Cheers to a successful Impactathon® #11 in partnership with UCLA Anderson and The SAM Initiative! After successive rounds of pitching, $20,000 in grants were awarded to eight social enterprise teams and founders.

We gave participants the challenge of ‘showing up’ as impact-driven problem-solvers. They delivered.

Over two days, participants heard from incredible Impact Talk speakers on various aspects of addressing social impact and were introduced to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as from a practitioner who is doing the work of scaling a social enterprise. They learned about logic models and impact gap analysis from a UCLA Anderson professor.

And, they pitched. Three times! First, each participant– to the tune of over 40– shared brief ‘elevator’ pitches while forming teams. Then, 17 teams and founders pitch their social enterprise ideas in two-minute pitches the following day to three judges including faculty and practitioners. Finally, with less than an hour in between, eight teams and founders shared four-minute pitches to six judges, including funders from The SAM Initiative and industry experts.

Congratulations to every participant for being part of the experience and staying ‘in the arena‘ to develop impact-driven ideas, pursue feedback, and iterate. We encourage Impactathoners to take a long view of their work and keep finding ways to move it forward. Thank you to the speakers, funders, catalysts, volunteers, co-organizers, and participants for making the event possible! And a special thank you to the Innov8social team, including Jaco and Pavel for your instrumental work and dedication.

 

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Announcing the Impactathon UCLA Anderson 2019 Award Recipients

  • Best Overall: Simple Gardens ($6,000). A turn-key urban garden solution combining art and gardening for an in-home food growing system.
  • Most Likely to Create Impact: One Million Acres ($5,000).  A buy-one-save-one program that has already protected 4K acres of rainforest through the sale of handmade bracelet from indigenous communities.
  • Championing Reducing Inequalities (SDG 10): Infinite Flow ($2,000).  A professional dance group that champions dancers across ability, furthering core values of inclusion and diversity.
  • Championing Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11): U Build Ur World ($2,000).  A social worker and veteran founder pitching innovative, affordable housing in the form of microvillages for veterans.
  • Championing Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7): Kilowatt Killer ($1,000).  A team includeing a retired high school teacher and high school students reducing CO2 emissions through a radically affordable, patented home cooling system.
  • Championing Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12): 50 Alt 50 ($1,000).  Produce shopping app that identifies local farm options for consumers.
  • Most Innovative Changemaker: Unpacking Racism in Healthcare ($500).  An app to inform and let users report instances of racism within the healthcare system.
  • Best Problem-Mapping: Re-coop ($500).  Online platform to match users with cooperative housing options.
  • People’s’ Choice Award: One Million Acres ($2,000)

 

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The Themes for Impactathon Anderson 2019

This year’s Impactathon at UCLA Anderson focused on the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

Social entrepreneurs working to create or advance good health and well-being; sustainable cities and communities; and/or responsible consumption and production, were especially encouraged to apply. The UN Sustainable Goals (SDG’s) were launched in 2015 to address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity and peace and justice.

Who Attended

Impactathon was attended by a diverse group of individuals. It included, social entrepreneurs with proven ideas and traction who are looking to scale their work. UCLA undergraduate and graduate students and other business leaders seeking to share their skills with existing teams. Local undergraduate and graduate school students studying or interested in engaging in the social impact sector. Individuals seeking to learn about social impact and social entrepreneurship, map a problem, and ideate solutions to a local or global issue

 


Facilitator

Neetal Parekh, Founder of Innov8social, Author of 51 Questions on Social Entrepreneurship, Host of The Impact Podcast by Innov8social, Convener of Impactathon®

Impact Talks

Workshop

Gayle Northrop, Lecturer at UCLA Anderson and Senior Advisor of Impact@Anderson, President and Principal at Northrop Consulting.

Catalysts

  • Kat Karimi, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Civic Innovation Lab
  • Leah Nanni, Founder & Program Manager of The Art of Smart Tutoring, Consultant at Startup UCLA

Judges

 

 

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About Impact Week at Anderson

In its 5th year and with the theme Purpose + Profits, Impact Week at UCLA Anderson focused on building a robust bridge to local issues in Southern California as well as global issues. Recognizing that some of the best ideas to solve social challenges come from the communities in which those challenges persist, Impact@Anderson believes social innovation and entrepreneurship must bridge the gap between community and classroom.

About The SAM Initiative

Founded in 2013 by Mindy Freedman, the SAM Initiative is a group of individuals who have pooled their financial resources and experience to fund and support exceptional and innovative programs in Los Angeles that promote social change and benefit women, children and families. The SAM Initiative was founded on the belief that we have more impact together than we have alone. Together, we strive to educate and engage donors by investing in community-based organizations that reflect our passions and address the most pressing needs in our community.

About Impactathon®

Innov8social partners with mission-driven companies, institutions, and foundations to bring together individuals together for Impactathons, interactive social impact events that catalyze collaboration, innovation, working in teams, and pitching social impact solutions for feedback and potential recognition.

Impactathon has partnered to deliver 11 Impactathons in cities including San Francisco, New York City, Aliso Viejo, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Baton Rouge.

