Beyond the Screen: Media that Inspires Impact

Beyond the Screen: Media that Inspires Impact

On Wednesday, September 30, Net Impact NYC had the pleasure of partnering with NYU Stern Social Enterprise Association to host a panel of activists and filmmakers who are inspiring social change through their work. Debika Shome, Deputy Director of The Harmony Institute moderated, and panelists included Heather Asch, Director of No Strings Productions, Peggy Rajski, Director of Trevor and Founder of The Trevor Project, Cynthia Lowen, Producer of Bully and Co-Founder of The Bully Project, and Kristen Fitzpatrick, Director of Acquisition & Exhibition at Women Make Movies. We explored how a new generation of creators is building movements around films to spark action on pressing social issues. Here’s five key takeaways: 1. Sometimes, it starts with a simple “Aha” moment. Peggy Rajski spoke about hers. Her film, about high suicide rates among LGBT youth, was taking off—and she realized there was no support hotline for young people who were struggling to actually reach out to. That’s where the Trevor Project started. It began with just a handful of individuals sitting around her kitchen table. The organization was built within 3 months just in time before Ellen Degeneres screened the film. 20 years later, the organization has a staff of 60 and its hotline answers hundreds of calls, chats and texts a day. 2. Partnerships and collaborations are really pivotal in bringing it all to life and to the right audience. All of the panelists spoke about how they’ve relied on partnerships, coalitions, and sometimes international networks to get the word out. For example, Cynthia Lowen talked about how she was able to film Bully in schools with children because of a connection she had with someone...
Careers In Depth: International Development Panel

Careers In Depth: International Development Panel

Thought Leaders and Innovators from International Development-oriented social enterprises were on hand Monday, March 2nd at the Center for Social Innovation.  The diverse panelists, Tomoko Matsukawa of Acumen, Rohit Acharya of First Access, Victoria Crispo of Idealist, and Connie Lewin of Sustainable Health Enterprises, along with thought-provoking moderator Marcos Salazar of Be Social Change, provided Net Impact Members with strategic career advice and industry insights. Thoughts from the panelists on personal and career development: Rigor, patience, and optimism are the keys to long-term success when working with social innovation in emerging markets. Be conscious of how you’re spending your time and who you are spending it with. There are major differences in communication styles across cultures – in order to succeed, you need to understand the nuances of the various cultures in which you operate. The value of soft skills can surpass that of hard skills when building relationships. Understand deeply the challenges that you’re working to overcome and how they affect the people you serve. Stay curious. Be empowered by small victories. Reflection enables growth. When applying for a job, frame your application as a solution to an organizational problem. Your time is valuable; learn to say no. Hold yourself accountable for achieving your goals. Interested in attending other #NetImpactNYC events? Visit our upcoming events page for what is coming up next! Photos from the...
International Development Film Screening & Discussion With the Star

International Development Film Screening & Discussion With the Star

On February 10th, at 7 PM we gathered at Impact Hub in New York City for an exclusive screening of Episode 3 of A Path Appears featuring Kenya’s Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). This was followed by a enlightening discussion with Kennedy Odede, founder of SHOFCO, moderated by Christy Sunquist, Director of Programs Operations at charity: water. Film Screening In this Episode, Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow join Nicholas Kristof as they visit Kibera, one of the largest slums in the world, and share the story of SHOFCO as it provides the area’s most at-risk young girls with a path out of poverty and abuse. At the center of all their efforts is a first ever tuition-free Kibera School for Girls. This is truly an eye-opening look inside Kibera, SHOFCO and the heart-warming love story of Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner, Co-founder of SHOFCO. To get a glimpse, below are some quotes from the film. “You meet people and you realize…they make you better than you were.” – Jessica Posner Odede “It’s not where I am but where I am going that matters. My future… has nothing to do with my past or my present. The hard times I have make me better and stronger.” – Kibera School for Girls student “Through hope we can achieve our dreams. It is not one person. It is a movement. People have to pull together. It’s about pulling.” – Kennedy Odede “You don’t have to be rich or to be poor to have an impact. Everyone, everywhere despite their status can have an impact on humanity.” – Kennedy Odede “If we work...
Networking: 2015 Kickoff Event at New York Distilling Company

Networking: 2015 Kickoff Event at New York Distilling Company

On a biting night in Williamsburg, Net Impact NYC kicked off the 2015 events program with a sold out open bar and tour of the NY Distilling Co.  NY Distilling Co, already a Brooklyn staple after three years in business, produces American Rye and American Gin with sustainable ingredients from New York State. Guest sipped custom cocktails made with house spirits while learning about the history of distilling in New York City, the science behind the distillation process, and current trends in the craft spirits market.  Our distillery guide Diane shared that showcasing sustainable ingredients has “always been a priority to the founders” and that over “75% of our ingredients come from farmers in the state, feeding back into local economies”. 3 Things We Learned about Sustainable Spirits: Dutch settlers pioneered the American gin industry Cold NY winters and humid summers give our local spirits a uniquely bold and robust flavor NY Distilling Co produces one of the only spirits named after a woman Net Impact NYC newcomers and members had the opportunity to hear about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.  Guests were excited about continuing education and professional development opportunities such as hands on workshops and smart speed networking events.  The room buzzed at the announcement of 2015’s signature events series: Small Dinner Discussions with thought leaders hailing from a range of industries. 3 Things We Shared about Net Impact NYC in 2015: Our focus area for events this year will be Corporate Social Responsibility, Impact Investing, International Development and Social Enterprise February 2015 will be International Development Month with key events for professional development, small dinner discussions...
Panel: Collaboration for Community Resilience (November 17, 2014)

Panel: Collaboration for Community Resilience (November 17, 2014)

Panel discussion around the ways community and economic development could lead to improved responses in time of emergency or crisis. Attendees also had the opportunity to mingle and network with each other and the panelists! Panelists: Salvation Army, Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities, Gradient Health and the Red Cross Outcome: Informative and engaging discussion on the topic Photos from the event: Nov 2014_Resilience Event_1Nov 2014_Resilience Event_2Nov 2014_Resilience Event_4  ...
Panel: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (October 28, 2014)

Panel: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (October 28, 2014)

Moderated by Amy Cortese (author of Locavesting) discussed focused on different ways young professionals can invest their money to make a difference in their portfolio and the world. Focus Area: Impact Investing Participating Organizations: Domini Social Investments, Slow Money NYC, Return on Change and First Affirmative Financial Network Outcome: Attendees and panelists were chatting past 10 pm and left feeling inspired Photos from the event: Oct 2014_Investing with Impact_3Oct 2014_Investing with Impact_1  ...