Read about social innovation at Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Center’s role in moving the field of social innovation forward, and the work our community is doing to make the world more just, healthy, and prosperous.
Q&A with Stanford faculty member Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, MBA '97, who will release online all of her teaching notes/syllabi/case studies on philanthropy to encourage more schools to bring philanthropy education into their course catalogs.
Ashanthi Mathai, MBA '04, founded So Others May See in Sri Lanka to meet the eye-care needs of a large number of people with limited access to adequate care.
Earl Martin Valencia, MBA '09, is named one of the Manila 40 Under 40 Leaders in International Development.
Guest column by Andres Botero, MBA '99, Global Lead, Supply Chain Management (SCM) Marketing at SAP
Kiva co-founder Jessica Jackley, MBA '07, addressed an audience of more than 200 at Kennesaw State University on Feb. 12, 2013.
Quotes David Shackelton, MBA '13, the student leader of the GSB winter study trip to Antarctica focused on climate change and business issues around it; also quotes the trip's faculty adviser Dean Garth Saloner.
Feature profile on Ray King, MBA '80, President and CEO of the Urban League of San Diego County.
Social Innovation Fellow, Brenden Millstein, MBA '10, named Forbes 30 Under 30.
Q&A with Pashupathy Gopalan, MBA '01, on the Indian renewable energy sector.
Tom Steyer, MBA '83, who almost single-handedly bankrolled Proposition 39, may be a candidate for statewide office or an appointment to the Obama administration.
Profile of Jeff Tangney, MBA '99, and his recent venture Doximity, which provides a secure network for doctors to collaborate online
Social Innovation Fellow, Brenden Millstein, MBA '10, is one of Bloomberg's top 25 Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs.
Many business schools are including sustainability programs among their MBA offerings because business opportunities in the field have increased. From clean energy to programs to reduce a company’s carbon footprint, sustainability knowledge is in practical demand. In honor of Earth Day (April 22), here is a list of some interesting programs that focus on sustainability.
In the New York Times, Jake Harriman, MBA '08, explains how he now fights terrorism by trying to bring choices to extremely poor Kenyans. "We can't just stop with a single terrorist; we have to root out the whole system. We have to go after poverty."
With gasoline prices spiking, a presidential election looming in the fall, and recent failures at reaching sweeping global agreements on environmental policy, the Obama Administration is heading into this summer’s Rio + 20 Conference on Sustainable Development with modest goals, looking for areas of broad agreement and civic engagement that can be touted as populist environmental progress.
Justin Finnegan (MBA '09), Managing Director of Mountain Hazelnuts, and Ashish Jhina (MBA '11) founder of NextDrop were just 2 of the 29 companies invited to present their technology solutions to global problems at the USRio+2.0 conference at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. Each of the companies have products based on communication platforms that are relatively inexpensive, and easy to use and implement in the developing world.
Laurene Powell Jobs (MBA ’91), wife of the late Steve Jobs, has supported a long range of causes from helping disadvanted students and women to donating money to environmental campaigns. She has also established the Emerson Collective, an organization that focuses on improving academic outcomes for under-resourced students in America’s public schools.
A study co-authored by Stanford Graduate School of Business Professor Nir Halevy reveals that while individuals want their leaders to demonstrate generosity in times of peace and non-competitive situations, those same generous leaders can be seen as weak in tough and competitive times.
Shaun Paterson (MBA '08) is the founder of Shaun's Shades, a chic, California-based eyewear brand that strives to "support, empower and help solve the problem of visual impairment and eliminate blindness." Launched in August, the line gives its customers a unique opportunity: all those who purchase a pair of Shaun's Shades sunglasses also provide a pair of eyeglasses to one of 285 million people around the world who suffer from visual challenges as part of a "buy one, give sight" mission.
Thomas Steyer (MBA ’83) and his brother James Steyer (JD ’83) have been working together to build the Center for the Next Generation, a nonprofit organization that aims to be a loud voice in major public policy debates.
Former Peace Corps volunteer Sam Goldman (MBA '07) was inspired to make electric lighting affordable to families living in developing nations during his work in Benin. Today, he makes that dream a reality through d.light, a social venture that replaces dangerous, inefficient kerosene lamps with clean, cheap electric lamps around the world.
Professor Jennifer Aaker's research time, money, and happiness is featured in Forbes India. Aaker and Rudd examine sources of happiness to suggest time is a scarce resource that is directly related to one's happiness.
Jake Harriman (MBA '08) fought for his country as a US Marine Recon Platoon Commander. But he saw a better way to combat terrorism: target extreme poverty that flares in violence in the world's poorest countries. Today, Nuru International works to empower local communities to uplift themselves from poverty and develop a sustainable path towards a better future.
mOasis, a Palo Alto start-up led by Yohei Iwasaki, MBA '10, won a seed capital competition hosted by North Bridge Venture Partners and Stanford University. The company will receive $50,000 in start-up funds, $25,000 in in-kind services, and six months incubation space. mOasis aims to reduce water shortages by using new conservation strategies.
Jessica Jackley (MBA '07) discusses the challenges she faced when co-founding Kiva.org in 2005. Kiva.org is a micro-lending platform through which donors can invest in small businesses in far corners of the world.
Despite having graduated only three years ago, Jake Harriman (MBA '08) is already putting his education to good use by starting Nuru International, a social venture that seeks to eradicate global poverty by empowering local communities rather than through foreign aid. Through Nuru International, Harriman hopes to create self-sustaining communities that will uplift themselves out of poverty without becoming dependent on international aid organizations and foreign countries.
Ron Gutman (MBA '04) examines the neurological mechanisms and sociological consequences behind the simple act of smiling. According to Gutman, smiling is more than just a simple expression of emotion: it is essential to effective communiation and a healthy lifestyle. And yes, the data suggests that smiling is indeed contagious.
MBA Students Catha and Caroline Mullen launched Farm to Cup with the mission to bring positive social change to the coffee industry in Guatemala. By cutting out the middlemen in the coffee trade, Mullen and Mullen are able to offer growers up to three times the fair trade price without adversely affecting the market price to consumers.
Guidestar Inc. announces its plans to acquire Philanthropedia, an innovative start-up founded by Deyan Vltanov (MBA '09) and other GSB students prior to their graduation. Philanthropedia uses open source technology and its vast network of experts to gather data on 1,700 profits to identify and direct funds to high-impact organizations.
A team of MBA students from the Stanford Graduate School of Business will participate in Idea Village's third annual Entrepreneurial Week in New Orleans. During this event, students, entrepreneurs, and leaders will gather to facilitate the city's rebirth and launch into a national model for innovative practices.