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“I remember the first time I was solitary confinement. I was 16 years old.”

“I remember my first time in solitary confinement. I was 16 years old. I met more of myself when I was there, in my cell, alone and in silence.

On the first night, I felt the residue of a painful past begin to simmer like water boiling for tea. It became apparent that there is not much else other than that which exists from within.

By the second night, the pain began exercising itself from my body as I cried, rather, screamed, hysterically, night after night. This continued for the first few weeks. Until there was nothing left, I suppose. Except, of course, the future healing that would get to take place from the experience itself. Also, likely, from the impact of hearing my step father tell the prosecutor to put me in the cell.

Soon, the fear that seemed to always linger around me since from when I can remember, it began to subside. Perhaps it was still present, but I began to see more clearly.”

It is interesting to find more stories like the above.

The story comes from an inventor of a cultural breakthrough. He discovered a new way for people to see what they are capable of as a means of inspiring intrinsic action from within the learner.

I can understand how the next wave of innovations that extend human life come from people who have stories like the above. Traumatic on many levels. The person’s existence defines a new model, new approach, and new way of doing something.

These traumatic experiences can linger as shameful secrets. Yet, can also evolve into that person’s unique differentiator – their unique strengths – the experiences that give them credibility. As long as they know how to place their specialized strengths into a larger organism (groups, teams, families, society) so that it fulfills its role as high-value one-of-a-kind component that works interdependently with the others.

Product concepts for improving the human condition are being discovered by creators looking within themselves. Some evolve into great companies born in the darkest moments of the founder’s personal life experiences.

It begs the question, “What is social enterprise becoming?”

Rather than analyze the external world and all its problems, it may behoove us to start this journey, and continue it, from within ourselves. Realizing the sacred value that comes from within each human life – from within you. Learning to transmute the mystical inner world into wealth-building assets for first-time owners – now that sounds like a socent sweet spot.

Learning experiences built using the Four Movements


Project-based learning experience for visionary leaders to create a cohort-driven program that can evolve themselves, their communities, and the ecosystems that support them.

Emergence is an adaptation from its original 16-week program we first launched in 2010 at Rutgers University. Back then, the learners focused on the community within and around their university. Today, learners have expanded their understanding of community without borders.


21-day immersive experience to learn how to transmute who you are and what you believe into income-producing digital assets.

Worldbuilders is a 21-day immersive retreat experience that was inspired by the 2020 Emergence cohort who turned out to truly be Worldbuilders. We tested the retreat concept in Costa Rica in 2021, and are now gearing up to follow through with the end-to-end journey in November 2022.


Four eight-hour days of experimental workshops to create valuable projects for your world while using business to sustain and maximize your impact.

Cooperative Impact first began as a Social Innovation Unconference. After immersing into the community in 2014, we developed relationships with cross-sector stakeholders who had beautiful stories to share. The event felt like a natural next step.

Cooperative Impact was founded in 2015.

In 2020, we made it official. Cooperative Impact is now registered in the State of New Jersey as a for-profit corporation. We are a social enterprise that is shaping the compassionate future of work and life.

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