“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 to learn the fundamentals of building profitable businesses that make a positive impact on the world. Hundreds of those students applied for one of 23 spots in a week-long leadership program called Global Social Impact House. The house is put on by the Center for Social Impact Strategy, a research and action center with the mission that anyone, anywhere can create positive change in their communities.
Today, just three weeks after that gathering, we look back to the experience and couldn’t be more excited about the magic that was created. Fellows—and even the team—left transformed and reinvigorated, which sparked the question: What made this year’s experience so powerful? After reflection, we narrowed it down to four key elements: place, people, play and purpose.