Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

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The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) is a global interdisciplinary research center and publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR). Stanford PACS develops and shares knowledge to improve philanthropy, strengthen civil society, and address societal challenges. By creating a shared space for scholars, students, and practitioners, Stanford PACS informs policy and social innovation, philanthropic investment, and nonprofit practice. 

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Jen Schradie – The Revolution That Wasn’t: How Digital Activism Favors Conservatives

The internet has been hailed as a leveling force that is reshaping activism. From the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall...

February 25th, 2020

Building 200, Room 203, Lane History Corner

Barbara van Schewick – Net Neutrality: The Battle to Keep the Internet Open and Free

It’s easy to take for granted that we get to use the websites and apps of our choice – or...

March 3rd, 2020

Building 200, Room 203, Lane History Corner

Book Talk | Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India

Can entrepreneurs develop a nation, serve the poor, and pursue creative freedom, all while generating economic value? In Chasing Innovation, Lilly...

March 13th, 2020

Patterson Building, P101, Graduate School of Business


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New Report Charts Path Forward for Digital Civil Society

Civil society organizations need targeted support and learning platforms to enable them to advocate effectively on the digital policy issues...

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Digital Civil Society Lab announces 2020 cohort of Non-Resident Fellows

The Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL) and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) are pleased to...

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Thank you @EricBot, @Gmugar, @NothiasT, @p2173 @robreich and the @DigCivSoc team for facilitating an engaging conversation around rethinking technological and civic innovation. To foster caring, encourage play, and cultivate public trust, a broader approach is needed.

Meaningful Inefficiencies is about intentionally slowing down algorithms and efficiencies to have time to care. It's about moving beyond human centered design, but "public" centered design, explains @EricBot & @Gmugar @DigCivSoc @StanfordPACS

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Stanford Social Innovation Review

To advance, educate, and inspire the field of social innovation by seeking out, cultivating, and disseminating the best in research- and practice-based knowledge.
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