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GIIL scholar’s research helps steer award-winning organization

Community Solutions, an organization working to measurably end homelessness throughout U.S. communities, received a $100 million dollar grant from the MacArthur Foundation as a winner of the 100&Change competition. The group, founded in 2011 by veteran homelessness activist Rosanne Haggerty, uses a data-driven methodology to implement their racially equitable homeless response system, the “Built for Zero” community network. They consistently...

Statement of Solidarity with AAPI Community

Today we stand together in pain and loss, in solidarity with our Asian American colleagues, friends, family, fellow citizens and human beings.  There is no denying the impact of the shooting this week in Atlanta. Regardless of what we learn about the shooter’s intent, we must acknowledge the toll that hate and violence is having on Asian American communities, especially...

Stanford PACS 2020: A Special Progress Report

As a research center with a mission to develop and share knowledge to improve philanthropy, strengthen civil society, and address societal challenges, the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) continued to expand the breadth and depth of our scholarly research in 2020, despite, and in many instances in response to, the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to an...

Stanford PACS China Social Innovation Summit 2020: New Connectivity Creating New Momentum

The 9th annual China-based Social Innovation Summit, hosted by Stanford PACS and the Leping Foundation, took place in November 2020, focused on the central theme of “New Connectivity Creating New Momentum.” The Summit’s programming explored three specific pathways to impact in the post-pandemic world: Making Business for Good the New Normal, Digital Technology for Human Benefit, and New Power &...

Democracy and the Digital Transformation of Our Lives

Every citizen is aware that digital technologies have transformed our individual and collective lives. But democratic theorists have been slow to take stock of this transformation and to trace how democratic theory and institutions should respond. The new book Digital Technology and Democratic Theory, edited by Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Associate Director Rob Reich, Stanford Digital Civil Society Lab Director Lucy Bernholz, and Yale professor Hélène Landemore, brings together...

DCSL Names Practitioner Fellows 2021-22

The Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL) and Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) are pleased to announce the 2021 cohort of practitioner fellows which comprises of 14 exceptional social sector leaders working on ideas to benefit civil society. This year’s fellows are working on a range of topics and tools in the realm of digital civil engagement that will help protect civil...

Game changer: Stanford scholar shows how soccer can tackle prejudice, bias

Under the right conditions, a diverse soccer team can pull off the ultimate hat trick: It can reduce prejudice, build trust and increase tolerance among players from opposing sides of a conflict. These are just some of the findings to emerge from research by Salma Mousa, a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), a research...

PACS 2020 Faculty recommended reading list

If you, like everyone else, have been oscillating between the growing need to achieve personal growth during a pandemic and a desire to hide under a warm blanket with a good book, we’ve got you covered!  With a wide-ranging purview, PACS faculty and leadership have curated a reading list to inform and enrich our work in the field while stoking...

Open Postdoctoral Fellowships with Stanford PACS

We are inviting promising new scholars to apply to our Postdoctoral Fellowship programs! If you are interested in algorithmic bias, the impact of the internet on election campaigns and voting, or using digital technologies to support rather than subvert democracy, apply for a postdoc fellowship with the Program on Democracy and the Internet. Passionate about fostering a thriving and independent digital civil society...

Democracy in Action

Dear Friends and Colleagues, As a community of scholars, we are tempted to begin examining the 2020 election even as the electoral map is still in flux. Some results are clear, but before either President Trump or Vice President Biden reach the magical number of 270 in the Electoral College, it is premature to look backward in analyzing the election...