featuring the future of business

Impact X features businesses that are as much for-purpose as they are for-profit. Check out the video stories we have created with partners around the world. Sponsor our work or contact us to be part of impactmania’s social entrepreneurship global video series.

impactmania with Jaipur Rugs Foundation, India

The video story impactmania co-produced and directed in India was featured at the United Nations Global (UN) Compact Conference in 2017. It also became part of United Nations Foundation’s EWEC Initiative.

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impactmania with Newton Paiva University, Brazil

Social enterprise, BeGreen, the first commercial urban farm in Latin America is focused on impacting 5 million people by 2019. The video story was filmed by students from Newton Paiva University (Brazil) based on impactmania’s video format and direction.

Newton Paiva_impactmania partnership

impact X book and panel discussion (2015)

The Impact X book profiles 30 impact makers from an oceanographer, a nine-time Grammy Award winner, to a U.S. Presidential Award winner. As we work together, especially across sectors, we can address highly complex social issues. Paksy Plackis-Cheng challenges readers to invest for impact—find the place where passion and economics meet—for soulful and purposeful community involvement.

The book launch presented a panel with interviewees from Impact X sharing their work on a local, national, and outside the United States.

Impact X Book Cover

Foreword written by economist Tomáš Sedláček, best-selling author of Economics of Good and Evil.


Anne Towbes

“Paksy Plackis-Cheng gives the reader an international journey of philanthropy. Her inspiring interviews, successful examples, inclusive research, and sensitive intuition inspire us all to be partners in creating a more giving future.”

Anne Towbes

Matt Kettmann

“Impact X inspires goodwill work. Paksy Plackis-Cheng publishes book, hosts inspirational panel of thinkers and doers.”

Matt Kettmann
Santa Barbara Independent Magazine

Ronald V. Gallo

“Paksy Plackis-Cheng has done an extraordinary thing. She has vividly brought to life the important notion that we too often silo what should be integrated. Pursuing financial profit and seeking social returns for our communities are not, and have never really been, mutually exclusive. But the author does not preach; rather she facilitates, with a good deal of elegance, the reader’s access to those inspirational people among us who have this wisdom and practice it daily.”

Ronald V. Gallo
Ed.D., President & CEO Santa Barbara Foundation

John Greathouse

“As a life-long entrepreneur, I appreciate Paksy’s recognition of the importance of private sector accountability in non-profit and social B-corp ventures. As she rightfully states, “Investing capital in socially sound companies that look at long-term outcomes… is more sensible than simply writing a check to charity and hoping for the best.” Paksy’s apolitical, pragmatic approach to enabling social good is one that all forward-looking communities should closely consider.”

John Greathouse
Serial Entrepreneur & Partner, Rincon Venture Partners

Wouter Bax

“Many people in the nonprofits speak about the people and the planet. Yet, when it comes to profits, it remains awkwardly silent. A profit, at least a healthy balanced budget, is the oxygen for any organization: You need it to survive but it is not the reason to live. Impact X combines the heart of a nonprofit with the mind of a for-profit.”

Wouter Bax
Deputy Chief, NOS 24 (Dutch Public Broadcasting Service)

Impact X panelists:

teresa law, social entrepreneur & CFO of Mountain Hazelnuts Venture;

marcello palazzi, Stanford University Fellow & B-Lab Europe cofounder;

Dr. bruce chernof, president & CEO, The SCAN Foundation & Chair of Federal Commission on Long Term Care; and

amir abo-shaeer, founder Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy & MacArthur Fellow