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An oceanographer, a nine-time Grammy Award winner, U.S. Presidential Award winner, and 3D printing architect share their thoughts on social impact. More than 30 inspiring people give you a glimpse of their work and thoughts on why your unique involvement matters.

IMPACT X, a visually stunning book offers readers the opportunity to learn more about the great work that has quietly been going on in their communities and the world. Avenues are provided to connect and be part of a movement that offers a transformative experience.

Sample Impact Story

An example of an IMPACT X interview: oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Sylvia Earle

Exciting cross-sector collaborative ideas are discussed: Learn why cities such as San Francisco and New York are referred to as Laboratories of Innovation, how two American for-profit social entrepreneurs will provide work for 15 percent of the people in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, and how the first high school teacher MacArthur Fellow (Genius Grant recipient) made innovative education possible. These examples represent clever models such as impact investing (Pay for Success), social entrepreneurship, and venture philanthropy.

IMPACT X shows how societies thrive when business and active involvement for the greater good merge.

IMPACT X launched, May 2015, at the New Vic Theatre, Santa Barbara, California.

Read more about Impact X in the Independent article.

  • Impact X inspires goodwill work. Paksy Plackis-Cheng publishes book, hosts inspirational panel of thinkers and doers.

    Matt Kettmann Santa Barbara Independent Magazine
  • “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 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