 

Interested in convening an Impactathon for your university, foundation, company or event? Let’s connect.

 

 

 

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This season of The Impact Podcast by Innov8social takes a ‘meta’ view of the social impact space. Through a systems-level perspective, it examines the role of the social impact ecosystem builder, which is part-content creator and strategist, part-convener, and part-consultant-coach.

The season includes conversations with impact media strategists and Bohem Media Fellows at Opportunity Collaboration, leaders in the systems-led thinking space, social impact professionals who have successfully built personal ecosystems for social impact, and the importance of deeply understanding a problem when to try to understand gaps and opportunities within an existing system, to be able design more effective and impactful solutions.

You can listen to episodes on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and below.

This season was made possible by the Boehm Media Fellowship and Opportunity Collaboration. Thank you to both and to each of the contributors who shared their stories and perspectives.

We are working on an upcoming season that takes a closer look at what it takes to be a social impact consultant and coach, through open and candid conversations with ecosystem builders in the space. If you are someone (or know someone) who has a valuable perspective to contribute, feel free to fill out the form here.

The Impact Podcast is celebrating 50K+ downloads and listens! You can become a champion of the podcast and Innov8social by becoming a member on our Patreon page.

 

 

Listen to this Entire Season of The Impact Podcast: Ecosystem Building, Systems Thinking, and Social Impact

#149 New Season of The Impact Podcast Starts Here!

Hear more about this season’s theme is on social impact ecosystems and systems-thinking and the “why” behind focusing on a systems lens this season. Show notes here.

 

#150 A Primer on Systems-Led Thinking with Daniela Papi-Thornton

A conversation with Daniela Papi-Thornton, lecturer at Yale School of Management, TEDx speaker, and author of Learning Service– who has been a leading voice in systems-led thinking approach in the social impact space. Daniela mentions a number of resources in the conversation, which you can find in the complete show notes.

#151 What is a Social Impact Ecosystem Builder?

Audio narration of our recent series on ecosystem building, including:  “What is a Social Impact Ecosystem Builder?”, “How The Social Impact Sector Can Become More Transformative”, and “How to Know if you are a Social Impact Ecosystem Builder”. Show notes here.

 

#152 Meet Social Impact Media Strategists and Boehm Media Fellows at Opportunity Collaboration

Boehm Media Fellows Fred de Sam Lazaro; Ellen Wilson, Mwihaki Muraguri, Victoria Fine, Jonathan Tusubira, and James Duft share perspectives at Opportunity Collaboration. Read the complete show notes here

 

#153 How to Build a Social Impact Media Strategy

Social entrepreneurs Conception Gaxiola of AGE Africa (Advancing Girls’ Education) and Daniela Peralvo Lupera of IMPAQTO Labs in Ecuador, ask for advice on their social media strategies from Boehm Media Fellows and social media strategists, Erin Niimi Longhurst and Neetal Parekh. Read the full show notes here.

 

#154 How to Convene for Impact

Conversations with Opportunity Collaboration participants at the beginning of the convening and after, including student social entrepreneur James Okina, impact professionals Erina McWilliam-Lopez and  Sarah Sterling, and social enterprise founder Yessica Flores.  Read the full show notes here.

 

#155 How to Build a Personal Ecosystem for Social Impact

Shannon Prudhomme, social impact professional and program developer at Rise Against Hunger, shares her experience on building a personal ecosystem and her experience of continually manifesting new milestones in her career. Read the complete show notes.

 

#156 How And Why to Fall in Love with a Social Impact Problem

Will Dayble, founder of Fitzroy Academy, shares stories about needs and opportunities he has observed in the social impact sector in Australia and globally, and the importance of ‘falling in love’ with problems rather than solutions we ideate. Full show notes here.

 

#157 How to Build a Location-based Ecosystem for Social Impact

A lively conversation with Daniel Casey, Events & Operations Coordinator, at Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) New York City about building a location-based ecosystem for social impact. Read the complete show notes.

 

#158 How to Apply a Social Impact Ecosystem Mindset

A look at how to make various elements related to social impact ecosystem building applicable. Read the full show notes here.

#158 How to Apply a Social Impact Ecosystem Mindset

In the final episode of the season, we look at how to make various elements related to social impact ecosystem building applicable. Deepening knowledge about the SDG’s, engaging and creating content, convening, and be willing to gather and iterate upon feedback are ways to engage elements of ecosystem-building in our work in social impact.

 

You can listen to the entire season, and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher.

The Impact Podcast is celebrating 50K+ downloads and listens! You can become a champion of the podcast and Innov8social by becoming a member on our Patreon page.

#157 How to Build a Location-based Ecosystem for Social Impact

This episode goes to New York City, a few days before the inaugural Impactathon held there.  It features a conversation with Daniel Casey, Events & Operations Coordinator, at Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) New York City. Daniel shares the history of CSI New York City and his own fascinating journey. The story of CSI provides valuable insight on considerations to keep in mind when building a location-based ecosystem that values and furthers social impact.

 

You can listen to the entire season, and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher.

