcast. Estimating that there is a $500 billion opportunity for health IT in developing markets, particularly via non-governmental organizations, he argues that using technology strategically could help developing countries avoid the inefficient, high-cost, error-prone infrastructure of the United States. Dishman spoke at the USRio+2.0 Conference, hosted by the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Nov 15, 2012
Info Technology and Sustainable Development

Twenty years have passed since the 1992 Earth Summit, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development that made sustainable development a priority for the UN. In this university podcast, Michael Jones, Google’s chief technology advocate, discusses how connection technologies are now being used to support sustainable development. “Information is not a mirror to reflect the world but a hammer with which to shape it,” he says, urging his audience to think big. Jones spoke at the USRio+2.0 Conference, hosted by the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Nov 06, 2012
Environmental Sustainability, Economic Realities

How can we strike a balance between environmental sustainability and economic realities? In this university podcast, aquatic filmmaker and oceanographic explorer Fabien Cousteau discusses the problem of the failing health of our planet as it relates to climate change, over-consumption of natural resources, and pollution. He offers glimpses of a public policy platform grounded by his strong belief that environmental discipline can be the basis for innovative solutions that strike a balance between regional and global environmental problems and the realities of market economies. Cousteau spoke at the USRio+2.0 Conference, hosted by the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Oct 30, 2012
Technology and Environmental Sustainability

How can we use technology to support sustainable development? In this university podcast, media expert Tim O’Reilly discusses notions of collective intelligence, man-machine symbiosis, and real-time feedback loops from sensors to provide a context for understanding the role of tools like FrontlineSMS, Ushahidi, Crowdflower, Samasource in powering the future. He considers Google’s autonomous vehicle and unpacks the technology behind it to provide deeper insight into where technology is taking us. O’Reilly delivered his remarks at the USRio+2.0 Conference hosted at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Oct 26, 2012
Technology and International Development

Twenty years after the first Rio Earth Summit, the world’s most vexing sustainability problems around health, environment, agriculture and economic growth haven’t changed. But technologies have –– and they could provide critical and innovative solutions. In this university podcast, Maura O’Neill, chief innovation officer at USAID, addresses international ministers from developing countries, technology experts, and NGO professionals convened by the U.S. State Department and the Stanford Graduate School of Business to discuss how connection technologies can support sustainable development, and what USAID is doing to support those initiatives. O’Neill delivered her remarks at the USRio+2.0 Conference hosted by Stanford.
Oct 26, 2012
Teaching with Interactive Simulations

After being awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics, Carl Wieman was struck by the effectiveness of a number of physics simulations that he used to explain his concepts to students and faculty. Combining over half of his Nobel Prize winnings with other funding sources, he founded Physics Education Technology (PhET) at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2003. The site now has 115 active simulations in 65 different languages, totaling over 25 million downloads in 2011 alone. In this audio interview, Sheela Sethuraman speaks with Katherine Perkins, Director of PhET since 2008. They discuss what differentiates PhET from other physics simulations, and the range of students that have benefited from the program. As The Tech Awards 2011 Laureate and recipient of the Microsoft Education Award, PhET has continued to grow and adapt their simulations for a growing audience in recent years.
Oct 09, 2012
Health Innovation Challenges in India and Africa: Panel Discussion

There is immense potential in providing better quality of care and health access in low-resource settings through technological and social innovations. Michele Barry, Director of Global Health Programs in Medicine at Stanford leads a distinguished group of global health professionals who have created innovative programs to benefit their respective countries’ health services. Their work in the clinical and community level have given much headway to the eradication of infectious disease, the reduction of maternal mortality and the overall strengthening of health systems. Access to health care is the focus of this panel discussion, from the 2011 Global Health Series organized by the Stanford Global Health Center in partnership with the Stanford Graduate School of Business. By fostering and promoting innovation, and applying these solutions more broadly, we can find ways of bridging the health access gap.
Sep 27, 2012
Technology in Healthcare Delivery Redesign (2)

Healthcare enterprises are increasingly pressed to do more with less. In this university podcast, Jay Deady, CEO of Awarepoint Corporation, talks about how his company provides workflow automation and tracking solutions to the acute care hospital marketplace. Discussing the role of Real-time Location System (RTLS) solutions, he shows how the technology addresses needs throughout the hospital enterprise, rather than forcing hospitals to manage a multitude of vendor solutions. Deady spoke at the 2011 GSB Healthcare Summit, sponsored by the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His presentation was part of a panel called “Using technology to redesign the delivery of health care” held at the 2011 GSB Healthcare Summit, sponsored by the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Sep 17, 2012
Enhancing Educational Data Systems

Colleges and universities need an easy and flexible student administrative system so that may more effectively manage and use student data to enhance the educational experience. TopSchool fits the bill by offering a student lifecycle system that supports the business of higher education through the entire process of admissions, enrollment, academics, job placement, and alumni status. In this Stanford University podcast, president Matthew Schnittman discusses the organization’s model for service delivery, and where it’s headed. His talk was part of the Global Education Conference, held in partnership with Goldman Sachs and the Stanford School of Education.
Aug 21, 2012
Investing in Education in China

How do you create a business opportunity and create value in the educational arena in China? In this Stanford university podcast, Justin Cahill talks about how his enterprise built a company called RISE, which now boasts 30,000 children learning English in more than 100 learning centers in one of the fastest-growing markets in world. Cahill talks about RISE’s curriculum, learning model, and financial metrics, and more broadly about doing business in China and investing in education in growing markets through partnership with local entrepreneurs. His talk was part of the Global Education Conference, held in partnership with Goldman Sachs and the Stanford School of Education.
Aug 16, 2012
GS | SU Global Education Conference: Kunskapsskolan Case Study

The driving motivation for Peje Emilsson, current chair of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, is difference: catering to different students with different learning styles in different ways. That is the goal of Kunskapsskolan, a group of several dozen new schools developed in Sweden with the intention of providing an increasingly personalized and hands-on classroom experience to its students. After great success with its first 10,000 students in Sweden, Kunskapsskolan has expanded to 3,000 students in the UK, and is in the process of opening a school in Manhattan. How will the program preserve its brand as it expands and scales for different countries? Will cultural differences help or harm Kunskapsskolan’s progress abroad? A panel of experienced education investors presents questions like these and more, in a conference segment called “Case Studies in Real World Innovation.”
Aug 08, 2012
Promoting Civic Engagement and Voting

Old standard “get-out-the-vote” phone call scripts made by volunteers simply asked people to participate in the election and reminded callers that voting was important. In this university podcast, Harvard professor Todd Rogers shares how political parties and other organizations are finding that subtle changes in language—even from a verb to a noun—can make a substantial difference in how many people cast ballots. He details approaches that work best, and significant results from recent elections. Rogers spoke at The Science of Getting People to Do Good, Prosocial Briefing held at Stanford.
Aug 08, 2012
Promoting Health Through Weight Loss

In the United States, 60 million adults are obese and 9 million children and teens ages 6 to 19 are overweight. Being too heavy increases the risk of health conditions and diseases. In this university podcast, Harvard business professor Leslie John reports on studies providing financial and social incentives to get people to lose weight. Using lotteries and monetary deposits as collateral, researchers got people to lose an average of 14 pounds over several months. Leslie John spoke at The Science of Getting People to Do Good, a Prosocial Briefing held at Stanford.
Jul 31, 2012
Environmental Sustainability Through Recycling

Most observers agree that human consumption is on a crash course with the environment. Although recycling programs have been implemented in many cities around the world, people do not participate as often as they could. In this university podcast, Canadian scholar Kate White shares research examining the effectiveness of messages that highlight the negative consequences of not recycling (loss frames) versus those that emphasize the positive consequences of recycling (gain frames) in influencing people’s behavior. The report finds that the effectiveness of one type of messaging over another depends on whether interventions activate concrete thinking, which focuses on behaviors (such as how one might go about recycling), or abstract thinking (such as why one might go about recycling). White spoke at The Science of Getting People to Do Good briefing held at Stanford University.
Jul 24, 2012
Improving Educational Achievement for Minorities

Inequalities between socially marginalized and non-marginalized groups have led to poorer school and health outcomes for African Americans, Latino Americans, and other non-Asian ethnic minorities. In this university podcast, Stanford assistant professor Greg Walton examines one psychological factor contributing to these inequalities: concern about social belonging — a sense of having positive relationships with others. He reports the significant academic and health-related consequences of a brief intervention aimed at buttressing college freshmen’s sense of social belonging in school. Walton spoke at The Science of Getting People to Do Good briefing held at Stanford.
Jul 18, 2012
Food, Water, and Energy

Food, water, and energy: connection technologies can and must unite these three sectors for the sake of our planet’s future. Twenty-five percent of global land is now degraded, but these territories could become productive once again with the proper resources. Over the last 30 years alone we have increased our ability to produce food by 50% while using less land and less labor. What other developments are in our future, and how can these systems address our energy needs? In this audio lecture, Dr. Ann Bartuska of the U.S. Department of Agriculture shares her insight on the necessary steps to sustainably feed the nine billion people that will be living on our planet by 2050. Dr. Bartuska spoke as part of a panel called “Framing the Challenges: How Can Connection Technologies Support Sustainable Development?” at the USRio+2.0 Conference at Stanford University.
Jul 17, 2012
Mobile and Branchless Banking

It’s called branchless banking: the ability to provide small, abundant access points and mobile solutions for the rural population living outside the range of most banking institutions. In this audio interview, Sheela Sethuraman speaks with one of branchless banking’s greatest proponents and the co-founder of Eko India Financial Services, Abhishek Sinha. Beginning in 2007, Abhishek and his brother Abhinav began conceptualizing ways in which small, local businesses could provide the brick-and-mortar storefronts for rural banking customers, while basic cell phones would meet all of the technological needs. Having now partnered with India’s two largest banks, Eko India provides customers with the ability to set up their own bank in less than 15 minutes. Creating simple methods to convert physical into electronic currency has streamlined rural remittance transactions, and is just one of many reasons that Abhishek and Abhinav Sinha have been named The Tech Awards 2011 laureates of the Flextronics Economic Development Awards.
Jun 27, 2012
The Civic Impact of Youth Volunteerism

There is widespread consensus among educators, policymakers, and academics that youth volunteerism “makes citizens”—that people who engage in some form of youth service or activism are powerfully affected by the experience and go on to live more engaged lives. The reality, argues Doug McAdam, professor of sociology at Stanford University, is much more complicated. He believes the great majority of volunteer experiences have little impact. In this audio lecture, part of the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Nonprofit Management Institute, McAdam reviews the results of two follow-up studies of youth activists—those who applied to the 1964 Freedom Summer project and all accepted applicants to Teach for America in years three through eight of that program—and assesses the experiences and their long-term effects on volunteers.
Jun 04, 2012
Solar Power in a Suitcase

All over the world, reproductive health is suffering because of medical facilities with insufficient or unreliable power. Some mothers are turned away from as many as four or five facilities in a row because capacity is limited by issues like poor lighting and lack of blood storage. In this audio interview, Sheela Sethuraman talks with Laura Stachel and Hal Aronson, co-founders of WE CARE Solar, about their effort to combat this issue worldwide. WE CARE stands for Women’s Emergency Communication and Reliable Electricity.

