From Genva Global:
I was recently invited to be a guest lecturer and panelist at a gathering of social sector staff from China, held on the campus of Harvard University. As someone who first lived in China in the late 1990s, and has been connected to China’s non-profit development for over a decade, it was encouraging to be in a room full of pioneers from a country where the existence of the social sector is a very recent phenomenon.
The topic of the panel discussion was the concept of impact in the social sector. The discussion included defining impact and the challenges associated with measuring it. The academic definition of impact was described as the long-term, sustainable change in a population. At Geneva Global, we think of impact in terms of systemic change that results in lasting, positive change for individuals and communities.