CSIS Studio is a multimedia studio within the Center for Social Impact Strategy, a research and action center based at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice.

"We believe the actions of one individual can propel us forward and positively change our world. CSIS Studio showcases people who are doing just that -- changing the world by addressing issues in their own communities. These people come from different sectors and parts of the country, use different business and organizational models, and focus on various social issues, but they have something important in common: they took notice of an issue that mattered to them, and they did something about it."

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All videos were documented and edited by Crouching Tiger LLC


An avid runner and a Muslim woman, Arshiya Kherani always felt as though she lacked access to the activewear she needed in order to be comfortable while working out. When she realized she wasn't alone in this, she set out to do something about it.


Recognizing the obstacles facing youth coming out of juvenile detention centers, Chad Houser set out to build a restaurant that would offer culinary, job, and life-skills training, as well as continued mentorship and support. 


Autonomy Works makes it possible for people with autism to find jobs that match their unique skill sets. Dave Friedman started Autonomy Works because he knew his son, Matt, had valuable skills to bring to the workforce-but as an individual with autism, the traditional workplace wouldn't properly leverage his unique skills.


Eat Offbeat makes it possible for refugees in New York City to find meaningful employment. Try as she might, Eat Offbeat founder, Manal, could not find authentic hummus in New York City. Then, she and her brother, Wissam, realized that the best people to make authentic ethnic dishes are the people who are cooking those dishes at home every day.