Social Innovation Today - April 2014 eNewsletter

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Dale Miller

Choosing a Board Seat: Advice from the Pros

As experienced board members from the Stanford community gathered for CSI’s Nonprofit Board Governance Institute last month, we asked a number of them to share their advice for choosing a first time board. I have summarized their collective wisdom and guidance. Read More

Stanford Community Forum

Funding Innovation

The Re-Emerging Art of Funding Innovation

Justin Marcoux, MBA ‘12, examines traditional practices used by “innovation funders” and looks at how funding breakthrough innovation differs from more traditional grantmaking approaches.

Lessons from Failure

Nine Lessons to Learn from Failure

Stanford GSB alumni open up about failure and how to move forward after difficult times.

Faculty Corner

Happy vs. Meaningful

Happy vs. Meaningful Life

Professor Frank Flynn looks at the difference between “happiness” and “meaning” in life.

Economic Solutions

Economic Solutions to Ethnic Violence

Associate Professor Saumitra Jha explores how commerce can help promote peace.

Social Innovation Ideas


E-Cigarettes: a False Good Idea

Stanford Professor Robert Jackler examines the rise of e-cigarettes.

Tapping Out

When to “Tap Out" of the Fight

What insights does former Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, now poet, activist and thought leader, Cameron Conaway, have to teach social entrepreneurs?



Tickets on sale April 7

The thought-provoking short talk and performance event returns to the CEMEX stage this year on May 10, with the theme "Above and Beyond." Tickets are likely to go fast. The event also will be available via livestream video.

GSB ClimateWeek: Change the World, Not the Temp

April 13-18

This week-long program will explore how businesses can act on the opportunities and challenges climate change presents today and in the future. Select sessions open to the public.

Designing Supply Chains for Positive Impact

April 30, Stanford Graduate School of Business

April 30, Stanford Graduate School of Business This one-day conference will explore how designing products, processes and supply chains with social, environmental, and ethical responsibility in mind can minimize risk and improve performance.

Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders

Application Deadline: May 16

Taught by the same faculty who teach Stanford's MBA curriculum, this 10-day program integrates conceptual knowledge with participants' own experience to generate powerful and practical insights about leadership and management.

2014 Conradin Von Gugelberg Memorial Lecture on the Environment

Save the Date: May 22, Stanford Graduate School of Business

This annual event welcomes Steven Chu, the William R. Kenan Jr Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology and 12th US Secretary of Energy under President Barack Obama.

TBLI Conference: Special Rate for GSB Alumni

May 29-30, New York

A unique, two-day global networking and learning event on current trends, opportunities, and challenges in the ESG and Impact Investing space. GSB Alumni can register using code AONGC14 to receive the NGO rate and save 50%.

Center for Social Innovation

The Center for Social Innovation at Stanford Graduate School of Business cultivates leaders to solve the world's toughest social and environmental problems. Graduates from the Center's Public Management and Social Innovation Program help corporations improve their sustainable practices and launch social enterprises that bring life-changing solutions, such as loans to small businesses and safe lighting to the world's poorest communities.

The Center provides research, education, and experiential programs that reach across the business, nonprofit, and government worlds and promotes the development of innovative solutions to build a more just, sustainable, and prosperous world.

This newsletter is published by the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Stanford University, 655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305-7298, United States