Impact Forum VI: Prisons

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
6:30pm 9:00pm


Impact Prisons is a six-month project dedicated to educating the public on the United States Prison System and Criminal Justice Reform and supporting intelligent and hopefully transformative improvements. The project will culminate with a public event with top Experts in the fields of Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and Neuroscience. In partnership with Columbia University’s Tamer Center for Social Enterprise and Harvard’s Economic’s Department. Our aim is to provide a balanced, logic driven debate, on the future of this critical issue to help inform our community and get beyond the next leaders in this critical social issue.

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Impact Forum V: Election Reform

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
6:30pm 9:00pm
Civic Hall


Our 5th Impact Forum was held on September 14, 2016 at Civic Hall, NYC’s foremost center for civic technology & innovation, on the topic of Elections. Election Systems are best understood by the rules and incentives constructed around them. Evaluating the United States’ and New York’s Electoral Systems reveals a series of important policy choices that will shape what our electorate will look like in the coming decades. Impact Elections will dig into key question such as: How does money predict elections? How will technology shape voting of the future? Does the current voting system fundamentally fail certain segments of our country’s population? What can voting systems from other nations tell us about options for change?

Impact Experts composing the panel at Elections included: Ann Ravel (Federal Elections Commissioner), Gustavo Rivera (New York State Senator), James Bopp (Plaintiff’s Attorney for Citizens United v. FEC), Richard Briffault (Professor, Columbia Law School), the legal advisor to Stephen Colbert’s Presidential Campaign, the President of the NYC Campaign Finance Board, and more.

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Impact Forum IV: Borders

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
7:00pm 9:30pm
Soho House


What makes a sensible immigration policy? How should borders define citizenship, residency, and rights? 26% of the U.S. population is either a first- or second-generation immigrant. It is estimated that 30% of New York residents are born outside of the United States. The Impact community joined a panel of top experts on immigration-related policy and social justice for a dialogue on the future of the US immigration system, hosted at the Soho House.

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Impact Forum III: Intelligent Education Systems

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
7:30pm  10:00pm
Rise New York


Impact Education brought together top minds to understand what makes today’s education systems great and what needs to be built for tomorrow. What is an intelligent education system? The best design to educate our society, as we discussed, must leverage technology but be cognizant of the very human elements that distinguish successful teachers and schools. With the rise of charter schools, waste in public education funding, influence of teacher’s unions, and the difficulty in compensating success: what are the principles and design elements of best educational systems of the future?

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Impact Forum II: Local

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
7:30pm  – 9:30pm


Impact Local explored social projects affecting local NYC communities. We discussed and voted on which where most important for New Yorkers to get started on in 2015 and which had the promise of effective impact. Presenting initiatives: Civil Forfeiture, Cultivating the Citizens of Tomorrow, We Radiate, Every Minute Matters, Freeing the Innocent (v2), and Zekle. The leaders of Civil Forfeiture, We Radiate and Freeing the Innocent were voted in as Impact Fellows. Sponsored by 118 Capital.

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Inaugural Impact Forum

Thursday, September 18, 2014
7:00pm – 9:00pm


NYC is filled with motivated, brilliant individuals with great ideas to give back to their communiites or change them for the better. Those social entrepreneurs, however, face huge challenges in getting their projects off the ground. A complicated legal & political environment, a crowded market for non-profit mindshare, hard-to-come-by connections, and a lack of seed financing are just a few of these obstacles. IMPACT was founded as a platform through which we could pool these resources and leverage them to help the best social entrepreneurs in NYC succeed. Modeled after high-end startup accelerator programs and supported by individuals who know what it takes for public-sector initiatives to suceed, IMPACT is a new breed of non-profit. Thanks for supporting us. Check out some of the ideas we’re working on, and consider bringing your resources to bear as an IMPACT Mentor.

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