What Is The Social Impact House?

The Social Impact House offers a residential fellowship program that brings together under one roof a unique community of innovators committed to designing effective solutions for social change.  Led by experts and world-renowned thought leaders in social innovation, design thinking, and business development, fellows gain the tools, skills, and networks to activate the ideas that will change the world. 


Ingredients For Innovation

The Place

The Social Impact House is held in a remote, retreat-like setting that encourages openness, collaboration, and connection. 

The Purpose

Each day, mentors, educators, and fellows lead workshops in transformative leadership, design, business, communication and strategy.


The People

Hybrid thinking is key to innovation. So every Social Impact House brings together a diverse group of experts. 

Our Approach


There are three pillars to the Social Impact House model:

  1. Venture Development
  2. Creative Confidence
  3. Network Expansion

To find out more about our philosophy, see What We Believe


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Past Impact Houses 

Social Impact House partners with universities and institutions that want to invest in social innovation. Students and recent graduates are at the center of the experience, and we have worked with partners like the University of Pennsylvania and Dell. 

To get a good idea of what an institute looks like, you can take a look at the videos of each Social Impact House below.  If you are interested in designing your own Social Impact House or want to join the community, you can contact us for more information here!

View our video from the 2014 Schwartz Family Social Impact House. Filmed and Edited by Eva Cruz.  

The Penn Social Impact House brings together young entrepreneurs for a two-week institute to learn best practices in launching a social enterprise. Led by award-winning educators and mentors, the program teaches strategies in personal growth, design thinking, storytelling and business development. Filmed and edited by Diana Diroy