Starting with an initial prototype built of home solar panels and scrap wood, the two have advanced their distinctive “suitcase design” to a standalone, plug-and-play solar system that is already seeing use in medical facilities in Haiti and Africa. As The Tech Awards 2011 laureates of the Nokia Health Award, Stachel and Aronson discuss the iterative process that brought them to their current design and the challenges of creating a modular device that can see use in profoundly different contexts.
Apr 18, 2012
Sustainable Water Treatment

Bricks, cement, PVC piping and gravel: the list of materials necessary to build a gravity-powered water treatment plant is impressively short. In this audio interview, Sheela Sethuraman talks to Daniel Smith, Project Coordinator for AguaClara, about strategies, innovations, and their recent recognition as the Tech Awards 2011 laureate of the Intel Environment Award. Starting in 2006, AguaClara partnered with Agua Para el Pueblo in Honduras to leverage gravity rather than costly and unreliable electricity to provide for the water treatment needs in small villages. The result was a community-scale innovation that can provide portable water at less that .01 cent/liter. With successful communication between neighboring communities, AguaClara has spread across Honduras, and hopes to cross into neighboring countries like Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador in the near future.
Mar 23, 2012
Leveraging Online Collaboration

What happens when you leverage the power of internet volunteerism in much the same way as Wikipedia, but with the intention of translating and subtitling videos? This was the question that Dean Jansen wanted to answer when he co-founded Universal Subtitles (now Amara), a collaborative platform that allows for accessible and user-friendly subtitling of videos. Universal Subtitles replaces previously laborious tasks such as time-syncing with much easier tools, drawing inspiration from popular game interfaces. With over 40,000 videos already subtitled and key partnerships with PBS, Al Jazeera, and Khan Academy in place, there is no doubt that the model has a growing user base. In this audio interview, Sheela Sethuraman asks Dean Jansen about the organization’s first 18 months, winning the Tech Museum’s 2011 Catherine Swanson Equality Award, and the challenges of scalability and quality assurance moving forward.
Mar 14, 2012
Partnering for Scale and Impact

How can partnerships help the nonprofit sector navigate legislative hurdles, new leadership, and antiquated business models? In this audio lecture, recorded at the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s 2011 Nonprofit Management Institute, Tides CEO Melissa Bradley shares the opportunities she sees for increasing scale and impact through partnerships. Her lecture examines the current landscape of the social sector, and explores what the terms scale and impact should really mean. Citing a number of case studies, including collaborations between for-profits, nonprofits, foundations, and even unions, Bradley provides insight into what makes partnerships successful and offers up best practices for organizations looking to work together.
Mar 13, 2012
Medical Device Innovation: Panel Discussion

Focusing on unmet needs, healthcare entrepreneurs provide their in-the-trenches perspectives on advancing medical technologies. Working to extend and enhance lives. Especially in global markets that demand high-impact growth products, innovators are challenged by securing funding through traditional ventures or alternative sources and developing cost-effective products in a changing landscape.  From the 2011 Global Health Series organized by the Stanford Global Health Center in partnership with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Paul Yock, Professor of Medicine and Founding Co-Chair of Stanford’s Program in Biodesign, leads this interactive panel discussion.  Panelists include Uday Kumar of iRhythm, Darin Buxbaum of Hourglass Technologies, Mohit Kaushal of the West Wireless Health Institute, and Darren Hite of Aberdare Ventures, all of whom launched in their first years after Stanford.
Feb 14, 2012
GSB 2011 Healthcare Summit: Future of the Healthcare Sector

John Capek talks about ways we can improve not only the predictability but also the potential success for technologies in order to improve the overall delivery of healthcare over the next decade.

He considers important industry trends, such as demographic and globalization, and presents key statistics on critical data points such as the demographic for healthcare spending, on Asia emerging as a market for the healthcare sector, and the role of diabetes treatment in healthcare systems.

In talking about the evolution of the healthcare industry, he cites an example of the transition in modes of therapy in the field of Interventional Cardiology. In the first 25 years, the predominant mode of therapy in Interventional Cardiology was mechanical, whether that be with Balloon Angioplasty or atherectomy devices. Now, in the recent years, he continues, we are making the transition into molecular cardiology solutions using genetic modifiers, drug-eluting stents, protein deliverers and such genetic engineering approaches. This is having a significant impact on the market place.

He argues that a strong driver for growth in the medical devices segment is the integration of four major categories of technologies: IT/Health Services, Pharma, Genetics, and devices.

The Executive Vice President of Medical Devices puts into context the impact of healthcare reform on the delivery of technologies.
Jan 09, 2012
Shared Value - Future of Green

The assertion that philanthropists historically decided to support nonprofit efforts with little critique of results may be met with some agitation but Mark Kramer also criticizes corporate industrialism, saying the environmental consequences of profit-focused businesses have been largely ignored by the business sector, causing social justice and nonprofit organizations to push back against those excesses. Impact investing, a business model where profit can still be earned while accomplishing worthwhile social goals, is one solution.

Mark Kramer also contends that companies inclined to rethink their corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts should invest in the social sector and “shared value.” This could strengthen the overall competitive environment for business. As an example, he points to a medical device manufacturer which the FSG foundation convinced to assist with health care in India. The foundation notes that health care in India needed more government involvement and more training for health care providers, especially in rural areas, and that companies could design products that meet the needs of the low-income population.

During this audio interview Kramer discusses the challenges of coordinating corporate social responsibility projects with corporations, and how the success of the cell phone industry in emerging (third world) markets has enabled low-income users to participate and provide feedback, thereby allowing CSR to thrive.
Dec 16, 2011
Cross-Sector Social Innovation

Buzz Thompson is a leading expert in environmental law and policy. He and his colleagues have worked to advance environmental decisions to governmental agencies. In this panel, he identifies models for interdisciplinary collaboration across areas of areas of expertise that can help us solve complex societal issues. Thompson has contributed a large body of scholarship that has connected government, nonprofit, and business sectors while advancing environmental and social agendas.

Barton (Buzz) Thompson Jr. is the director of the Woods Institute for the Environment and a Stanford professor.
Nov 18, 2011
How to Cultivate the Best Teachers

Teachers play a key role in influencing the future not only of students, but of the country and world as a whole. What contributes to teacher effectiveness? In this panel discussion, teachers and teacher educator experts discuss what they are doing to support and nurture the professionals who instruct our children. They consider what students need from teachers, the role of assessment in teaching, and the most effective investments to promote professional development. The panel was part of the Global Education Conference, held in partnership with Goldman Sachs and the Stanford School of Education.

Oct 26, 2011
Capital for Early Stage Innovation

Medical innovation continues to flourish, however entrepreneurs are faced with many challenges, including tougher regulatory demands which make it more difficult to get products to market. This panel discussion includes representatives from various investment firms who give a clearer picture of the funding landscape, advising early stage innovators with creative ways to navigate these complexities. From the 2011 Global Health Series organized by the Stanford Global Health Center in partnership with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stefanos Zenios, the Charles A. Holloway Professor and director of the Stanford GSB’s Program in Healthcare Innovation leads this panel which convenes Anne DeGheest of MedStars Venture Partners, Thomas McKinley of Cardinal Partners, Guido Neels of Essex Woodlands, Bryan Roberts of Venrock, and Beth Seidenberg of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
Oct 14, 2011
Addressing the K-12 Crisis

Is the American K-12 school system in crisis? Yes, says this panel of educators, administrators, academics, business people, and politicians concerned about the matter. The experts talk about potential solutions, what’s working, and what isn’t. They also debate the merits of options like school choice, charter schools, and home schooling. The panel was part of the Global Education Conference, held in partnership with Goldman Sachs and the Stanford School of Education.

Oct 12, 2011
Changing Behavior and Changing Policies Panel (Part 3)

Two megatrends are locking in: Massive incentive change and information liberation, says Todd Park, CTO of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The federal programs must lead the way in changing from fee-for-service to incentives for value in healthcare.

Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veteran’s Administration represent the largest repository of public health data in the world. More information about the public health, stripped of personal identification, is being made available so that innovators can use it to learn more about public health, and create health-maximizing options. Private insurers adopt the same pay structure as the federal programs, therefore, HHS must be the one to initiate more efficient means of delivering, and charging for, health value.

Park identifies three parts to data liberation in the health care industry: 1) Patient data liquidity—including making records available to the patients themselves; 2) market transparency—listing benefits and pricing of every public and private insurance plan available in the U.S. through; and 3) a health data initiative to let people know what data is available on the population at large, and releasing it for anyone’s use. Some private innovations from this data release include Asthmapolis, which helps people control their asthma, and iTriage.

Coordination of service, identification of gaps, methods of efficiency developed in industries outside of health care need to be brought in to rework the healthcare industry, according to Park.
Oct 11, 2011
EDF Future of Green Calls

It was a bit of a shake-up in February 2010 when the Quadrennial Defense Review of the DoD listed resource scarcity and climate change as primary threats to global security. Now the defense sector is rolling out means of planning, strategizing, and reducing the use of resources. In many cases, what’s good for the environment also cuts costs and streamlines activities.

Daniel Kreeger, Executive Director of the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) outlines the relatively new position of “Climate Change Officer.” In a recent carbon disclosure project, professionals concerned with climate management came from as many as eleven different organization silos, from supply-chain management to public relations.

Where many functions have been traditionally the provenance of one officer, and a commander’s term averages two years, coordination locally and across forces is smoothing the way and building awareness of sustainability issues. The Army and Navy are establishing environmental policies and establishing scoring and benchmarks.

Kreeger points out the DoD has traditionally been a test bed and market maker for many technologies, including flat screens, GPS, fiber optic communications, and even the internet. Innovations in green technology will undoubtedly follow.
Oct 03, 2011
Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in a Fast-Changing World

From solar shingles to locally implemented environmental waste collection, companies are creating products and corporate infrastructures that are about more than just profit. Aron Cramer, an advisor on corporate responsibility, points out several benefits in the revolution in this open-call conversation. He explains the need to bridge the gap between businesses for profit and nonprofit organizations, and how any working combination of the two would bring about social change, environmental improvements, and technological innovations.

This open phone call challenges the stereotypes of business and philanthropy, as well the degree of separation between the two sectors. Cramer explains that a synthesis between the two, with an emphasis on the results-based movement of corporations and the socially-based goals of nonprofit organizations, would create investment in small businesses and corporate-social responsibility.

Impact investing, social entrepreneurs, and locally-based businesses are part of a newly growing trend that supports local and international social goals, environmental awareness, and minimization of poverty. This trend, Aron Cramer proves through several examples and in answers to callers’ question, is making the world better, and will continue to improve environmental and social standards as businesses and non-profits continue to merge and cooperate.
Sep 30, 2011
The Future of the Healthcare Sector

As an executive with UnitedHealth Group, Richard Migliori is responsible for ensuring clinical excellence and linking that excellence to practical clinical outcomes and robust business results. In this university podcast, he talks about innovation as the lifeblood of his organization, and the criteria by which innovative efforts are adopted. He emphasizes the need for the healthcare system to become more connected, intelligent, and aligned in order to be sustainable in the long-term. Migliori spoke at the 2011 GSB Healthcare Summit, sponsored by the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Richard Migliori is executive vice president of health services for UnitedHealth Group. He also serves as chief healthcare officer of UnitedHealth Group Alliances, a division of UnitedHealthcare Medicare and Retirement. Migliori joined UnitedHealth Group in 1996. He brings to his current executive position over 20 years of experience in the health care sector, including time as CEO of four diverse companies. He has published more than 35 articles on topics ranging from continuous quality improvement methods in a clinical setting to surgical oncology and solid organ transplant. Migliori holds an MD from Brown University and completed a National Health Research Fellowship in immunology, transplantation, and oncology funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Sep 26, 2011
Education as Social Enterprise in Africa

African Leadership Academy is a social enterprise that was founded in 2004 with the belief that ethical leadership is the key to transforming the African continent. In this university podcast, co-founder Chris Bradford talks about the role of educational institutions in shaping the future of Africa. He also discusses the personal journey that took him from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Johannesburg, South Africa, and how Stanford was an influential part of that process. Bradford spoke at the 2011 Stanford Africa Forum: Entrepreneurship and Development, hosted by the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Sep 21, 2011
Investing in Africa

Africa poses remarkable opportunities for private equity investment, according to Thomas Barry, founder of the Zephyr Management investment firm. Pointing to the reliability of its renewable resources, its growing workforce, its expanding urbanization, and other strengths critical for business success, he reveals that, on this continent, reality is much better than the US public perception. He also talks about his own firm’s investment strategy on the continent. Barry spoke at the 2011 Stanford Africa Forum on entrepreneurship and development.
Sep 19, 2011
Private Equity in Africa

Chairman Thomas Gibian talks about how he helped Emerging Capital Partners become the first private equity firm to raise more than $1.8 billion to invest in companies across the African continent through seven funds. He sets the stage by discussing how the private sector was the engine of growth in China and India, and shares how some of the lessons have been applied to Africa. He talks about where the growing markets are in the African continent, and the promising future for entrepreneurs there. Gibian spoke at the 2011 Stanford Africa Forum on entrepreneurship and development.
Sep 01, 2011
Leadership Trends of the 21st Century

How have the growing demands for “high-performance nonprofit” impacted some of the oldest philanthropic organizations in the United States? In this panel discussion, the CEOs of three organizations reflect upon the speed and tact with which they must adapt their strategies and directions in a new century. Peter Goldberg opens on the importance of fostering a culture of innovation, so that one might effectively bridge the gap between a “high touch” and a “high tech” strategy. Cathy Tisdale discusses both the value of having an iconic brand and the potential pitfalls of overextending legacy procedures. Jim Gibbons emphasizes the need for reinvention in nonprofit, such that you can remain relevant to the communities that you serve. Leadership 18 members Peter Goldberg, Cathy Tisdale, and Jim Gibbons were invited by the Center for Social Innovation’s Public Management Program and the Center for Leadership Development and Research at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Aug 26, 2011
Environmental Sustainability and Energy Policy

Environmental sustainability is on President Obama’s agenda, and in this panel discussion we hear from senior government energy and technology officials on what’s up and coming in this area. Experts discuss the administration’s policies, programs, and initiatives to support clean energy innovation and entrepreneurship, in particular. The event was a panel discussion convened by the Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, a joint initiative of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Stanford Law School.

