Articles by: Sarah Christiano
(It’s not the shoes.) There’s a saying when someone great moves on to a new opportunity, the person behind them “has some big shoes to fill.” I get it. When leaders are great, they ignite something in you – a sense of the possible that you didn’t feel before, and a sense of “we got … Continue reading It’s the shoes.
Think of a business—any business—and picture its cost structure. Take a candle factory, for instance. There’s the direct cost of wax, scents, wicks, vessels and packaging, there’s rent for the factory space and inventory storage, there’s maintenance for the machinery, all kinds of SG&A costs, and, of course, salaries and benefits for the employees. Now … Continue reading Invisible Heroes – Bruno Waked, Kellogg School of Management
On my last day as a Farber Summer Fellow at Orion Industries Training & Employment Division, an employment social enterprise located in Washington state, I had the opportunity to witness Steve, an employee of Orion, graduate in front of a very enthusiastic room full of his peers, his mentors, and the support staff who helped … Continue reading A Masterclass in Employment Social Enterprise – Bethany Wylie, Kellogg School of Management
I’ve always loved the energy in a baseball stadium, the crack of a hard-hit ball, the roar from the crowd when they get excited. But standing in the San Francisco Giants stadium this past summer, something different stood out to me. Juma youths, many younger than 18, hustled up and down the stands selling ice … Continue reading Where Data Meets Impact (and Baseball) – Zak Sheft, Kellogg School of Management
The second Future of Work Commission convening at the Design School on the Stanford campus last week focused on the impact of technology on jobs and the nature of work. We sat at a big horseshoe table in the middle of a packed room full of students and observers. The panelists and the people who … Continue reading Equity is what’s most at stake when ‘robots’ eliminate and transform jobs
REDF Farber Summer Fellows spend 10 weeks immersed in the day-to-day operations at one of REDF’s partner social enterprises working on a mission-critical project. Alumni of the program cite the experience as transformative, providing the opportunity to work closely with social enterprise leaders and staff, and form meaningful and enduring relationships with fellow Farbers. Hear … Continue reading Farber Summer Fellow Program
The adage, “As California goes, so goes the nation” typically inspires Californians. But today, while we have a lot to be proud of, California also has some unwelcome distinctions – including the highest number of people experiencing homelessness and incarceration, and an income gap that in many parts of the State puts us among the … Continue reading The Future of Work Commission – A Bird’s Eye View