Impact House, Online Learning, Resources
23 Books Recommended by 2017 GSIH Fellows
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  The Global Social Impact House program is right around the corner; for this year, 24 fellows with diverse backgrounds, careers and ventures are coming from eleven countries including Peru, Burma and Kenya! Our exceptional fellows recommended thirteen books to the community. Along with various environments they are coming from, their book-tastes also varied with
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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
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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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Impact House, Partnerships, Staff Voices
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Announcing the 2016 Penn-Columbia Social Impact House
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After months searching for social entrepreneurs from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, we are humbled and honored to bring together a very special group of creative and courageous individuals working to improve their communities. From Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, Thailand, and the US, the twenty 2016 Penn-Columbia Social Impact House fellows
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Events, Impact House, Partnerships
IDEO U + CSIS
A Partnership with IDEO U: Teaming Up to Inspire Impact Driven Leaders
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As global challenges become increasingly more complex and intertwined, the stakes are higher than ever for global leaders to be equipped with the skills of creative problem solving, collaborative action, and iterative thinking. The Center for Social Impact Strategy is thrilled to announce the launch of the inaugural IDEO U Impact House, an eight-day residential
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Alumni Voices, Impact House
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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 Global Social Impact House (GSIH) 2016 has not only shaped my venture, but it has shaped my life, and it has shaped who I am.
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Impact House, Staff Voices
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Planting the Seeds of Change: A Reflection on the Inaugural Penn Impact Lab
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Costa Rica’s warmth and humidity enveloped us while we were still at the airport, shaking hands and preparing ourselves for a green, hilly, four-hour bus ride. As we bumped our way through the country’s interior, we passed fruits and crunchy snacks, getting to know each other and the verdant landscape. Past Lake Arenal, we arrived
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Impact House, Staff Voices
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The Power of Place, People, Play & Purpose
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“Creating social impact is an essential challenge to all organizations, regardless of geography or sector.” — Dr. Peter Frumkin, Professor of Social Policy and Faculty Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania It started with the five week Social Entrepreneurship class on Coursera, where thousands of people convened online
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Alumni Voices, Impact House
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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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Impact House, Partnerships
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Supporting Social Entrepreneurs at Penn and Columbia
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At the Center for Social Impact Strategy, we know that bringing in new perspectives can only enhance a community. That’s why we’re pleased to announce a partnership with Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). We are proud to extend our programming to their network of entrepreneurs and innovators, and to collaborate on marshaling
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Alumni Voices, Impact House
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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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