Aug 24, 2011
Healthcare and Biotechnology

Biotechnology, diagnostics, and genomics are increasingly changing the field of healthcare. In this panel discussion, company executives discuss how they became entrepreneurs in science and medicine, which new products they are developing, and what challenges and opportunities there are in these arenas. They also look at barriers to adoption and future trends that will affect this space over the next five to ten years. The discussion was part of the 2011 Healthcare Summit, held at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Donald Joseph, is CEO of BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH). BIO is the Biotechnology Industry Assocation. He previously served as COO for BVGH. Before joining BVGH, he served in senior executive positions in both legal and business roles at private and publicly held biopharmaceutical companies including Renovis and Abgenix, where he played a key role in its acquisition by Amgen. He has consulted for a number of biopharmaceutical companies and previously served as COO of the Institute for OneWorld Health, a non-profit pharmaceutical company devoted to developing new and affordable medicines for neglected diseases.

David Levison is founder, CEO, and director of CardioDX. Prior to launching CardioDx, he was a venture partner at Texas Pacific Group Ventures and was also the interim CEO of Expression Diagnostics (XDx), Inc., a molecular diagnostic company focused on the immune system. Previously, he was the founder, president, and CEO of iScribe, a healthcare technology company acquired by AdvancePCS (now Caremark) in December 2001. Prior to iScribe, Levison was President of Oncology Therapeutics Network (OTN), which was acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1996. He also served as Chief Financial Officer of OTN’s parent company, Axion, from 1990 to 1993. Prior to Axion, Levison was with Cole Gilburne Fund, an early-stage, technology-focused venture capital firm.

Bala Manian is a serial entrepreneur and Silicon Valley scientist who has started a string of medical technology companies such as ReaMetrix, Digital Optics, and Quantum Dot Corporation. Some of the resulting technologies have also had applications in the film industry, earning Manian an Academy Award certificate for technical achievement.

James Sabry is vice president of Genentech Partnering. Prior to this, he was president and CEO of Arete Therapeutics as well as chairman and former CEO of Cytokinetics, a company he co-founded in August 1997. He currently sits on Cytokinetics’ scientific advisory board. Prior to Cytokinetics, he held faculty positions at the University of California, San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School. He serves on the board of HopeLab, a not-for-profit organization developing innovative technologies for the management of cancer, obesity, and other diseases. He received an M.D. from Queen’s University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, San Francisco.

Robert Chess is chairman of Nektar Therapeutics, OPX Biotechnologies, and Germitec SAS. From March 2006 until January 2007, Chess served as acting president and CEO of Nektar, and from April 1999 to January 2007, served as executive chairman. He has also served as co-CEO, president, and CEO. He was previously the co-founder and president of Penederm, Inc., a publicly-traded dermatological pharmaceutical company that was sold to Mylan Laboratories. He has held management positions at Intel Corporation and Metaphor Computer Systems (now part of IBM), and was a member of the first President Bush’s White House staff as a White House Fellow and associate director of the White House Office of Economic and Domestic Policy.
Aug 22, 2011
Service Innovation

Many would agree that healthcare delivery today is inefficient, ineffective, and segmented. In this panel discussion, experts talk about how they have persisted in delivering high-quality treatment. They discuss innovations in redesigning and scaling operations for wider benefit, the realities of implementation, and the need to train clinical workers in delivering compassionate care. The discussion was part of the 2011 Healthcare Summit, held at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Gerald (Jerry) Coil is special assistant to the CMO, AltaMed Health Services. He has served as an internal consultant at AltaMed; senior consultant at Cattaneo & Stroud, Inc.; executive vice president and COO at HealthSpring; president and CEO at MHN; senior vice president at Health Net; senior vice president, benefit administration, at Kaiser Permanente; partner at NorthShore LLC; and regional vice president, Pacific Rim at North American Medical Management/Phycor.

Thomas Lee is an MD with One Medical Group. He specializes in primary care internal medicine with an emphasis on preventive health, complex cases and quality improvement. Lee graduated from Yale University and the University of Washington School of Medicine, and completed his residency at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital before serving as editor-in-chief for the widely used drug reference application Epocrates. He then founded One Medical Group as a step toward improving primary care delivery.

Paul Wallace is director of the Lewin Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research. A board certified physician in internal medicine and hematology, he is a renowned lecturer on topics including evidence-based medicine practice and policy; performance improvement and measurement; clinical practice guideline development; population-based care and disease management; new technology assessment; and comparative assessment. He serves on advisory committees at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and is a member of a number of healthcare-related boards.

Arnold Milstein is professor of medicine and leader of Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center. His career and ongoing research are focused on acceleration of clinical service innovations that improve the societal value of health care. He serves as the medical director of the Pacific Business Group on Health, the largest regional health care improvement coalition in the U.S. He also guides employer-sponsored clinically-based innovation development for Mercer Health and Benefits. Previously he co-founded the Leapfrog Group and Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project, and served as a Congressionally-appointed MedPAC Commissioner.
Aug 15, 2011
2011 Stanford Healthcare Summit

Behavior change is a step-by-step process, and psychologist and innovator Dr. BJ Fogg guides designers and researcher with “The Behavior Wizard,” which maps routes to the 15 ways to achieve behavior change. With specific health targets, whether it be to “eat quinoa for the first time” or “to stop smoking permanently,” his model outlines techniques to stop or decrease behaviors that are unhealthy or start or increase more healthful habits. Fogg is the Director of the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford and has taught the course Creating Health Habits with Social & Mobile Technologies, where students gained expertise in using technology to create habits in everyday people. He speaks in the 2011 Global Health Series organized by the Stanford Global Health Center in partnership with the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Aug 11, 2011
Philanthropy and the Free Market in Education

The Jaquelin Hume Foundation engages in philanthropy by supporting free-market solutions to education reform. In this audio interview with Stanford Center for Social Innovation correspondent Ashkon Jafari, Executive Director Gisele Huff talks about the foundation’s investment strategy, and why innovation and technology initiatives are a big component of the organization’s giving. She also discusses education reform, what improvements the for-profit market can bring to K-12 education, and where the challenges to America’s school systems lie.
Aug 10, 2011
Solving Infant Mortality with Social Entrepreneurship

Four million babies die every year simply due to an inability to maintain their own body temperature. Incubators can save lives, but traditionally cost up to $20,000 and require a constant supply of electricity—prohibitive demands in many parts of the developing world. Leveraging the power of social entrepreneurship, Jane Chen and a team of her Stanford Graduate School of Business classmates developed Embrace, a portable and electricity-free alternative sold at about 0.1% of the cost of current incubators. In this audio lecture Chen discusses the challenges and rewards of the development process, and shares her insights on the attitudes that allow entrepreneurs to find success. Jane Chen was speaking as part of the annual Women in Management banquet organized by the Stanford Business School Alumni Association.
Aug 08, 2011
Food Industry and Global Health

We often find ourselves driven to consume unhealthy or damaging foods without fully understanding what motivates these cravings. In contrast with the predominantly physiological research in his field, the work of David Kessler contends that the fat, sugar, and salt in our foods are also capable of altering our brain’s chemistry in ways that drive these powerful compulsions. In this audio lecture he investigates the marketing strategies of multinational food companies and the ways in which they can exploit these habits.

Former FDA Commissioner and author of the 2009 book The End of Overeating, David Kessler raises important questions about how we define the cultural norm for food consumption, what role our government should play in regulating food companies, and what ultimately is at stake for the United States. He stresses the difficulty in breaking our bad nutritional habits and still finding successful business alternatives. David Kessler was speaking as part of the Global Health Speaker Series organized by the Stanford Center on Global Health in partnership with the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Aug 05, 2011
Creating Infectious Action

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you knew how to get people to act on their best intentions? Jennifer Lynn Aaker has spent most of her career researching the science of getting people to do the right thing. In this keynote session she confesses her frustrations when her students don’t remember the things that she believes are most important in the classes she teaches.

So in one class she conducted a crowdsourced experiment which literally changed the way Jennifer views and thinks about social media. In her class one of her students gave her a set of slides that told a very compelling story. She shares that story and explains how it led her to come up with a new theory for creating infectious action.

By sharing Sameer Bhatia’s and Vinay Chakravarthy’s stories, Aaker identifies four key parts to what she calls the Dragonfly Model. With these four ideals, she believes there is a repeatable method that we can follow to get people to take action, but perhaps even more important, to influence people to get others to take action as well.
Aug 04, 2011
Global Health Speaker Series

Established over 60 years ago, the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has used its scientific expertise to help people throughout the world live healthier, safer, and longer lives. Tackling issues across borders, the CDC’s focus on global health has seen progress in curbing the spread of infectious diseases, as well as made huge gains in finding long-lasting and low-cost preventative measures to combat non-communicable diseases.  In this audio lecture CDC Deputy Director for Policy and Communication Donald Shriber speaks about how the agency coordinates and manages its efforts and resources to effectively respond to emerging threats to global health.  This lecture was convened as part of the 2011 Global Health Series organized by the Stanford Global Health Center in partnership with the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Jul 29, 2011
The Role of the Voluntary Sector in the Era of Health Reform

Why have nonprofits historically been seen as workhorses rather than leaders in the search for social innovation? In this panel discussion, Dr. David Shern, CEO of Mental Health America, and Father Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA, discuss the potential of nonprofits as catalysts for innovation in health care reform. Shern contextualizes the United States’ shortcomings and explains the need for equitable access to healthcare resources, both for preventative and treatment services. Snyder emphasizes the importance of a less monolithic measure of poverty and a more contemporary design for our current “safety net” solutions. “Leadership 18” members Dr. Shern and Father Snyder were invited by the Center for Social Innovation’s Public Management Program and the Center for Leadership Development and Research at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Jul 28, 2011
Leveraging Business Assets in Nonprofit

The nonprofit sector and private sector have historically operated in vastly different ways, but is this always in the best interest of those involved? Jean Oelwang, CEO of Virgin Unite, would argue that nonprofit organizations have a lot to learn from the business practices of the private sector if they wish to maximize their impact. Oelwang sees nonprofit largely as a “market of good intentions” that in many cases fails to scale or incentivize cooperation in an effective way. By collaborating with members of the Virgin group such as Virgin Mobile, Virgin Trains, and Virgin Airlines, Virgin Unite strives to demonstrate that socially responsible innovations can bridge all sectors. Oelwang discusses Virgin Unite’s emphasis on core operational sustainability as means for long-term change, and their reasons for choosing a wider scope of impact. Jean Oelwang was speaking as part of the “Social Innovation Through Corporate Responsibility” class at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Jul 27, 2011
Stakeholders in Corporate Social Responsibility

Whose interests should a company serve? How does corporate social responsibility (CSR) fit into that outlook? In this audio lecture, former Hewlett Packard VP Debra Dunn draws on her own background to talk about the technology company’s “DNA for CSR,” and how the firm engaged with internal and external stakeholders to be good citizens and help improve communities around the world. Dunn delivered her remarks to MBA students in the Corporate Social Innovation through Social Responsibility course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Jul 08, 2011
Global Health Speaker Series

It has been calculated that the global consumption rate of cigarettes is about 1,000 per person per year – with 6 trillion cigarettes smoked every year.  The modern cigarette is a carefully designed object, which the tobacco industry – with mass marketing and scientific engineering – has packaged into a product that will cause nearly 10 million fatalities per year by 2030. As a public health priority, curbing smoking on the global level can significantly reduce premature and preventable death. Presenting scholarly research and advocating for pressure against the forces of the tobacco industry, Stanford Professor Robert Proctor is introduced by Dr. Michele Bary and speaks in the 2011 Global Health Series organized by the Stanford Global Health Center in partnership with the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Jun 29, 2011
Promoting Social Entrepreneurship Among Youth

Bill Drayton has aptly been called the “godfather of social entrepreneurship.” In this university podcast, Drayton, founder and CEO of Ashoka, the world’s oldest support organization for social entrepreneurs, identifies key skills of change makers and lays out a plan to teach these skills around the world. He critiques the social sector for not having improved quality and reduced costs in education and welfare. His remarks were part of the Stanford Business School’s Global Speaker Series. Rick Aubry, a lecturer at the business school, is the interviewer.
Jun 27, 2011
Environmental Sustainability with World Water

The world-wide need for more usable water is a critical issue in environmental sustainability. Current water technologies are not effectively delivering the quantity of low-cost, energy-efficient, clean water needed. In this panel discussion, experts discuss why there are so few investments in water, where the opportunities lie for entrepreneurs and information technology, and what cleantech startups need to know about this sector. This program is edited from an MIT/Stanford Venture Lab event entitled “Blue Tech: Is Water’s Dry Spell Over?”

