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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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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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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