Alumni Voices, Executive Program, Impact House
RECAP: 2018 Alumni Summit
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  Event Summary This year, CSIS celebrated 892 CSIS Alumni: 375 participants in our residential Impact Houses, and 517 graduates of the Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy and our partner program in Arts Strategy. 105 alumni attended this year’s summit. Helen Gym (Philadelphia Councilmember) opened the summit by calling attendees to action, with a
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Alumni Voices, Executive Program
Autonomy Works – with Karrie Pece
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This blog post is brought to you by CSIS alumna Karrie Pece, Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy 2017. Karrie and the organization she works for – Automony Works – were recently profiled in CSIS Studios. Take a look, and hear what Karrie has to say (below) about her journey. My name is Karrie Pece
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Alumni Voices, Events, Impact House
RECAP: Impact+ House for Teams
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From August 2 – 6, 2018 the Center for Social Impact Strategy hosted the Impact+ House: our first ever Impact House for CSIS alumni and their teams. We hosted 16 people at Galusha Hill Farm Lodge in central Vermont, with 6 teams representing a range of social impact areas: youth development, arts and culture exchange,
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Alumni Voices, Executive Program
Clothing the Loop – with Laura Francois
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This blog post is brought to us by CSIS alumna Laura Francois, Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy 2018. My journey starts in Canada, eagerly advocating for conscious consumerism in the fashion industry. I desperately wanted to better understand the systemic problems of the clothing industry, and fatefully made the leap to Malaysia to do
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Alumni Voices
Four Transformative Lessons from Failure
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Thank you to CSIS Guest Blogger, Tia Kansara. Tia is a Global Social Impact House 2017 Fellow, and founder of Replenish. 13 years ago,  I decided not to go down the traditional route of a 9-5 job. I’d just returned from teaching English in Japan and desperately wanted to pay off my student loans. I
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Alumni Voices, Events
2017 Alumni Summit Album
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Whether you missed the 2017 Alumni Summit or just hope to reminisce, here’s an overview of the event in photos. Explore the full event album here.  

Alumni Voices, Executive Program, Uncategorized
What Is Social Impact Anyway?
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When it comes to social impact initiatives, there are certain things we know to be true. For example, we know that these days, an increasing number of consumers seek out products that have a positive impact on the world in some capacity. In fact, 90% of Millennials say they will switch to a cause-branded product
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Alumni Voices, Executive Program, Research and Ideas, Staff Voices
5 Myths That Doom Social Enterprise to Fail
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When you think about how social enterprises start, what comes to mind? Is it with an individual or group who want to make an impact on a social or environmental issue, and build a business that can support that work? Or someone who comes up with a business idea that isn’t initially related to impact,
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Alumni Voices, Impact House
Reflections from Penn-Columbia Social Impact House
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In April, my team at BioCellection competed in PennVention, a technological innovation competition hosted by the Penn Engineering school, open to all students at the University of Pennsylvania. Through receiving the Social Impact Prize at PennVention, my co-founder and I were awarded the privilege to participate in the 2016 Penn Columbia Social Impact House (PCSIH).
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Alumni Voices, Impact House
Remembering Qi He – Emily Irani
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I applied to Penn Impact Lab with my usual optimistic desire to change the world and, before I knew it, I was alone on a plane flying to San José. I was anxious for the upcoming week and wondered what this experience would be. To my surprise and delight, the other PIL Fellows were the
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Alumni Voices, Executive Program, Resources
How I Became an Experteer – Dipa Sharif
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The First Step About a year ago, I decided to quit my job and pursue my dream of traveling, volunteering internationally, and learning Spanish. Since then, I’ve traveled across Europe, India, and Bangladesh, and I lived in Lima, Peru in the quest to learn Spanish. I’ve been living in Colombia for more than a month and
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Alumni Voices, Impact House
Six Things I Learned from Global Social Impact House – Cayla Mackey
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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Meade Being a part of https://www.agencyspotter.com/top/design-agencies has not only shaped my venture, but it has shaped my life, and it has shaped who I am. I’m the CEO and cofounder
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Alumni Voices, Impact House
Alumni Voices – Aaron Densham
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2 days, 4 time zones, 5 flights, 6 airports and more than 27 hours in the air. That was the journey I would have had to undertake if I was going to participate in Penn’s first Global Social Impact House (GSIH). I was working with Indigenous youth in a remote town in Northern Australia when
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Alumni Voices, Impact House
Alumni Voices – Arielle Brousse
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A year ago, I definitely wouldn’t have been the type to pick up a stranger from the airport. But this summer, I did just that. I rented a car, swung out to Philadelphia International, picked up two men I’d never met, and drove with them four hours to the middle of nowhere. If you’re like me,
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