Jun 27, 2011
Grassroots Philanthropy in Schools is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers post classroom project requests on the site and donors browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires them most. In this audio interview with Stanford Center for Social Innovation correspondent Ashkon Jafari, founder Charles Best talks about how he started the organization and what some of its challenges have been along the way. He also discusses the organization’s use of cross-sector collaborations, initiatives it is currently working on, and the impact it is having on America’s young people.
Jun 21, 2011
Macroeconomic Perspective on the Budget Deficit

The United States is currently experiencing “the worst economic episode since the Great Depression,” according to Joe Minarik, senior vice president of the Committee for Economic Development. In this audio lecture, Minarik talks about the macroeconomic perspective on the U.S. budget deficit and its impact on the US economy. He outlines how the budget situation has deteriorated to its current point, how attempts to stimulate the economy have increased our debt, and what it will take to change the situation. The event, “Demystifying DC: Is America Ungovernable?” was organized by the Public Management Initiative (PMI) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Sponsored by the Center for Social Innovation’s Public Management Program, PMI students select one topic to explore in detail throughout the academic year and engage the school community in discussion and debate.
Jun 19, 2011
Connecting Nonprofits

Craigconnects helps link people who are working for the common good with effective nonprofits and organizations that get the job done. It does so by highlighting nonprofits that are making an impact in a variety of social areas. In this audio interview with Stanford Center for Social Innovation correspondent Ashkon Jafari, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark tells us about how he started CraigConnects, chose areas to support, and selected nonprofits to focus on. He outlines the enterprise’s activities and vision for the future. He also discusses how he has been using social media to get the word out.
Jun 19, 2011
Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability

Developing renewable energy resources may be the best way to address environmental sustainability concerns in the long term. In this university podcast, Haas School professor Severin Borenstein argues that to have a significant impact in the energy market, any renewable alternative must be scalable. He discusses how this may, however, paradoxically drive down the price of fossil fuels, thereby creating a bigger problem than policy makers have realized. He suggests where policy interventions should be focused so as to pave the way for the greater appeal of renewable technologies. He also calls for more support of basic research that focuses on making low-emission sources the least expensive form of energy. Carl Pope, chairman of the Sierra Club, and Nancy Ryan, commissioner of CPUC, respond. Borenstein was talking at the 2010 Climate Policy Instruments in the Real World conference, an event convened by the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) at Stanford University.

Jun 19, 2011
Social Entrepreneurship in Education is an innovative online tutoring program for students struggling with math in the United States, as well as Latin America, Asia, and Africa. In this audio interview, EduCare founder and CEO Piyush Mangukiya speaks with Stanford Center for Social Innovation correspondent Ashkon Jafari about the origins of his interest in the social entrepreneurship sector, his commitment to helping students in developing countries, and how he started the enterprise. He shares how the virtual tutoring experience is making a real difference in the lives of children around the world, and outlines future directions for the organization.
Jun 19, 2011
Gulf Oil Spill and Environmental Sustainability

The 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was one of the greatest environmental disasters the world has experienced, and proved to be a serious setback for environmental sustainability efforts internationally. For 87 days, oil poured out a mile below the ocean. In this university podcast, Marcia McNutt talks about the leadership lessons learned from this calamitous spill. The event was part of the Von Gugelberg Memorial Lecture on the Environment, sponsored by the Von Gugelberg Memorial Fund. The fund, established by members of the Stanford MBA Class of 1987 to honor the memory of their classmate, Conradin von Gugelberg, aims to inspire and support students and alumni interested in environmental issues.
Jun 19, 2011
Creating an Innovation Revolution

Growth and renewal will be critical if the United States budget and economy are to stabilize and thrive. In this university podcast, McKinsey senior partner Lenny Mendonca discusses the role the federal budget plays in helping or hindering research, development, and private innovation. He also outlines what activity will be needed at the national level to stimulate the kind of economy we need. What are the opportunities for building on what’s been done already? What is the role of the regulatory and business environment? How does energy productivity enter into the equation? The event “Demystifying DC: Is America Ungovernable?” was organized by the Public Management Initiative (PMI) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Sponsored by the school’s Center for Social Innovation’s Public Management Program, PMI students select one topic to explore in detail throughout the academic year and engage the school community in discussion and debate.

Lenny Mendonca is a director (senior partner) in the San Francisco office of McKinsey & Company, Inc., where he leads the firm’s knowledge development. He is on McKinsey’s Shareholders’ Council, oversees the firm’s communications, and is chairman of the McKinsey Global Institute. Mendonca has written and spoken extensively on globalization, corporate social responsibility, economic development, regulation, education, energy policy, healthcare, financial services, and corporate strategy. He is also the founder and owner of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company in California. He received his MBA and a certificate in public management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and holds an AB, magna cum laude, in economics from Harvard College.
Jun 15, 2011
Saisir les clés du financement social

Au coeur de la dynamique d’innovation sociale, le financement est une étape incontournable pour tout porteur de projet. Certains investisseurs cherchent aujourd’hui à concilier mesure de l’impact social et exigences de rentabilité. Trois de ces opérateurs exposent les leviers de financement pour les projets à vocation sociale qu’ils accompagnent.

Pierre Carpentier explique comment Investisseur et Partenaire pour le Développement accompagne sur le plan financier et managérial les institutions de micro-finance et les entreprises dans les pays d’Afrique Sub-saharienne. À son tour Jean-Luc Lecuyer, retrace l’histoire de l’un des acteurs fondamentaux en matière de finance solidaire : France Active. Il propose un panorama du marché et des différents réseaux de financement social. Enfin, Céline Claverie, décrit l’approche innovante d’Antropia, l’incubateur social qu’elle dirige au service de l’émergence de projets d’entrepreneuriat social.

Chacun des intervenants apporte de précieux conseils qui ne manqueront pas d’intéresser actuels et futurs entrepreneurs sociaux. Levée de fonds, pitch et business plan sont autant de thèmes abordés pour mieux convaincre les partenaires de financement et incarner un projet d’innovation sociale.

Pierre Carpentier intervient depuis près de 10 ans en Afrique dans le domaine du développement économique et en particulier du financement du secteur privé. Depuis 3 ans, il est directeur au sein d’Investisseur et Partenaire pour le Développement (I&P). I&P a vu le jour sous l’impulsion de Patrice Hoppenot en 2002.  Société de financement privée, elle se donne pour mission, de s’impliquer financièrement et humainement, d’accompagner des entreprises dans leurs projets et leur développement afin qu’elles puissent générer elles-mêmes les moyens de leur existence. Au sein d’I&P, Pierre Carpentier est en charge des investissements et il orchestre l’étude, l’analyse ainsi que l’accompagnement des institutions en microfinance et des entreprises.

Jean-Michel Lecuyer est Directeur Général de SIFA Société d’Investissement France Active, première société d’investissement solidaire en France. La mission de la SIFA est de favoriser le retour à l’emploi de personnes en difficulté d’insertion professionnelle. Pour ce faire elle mobilise des moyens financiers de sources multiples en s’appuyant sur son réseau de proximité au niveau territorial. France Active contribue à financer aussi bien la création que le développement des entreprises solidaires à un rythme proche de 1000 par an.

Céline Claverie est Directrice d’Antropia et responsable du pôle entrepreneuriat social de l’IIES. Après avoir débuté son parcours professionnel en tant que consultante en marketing, elle rejoint le secteur bancaire puis devient Secrétaire Générale au sein du Groupe Caisse d’Epargne. Dès 2008, en tant que Directrice Développement Durable et Intérêt Général de la Caisse d’Epargne IDF, elle déploie la stratégie de RSE. C’est à ce titre qu’elle sera co-fondatrice de l’incubateur Antropia en mars 2008. Depuis, Céline Claverie supervise l’ensemble du fonctionnement et du développement de l’incubateur et accompagne les entrepreneurs sociaux dans leurs projets.
Jun 12, 2011
Mode d’emploi pour réussir dans l’entrepreneuriat social

Créer une entreprise sociale est un parcours difficile, peut être plus que pour une entreprise classique. Une étude a été lancée en 2010 à l’initiative d’Antropia, le 1er incubateur social et fonds d’amorçage français, pour connaître les facteurs clés de succès ou d’échec à la création d’une entreprise sociale ainsi que le portrait-robot de l’entrepreneur social qui réussit.

Amandine Barthelemy et Romain Slitine, deux experts associés de l’Institut de l’Innovation et de l’Entrepreneuriat Social, nous expliquent la teneur de l’étude et en dressent une grille de lecture sur l’entrepreneur lui-même, le projet et la méthode employée. L’objectif est de permettre l’émergence d’entreprises sociales pérennes et à fort impact social, et de les accompagner au mieux dans leur démarrage. L’idée n’est donc pas d’entreprendre pour entreprendre mais entreprendre pour réussir.

Amandine Barthélémy (IEP Paris, ESSEC Chaire Entrepreneuriat social) est consultante spécialisée dans l’accompagnement des entreprises et projets à finalité sociale. Elle intervient pour des missions de stratégie, organisation et management dans l’objectif de construire des modèles de fonctionnement et d’organisation pertinents pour assurer la pérennité du projet social et économique des organisations d’intérêt général. Elle accompagne aussi des acteurs publics ou privés dans leur soutien au développement de l’économie sociale et solidaire et la mise en place de cadres d’évaluation. Elle est co-fondatrice d’Odyssem, structure dédiée au développement et à l’essaimage des initiatives sociales ayant fait leurs preuves. Dans le cadre d’Antropia, incubateur social de l’ESSEC, elle accompagne des entrepreneurs sociaux dans la formalisation et le lancement de leurs projets. Maître de conférences à Sciences Po Lille, elle est co-auteur de « Vivre l’Entreprise Responsable, Salariés et dirigeants face aux défis de la responsabilité sociale » Ed. Autrement (2008) et de « Entrepreneuriat social, Innover au service de l’intérêt général », Ed. Vuibert (2011).

