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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Executive Program, Research and Ideas, Resources, Staff Voices, Uncategorized
We asked a grant expert what makes proposals stand out. Here’s what he had to say.
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This article first appeared on August 30, 2017. We’ve republished it here with updated information. 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,
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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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Events, Impact House
RECAP: Penn Impact Lab 2018 – Grand Canyon
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In May 2018 CSIS offered a credit-bearing program for current Penn students (in collaboration with SP2’s Masters in Nonprofit Leadership program): Penn Impact Lab (PIL). Students convened in Grand Canyon National Park to learn tools for social innovation and volunteer with the National Park Service. Congratulations to each of our students on a job well
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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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Uncategorized
Event Summary: March 2018 CSIS Executive Program Convening
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In March 2018, over 100 students in CSIS’ Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy convened on the University of Pennsylvania campus. For the first time, students met their co-learners and collaborated side-by-side. Check out some highlights, and take a look at the full album of event photos here.  

Events, Executive Program, Uncategorized
Event Summary: March 2018 NAS “Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy” Convening
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In March 2018, National Arts Strategies convened 94 arts and culture leaders for the first in-person meeting of the 2018 Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy (EPACS), developed in partnership with CSIS. Students represented 26 states and US territories, and 7 countries, traveling from as far abroad as Australia and Brazil. Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
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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.  

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 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 their accomplishments, and to deepen connections for the work ahead. In the final week leading up
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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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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
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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