is an online platform featuring people and projects that drive cultural, social, and economic impact. This to inspire, involve, and connect current and next-generation’s impact makers.

Within three years, impactmania has interviewed more than 300+ people in 30+ countries, spanning various disciplines and various for-profit and for-purpose enterprises. One of impactmania's video stories was featured at the United Nations (UN) in 2017. A number of impactmania's interviewees and their projects have gone on to be featured at the White House, in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, Wired, etc. impactmania has become a source cited by Harvard Business School, University of Southern California (USC), and the U.S. Consulate.

impactmania has a partnership with Newton Paiva University, Brazil and AD&A Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

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Paksy Plackis-Cheng

Paksy (Dutch native), founder of impactmania, has lived in the USA since 2001. As a marketing & business development executive (from startup, IPO, M&A to mature tech companies), she has worked in a dozen countries. She has served on half a dozen boards, including two seasons as the President of the Board of the Santa Barbara Symphony. Paksy directed and co-produced a video story for impactmania that was featured at the United Nations (2017). Paksy is a Senior Fellow Research and Media at AD&A Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She graduated from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Kristina Van Dyke

Kristina Van Dyke is a writer, scholar and curator with a strong interest in the digital humanities. She was formerly Director of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and prior to that, Curator for Collections and Research at the Menil Collection. She received her MA from Williams College and PhD in African Art History from Harvard University where she wrote her dissertation on the concept of objects in oral cultures.

Ricardo Gandour

Ricardo Gandour is the Journalism Director at CBN, a nationwide radio network belonging to the Globo Group in Brazil. Previously responsible for journalism at Estado Group, which flagship is the 138-years-old newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo. Gandour is an associate professor at ESPM, member at the Doctoral program at São Paulo University, member of the board of Wan-Ifra Latin America, and member of the board of Instituto Palavra Aberta. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the Columbia Journalism School, New York NY.

Jody Turner

Jody Turner, Culture of Future, is an insight strategist and writer with a foundation in design. For the past 16 years Turner has advised over 200 brands on project initiatives small, large, local and global in scope. Her brand strategy specialty includes igniting new directions. A writer of blog content for Fast Company, she also writes for Shareable, GOOD and Stanford Social Innovation Review. To date her favorite work has been with TrendWatching, IDEO, Starbucks, Nike, Google, Apple, etc.


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