Romain Slitine (IEP Paris, ESSEC Chaire Entrepreneuriat social) a travaillé pendant de nombreuses années au sein d’un groupe d’assurance mutualiste sur les thématiques de promotion de l’économie sociale, puis dans des fonctions d’animation commerciale et de développement dans l’optique de concourir au juste équilibre entre vocation économique et sociale du groupe. Il est co-fondateur d’Odyssem où il intervient pour favoriser les processus de démultiplication d’initiatives sociales exemplaires, s’appuyer sur les projets réussis et les réseaux en place pour accélérer le changement d’échelle de l’économie sociale et solidaire. Il développe également des activités visant à sensibiliser et à mobiliser les acteurs sur la dynamique d’entrepreneuriat social, en contribuant en particulier à l’animation d’événements et de réflexions dans le secteur. Expert associé au sein de l’Institut de l’Innovation et de l’Entrepreneuriat Social de l’ESSEC, il est également maître de conférences à Sciences Po Lille. Il est co-auteur de l’ouvrage « Entrepreneuriat social, Innover au service de l’intérêt général », Ed. Vuibert (2011).
Jun 07, 2011
Environmental Sustainability Through Adaptation

A world with 7 billion people, each of whom seeks to live the American Dream, will translate into increasingly serious environmental sustainability issues—among them greenhouse gas emissions that will cause hotter temperatures, rising sea levels, and natural disasters. In this university podcast, UCLA professor Matt Kahn talks about the scope of the problem. Kahn was talking at the 2010 Climate Policy Instruments in the Real World conference, an event convened by the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) at Stanford University.
May 27, 2011
Bringing Fair Trade to Indigenous Farmers

Bats’il Maya is a micro-industry that was started in September 1993 in Chilo, Chiapas, Mexico. The enterprise organizes indigenous coffee producers so they are not subject to pricing abuse. In this audio interview, COO Alberto Irezabal speaks with Ashkon Jafari, Stanford Center for Social Innovation correspondent, about the social environment in Chiapas that led to the founding of the organization, and how the co-op works. He discusses the process for organic and fair trade certification, the establishment of coffee stores in Mexico City, and goals for expansion.
May 11, 2011
The Peer Water Exchange: A Platform for Change

The Peer Water Exchange (PWX), has energized and engaged over 40,000 local, grassroots water projects. Realizing that small-scale, community owned and operated projects were successful in driving change, the Blue Planet Run Foundation set up the PWX to manage and build on this capacity.  By providing a platform that is transparent, map-driven, and scalable, the PWX serves as a network to the global water, sanitation and health community where projects are selected, funded, managed, and tracked in a collaborative and efficient way.  In this audio interview, Stanford Center for Social Innovation correspondent Sheela Sethuraman talks with Rajesh Shah, the 2010 Tech Award winner in the Intel Environmental category, as he shares this social entrepreneurship model that leverages technology, new media and peer interaction to solve the water crisis.
Apr 29, 2011
Pairing Nonprofits with Professionals

Catchafire is a social enterprise that pairs experienced professionals with nonprofits and social enterprises who need assistance. In this audio interview, CEO and founder Rachael Chong speaks with Stanford Center for Social Innovation correspondent Ashkon Jafari about how Catchafire started and how the organization conducts outreach. She explains their funding model and how they use advisors, and gives examples of some of their projects. Chong also discusses some of the organization’s challenges and goals.
Apr 27, 2011
Environmental Sustainability and Development

With 2 billion new people expected on the planet by 2050, mostly in the developing world, fast growing nations now drive the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions and present environmental sustainability issues. In this university podcast, Richard Morse, research associate at the Stanford’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, discusses carbon offsets as a way to engage the developing world in climate change mitigation.

Morse demonstrates how difficult offsets are to implement in a way that unequivocally generates real additional emission reductions. He draws the lessons from the largest worldwide carbon offset experiment, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), one of the three market-based mechanisms established under the Kyoto Protocol as a means of allowing the industrialized countries to meet their national targets by investing in carbon reduction projects in developing countries. Morse was talking at the 2010 Climate Policy Instruments in the Real World conference, an event convened by the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) at Stanford University.
Apr 19, 2011
Design Thinking for Social Inclusion

Traditionally, designers have focused on enhancing the look and functionality of products. Now they are using design tools to tackle complex social issues—to find ways to provide low-cost health care, implement clean water systems, distribute mosquito nets, and get out the vote. In this audio lecture, sponsored by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Jocelyn Wyatt, social innovation lead at the award-winning consultancy IDEO, describes her organization’s efforts in Asia, Africa, and Latin America to use design thinking, a problem-solving system that is grounded in a client’s or costumer’s needs. Design thinking, with its focus on local expertise to uncover local solutions, allows high-impact solutions to bubble up from below rather than being imposed from the top. It provides both a way to create and sustain broader social inclusion.
Apr 19, 2011
Entrepreneurs sociaux: rôles et enjeux

Cet atelier propose un éclairage détaillé sur les modalités de l’entrepreneuriat social, à travers les cas de la Green Team et de Green City Force. L’ESSEC est l’hôte d’un échange public avec deux entrepreneurs sociaux face à une audience active composée d’acteurs engagés dans l’innovation sociale et la préservation de l’environnement.

Les deux invités sont des précurseurs en matière d’entrepreneuriat vert. Malgré des domaines d’activités différents, conseil pour l’un, mobilisation civile pour l’autre, tous deux partagent une approche commune du capital humain et une pratique qui relève avant tout de la compétence plutôt que de l’investissement. Tour à tour et face aux réactions du public présent, Cyril Jacque et Lisbeth Shepherd exposent en détail le champ d’action de l’entrepreneuriat social. Quelles transformations apportées en matière d’emploi ? Quel mode de gouvernance et de coopération en entreprise ? Quelles innovations juridiques nécessaires ? Ces deux invités apportent la preuve que les entrepreneurs sociaux peuvent jouer un rôle fondamental, aux côtés des grands acteurs financiers, dans la transition vers une économie verte.

L’émission offre aussi l’opportunité de découvrir un panorama, dressé par Lisbeth Shepherd, des crises environnementale et sociale que connaissent les États-Unis ainsi que de l’évolution du cadre socio-politique en matière d’entrepreneuriat vert.

Cyril Jacque est l’un des membres fondateurs de la Green Team, société coopérative de conseil en développement durable qui compte aujourd’hui plus de 20 consultants sociétaires. La Green Team propose un modèle innovant de gouvernance grâce à son statut de coopérative où les rôles de salarié et d’actionnaire sont étroitement liés. Avec l’ambition constante d’élargir son champ de compétences, la Green Team concilie des individualités multiples et opère la rencontre entre des personnes issues des Sciences Sociales ainsi que des acteurs opérationnels. L’équipe mélange ainsi des expertises diverses pour proposer des solutions sur des sujets tels que l’altérité, le modèle de distribution alimentaire biologique, la coopérative d’habitants à destination de personnes âgées, l’hospitalité hospitalière, l’insularité durable, l’efficience 21 (collectivité territoriale),…

La Green Team est en soi un laboratoire qui fait entrevoir une nouvelle façon d’entreprendre et de penser les régulations qui accompagnent l’innovation sociale au sein d’une entreprise.

Lisbeth Shepherd a joué un rôle important en matière d’entrepreneuriat social avec dix années en France où elle a été co-fondatrice de l’association Unis-Cité. Après quelques années en Californie marquées par la collaboration avec Van Jones, fondateur de “Green For All”, Lisbeth est depuis un an à New York où elle est à l’initiative de la création de Green City Force.

Green City Force est spécialisée dans le secteur de l’efficacité énergétique. L’entreprise mobilise des jeunes en situation difficile avec pour missions de réduire les émissions carbones et d’améliorer les conditions de vie dans les quartiers. Sensibilisation des habitants et formation polyvalente des jeunes sont au cœur de la stratégie de cette entreprise.
Apr 18, 2011
Local Clean Energy for All

It is not surprising to learn, as the population of the world expands at an ever-increasing rate, that the demand for clean and affordable energy is placing unreasonable expectations on our fragile ecosystem. Alexis Belonio has accomplished the seemingly impossible and developed a clean burning cooking stove and continuous-flow industrial flow burner. Belonio’s cooking stove uses a finely tuned gasification process that produces a clean-burning fuel. The Rice Husk Gasifier’s simple and elegant design allows rural communities to build the stove themselves, sourced from accessible resources and local talent, while potentially saving two million metric tons of energy loss each year.
Apr 14, 2011
Environmental Sustainability in Electricity

The electricity industry is a significant area in which policy changes could have an impact on environmental sustainability. In this audio lecture, Stanford Professor Frank Wolak considers how different utility rate structures might accelerate or delay the vision of an intelligent energy supply/demand nexus in the home. He discusses the inevitability of –– and political barriers to –– dynamic pricing, outlining the role of hourly and critical peak plans in motivating customers to reduce their consumption. He also talks about how renewable energy should be priced to encourage investments in energy storage technologies. Wolak was talking at the 2010 Climate Policy Instruments in the Real World conference, an event convened by the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) at Stanford University.

Frank A. Wolak is the Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in the Economics Department and the director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University. His fields of research are industrial organization and empirical economic analysis. Since April 1998, he has been chairman of the Market Surveillance Committee (MSC) of the California Independent System Operator. In this capacity, he has testified numerous times at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and at various Committees of the US Senate and House of Representatives on issues relating to market monitoring and market power in electricity markets. Wolak has worked on the design and regulatory oversight of electricity markets internationally in Europe, Australia/Asia, Latin America and the United States. He received an SM in applied mathematics and PhD in economics from Harvard University.
Apr 14, 2011
Promoting Philanthropy Through Collaboration

Taproot is a nonprofit that engages millions of business professionals in pro bono services both through its award-winning programs and by partnering with companies to develop their pro bono programs. In this audio interview, founder Aaron Hurst speaks with Stanford Center for Social Innovation correspondent Ashkon Jafari about how the organization started and how it creates its cross-sector collaboration. He discusses how nonprofits can qualify for grants, and offers his vision for the organization.
Apr 14, 2011
Carbon Pricing for Environmental Sustainability

One controversial environmental sustainability issue has to do with using carbon pricing as a means of reducing greenhouse gases. In this university podcast, Harvard professor Robert Stavins lays out two instruments for carbon pricing: taxing CO2 emissions and issuing tradable carbon permits that major league polluters must buy for each ton of CO2 they send into the atmosphere, also known as “cap and trade.” He explains the ins and outs and pros and cons of both. Stavins was talking at the 2010 Climate Policy Instruments in the Real World conference, an event convened by the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) at Stanford University
Apr 05, 2011
Safe Water in Communities

A Single Drop for Safe Water (ASDSW) takes a social entrepreneurship approach by offering technical assistance and capacity building opportunities for communities, local government, and assistance organizations to design and implement affordable water and sanitation services. Since 2006, ASDSW has helped 140,000 people gain improved access to clean water by serving as a facilitator, capacity developer, and project manager that engages communities to prioritize sanitation issues early on, allowing them to take ownership and gain self-reliance for long-term benefits to community health. In this audio interview, Stanford Center for Social Innovation correspondent Sheela Sethuraman talks with ASDSW Executive Director Kevin Lee, the 2010 Tech Award winner in the Katherine M. Swanson Equality category, as he describes ASDSW’s work in the Philippines and beyond.
Mar 31, 2011
Environmental Sustainability and Clean Energy

As United States Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu is a strong proponent for environmental sustainability, charged with helping implement President Obama’s ambitious agenda to invest in clean energy, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, address the global climate crisis, and create millions of new jobs. In this university podcast, Chu talks about the green technology revolution and why America needs it. He offers scientific details of global warming, in particular, and discusses what the government is doing to support solutions and how such efforts are stimulating the economy. His lecture was the keynote of the Energy Crossroads conference titled “Educating the Energy Generation: How Universities Can Empower a Generation of Energy Leaders.” This talk was hosted by Stanford’s Green Alliance for Innovative Action, a student organization, and co-sponsored by the Woods Institute for the Environment.
Mar 30, 2011
Developing Through Mobile Phones

English is indisputably the business language of South East Asia, according to Chamberlain’s research. Out of 7,000 people surveyed, 84% indicated a desire to learn the language, and 97% of parents wanted their children to learn it. It is also true that most of Bangladesh’s population lives on less than 2 dollars a day. Enters BBC Janala, the project harnessing the power of mobile phones in Bangladesh to bring effective and affordable language learning to the hands of students who desire it most. Each 2-3 minute English lesson offered through the service costs about the same as a cup of tea, a few pennies. Three million calls in the first 15 months clearly demonstrated the need for this type of learning.

Chamberlain is the recipient of the 2010 Microsoft Tech Award in the education category and speaks with Center for Social Innovation correspondant Sheela Sethuraman.

She and her team of managers and producers conducted massive research to properly contextualize and localize content. Their focus is now to take BBC Janala to the next level by turning it into a “financially self-sustaining, economically viable social enterprise.”
Mar 29, 2011
L’entreprenariat social au chevet des plus démunis

Près d’un milliard d’habitants dans le monde n’ont actuellement pas accès à de l’eau potable. C’est dans ce contexte que Veolia Eau, dont la mission consiste à acheminer de l’eau aux consommateurs, s’est intéressé au Bangladesh, pays gravement touché par la contamination des eaux et nappes phréatiques par l’arsenic. Eric Lesueur, Directeur de projet de Veolia Environnement, retrace la genèse du partenariat signé en 2008 avec Grameen Bank, organisme créé et dirigé par Muhammad Yunus, Prix Nobel de la Paix 2006. Il relate le lancement et la stratégie de l’entreprise sociale Grameen Veolia Water Ltd dont l’objectif est d’approvisionner le maximum d’habitants des zones rurales en eau potable. Questionné par l’économiste Jean-Pierre Ponssard sur l’avancement du projet et son évolution, Eric Lesueur expose les stratégies déployées localement et fait part de la motivation de Veolia dans cette entreprise : « donner pour développer ».

Eric Lesueur est le Directeur de projet Veolia Environnement. Ingénieur de l’Ecole Polytechnique (1977) et Président Directeur Général de 2EI.

