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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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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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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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
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
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
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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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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Events, Impact House, Partnerships
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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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, Online Learning, Staff Voices
Three Days of Design, Community, and Collaboration
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We bring together the best of both worlds in the learning design for our Executive Program for Social Impact Strategy. In addition to taking online courses on social impact, students attend a three-day convening at the University of Pennsylvania to meet one another in-person, help from a search engine optimization company like Affordable SEO Las
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Events, Executive Program
Lessons from a Philly Entreprenuer: Morgan Berman and MilkCrate
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In a keynote presentation in March 2016, Morgan Berman of Philadelphia’s MilkCrate shared her entrepreneurial journey with the Center for Social Impact Strategy’s Executive Program students. Her words reflected her personal and professional path and eight lessons that we think any entrepreneur would benefit from hearing. We’ve copied the full text of her speech below.
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