Take your design thinking initiatives to the next level.

University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Social Impact Strategy + IDEO U are thrilled to offer IDEO U alumni the chance to join the first ever IDEO U Impact House. The House will bring together 20 global creative leaders who are actively bringing design thinking to their organizations, industries and communities to create real impact.

Anyone who has enrolled in at least one IDEO U course by August 17, 2016 is eligible to apply today and join a global community of creative leaders for a weeklong journey of connection, learning, and growth. The program begins on October 30, 2016 in San Francisco and concludes on November 6, 2016. 

Step 1: Enroll in at least one IDEO U Course.


Leading for Creativity

Learn IDEO’s unique approach to leadership, so your team and organization can discover creative ways to solve the challenges of today’s complex world.


Insights for Innovation

Discover deep insights, so that you can see the world differently and solve problems in new and innovative ways.


Storytelling for Influence

Embrace the power of storytelling, so that you feel armed and confident sharing your innovative ideas with others.


From Ideas to Action

Bring your ideas to life through ideation and prototyping, so that others can experience your vision of the future.


Step 2: Apply to the Impact House.

When completing your application, keep in mind we’re looking for creative leaders who are:

  • Working to create disproportionate impact in their community or organization using design thinking
  • Looking to connect with and learn from like-minded changemakers around the globe
  • Have a proven track record for driving positive change
  • Have completed at least one IDEO U Course by August 17th, 2016.


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The best things in life are free.

Every admitted student will each receive a full scholarship to cover the inaugural program’s costs, tuition and accommodations, provided by the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS). CSIS supports global leaders committed to deepening their impact in the world by growing design thinking within their organization. Admitted students will only be responsible for covering the cost of travel to and from San Francisco, California, USA.


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Get a taste of past Impact Houses.

The Global Social Impact House (GSIH) and Penn Social Impact House (PSIH) provide leading social entrepreneurs from around the world an opportunity to gain the tools, training, and network they need to make a greater impact. Our alumni frequently use the words “Transformative” and “Life-Changing” to describe the experience.

But don’t take our word for it; see for yourself:

Let's make it happen.

The IDEO U Impact House is accepting applications now. Be sure to enroll in one of the three IDEO U courses to be eligible!

If you’ve already started an application and would like to sign back in, please log-in at apply.socialimpactstrategy.org.

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