Why We Exist

In a democratic society, the facts are a prerequisite to informed progress. Yet our current political environment, clouded by spin and obscured by an overabundance of media, fails to deliver the hard data, diversity of viewpoints and ability to personally engage that we believe are critical to a true understanding of our problems. Impact seeks to provide citizens with a better way to engage personally in social progress: one built on a foundation of scholarship, respectful of individual liberty of choice, and empowered by a collective responsibility of leaving a better world for generations to come.

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Michael Kopko

Michael is an early employee and Vice President at Oscar Health Insurance having built their revenue and network contracting systems. Prior to Oscar, Michael worked for Bridgewater Associates as a manager in the company’s Research, Client Service, and Recruiting departments. While at Bridgewater, he was the Manager of Research Analytics where he was responsible for 60 investors, managers, and staff. In 2009 he successfully sold DormAid, a college service company, which he launched and ran while he was a student at Harvard and Columbia Business School. Michael has appeared in major media outlets including Fox News, The New York Times, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Wired, and MSNBC. He is the recipient of Columbia’s Feldberg Fellowship, a full tuition merit scholarship in honor of former Dean Feldberg and sponsored by Henry Kravis. His mentor of over 10 years is George David of United Technologies. He enjoys reading, exercising, meditation, and meeting interesting people. He is a graduate of Columbia Business School and Harvard College.

What We Do

Impact is building New York City’s premiere medium for deep intellectual exchange between motivated citizens and top-tier experts on key social impact subjects. The foundation of this effort is Impact Forums, an ongoing live learning & discussion series aimed at offering attendees a chance to understand, discuss, and explore opportunities for social impact on their own terms. Each Forum addresses a major issue head-on, bringing together top-tier thought leaders and engaged citizens of all stripes.

To arm all participants with a common starting ground, the Impact team produces spin-free factual research in advance of each Forum, all work vetted by experts from the full spectrum of viewpoints. The core content of each Forum consists of an Experts Panel carefully chosen for equal representation of opinions and primary knowledge of the facts underpinning the issue at hand. Discussion is seeded by points raised in our research and guided by the audience via a live engagement system, with the help of an Impact moderator. We hear all sides of the issue with the end goal of surfacing viable actions for progress. All participants are surveyed before and after the event to demonstrate our collective evolution of thinking on a topic and to ensure we continually optimize our Forums to maximize understanding.

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Kimberly Kyle Hall

Kimberly is the President and Treasurer of the Board the Directors for the World Future Society, the leading global authority in future studies since 1966. Through publications, global summits, and advisory roles to world leaders in business and governments, the World Future Society is tackling the future of human purpose through futurist mindset education programs and research. Since 2011, Kimberly has worked as an Advisor, Mentor & Judge to startup incubators, companies and entrepreneurship community programs including Startup Weekend NYC, Startup Weekend Centroamerica, Startup Health, Startup Chile, Parallel 18 Puerto Rico, Central American Entrepreneurship Forum, Panama Entrepreneur Week and Chicago Innovation. Kimberly spent from 20017-2014 in Latin America where she worked with private equity and family offices to manage investments in Latam and partnership identification, including the reputable Ben Valor Centroamerica and Ben Betesh International. With an extensive background in real estate investment and development, Kimberly co-founded Kalu Yala, a community development in the Panamanian rainforest pursuing the mission of world’s most sustainable town. She is an avid supporter of arts, music and culture programs and is currently on the Scenemakers Board at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. She graduated Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University in Economics.

Where We’re Headed

Facilitating a rigorous understanding of the facts underpinning the complex social & political issues our society faces is no small task, and not a charge we take lightly. But it is only the first step on the path to social impact. Collectively, members of the Impact community wield a diverse arsenal of ideas, expertise, and resources. We are putting this firepower to work behind the opportunities for action we uncover through our Forums. We have begun with the appointment of Impact Fellows, citizen change-makers whose initiatives the Impact community has chosen to support and accelerate. As our membership and collective resources expand, so too will our ability to identify, launch & accelerate actions for social progress.

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Atin Mittra

Atin is the co-founder of Ellie, a virtual breastfeeding assistant for new moms. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. Before co-founding Ellie, Atin worked in education where he designed curriculum and services focused on financial education, entrepreneurship, and human-centered design. When not working, Atin volunteers with the non-profit, Impact NYC and sits on the board of The Creativity Foundation. For fun, Atin likes to play drums, shoot photography, and write.

Why You Should Join Us

The breadth and scale of the issues we’re addressing are massive. As an individual, understanding them is difficult enough, not to mention finding ways to foster change or have any kind of measurable impact. US voter turnout is dropping and political disaffection is at an all-time high. But Impact isn’t business as usual: we’re not a party, PAC, or advocacy group, nor are we beholden to any ideology, interest or group. Impact is a new way to engage and make progress by our own hands.