Stanford Social Innovation Review

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Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) is published by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University. It seeks to advance, educate, and inspire the field of social innovation by seeking out, cultivating, and disseminating the best in research- and practice-based knowledge. SSIR informs and inspires millions of social change leaders from around the world and from all sectors of society—nonprofits, business, and government.

Articles by Stanford Social Innovation Review

illustration showing the linkages between well-being and the environment

December 15, 2021
Integrating individual well-being with environmental systems
How cultivating a values-based, ecological worldview can help lay the groundwork for collective action toward the greater well-being of individuals, societies, and the systems in which we live.
Illustration showing three people with their hearts tied with a thread_Helena Pallarés_social change

January 23, 2021
Addressing trauma as a pathway to social change
How understanding intergenerational trauma can help people working toward social change solve problems more effectively.

December 19, 2020
The vision of a well-being economy
We must shift how we understand and build societal health and prosperity, looking beyond economic growth to collective well-being and environmental sustainability.
Illustration by Helena Pallarés

November 21, 2020
Connecting inner and outer well-being
Why social innovation education programs need to develop students’ inner well-being alongside their knowledge of the field, and five principles to help lead the way.
The roots of organisational well-being_Mary Frances Winters

October 17, 2020
The roots of organisational well-being
To build healthy, resilient organisations, nonprofits need to do more than adopt standard diversity, equity, and inclusion practices. They need to acknowledge systemic racism then commit to and implement processes to upend it.
Random Letters graphic - Rawpixel

October 14, 2020
Junk the jargon
Replace jargon with clear, simple words to bring more meaning to your communication.
collage of two illustrations saying good days not far away and spread compassion-wellbeing

September 5, 2020
Art for solidarity
Art reminds us to create solidarity with people working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and of the importance of tending to well-being during difficult times.
Bringing Organizational Well-Being to Life_feature image

August 15, 2020
Bringing organisational well-being to life
By committing to a broad, participatory learning process, social change leaders can greatly enhance staff positivity and resilience, as well as increase organisational sustainability and impact.
abstract illustration showing a number of hands coming together to form a tree-wellbeing

July 18, 2020
Integrating individual and organizational well-being
By supporting individual and team resilience, and by making small shifts to organizational life that enhance well-being, organizations can improve their effectiveness and contribute to a healthier overall culture for social change.
Illustration-Addressing the critiques of well-being

June 20, 2020
Addressing the critiques of well-being
Social change leaders can better advocate and find funding for well-being initiatives by creating a more authentic and deeper understanding of what it looks like and the difference it can make.
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