Alumni Voices, Impact House, Staff Voices
The Vision: Gray Garmon and Shadrack Frimpong on Culturally Sensitive Design
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We interviewed two of our alumni, Gray Garmon and Shadrack Frimpong, about what they learned from the Social Impact House and what they’re working on now. Garmon and Frimpong recently collaborated on a project in Tarkwa Breman, Ghana, where Garmon helped design a library for the school that Frimpong founded there. This is part of
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Alumni Voices, Executive Program, Impact House
Behind the Lens: Interview with Kira Simon-Kennedy
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Kira Simon-Kennedy participated in our Executive Program in 2015 and our Impact+ House in 2018. She talked to us about China Residencies, the organization she founded; “Commodity City,” the documentary she produced; and her thoughts about using art to work towards social change.

Impact House
FAQs: Global Social Impact House 2019: Belize
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It’s time! Each year, the Center for Social Impact Strategy offers one Impact House free-of-charge for anyone, anywhere creating positive social impact. This is the Global Social Impact House.

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, 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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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. The course covered 5 distinct objectives: 1. To introduce students
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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, 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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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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Alumni Voices, Impact House
Six Things I Learned from Global Social Impact House – Cayla Mackey
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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Meade Being a part of https://www.agencyspotter.com/top/design-agencies has not only shaped my venture, but it has shaped my life, and it has shaped who I am. I’m the CEO and cofounder
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Impact House, Staff Voices
Planting the Seeds of Change: A Reflection on the Inaugural Penn Impact Lab
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Costa Rica’s warmth and humidity enveloped us while we were still at the airport, shaking hands and preparing ourselves for a green, hilly, four-hour bus ride. As we bumped our way through the country’s interior, we passed fruits and crunchy snacks, getting to know each other and the verdant landscape. Past Lake Arenal, we arrived
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Impact House, Staff Voices
The Power of Place, People, Play & Purpose
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“Creating social impact is an essential challenge to all organizations, regardless of geography or sector.” — Dr. Peter Frumkin, Professor of Social Policy and Faculty Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania It started with the five week Social Entrepreneurship class on Coursera, where thousands of people convened online
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