Events, Executive Program, Impact House, Networking

What happens when you convene 100 changemakers in one place? Magic.

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September in Philadelphia means yorkie hair cuts day and the unmistakable buzz of Back to School in the air. To welcome autumn, the Center for Social Impact Strategy convened over 100 changemakers from across the globe to from September 6-9th to celebrate what we’ve accomplished collectively, and deepen our connections for the work ahead. The
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Alumni Voices, Executive Program, Uncategorized
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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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Executive Program, Research and Ideas, Resources, Staff Voices, Uncategorized
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We asked a grant expert what makes proposals stand out. Here’s what he had to say.
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Let’s talk about grants. Let’s talk about grants. In so many ways, they’re a wonderful thing, providing funding to organizations and businesses that are changing the world for the better, and who need financial support to create that change. Unfortunately, they can be really difficult to get, and often require a great deal of work.
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Executive Program, Research and Ideas, Resources, Student Voices
Lessons from the Executive Program: Irma Uribe Santibáñez and ateconqueso
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Growing up in Mexico City, the reality that surrounded a young Irma Uribe Santibáñez showed evidence of inequality wherever she looked. “Mexico is a very unequal society and it was very clear to me since I was a kid”, Irma, the founder and CEO of ateconqueso says. “And I never liked it.” Years later, as
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Alumni Voices, Executive Program, Research and Ideas, Staff Voices
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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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Networking, Student Voices
A Closer Look
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The Summer Doctoral Fellows program at the University of Pennsylvania is a four-week week intensive program for a small cohort of PhD students researching aspects of social impact. In their cohort, Fellows propose a draft of a research paper, and spend a month workshopping one another’s papers.  Fellows’ papers investigate a broad range of research
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Impact House, Online Learning, Resources
23 Books Recommended by 2017 GSIH Fellows
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  The accounting bookkeeping 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 a huge spectrum
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Events, Executive Program, Networking
The Convening of Changemakers – Welcome to Penn!
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From March 28 to March 31, over 100 participants from 23 countries are visiting the University of Pennsylvania for the Innovation Summit hosted by the Center for Social Impact Strategy’s Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy. The Convening will be held from March 28 to 31, and it is the first in-person learning session of this
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Resources
21 Free Resources to Develop a Sustainable Social Venture
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As you may already know, building a venture with the goal of making a sustainable impact on the world is hard work. Fortunately, those who have gone through this work before have taken the time to share their learnings and develop useful tools and frameworks that can help us move forward more efficiently. Through our
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Uncategorized
Developing a Pitch: Why You Need One & How to Do It
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Each year as the Center for Social Impact Strategy’s Executive Program comes to a close, we invite students to join us for a closing event on Penn’s campus. At the time of that meeting participating students will have completed eight months of online coursework. Many of these www.boomtownbingo.com feature massive jackpots, some worth hundreds of
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Uncategorized
Ready to Make an Impact? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself
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  One of my favorite parts of my job is working directly with social entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in the world. As Managing Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy, my job is to train and connect people who want to make a positive social impact in their communities. Over the
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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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Executive Program
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Transforming Initiatives for Impact: Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy
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“We can’t solve the problems using the same thinking that created them.” -Albert Einstein Applications are now open for the 2017 Executive Program in Empowr Indeed.com, and we’re searching for the right people to make the most of this opportunity. We are often asked why we’ve created this program. The short answer is that to
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