Mission Critical: The Generalist

Generalists. Their merits have been questioned, even scorned, across the ages. You’ve heard the old adage, “jack of all trades, master of none.” Yet, numerous books, studies, and publications (including Forbes, Inc. and Harvard Business Review) have all touted the value, and even the importance, of the generalist—especially during times of internal change and external uncertainty.Who exactly are these folks? What do they know, and how do they work?

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Advertising vs. Social Responsibility

So, this happened...

I’m in an Uber with my elderly parents, being driven from New Jersey to my home in New York City, the three of us heads down in the New York Times crossword puzzle. As we inched through traffic toward the Lincoln Tunnel, I thought i heard snoring. And yes, I heard snoring. The driver had fallen asleep!

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How Tech Can Make America Whole Again

I was born and bred in Silicon Valley two years after my parents and sisters finally got out from under Fidel Castro’s oppressive communist regime in the late 60s. After four years of financial hardship and living in constant fear for their safety, my family finally boarded one of the Freedom Flights that brought over 245,000 Cuban refugees to live in the US between 1965-1973. They were welcomed at the Miami International Airport where they were processed and offered services as part of the Cuban Refugee Resettlement program.

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Linda McNairComment
The True Impact of Collaboration

Collaboration is very much like cooperation: people working together to accomplish something. There is a distinct element of differentiation, however—leadership. The type of leadership that emerges within collaboration is not in the traditional sense, but one of symbiosis. The leadership is ‘social’—each distinct, highly skilled principle comes together to work with the others for the best possible result.

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Where Quantifiable Impact Fails Social Change

The former CEO of a top Fortune 500 company recently told me that when he invests in social impact, he wants to see a 3-4% return on social investments, compared with 7-8% on other strictly financial investments. When I shared this with an environmentalist friend, he informed me that the average rate of forest growth has historically been less than 3%.

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Abby GoldbergComment
Member Highlight: Brandon Keelean

There are a million questions that arise during the course of end-of-life care and often few answers. In the moment where illness reaches a climax and critical decisions need to be made, families and patients ask much of their doctors and each other. What do you want? What do I want? What should I do? What are my options? How do I decide?

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The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts

We're delighted to announce that Pellegrino Collaborative is now the Impact Collaborative—a name that better reflects who we are, what we do, and how we do it. 

As a social innovation firm, the Impact Collaborative develop strategies and solutions that strengthen organizations and serve the greater good. In collaboration with clients across the corporate, nonprofit, and academic sectors, we catalyze measurable social change, engage stakeholders, and build brand equity.

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Andrea PellegrinoComment
A Simple Yet Radical Approach to Social Impact

In 2008, I jumped off the proverbial "cliff" and started my own social impact practice. Since launching Pellegrino Collaborative, I’ve had the good fortune of working on many inspiring projects with organizations across the corporate, nonprofit, and academic sectors.

However, last fall, I found myself at a crossroads, thinking about closing up shop and going back “in house.” I thought I could be more effective within an organization. I missed being part of a consistent team. The resources and job security were calling...

...and then the election happened and I had an epiphany.

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