Il a mis en place le système de management environnemental du groupe Veolia Environnement en tant que directeur adjoint de la Recherche et du Développement. Il a notamment dirigé un bureau d’études spécialisé en valorisation des déchets ménagers. Depuis 3 ans, il développe le métier de l’aménagement urbain durable au sein de Veolia Environnement.

La division Eau de Veolia Environnement est le premier opérateur mondial des services de l’eau. Spécialiste de la gestion déléguée des services d’eau et d’assainissement pour le compte de collectivités locales ou d’entreprises industrielles et tertiaires, elle est aussi l’un des premiers concepteurs mondiaux de solutions technologiques et de construction d’ouvrages nécessaires à l’exercice des services de l’eau. Veolia Eau emploie 93 433 collaborateurs dans 64 pays et dessert dans le monde 78 millions de personnes en eau potable et 53 millions en assainissement. Elle a réalisé pour l’année 2008 un chiffre d’affaires de 12,6 milliards d’euros.
Mar 26, 2011
Jonathan Reckford The Power of Leadership in Social Enterprise

Great social enterprise takes great leadership. In this university podcast, Habitat for Humanity’s Jonathan Reckford talks about what makes an exceptional leader. He discusses his career journey, his own sources of inspiration, and the principles behind his views on managing organizations well. What are the core tenets of leadership? What does a good leader need be successful? Reckford also discusses the work and future goals of Habitat for Humanity, an organization that has helped thousands of low-income families around the world find new hope in the form of affordable housing. He spoke to MBA students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Mar 14, 2011
Corporate Social Responsibility in Supply Chains

Nike has taken the call for corporate social responsibility seriously, particularly when it comes to working with suppliers. In this university podcast, Nike’s director of global logistics, Dawn Vance, talks about the company’s journey to integrate sustainability into the supply chain from design through delivery to the retail marketplace. She discusses collaborative models with factory partners, logistics providers, stakeholders, and industry conditions, as well as the organization’s work on business models that will be responsible for the fate of products from cradle to grave. Vance spoke at the fourth annual Socially and Environmentally Responsible Supply Chain Conference convened by the Global Supply Chain Management Forum and the Center for Social Innovation, both departments of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Mar 08, 2011
Environmental Sustainability in Supply Chains

Embedding environmental sustainability into the very way a company is designed and operated is the wave of the future. Natura Cosmetics Brasil has incorporated ingredients from the rainforest into its product lines, which has meant establishing close ties with the indigenous peoples living there and “giving back” to support the development of their communities. In this university podcast, Joao Paulo Ferreira, VP of operations and logistics, discusses the specifics of managing the supply chain from the forest all the way to the end consumer, discussing research, and collaborations with communities, NGOs, universities, other industries, and governments. Ferreira spoke at the fourth annual Socially and Environmentally Responsible Supply Chain Conference convened by the Global Supply Chain Management Forum and Center for Social Innovation both departments of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Mar 04, 2011
Innovations in Global Health

Undernutrition is a widespread problem that needs to be addressed with sustainable solutions. Daily diets require small amounts of the micronutrients iodine and iron to boost mental and physical development. Recognizing salt as a staple in diets, Venkatesh Mannar, overcame the technical and chemical challenges and pioneered a viable solution: double fortified salt (DFS). Protecting people from iodine deficiency disorders and anaemia, the use of DFS has been implemented as a public health prevention strategy worldwide. In this audio interview, Stanford Center for Social Innovation correspondent Sheela Sethuraman talks with Mannar, 2010 Tech Award winner in Health, as he discusses the large-scale social impact double fortified salt has brought to improving health and nutrition.
Mar 03, 2011
Sustainability Opportunities in Global Supply Chains

The global shift towards outsourcing and offshoring have posed new challenges and opportunities for retailers and suppliers. Taking into consideration “capable suppliers”, companies are able to exert their leverage in sustainability by adding social and environmental criteria when considering their sourcing options. Host Jerry Michalski of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is joined by Andrew Hutson of EDF’s Corporate Partnerships Program and Gary Gereffi of Duke University’s Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness, in a conversation about the broad trends in global supply chains and their ongoing work with sustainable development. The Future of Green open call series is an initiative of EDF in collaboration with the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Mar 01, 2011
When Corporate Responsibility Means Going Local

McDonald’s corporate social responsibility efforts have traveled all the way to India. In this university podcast, Abhijit Upadhye, an executive with the company’s Indian enterprise, details the ordeal to set up a supply chain that could meet the corporation’s stringent quality and food safety standards while also appealing to the mostly vegetarian population. He outlines how McIndia has endeavored to respect local culture, develop local partners, and identify local sources in bringing the famous fries and other Micky D favorites to millions on the subcontinent, while also forging some infrastructural and culinary innovations. Upadhye spoke at the fourth annual Socially and Environmentally Responsible Supply Chain Conference hosted in partnership by the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forumand the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Feb 24, 2011
New Sustainable Business Models

Zipcar and Method are known for their radical approaches to redesigning consumer products and services for the next generation. As the largest car-sharing company in the world, Zipcar has transformed the way we get from here to there. Method, one of the fastest-growing companies in America, has challenged the consumer packaged goods industry with a home care product line that offers consumers the greener option. In this audio interview, host Jerry Michalski of the EDF speaks with founders Robin Chase (Zipcar) and Adam Lowry (Method) on how they brought newer, greener ideas to market with successful return for their businesses. The Future of Green open call series is an initiative of EDF in collaboration with the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Feb 23, 2011
Sustainability: Can Corporations Really Change?

Leaders in sustainability, like Levi’s and Diversey, maintain a heritage of environmental consciousness in their business operations. In this audio interview, host Neal Gorenflo publisher of is joined by Maurice Bechard, director of Global Environment Health & Safety at Diversey and Michael Kobori, vice president of Levi Strauss & Co., who share their insight on how corporations can adapt to support sustainable outcomes and raise the bar within their industry. These companies are mindful of the true environmental impact of their products, and consider its life cycle — from sustainable raw materials to the end consumer use. The Future of Green open call series is an initiative of EDF in collaboration with the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Feb 18, 2011
Social Enterprise in Food Supply Chains

Social enterprise is often strengthened by cross-sector collaboration. In this university podcast, panelists talk about how two organizations have turned the “buy local” motto into an evolving partnership that is making NGO and corporate cooperation in the supply chain arena work for both parties. Executive Director Diane Del Signore shares how Community Alliance with Family Farmers advocates for California farmers, helps them to become more organic, and finds markets for their food. VP Maisie Greenwalt explains how Bon Appétit Management Company buys that produce for use in its catering operations serving institutional settings. The panel was part of the fourth annual Socially and Environmentally Responsible Supply Chain Conference hosted by the Global Supply Chain Management Forum and the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Feb 17, 2011
A Witness to the Egyptian Revolution

For many years, IT Conversations has presented a great cross-section of technology-related interviews and presentations. Yet when Conversations Network Executive Direct Doug Kaye and his wife recently returned from a trip to Egypt as the country began its possible revolution, it was logical to hear his story. He joins Phil and Scott to review the event and share his current thoughts on what they witnessed. Doug first gives an overview of their vacation trip and how it suddenly changed into something completely different. He talks about how he quickly saw changes in how Egyptians viewed their leadership. He also discusses how the country’s internet cut-off affected both tourists and citizens alike. He describes an event that he called a first hand view of a possible revolution in the Middle East. He presents details of conversations he had with Egyptians and how they saw the demonstrations, as well as the importance of technology to the citizens. He also assesses the importance of social networking to the everyday life of Egyptians and to its possible use by demonstrators. Doug then gives his thoughts about the future of the demonstrations, both to the country of Egypt and to the rest of the world. He points out the problems of understanding a Muslim country as well as how Egyptians don’t understand United States policies toward other countries. The discussion also includes details of the importance of technology to typical Egyptians, particularly as it relates to the country’s educational system.
Feb 15, 2011
Fusions et Acquisitions dans l’Economie Sociale

Les Fusions et acquisitions se justifient-elles dans l’economie sociale ou sont elles le privilege de l’economie capitaliste? Cet atelier est consacré aux rapprochements entre organisations à mission sociale et étudie differents cas de figure rencontrés dans ce domaine mettant en évidence le potentiel de la pratique des fusions et acquisitions dans l’economie sociale, son contexte, ses enjeux, et ses perspectives.

Nicolas Mottis, Professeur a l’ESSEC, fournit une analyse comparative des fusions et acquisitions dans les contextes lucratif et non lucratif. Venus de differents secteurs de l’economie sociale, trois panelistes partagent leur experience en la matiere: Jean-Marc Borello parle en tant que fondateur du groupe SOS. Philippe Calmette est le Directeur Général de FEGAPEI, la fédération nationale des associations gestionnaires au service des personnes handicapees. Dominique Giry offre sa perspective depuis sa position de directeur général du groupe Résideo, un groupe immobilier à vocation sociale qui travaille notamment dans l’est parisien.

Les intervenants explorent la pertinence de ces opérations de regroupement, de concentration, de mise en commun de moyens significatifs considerant notamment la taille et la maturité des différentes structures impliquées. Le panel évoque plusieurs circonstances dans lesquelles la mise en commun de moyens se justifie et présente de nombreux avantages comme, par exemple des synergies opérationnelles ou financières, des économies d’échelles, l’amélioration de la coordination entre différents acteurs, la rationalisation des modes de gestion, etc.

La diversite des perspectives fournit une revue en profondeur du phenomene des fusions et acquisitions dans l’economie sociale.

Jean-Marc Borello a créé le “Groupe SOS,” une coalition d’associations et d’entreprises qui fonctionne comme un laboratoire pour l’amélioration continue des services sociaux. SOS crée, teste, évalue, et systématise des programmes sociaux innovateurs susceptibles d’être adoptés et developés par le gouvernement français. Ayant mené son organisation à une taille critique, Jean-Marc Borello delivre des services de haute qualité couvrant tout le spectre des besoins sociaux, génère des liquidités permettant des investissements permanents, et explore de nouvelles possibilités par une gestion strategique de ’ l’innovation. SOS est souvent sollicité, notamment par le gouvernement, pour réaligner des organisations de services. En raison de la grande échelle de ses opérations, de la crédibilité et la reconnaissance dont il jouit dans le secteur social, et de la qualité des services SOS, Jean-Marc Borello a acquis un important pouvoir de négociation non seulement avec le gouvernement français mais aussi avec les entreprises et les marchés financiers, qui expriment un intérêt croissant de travailler en partenariat avec lui.

Philippe Calmette est devenu le directeur général de FEGAPEI en 1998. Directeur d’hôpital de formation puis spécialiste des questions sanitaires, médico-sociales et de protection sociale, Philippe a notamment mené depuis 1988 dans le cadre de ses fonctions, quatre projets de redressement puis de développement d’entreprises en difficulté ou en fort besoin de réorganisation (3 Fédérations et 1 établissement de santé).

Lors de ses dix années de Directeur Général de la Mutualité Française (Fédération Nationale de la Mutualité Française) et de la Mutualité de la Fonction Publique, il a appris les métiers et les services de l’assurance de personnes autour desquels il s’est efforcé de développer des projets novateurs et performants.

Depuis 1998, en charge d’une Fédération professionnelle regroupant 500 associations et 4000 établissements pour Personnes Handicapées, Philippe s’est spécialisé sur les questions médico-sociales et les politiques en faveur des personnes handicapées mais également sur les enjeux du dialogue social et de la représentation de l’économie sociale. Il a présidé, de 2000 à 2003, la Branche Sanitaire, Sociale et Médico-Sociale à But Non Lucratif.

Nicolas Mottis a rejoint l’ESSEC comme professeur assistant en 1995, après avoir travaillé dans différentes entreprises entre 1988 et 1995: chez Renault dans le Département Marketing Logistique à Zürich (1988-1989), puis à la Direction de la Recherche (1989-1990) comme chef de projet, à la BNP au sein de la Direction Informatique (1990-93), puis dans le groupe Bertelsmann (1993-95). Il a été promu Professeur en Septembre 2000. En 1995-97, il a été responsable du projet qui a conduit l’ESSEC à devenir la première institution accréditée AACSB hors Amérique du Nord. Il a été Membre du Comité d’Accréditation de l’AACSB de 2003 à 2006 et « Chair » de son « Accreditation Quality Committee », dont le rôle est de définir les standards d’accréditation au niveau international, de 2006 à 2009. Il est aussi co-fondateur et « Chair » de l’« AACSB European Affinity Group » et réalise de nombreuses missions d’évaluation d’universités et de business schools en Europe, Amérique du Nord et Asie.

