Social Innovation Today - September 2014 eNewsletter

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Dale Miller

Don't Let Data Get in the Driver's Seat

Recently, the education innovation community has embraced the use of data in decision-making and program design. No doubt, some believe this trend can risk being taken too far. Stanford GSB professor Susanna Loeb warns against over reliance on research in education decision-making and argues for a more nuanced approach that blends data and key practitioner insights. Read More

Stanford Community Forum

New Technology

Serving the Bottom of the Pyramid

Jane Chen, MBA ‘09 and Embrace Co-Founder, discusses new tactics for reaching the poorest populations on the largest scale possible.

2014 SIF Fellows

Meet the 2014 SIF Fellows

Gayatri Datar, MBA ‘14, and ‘Aulani Wilhelm, MSx ‘14, are launching inspiring social ventures in Rwanda and the Pacific Islands the Social Innovation Fellowship (SIF).

Faculty Corner

Helping Others

Does Status Affect How We Help?

Researchers find that the perceived status of those in need can be an important factor in determining how we help.

Impact Investing

An Impact Investing Reality Check

Professor Bill Meehan discusses with experienced practitioners whether investments can create both market return and social impact.

Social Innovation Ideas


How Technology Can Ease Traffic

A computer network designer takes on commute-hour gridlock in three countries.


The Ethics of Innovation

An ethical framework can bridge the worlds of startup technology and international development to strengthen cross-sector innovation.


Nonprofit Management Institute 2014

September 9-10, Stanford University


September 10-12, The Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

Webinar: Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World

September 18, 11:00 am PDT

Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship

February 8-13, 2015, Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Applications are due November 3, 2014.

Volunteer Opportunity: Take Your Business Skills to Africa

The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies is seeking innovative business leaders with 20+ years of experience to serve as Volunteer Business Coaches in Africa for one year.

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