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Dipanwita is passionate about digital and has a keen focus on Digital Training and Capacity Management. She has trained and built tech solutions for the Global Health Advocacy Incubator, the Sehgal Foundation, and PeoplesClimate.org. This Atlas Corps Fellow has designed and implemented digital training program for over 300 global social impact leaders from 60 countries, and has led social movement campaigns and supported philanthropic projects across the globe. She also served as a Mentor for StartingBloc, a judge for social venture competitions, and an advisor to the OPEN fund.
Hi Rosalyn Lin , Thank you, for your comments and questions. 1. For the purposes of Impact.College, we define the social impact sector as comprising of any mission-driven individual or organization. This spans for and not-for-profits orgs, universities, B-corps, etc. For example, last evening, I discussed using the platform to onboard new partners at a solar finance company and this morning, I met with nonprofit who wants to train their Fellows on Impact College. 2. While the skills required by individuals working in these companies are largely the same. Non-profits, especially have a tech ecosystem that's customized to their needs, eg: Google Ad Grants. These tools, usually offer a monetary benefit because the orgs are mission driven, but they're not always easy to use. Second, people in the non-profit/international development space often come from an academic background that is more grounded in theory and concepts rather than tactical/technical skills. This platform can become the place they come to learn those skills, quickly, cheaply and easily. The user journey of D is actually my story in a nutshell. In short, these organizations don't have enough training on the technical skills required to achieve mission. And they have not figured out a easy, economical, sustainable way of teaching those skills. Hope this is helpful. Your comments helped me clarify my thoughts a little more and for that I am thankful. Please try out the platform and pass on the word, if you like what you see!
Hi Kate, Thank you for your message. Hope you are having a good week!
I really appreciate your question. Last year when I started thinking about Impact College and why it needed to exist at all, I made a short(long) list of people distributed between IDEO and the Stanford d.school who I'd love an opportunity to speak with or simply share my idea with. Here's my list, in no particular order: IDEO - Trish Price, Director of Learning; Natalia Sourdis, Senior Interaction Designer; Nathalie Collins, Senior Design Lead. d.School - Perry Klebahn, Jess Munro, Melissa Pelochino, Peter Worth, Thomas Both, Tania Anaissie, Sandy Speicher, Carissa Carter.
What do you think? I even have a list of questions to ask them that ranges from critiquing my theory of change to how I should be studying the learning process of e-learners.