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.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE:

In today’s ever-changing professional landscape, the need for socially responsible businesses is greater than ever. At SPI we help brands, start-ups and organizations at every level of development, apply strategies that directly and positively impact people, stakeholders, and the communities they live in, rather than just prioritizing profits and shareholders. For us, social enterprise(s) represents the future of sustainable and impact-making businesses, and therefore put our energies and efforts behind developing, supporting and educating individuals and brands to their benefits and opportunities.

COMMUNITY BUILDING:

The idea of community is ever present; from the neighbors you live by to the co-workers within your brand or businesses, and the clients and customers those businesses serve. With community all around us, SPI focuses on the impact of building up these communities, and creating an environment of engagement, equality and loyalty among and within them. From tools and resources to build-out a community, to incentives and opportunities for those within a specific community, SPI understands the importance of inclusion and helps create it with those we collaborate with.

 

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE:

At SPI, we believe many of the solutions needed to make an impact or change things for the better, lie in the idea of restorative justice. Rather than taking ‘an eye for an eye,’ the Social Policy Institute believes in collaborative efforts, and addressing issues head-on. Sometimes this means working with the offenders of the initial issues, other times this involves policy changes and the communities involvement. Regardless of the tactics and tools required to make an impact, we look at situations from all angles and perspectives, and work through processes to ensure a positive outcomes for all parties involved.

SOCIAL INNOVATION:

One of our greatest passions at the Social Policy Institute is closing gaps. We identify areas of conflict or absence and develop models and strategies to address the bigger needs and issues. Whether creating new opportunities for specific organization or groups of people, or re-purposing a model or concept to fit within an existing system, we believe in the power of innovating the social services fields. While achieving success from many of our models and initiatives, we also find the most impactful means for achieving social innovation is through education and learning. In all that we do and within all of our focuses, we put the ideals of education above all else. We understand the importance of a sustainable world of opportunities, and therefore, focus on developing and innovating them.

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.