Sunsetting the Impact Alliance — Reflections and Lessons Learned From An Impact Community
It’s with a bittersweet heart that I announce that as of today, we’re closing the doors of the Impact Alliance. It’s been an educational, delightful, inspiring, and humbling experience. In this post, I’ll discuss the (still relevant) insights that led to it’s creation, the reasons it didn’t reach it’s full potential, and how it could be revived down the road.
It all started with emote.design, my first real company that was founded on a mission to support entrepreneurs who wanted to make a positive impact on the world through their projects. I met so many inspiring people through this venture, like Katie McClure, Ana Heloisa Moreno, Alain Amouyal, Kimberly Burley, and so many others.
I saw the beautiful potential in who they were and what could be created if they came together around a shared purpose, project, or movement. I realized that many online communities in the “impact entrepreneur” space existed, but were closed, not active, or lacking depth in their experience. This is when the seed for the Impact Alliance was planted.
Snippet From The Business Plan:
Given the current state of the Impact Ecosystem, there’s a consistent need for organization of communities in the digital space. There are many dispersed social impact networks, but none of them currently seem to possess the sophistication to drive open collaboration between influential organizations at scale. Organized working groups that hold space for entire organizations, not just individual representatives of the organizations, may be an answer to this problem.
I conducted around 20 one-on-one interviews with experts, entrepreneurs, and other communities to dive into what would make a community a value add. I found that capacity building through money and labor, spaces for inter-organizational collaboration, spaces for wellness, and peer groups were the foremost needs for the people I interviewed.
With this data in hand and an outline for the steps forward, I brought the idea to one of my closest friends and long-time collaborator, Jeremy Chévalier. He was inspired by the case for a central network for all social impact, and joined on as…