WE ARE THE Social Policy Institute

We are changing the way the world thinks. We cordially invite you to join us.

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MORE OF A PHILOSOPHY THAN A BUSINESS

“Chris, are you crazy?” is a question I am frequently asked. Perhaps their speculation stems from my early years in national politics, my time in incarcerated rehab for drug addiction, or losing everything to the point of homelessness. If it’s none of the above, then it must be when I walked away from the lucrative business I had built – using the last $140 to my name – after I realized that making large sums of money in a thriving industry didn’t give me any peace of mind. In my opinion, saying goodbye to my loft office in Chicago’s trendy River North location and moving my team to a storefront in Chicago’s “scary” West Side wasn’t the start of a mental breakdown by any means. It was, however, the the start of what I considered to be a mental breakthrough.

I started the Social Policy Institute based on the notion of having a purpose instead of a job, working as a team rather than managing employees, and ultimately creating a legacy I can actually be proud of. My vision can only come to fruition through you, the people. The eagerness and enthusiasm to help others and make an impact on the world is and will always be the backbone of this company. If that makes me crazy, then I can’t imagine being anything else.

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OUR MAIN FOCUSES

WE HAVE ALL SPENT TIME IN OUR CAREERS WORKING ON MAKING BRANDS AND PEOPLE LOOK BETTER. THAT DIDN'T MAKE US HAPPY. NOW WE SPEND OUR TIME ACTUALLY FOCUSED ON MAKING BRANDS & PEOPLE BETTER.

IMPACT:

In everything we do, we strive to make an impact. Sometimes making an impact means changing the way the majority thinks; sometimes it involves implementing specific policies and initiatives. Regardless of the method, we learn from all impact we make – good and bad. It’s in these moment of discovery, trial and attribution that we learn the true value of social impact, and work everyday to make opportunities available to the masses.

RESEARCH:

Research is behind everything we do; from identifying the immediate situation, to looking at an issue from all sides and angles. What we find most effective is opposition research – taking a situation or issue and seeing it from the point of view of our opposition; putting ourselves in their shoes to try and discover the most effective solution. Through our efforts, we are able to approach situations and social issues with a wide lens and therefore, present the most effective opportunities for success and sustainability.

CHALLENGE:

For us, the idea of a challenge simply means an opportunity to defy the status quo. In today’s society there are too many who fall victim to the idea that, things are done a certain way because that’s the way they’ve always been. But for us, we like to place ourselves in the middle of a challenge or social issue, and find ways to overcome the obstacles holding back the inevitable success. While some may look at a challenge as a test to overcome and defeat, we see challenges as opportunities to implement something new and lasting. We derive many of our policies out of the challenges we, or our supporters face, and constantly seek to discover new means to defy that status quo.

EXPERIMENT:

Science will state two different approaches to discover; theory, which is the idea of what could be, and experiment, which is the act of implementing the theory to find a solution. Many of our theories are born from our research and approach to a challenge, while our solutions are derived from our experiments. However, unlike traditional, linear scientific procedures, we find our best solutions when implementing our experiments. It’s within these experiments that we are able to find sustainable solutions, enact new policies or create opportunities that create a greater social impact.

SOLUTIONS:

Our primary objective is to create a 3-win opportunity in everything we do; win for the cause, win for the opposition, and win for the world. Our 3-win philosophy is where we create our solutions. A solution can range from building an online presence for people to support and form a community around, to establishing a new policy or procedure for addressing social issues. Regardless of the cause or case, every method and mentality of the Social Policy Institute leads down a path of solutions. It is our pledge to everyone we encounter, to do whatever it takes to find and implement smarter, stronger, sustainable solutions.

TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK

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CHRIS FOLTZ

THE INFLUENCER

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KANE CLAMAGE

THE CREATOR

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RHEANA RIOS

THE ANALYST

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TONY GASPARAITIS

THE STORYTELLER

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WE ARE THE Social Policy Institute

We are changing the way the world thinks. We cordially invite you to join us.

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WE SPEND THE MAJORITY OF OUR TIME WORKING ON OUR OWN PROJECTS, OR THE PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES OF OUR MEMBERS. WE WOULD LOVE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE WORKING ON AND FIND OUT HOW WE CAN HELP. MESSAGE US.



WE ARE THE Social Policy Institute

We are changing the way the world thinks. We cordially invite you to join us.