December 15, 2014, Stanford SOCIAL INNOVATION Review - This Year’s 10 Most Popular SSIR Articles
What do unconditional cash transfers, brain science, big data, and collective impact have in common? They were all subjects covered in the top SSIR articles published this year. New approaches to philanthropy proved a particularly hot topic. Here’s a look at what piqued the most interest—and, in the spirit of the holidays, they’re all open to nonsubscribers!
1. "The Re-Emerging Art of Funding Innovation"
In this top feature story, Monitor Institute’s Gabriel Kasper and Justin Marcoux look at how some funders are reintroducing risk-taking and “injecting innovation” into their grantmaking practices.
2. "Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World"
This Up for Debate article from directors at FSG suggests that philanthropy needs to make a shift—away from “a predictive model of philanthropic strategy to an emergent model that better fits the complexity of change.” Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker, Rockefeller Foundation’s Zia Khan, and many other thought leaders respond.
3. "GiveDirectly? Not So Fast."
Kevin Starr and Laura Hattendorf of the Mulago Foundation critique unconditional cash transfers as a solution to poverty. GiveWell’s Holden Karnofsky and others disagree.
4. "Rethinking Poverty"
This article, based on new brain science research, looks at how the stresses of poverty can impact people’s ability to think critically and find ways to escape their condition. Written by Elisabeth Babcock. (Find more articles on poverty here.)