The social startup ecosystem is very lively in NYC. The large and diverse crowd that joined impACT in our first event in the US showed how important community building is to implement social impact ideas, including an eye to increasing diversity and inclusion within one’s networks. Measuring social impact and asking oneself if one’s efforts are really driving at the heart of a problem or merely providing a band aid, for instance, “raising awareness about an issue” is one of the key issues concerning the ecosystem in NYC. audience members were given the opportunity to foster connections among themselves with the goal of creating social impact. Audience members were asked to find someone who works in the same or similar SDG and pair off. Pairs discussed why they picked this SDG and how they could work together. Pairs then brainstormed a project idea or plan (e.g. a new product/service, campaign, volunteer/event opportunity).
impACT was launched in New York City, USA in July 2019. We held our launch event by bringing together key stakeholders form the New York City social startup scene. Do you want to connect? Hit the button below!
NYC: The Ecosystem
NYC: The Launch
impACT NYC launched its first event on Wednesday, June 19 2019 at the Open Society Foundations in New York City, partnering with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy – New York and the Living Room Exchange. The event was an evening of Power Talks by high-profile and engaging speakers, a panel focusing on immigrant entrepreneurs in New York, and a workshop for participants to develop their entrepreneurial skills. Those who attended came away with better knowledge, resources, and networks to create change and work for social justice.
Experts and Practitioners
Pershing Square Foundation
New Women New Yorkers
Liberty & Justice
Attendees had the opportunity to view Open Society's Moving Walls exhibit, Another Way Home, which seeks to reclaim and redefine narratives of refugee and immigrant experiences by focusing on themes of identity, community, and resilience. Moving Walls 25 / Another Way Home features eight projects by 13 visionary artists, journalists, and creative technologists dedicated to re-envisioning the topic of migration through documentary practice.