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.

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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.

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Insights for Innovation

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

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Storytelling for Influence

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

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From Ideas to Action

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

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Step 2: Apply to the Impact House.


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

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  • 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.

 

Important dates to know:


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:


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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.


Frequently Asked Questions


Program Details

[su_spoiler title=”When does the program take place?” icon=”caret”] October 30 – November 6, 2016.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Where is the program taking place?” icon=”caret”]The program kicks off on October 30, 2016 with a welcome dinner in downtown San Francisco at 7:30PM. On October 31, 2016, fellows will spend the entire day at IDEO Headquarters in San Francisco to meet the IDEO U team. That evening, fellows will travel to Westerbeke Ranch, a gorgeous retreat center in Sonoma, CA where the rest of the program will take place. Fellows will depart Sonoma on the morning of November 6, 2016. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”What are the the important dates in I need to be aware about?” icon=”caret”]Applications close on July 5, 2016. Finalists will be notified by August 15, 2016. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Is full attendance during the program required?” icon=”caret”]All fellows must be able to attend the entire duration of the program to be eligible. [/su_spoiler]

 

The Experience

[su_spoiler title=”What do fellows need to prepare?” icon=”caret”] Fellows will need to complete an IDEO U course by August 17, 2016 to be eligible for the program. Pre-readings and assignments will be distributed in mid-August.  [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”What will I learn during the fellowship?” icon=”caret”]Fellows will learn advanced skills in design thinking, creative leadership and measuring social impact from mentors and experts from the University of Pennsylvania and IDEO U. Fellows will also leverage the incredible expertise and knowledge of the diverse fellows in the room. The program is designed by IDEO U and the Center for Social Impact Strategy. [/su_spoiler]

Tuition

[su_spoiler title=”What is covered in the full-scholarship?” icon=”caret”] All fellows will receive a full-scholarship to attend the IDEO U house. The scholarship covers program fees, accommodations, local transportation, lodging and meals for the duration of the program. Fellows are only responsible for covering the cost of travel to and from San Francisco. [/su_spoiler]