The Impact Podcast is celebrating 50K+ downloads and listens! You can become a champion of the podcast and Innov8social by becoming a member on our Patreon page.

#156 How And Why to Fall in Love with a Social Impact Problem

Much of ecosystem building involves understanding a system, including its gaps and opportunities. This episode features a conversation with impact-driven entrepreneur and teacher, Will Dayble. Will is the Founder of Fitzroy Academy, which creates online experiences and resources to social impact leaders and entrepreneurs.  Will shares his journey, needs and opportunities he has observed in the space, and the importance of ‘falling in love’ with problems rather than solutions we ideate.

 

You can listen to the entire season, and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher.

The Impact Podcast is celebrating 50K+ downloads and listens! You can become a champion of the podcast and Innov8social by becoming a member on our Patreon page.

 

#155 How to Build a Personal Ecosystem for Social Impact

The popularized proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together” nods to the idea that forming a

personal ecosystem can deepen and progress our work meaningfully. This episode features a conversation with social impact professional, Shannon Prudhomme. Shannon, who is the Director of Program Development of Rise Against Hunger, shares her experience on building a personal ecosystem and her experience of continually manifesting new milestones in her career.

Recorded at Opportunity Collaboration.

 

You can listen to the entire season, and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher.

The Impact Podcast is celebrating 50K+ downloads and listens! You can become a champion of the podcast and Innov8social by becoming a member on our Patreon page.

#154 How to Convene for Impact

How can you create a meaningful social impact convening? This episode features six questions to ask before you convene. It further explores these ideas through two conversations with various participants of one such convening, Opportunity Collaboration. The first conversation is from the first or second day of the four-day convening, and the next is from the final day or a few weeks after. From their reflections, we gain not only insight about this convening, but also more broadly about what makes convenings worthwhile and valuable to them.

Featuring stories and perspectives, including:

 

You can listen to the entire season, and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher.

The Impact Podcast is celebrating 50K+ downloads and listens! You can become a champion of the podcast and Innov8social by becoming a member on our Patreon page.

#153 How to Build a Social Impact Media Strategy

How do social impact media strategists work with clients and impact initiatives? This episode, recorded live at Opportunity Collaboration, moves from concept to application. Two social entrepreneur participants of Boehm Media fellow office hours and happy hour meet with Fellows and media strategists for specific support on challenges and opportunities they are facing in their media strategies. , held at Opportunity Collaboration.

The interviews were recorded live and capture a short interview before they speak to a Media Fellow and then after, to recap work and learnings.

Featuring Conception Gaxiola, Executive Director of AGE Africa (Advancing Girls’ Education), Daniela Peralvo Lupera, Co-founder of IMPAQTO Labs in Ecuador, and Boehm Media Fellow and social media strategist, Erin Niimi Longhurst–who is also author of Japonisme.

 

You can listen to the entire season, and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher.

The Impact Podcast is celebrating 50K+ downloads and listens! You can become a champion of the podcast and Innov8social by becoming a member on our Patreon page.

#152 Meet Social Impact Media Strategists and Boehm Media Fellows at Opportunity Collaboration

Impact ecosystem building benefits when content creators and strategists are also sensitive to the complexities of social impact.

This episode focuses on effectively creating and sharing content effectively as a way to not only share your message and work but also to build relationships, community, and momentum. It features interviews recorded at Opportunity Collaboration, an annual impact convening held in Mexico.

This episode features Fred de Sam Lazaro, one of the first Boehm Media fellows and correspondent at PBS News Hour about the origins of the Boehm Media fellowship and his experience of storytelling for social impact.

It also features Ellen Wilson, a Principal and Global Director at burness, who shares her expertise on the importance of messaging, including what is ‘messaging’ in PR speak.

Mwihaki Muraguri, Principal at Paukwa House,  shares a perspective on how crafting a story is actually the beginning of building a long-lasting relationship.

Victoria Fine–Founder of media strategy firm, Finally–  overview how her vast experience, including Huffington Post and Upworthy, helps her work with social enterprises to discern what kind of media or messaging is actually the best fit for them.

Jonathan Tusubira, Co-Founder of Center for Media Literacy and Community Development (CEMCOD),  introduces the concept of media literacy and how we can identify and become more aware of biases sewn into the media we consume, and create.

Finally, James Duft, Founding Partner of Bark Media Co.,  reflects on how media strategists can be effective when they meet their potential clients where they are and help them build personas of who they are trying to reach.

 

You can listen to the entire season, and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher.

The Impact Podcast is celebrating 50K+ downloads and listens! You can become a champion of the podcast and Innov8social by becoming a member on our Patreon page.

 

#151 What is a Social Impact Ecosystem Builder?

This is the third post in a series on social impact ecosystem building. The first post, “What is a Social Impact Ecosystem Builder?” second post, “How The Social Impact Sector Can Become More Transformative”, and third post,  “How to Know if you are a Social Impact Ecosystem Builder” are available on LinkedIn and Innov8social.com.

 

You can listen to the entire season, and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher.

The Impact Podcast is celebrating 50K+ downloads and listens! You can become a champion of the podcast and Innov8social by becoming a member on our Patreon page.