Nicolas Mottis a obtenu un Doctorat en Economie à l’Ecole Polytechnique en 1993 et une Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches à l’Université  Paris Dauphine en 2000. Il a été chercheur visitant à Stanford (US), à l’Ecole Polytechnique, à la Harvard Business School (US) et à l’Australian Graduate School of Management (Sydney, Australie).

Ses centres d’intérêt en recherche portent sur l’articulation entre stratégie et contrôle de gestion (création de valeur, systèmes d’incitation, mesure des performances, planification,…), la gestion des projets dans des environnements high tech et l’évolution de l’enseignement supérieur. Il est auteur de plusieurs ouvrages et de nombreuses publications académiques et professionnelles dans ces domaines (voir le site pour la liste complète des publications).

Dominique Giry est le directeur général du groupe Résideo, un groupe immobilier à vocation sociale qui travaille en particulier dans l’est parisien et comprend:
-Resideocil (partenaire 1% logement des entreprises)
-Resideo Habitat (construction et gestion de logements locatifs à vocation sociale)
-Espacité (conseil et assistance à maîtrise d’ouvrage pour la rénovation urbaine et les politiques locales de l’habitat)
-Résidétapes (développement et gestion d’habitat temporaire)

Diplômé d’études supérieures en sciences économiques, il entre en 1974 à l’Office central interprofessionnel du logement. Les différentes responsabilités qui lui sont confiées lui permettent d’acquérir une vision globale des problèmes urbains et une expérience concrète de la conduite des opérations urbaines. En 1979, nommé secrétaire général de la Ville de Marly-le-Roi et directeur général de la SEMARO (société d’économie mixte d’aménagement et de construction), il mène à leur terme des projets importants dans le cadre d’une politique de développement de la ville.

Le parcours et la carrière de Dominique Giry témoignent d’un engagement pour la Ville et l’aménagement du territoire qui repose sur des convictions acquises au cours de ses expériences professionnelles à la croisée de la sphère publique et du monde de l’entreprise.
Feb 10, 2011
Education for the Real World

Microsoft founder Bill Gates transformed the world through his role in personal computing; now, he is transforming philanthropy, contributing to the betterment of those who live in poverty worldwide. In this audio lecture, Gates challenges Stanford MBA students to take on the world’s difficult problems as a focus of their career or life mission. He tells a bit about his own story, overviews the problems that face us globally, and suggests paths people can take to contribute to solutions. Gates spoke at the 2010 Stanford University commencement ceremony.
Feb 08, 2011
Crowd-Sourcing Disaster Relief

The Disaster Management Institute at Carnegie Mellon University is helping incident responders learn to use social media. In this one-on-one interview conducted at Stanford University, host Karl Matzke and Jeannie Stamberger discuss how to write retweetable messages, how to separate legitimate helpers from posers and how to use social media to prevent loss of life.

In one example, the World Bank used teens with cell phones to create GPS-linked maps identifying structures vulnerable to collapse in earthquake-prone areas. In another, during a recent evacuation drill at Stanford University, Stamberger reported that tweets provided useful information that would have taken exhaustive testing to uncover. In the immediate aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, the Google people-finder application helped connect lost quake victims to the friends and relatives who were looking for them. In another case, Ushahidi encouraged the use of Twitter hashtags #haiti or #haitiquake to report security threats, health emergencies and natural hazards. (Today they are moving these functions to local partners.)

Perhaps the most intriguing research Stamberger is conducting is in how to stop a rumor. Incorrect information travels as quickly as correct information; these researchers seek to tell the good from the bad, and then learn to get truthful information out quickly. Matzke and Stamberger discuss how organizations can join the Disaster Management Initiative, a consortium of practitioners, academics, non-profits, for-profits, volunteers, researchers and other interested parties.
Jan 25, 2011
International Development and Entrepreneurship

Start-Up Chile is a program funded by the Chilean government that aims to attract early-stage global entrepreneurs. In this audio interview Stanford Social Innovation correspondent Ashkon Jafari talks with Nicolas Shea, the innovation and entrepreneurship advisor to the Chilean minister of economy, about how the program offers $40,000 grants and one-year visas to entrepreneurs who agree to live and work on a new high-tech venture for six months in Santiago. Nicolas discusses how the program began, its goals and vision, and some of the enterprises currently being seeded.
Jan 20, 2011
The Role of Social Norms in Energy and Water Conservation

The power of social norms has been used to promote energy conservation and other prosocial outcomes.  From studies involving the reuse of hotel towels, energy consumption in towns, and the reduction of theft at national forests, UCLA Anderson School of Management Professor Noah Goldstein demonstrates that individuals are greatly influenced when they know how peers behave in the same situation. This presents an opportunity for marketers, managers and policymakers to craft messages that encourage positive activity. Goldstein spoke at Small Steps, Great Leaps, a special research briefing convened by Professor Francis Flynn and Jennifer Aaker and their colleagues in the field of prosocial behavior.  They presented practical, and cost-effective solutions for encouraging donations, volunteerism, social activism, and other responsible, caring, and prosocial behaviors.
Jan 04, 2011
Philanthropy and Fundraisers’ Motivation

Philanthropy and fundraising sometimes involve making that all-important call to a potential donor. It can be a thankless, depressing job. In this university podcast, Wharton associate professor Adam Grant shares research about the effectiveness of paid and volunteer call centers. Noting what executives and nonprofit leaders think are the most effective interventions to motivate fundraisers—and why those are dead wrong –- he discusses what can be done to help money-soliciting callers become more enthused and successful. The talk should be of interest both to managers who supervise callers and to fundraisers themselves. Grant spoke at Small Steps Big Leaps: The Science of Getting People to Do the Right Thing, an event sponsored by the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Adam Grant is an associate professor at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on work motivation, job design, prosocial helping and giving behaviors, meaningful work, initiative and proactive behaviors, and employee well-being. He has taught executive education, consulted, and presented for a variety of clients. His articles have been published in a wide range of leading management and psychology journals. Grant has also served as director of Let’s Go Advertising Sales. He earned his PhD from the University of Michigan in organizational psychology and his BA from Harvard University.
Dec 21, 2010
Ending the Nonprofit Starvation Cycle

It is not news that nonprofit organizations with robust infrastructure — including sturdy information technology and financial systems, skills training, fundraising processes, and other essential overhead — are more likely to succeed than those without. Yet most nonprofits do not spend enough money on capacity building and systems. Ann Goggins Gregory and Don Howard of the nonprofit management consultancy The Bridgespan Group, look at the reasons so many nonprofits find themselves in a perpetual starvation cycle. The two consultants reveal what nonprofits and funders can do to break out of the cycle, so that overhead problems do not thwart organizations from achieving success in the pursuit of their missions and goals. They spoke at the Nonprofit Management Institute convened by the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Ann Goggins Gregory is the director of knowledge management at The Bridgespan Group and a former consultant in Bridgespan’s strategy area. In her consulting work, her clients included education and youth development organizations as well as foundations.

Don Howard is a partner at The Bridgespan Group, where he leads the San Francisco office. His clients have included foundations and nonprofits working to alleviate poverty, end homelessness, revitalize neighborhoods, end inequities in education, and improve the environment.
Dec 20, 2010
Leadership in an Uncertain World

In 2010 Katherine Fulton, President of the Monitor Institute, took a three-month break from her long and impressive career strategizing for nonprofit and entrepreneurial organizations. The time off renewed her and gave her insights into the challenges nonprofit professionals face in an increasingly fast-paced, demanding world. In this audio lecture, sponsored by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fulton advises those who labor in what she calls “communities of hope” to slow down in order to find the courage to reflect on the many uncertainties ahead. Her five recommendations, one of which is to love the challenges themselves, are practical, highly philosophical, and very personal.

Katherine Fulton is a partner of the Monitor Group and President of the Monitor Institute, which is dedicated to helping innovative leaders achieve sustainable solutions to social and environmental problems. She has spent three decades catalyzing social change as a leader, strategist, teacher, editor, writer, speaker, and advisor. Fulton is the recipient of a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and a Lyndhurst Foundation prize for community service, and is the co-author of several books, among them Looking Out for the Future: An Orientation for the Twenty-First Century Philanthropists and What If? The Art of Scenario Thinking for Nonprofits.
Dec 16, 2010
The Emerging Social Impact Market

Annually, more than a trillion dollars are spent on millions of American nonprofit and government institutions. And 15 nonprofits are started each day. But there is still not significant progress on social issues in the United States. In this audio lecture, sponsored by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Andrew Wolk, CEO of Root Cause, argues that the time has come for a social impact market—one that fosters innovation and collaboration across the governmental, business, and nonprofit sectors to maximize scarce resources and spread solutions. Wolk believes this cross-sector approach presents our best chance to solve long-term educational, healthcare, environmental, and other problems.
Dec 15, 2010
Nonprofit Management: The Art of Organizing Volunteers

BigTent arose out of a need to find a white-label platform to support volunteer-based group leaders without a lot of operations money. Groups such as PTAs, alumni groups, and new-mother groups need to be able to maintain membership lists and have a means of disseminating important information, organizing volunteers for events, and other activities. In this interview conducted by Sheela Sethuraman, Laney Whitcanack talks about how BigTent offers online aid for the self-perpetuation of these inherently intimate groups, which typically have both online and offline member connections. It’s quality in relationships, not quantity, that Whitcanack emphasizes. Advertising sponsors recognize the worth of volunteer leaders and “household CEOs,” as Whitcanack dubs the typical involved moms, who make decisions for families and influence their communities.

Laney Whitcanack focuses on online and offline innovations that connect people with communities they care about. Taking notice of the scarcity of good and cheap technology to support groups, and being part of 27 Yahoo! groups herself, Whitcanack cofounded BigTent in 2006. She spent the decade previous to BigTent coaching and training hundreds of community leaders, in the U.S. and Mexico, most recently as the Director of Community Programs for the Coro Center for Civic Leadership.

While at Coro, Whitcanack co-founded The Princess Project in 2002, engaging thousands of girls and women across California each year in volunteer opportunities. A published author and speaker on entrepreneurship and community organizing, she received the Jefferson Award for Public Service in 2008. Whitcanack has a BA from UCLA, an MBA from the Simmons School of Management, and an EdM from Harvard University.
Dec 11, 2010
Environmental Sustainability for Small Businesses

Small business is about doing what needs to be done for the customer in front of the counter. It’s the model of innovation, efficiency, and customer service. So when Intuit, which serves small businesses with its tax and accounting software, and eBay, arguably the largest small business incubator in the world, wanted to talk to small businesses about green initiatives, they had a lot to say. Now both Intuit and eBay have sites for the small businesses they serve to ‘talk green.’ They’ve picked up a lot of insight. In September, eBay launched the reuseable eBay box.

The green revolution comes from the far ends of individual thinking, lab science, and it can lead to legislation that sometimes vindicates and sometimes blindsides small businesses. Some small businesses already have solutions. Everyone could use a little more information-sharing. The information is difficult to aggregate, but it’s out there.

Amy Skoczlas Cole, of eBay says in 2007 the eBay Green Team assembled forty-strong, grew to 24,000 employees, and when they opened it to eBay users, 300,000 signed on. eBay Green Team members had to learn it was a two-way conversation. Better ideas from their sellers led them to change strategy from “providing information” to “asking questions to provoke conversation.” eBay customers were particularly interested in reducing package waste. One outcome is the reuseable, trackable, eBay Box, launched in September 2010.

Intuit has a very successful site for sharing small business tax tips. Now, through, small businesses can share green ideas, too. Rupesh Shah of Intuit has found small businesses have practiced ‘corporate responsibility’ as a matter of course, long before it had a name. They’re concerned about waste, especially of time and money, yet they’re very focused on keeping good relationships in the community around them. But sometimes shear lack of time isolates small businesses from information that can keep them in synch with the times.


Amy Skoczlas Cole’s passion for the natural world started in kindergarten, when she first wrote an essay on her love for koala bears. After studying environmental policy in college, she joined the staff of Conservation International (CI), where she turned her passion into a career. At eBay, she leads all the different aspects of the company’s environmental strategy. What excites her most, though, is tapping into the collective power of the 90-95 million people who use eBay to make a real difference in world. That’s why she loves running the eBay Green Team, building a movement to help consumer save money and the planet at the same time – by using products that already exist in the world.

