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The Integration of Innovation, Markets, and Impact: The Next Big Thing?

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CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy

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Grand Rounds Lecture

The Integration of Innovation, Markets, and Impact: The Next Big Thing?

October 24 | 4pm - 5:30pm | Room 708

Efforts to improve the world and increase one’s wealth have long been characterized as opposing forces. If Mother Teresa and Ebenezer Scrooge walked into a bar, it would make a great premise for a joke. Today, it might also be the origin story of a social enterprise or a meetup for impact investors. Tomorrow, many argue, it will be the dominant trend. In this talk, Dr. John Gargani will critically examine this trend, which he defines as the integration of market practices and mindsets with efforts to promote social, environmental, health and other impacts. Gargani suggests that doing so forces organizations and institutions to redefine three fundamental concepts—impact, innovation, and the greater good—and develop new evaluation and research methods to advance them. Gargani provides examples of some new methods and conclude by asking whether this trend is democratizing social impact or restricting it further.


John Gargani, PhD

President and Founder, Gargani + Company

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