Alumni Stories, Event Summaries
2017 Alumni Summit Album

Whether you missed the 2017 Alumni Summit or just hope to reminisce, here’s an overview of the event in photos.

September 15, 2017

Event Summaries, Executive Programs
What happens when you convene 100 changemakers in one place? Magic.

In the final week leading up to the convening, nearly 100 students completed requirements for the Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy, the culmination of 8 months of new tools deepening the impact of their work. Thursday brought leaders from Indonesia, Kenya, Germany, and the greater Philadelphia community back to campus to synthesize their learning.

September 14, 2017

Social Impact Fundamentals
What is Social Impact Anyways?

To shed some light on what “social impact” means to people coming from different perspectives, we asked thought leaders and experts we know to share their thoughts on the subject. Here’s what they had to say.

Ariel Schwartz
August 30, 2017

Alumni Stories, Case Studies, Executive Programs
Lessons from the Executive Program: Irma Uribe Santibáñez and ateconqueso

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.”

August 29, 2017

Resources + Recommendations, Social Impact Fundamentals
5 Myths That Doom Social Enterprise to Fail

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, but they decide to use that idea to do something good for the world? These are just two of the many ways social enterprises are born.

Ariel Schwartz
August 23, 2017

Residential Programs
Doctoral Fellows: A Closer Look

The Summer Doctoral Fellows program at the University of Pennsylvania is a four-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.

July 11, 2017

Executive Programs
The Convening of Changemakers – Welcome to Penn!

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 year’s Executive Program.

March 27, 2017

Resources + Recommendations
21 Free Resources to Develop a Sustainable Social Venture

Through our own work in fix my credit at the Center, we’ve had the opportunity to assemble a list of 21 resources, including thoughtful readings, engaging videos, and toolkits that break down complex ideas. We know you’re looking for new approaches to solve long-term problems, and we hope these tools can help you as you build, grow, and scale your ideas.

Ariel Schwartz
October 19, 2016

Social Impact Fundamentals
Developing a Pitch: Why You Need One and How to Do it

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.

October 17, 2016

Social Impact Fundamentals
Ready to Make an Impact? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself

I’ve honed in on five questions that help me to get a better understanding of these ideas, the connection to their personal purpose, and the vision they are aiming for. More importantly, this process helps get them ”unstuck” by getting the ideas out of their heads and creating space to give voice to what matters most — their core values, their hopes and dreams, and the current realities they wish to change for good.

October 6, 2016