Rupesh D. Shah is the Director of Corporate Sustainability at Intuit, a leading software solutions provider and the makers of TurboTax and QuickBooks. Rupesh has led a wide-variety of initiatives including new products and partnerships, conducting detailed environmental assessments, developing corporate-wide sustainability goals, and increasing the transparency of Intuit’s efforts. Prior to that, Shah was Director of Product Management for TurboTax Business products and previously he helped to create and launch new industry-specific versions of QuickBooks.

Shah has also served as Manager of Learning and Development at Odwalla and Training Manager at Earth Train, an environmental nonprofit organization dedicated to providing youth leaders the skills, resources, and network to make a difference in their local communities. He has also consulted for AmeriCorps, the Presidio Leadership Center, the Corporation for National Service, Gorbachev Foundation, the United Nations and various other leading social organizations around the world. Shah has a MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and a BA from the University of California, San Diego.
Dec 09, 2010
Applying Design Thinking to Healthcare

In the developing world, healthcare is often a scarce commodity. That’s why innovative products such as those being produced by re:motion designs are so important. In this audio interview, Stanford Center for Social Innovation correspondent Ashkon Jafari talks with CEO Joel Sadler about the company’s initial product, the JaipurKnee, an artificial knee joint costing less than $20 that is dramatically changing the lives of amputees in developing countries. He describes how he became invovled in the field of medical devices, how his engineers have approached design and prototyping, and how the company has secured funding and created partnerships. He also offers advice for the aspiring engineering or design student.

Joel Sadler is the co-founder and CEO of re:motion designs. A former product designer at Apple, he is currently a fellow and lecturer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University. A Jamaican native, Sadler was inspired to work on low-cost medical devices after an MIT fellowship to design affordable wheelchairs in Mexico. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT and Stanford.
Dec 07, 2010
If You Need Something, Just Ask

At the conference “Small Steps, Big Leaps: The Science of Getting People to do the Right Thing,” scientists present tactics for summoning better behavior. They brief attendees at the Center for Social Innovation on data that shows that “gentle nudges, subtle tweaks, and quiet prompts ” are more effective tactics for encouraging social responsibility.

Appealing to the better angels of our nature sounds good in theory, but in this audio lecture, Stanford professor Francis Flynn offers practical solutions to problems such as how to ask people for help, how to motivate people to ask for help, and what to do after people have refused to help. He sheds light on what it means to take the perspective of the person asking for help versus the perspective of the person being asked. His counter-intuitive results spark interesting questions from the audience, many of whom are in nonprofits dependent on volunteer recruitment and fund-raising to achieve their goals.

Francis Flynn says he chose an academic career, in part, because he found the level of “asking for stuff” in a social work career a bit too uncomfortable. In this lecture, Professor Flynn says he brought curiosity about that to his research. His studies focus on social influence and cooperation; they illuminate patterns of interpersonal relations, leadership, diversity and helping behavior in organizations.

Flynn has been a Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business since 2006. Flynn received a PhD in Organizational Behavior at the University of California, Berkeley. He then taught at Columbia Business School until 2006. Today at Stanford, he also acts as the Director of the Center for Leadership Development and Research.
Dec 06, 2010
Name Your Price

Identity-related purchasing decisions are illuminated by Leif Nelson who shows how cause-related marketing intersects with pay-what-you-want pricing. Nelson contends greater revenue and increased goodwill for corporate sponsors can be directly related. These field experiments at major theme parks manipulated various aspects of the purchasing experience for souvenir action photos. Nelson shares his research group’s results and methodology. Finally, he defines a new concept of “shared social responsibility.”

Leif Nelson and his co-authors, Ayelet Gneezy and Uri Gneezy, published “Shared Social Responsibility: A Field Experiment in Pay-What-You-Want Pricing and Charitable Giving” in Science magazine. They found that while fewer people purchase pay-what-you-want items linked to charitable donations, the price per item rose more than enough to compensate for the slight loss in volume. Total corporate revenue was greater when charitable donations were involved. Purchasers consistently reported feeling more positive about a company that offered pay-what-you-want pricing linked to charitable donations.

The increased revenue for corporations is supported by social norms that encourage generosity towards charities. Nelson explored the possibility that corporations might re-purpose their current charitable contributions to be linked to pay-what-you-want purchases.
Dec 03, 2010
Firm Stereotypes Matter

How can you boost credibility to nonprofits, who may appear to be warm, but needy?  Or how do you promote warmth and admirability to for-profits, who may appear to be competent, but greedy?  Marketing professor Jennifer Aaker shows how stereotypes can be reframed to influence consumer behavior - nonprofits see greater fundraising success when they highlight the effectiveness of their work rather than their need, while for-profits aligned to a social mission convey a greater sense of social consciousness than their competitors. Aaker spoke at Small Steps, Big Leaps, a special research briefing she convened with Professors Francis Flynn and their colleagues in the field of prosocial behavior. They presented practical, and cost-effective solutions for encouraging donations, volunteerism, social activism, and other responsible, caring prosocial behaviors.

Jennifer Aaker, social psychologist and marketer, is the General Atlantic Professor of Marketing at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Her research spans time, money and happiness. She focuses on questions such as: What actually makes people happy, as opposed to what they think make them happy? How do small acts create significant change, and how can those effects be fueled by social media? She is widely published in the leading scholarly journals in psychology and marketing, and her work has been featured in a variety of media including The Economist, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, BusinessWeek, Forbes, CBS MoneyWatch, NPR, Science, Inc, and Cosmopolitan.

A sought-after teacher in the field of marketing, Professor Aaker teaches in many of Stanford’s Executive Education programs as well as MBA electives including Designing Happiness, Brands, Design & Social Technology, How to Tell a Story, and The Power of Social Technology. Recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, Citibank Best Teacher Award, George Robbins Best Teacher Award and both the Spence and Fletcher Jones Faculty Scholar Awards, she has also taught at UC Berkeley, UCLA and Columbia.
Nov 22, 2010
Philanthropy Can Be Good for You

Money doesn’t make you happy, but giving it away does. This is the theme of an audio lecture given by Harvard Business School Professor Mike Norton at the Stanford Center on Social Innovation’s conference, Small Steps, Big Leaps: The Science of Getting People to Do the Right Thing. Norton discusses his research on how much money a person must spend, and under what conditions, in order to experience an increase in happiness and well-being. He also focuses on practical applications of his knowledge, strategizing creative ways for companies to engage in philanthropy and to encourage their employees to donate money.

Mike Norton is an associate professor of business administration in the marketing unit at Harvard Business School. After earning a BA in Psychology and English from Williams College and a PhD in Psychology from Princeton University, he was a fellow at the MIT Media Lab and at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. His research focuses on consumer behavior, consumer psychology, decision-making, nonprofits, and social enterprise.
Nov 21, 2010
Money Makes People Less Socially Focused

With money on the mind, people work harder and longer before asking for help and are more reticent to help others.  This self-sufficiency orientation elicits less prosocial behavior, such as the willingness to volunteer or donate to causes. Marketing professor Kathleen Vohs’ research finds that money acts as a psychological resource that changes people’s motivations. In a series of lab experiments, primed subjects subtly exposed to the concept of money are more motivated by their own goals and are less socially focused.  Vohs spoke at Small Steps, Big Leaps, a special research briefing convened by Professors Francis Flynn and Jennifer Aaker and their colleagues in the field of prosocial behavior. They presented practical and cost-effective solutions for encouraging donations, volunteerism, social activism, and responsible, caring and other prosocial behaviors.
Nov 15, 2010
New Business Models and Metrics for Water

Dysfunctional water and sanitation infrastructure can be seen strewn all across the developing world. Wells, pumps, and toilets fall into disrepair and areas once pronounced “covered” are again confronted by problems resulting from a lack of clean drinking water and sanitation. This exacerbates the challenge of achieving the Millennium Development Goals for water and sanitation. In this audio interview, part of a Stanford Center for Social Innovation series on water, Water for People CEO Ned Breslin talks with Stanford MBA student Ashish Jhina about performance metrics, planning, and financing practices aimed at supporting a longer term vision for water and sanitation infrastructure. He stresses the importance of setting appropriate tariffs and of budgeting for inevitable operational and maintenance costs from the outset. He explains how new business models could catalyze local entrepreneurial involvement in sanitation thereby making efforts to improve sanitation coverage more successful and sustainable.

Edward D. (Ned) Breslin joined Water For People as its director of international programs in January 2006, and was appointed acting CEO in late 2008. The board hired him as chief executive officer on May 13, 2009. Ned was first introduced to the challenges of water supply when living in the Chalbi Desert of northern Kenya in 1987, linked to a Lutheran World Relief program through his university – St. Lawrence. He subsequently worked for a range of local and international water and sanitation sector NGOs in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, including positions at the Mvula Trust and as country representative for WaterAid in Mozambique, before joining Water For People.
Nov 11, 2010
Can Defaults Save Lives

Retirement plans, green energy, organ donations — how can defaults help you save money, save the environment, and save lives?  What difference does it make if you have the choice to opt-out now or opt-in later?  Eric Johnson, Columbia Business School professor examines the powerful role that defaults hold in changing behavior and the way we construct our values.  He offers insight on how to design defaults to maximize impact and presents common pitfalls to avoid.  Johnson spoke at Small Steps, Big Leaps, a special research briefing convened by Professors Francis Flynn and Jennifer Aaker and their colleagues in the field of prosocial behavior. They presented practical, and cost-effective solutions for encouraging donations, volunteerism, social activism, and other responsible, caring, and prosocial behaviors.

Eric J. Johnson is a marketing professor at Columbia University’s School of Business. His research interests are in consumer and managerial decision-making and electronic commerce. He is among the most widely cited scholars in marketing, according to the Thompson Scientific Highly Cited ratings. His work on electronic commerce has been published in the Communications of the ACM, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Interactive Marketing, and Management Science. He has presented his work before the Federal Trade Commission, and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Readers Digest, National Public Radio‘s Morning Edition, Marketplace, and the CBS Evening News. He is a coauthor of two books: Decision Research: A Field Guide and The Adaptive Decision Maker. His research in behavioral economics has appeared in Science, Journal of Economic Theory, as well as in two books. Earlier work examining the role of affect and similarity in understanding risk in papers has been published in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Journal of Experimental Psychology.

In addition, Johnson is the director of the Columbia Center for Excellence in E-Business, and co-director of the Center for Decision Sciences at Columbia University. Professor Johnson serves on editorial boards of several journals, including the Journal of Consumer Psychology (former associate editor), Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Interactive Marketing and Marketing Letters.
Nov 08, 2010
Using Public-Private Partnerships to Resolve Asia’s Water Crisis

Asia’s water systems are struggling in the face of climate change and the increasing water demands of their growing economies. In such a scenario, a significant water availability gap seems imminent. In this audio interview, part of a Stanford Center for Social Innovation series on water around the world, the Asian Development Bank’s Arjun Thapan talks with Stanford MBA student Ashish Jhina about the need for countries to look at water as an economic good, in addition to being a public good. He explains how public private partnerships could help bring about increased operational efficiency and higher quality service, as well as more comprehensive coverage of the urban poor by water and sanitation systems. He points to numerous success stories in India, China and the Philippines as evidence of the viability of the PPP model and its success in more adequately meeting the demands of its customers.

Arjun Thapan joined ADB in 1991 and since January 2010 is the Special Senior Advisor to the President of ADB for Infrastructure and Water. A leading thinker on water issues in Asia and a strong advocate of ADB’s water agenda, Mr. Thapan has led the initiative to double ADB’s investments in water and sanitation to over $2 billion annually. He is chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water Security, and he chaired the ADB and Partners Conference – Water: Crisis and Choices held in Manila on October 11-15, 2010.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Thapan was Director General and Deputy Director General of Southeast Asia Department. He also served as chair of ADB’s Water Committee until August 2008, designing and leading the implementation of the Water Operators Partnership program in Asia – a global first. His work on water policy issues, especially on “Water for ALL” for Asia’s developing countries, has been universally recognized; he is currently guiding the design of a water resources operational framework to sit within a Green Growth paradigm in ADB.

Before joining ADB, Mr. Thapan worked with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. He is a qualified public accountant and auditor with 18 years experience in a variety of public audit functions in India. He also worked for 5 years in the External Finance Division of the Department of Economic Affairs in the Indian Ministry of Finance, and was Director (Finance) in the Ministry of Steel and Mines, New Delhi, before joining ADB. Mr. Thapan has a Masters in History from the University of Delhi and pursued Management Accounting at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Nov 07, 2010