The Practical Impact Alliance at MIT

What if world-leading organizations teamed up to develop and scale technology and business solutions to global poverty?

The Practical Impact Alliance fosters collaborative action and shared learning among a community of change-makers from within leading business, social and academic actors. By bringing these independent actors together, PIA aims to catalyze change within organizations, generate and disseminate useful knowledge, create practical innovation, and enable effective implementation of market-driven solutions to poverty.

Through a suite of activities facilitated by MIT D-Lab, member organizations can increase their individual and collective impact – all while leveraging and supporting the work of MIT programs focusing on global poverty alleviation.

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Who should join the Practical Impact Alliance?

The Practical Impact Alliance was conceived to maximize value for a multidisciplinary and complementary community of organizations, including: 

  • Multinational corporations with a strong social mission operating in developing markets and seeking to augment the shared value created in their ecosystems
  • Leading national companies actively committed to the economic and social development of their countries and regions
  • Social enterprises operating in developing nations and delivering goods and services that improve the livelihoods of the poor 
  • NGOs and foundations with active market-driven programs addressing issues of global poverty 
  • Organizations aspiring to become one of the above through active learning and collaboration

We believe that the strength of a community stems from the values driving its individual members. The Practical Impact Alliance is seeking leaders who have:

  • Passion for improving the world we live in 
  • Appreciation for practical and inclusive solutions 
  • Commitment to sharing knowledge and experience 
  • Appetite for innovative ideas 
  • Openness to alternative points of view 
  • Enthusiasm for collaboration

How to Join
Download the 2014-2015 prospectus to learn more about the Practical Impact Alliance, its activities, and membership. Register by September 15, 2014 for the exciting opportunity to shape PIA as a founding member.Visit the Practical Impact Alliance site.