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As we work together, especially across sectors, we can address highly complex social issues. What IMPACT X makes clear is that there is no individual strength without community support, and a community can only be healthy and strong with the support of the individual. Plackis-Cheng challenges readers to invest for impact—find the place where passion and economics meet—for soulful and purposeful community involvement.
"Paksy Plackis-Cheng has done an extraordinary thing. She has vividly brought to life the important notion that we too often silo what should be integrated. Pursuing financial profit and seeking social returns for our communities are not, and have never really been, mutually exclusive. Indeed they are more often than not inextricably linked. But the author does not preach; rather she facilitates, with a good deal of elegance, the reader’s access to those inspirational people among us who have this wisdom and practice it daily."
Ronald V. Gallo, Ed.D., President & CEO, Santa Barbara Foundation
"As a life-long entrepreneur, I appreciate Paksy's recognition of the importance of private sector accountability in non-profit and social B-corp ventures. As she rightfully states, "Investing capital in socially sound companies that look at long-term outcomes... is more sensible than simply writing a check to charity and hoping for the best." Paksy's apolitical, pragmatic approach to enabling social good is one that all forward-looking communities should closely consider."
John Greathouse, Serial Entrepreneur & Partner, Rincon Venture Partners
Paksy, founder of impactmania, has covered and connected hundreds of people and projects. Her work has been cited at Harvard Business School, the US Consulate, and the United Nations. Paksy is the Senior Fellow Research and Media at Art Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where she leads the AD&A Museum/impactmania internship program. “By creating WOMEN OF IMPACT, a project designed to make global women leaders better known and more visible, Paksy and her team join the vast web of women and men determined to bring balance to the media and historical record. Most importantly, Woman of Impact encourages generations of women to join us and to continue the vital work of revealing the power and potential within every woman.” —Pat Mitchell, first female President & CEO, PBS and Co-Director TED Women