The Center for Social Impact and Innovation

  • The Center for Social Impact and Innovation

The Center for Social Impact and Innovation is dedicated to empowering innovative minds to create a sustainable and equitable world.


Through research, community engagement and cross-sectoral collaboration, the Center for Social Impact and Innovation seeks to re-imagine commerce and consumption as forces for a regenerative future. Leveraging GCNYC’s international legacy, the Center provides opportunities for broad-range cultural and intellectual exchange in service to global scholarship, social impact, and a circular economy.


The Center hosts events that bring together thought leaders in social impact.

In the 2020-2021 academic year, the Center is proud to host Resilience and Reconstruction, A Virtual Speaker Series Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on the Common Good.

Click here for details and to register for events.

Thesis Partnerships

A dynamic feature of the Center is the opportunity for GCNYC students to complete master’s theses in alignment and collaboration with businesses, organizations, and governmental agencies. Working closely with these partners, students apply their research to practical solutions for social improvement and the fulfillment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

For Students Interested in a Thesis Partnership

Pursuing a Thesis Partnership is an elective activity and a successful thesis is not predicated on a thesis partnership.

Partnering with an organization can be done by way of an existing relationship a student may have or by way of an existing partner relationship through the Center for Social Impact and Innovation.

For Organizations Interested in Participating

Establishing a thesis partnership relationship with a student can begin with an existing relationship with a current GCNYC student or directly with the college who can pair you with a student whose thesis aligns to your organization’s objectives.

In partnering with a student on their masters thesis, your organization will be working closely with GCNYC’s Center for Social Impact and Innovation, giving your organization access to a community of businesses, non-profits, professionals, and academia.

Fall 2020 Thesis Partnerships

GCNYC students are working with the following companies and organizations for their thesis research.



Forum for the Future is a leading international sustainability non-profit specializing in addressing critical global challenges by catalyzing change in key systems such as Food, Fashion and Energy. For over 20 years, Forum for the Future has been  working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable future.  



Hecho X Nosotros Moda Etica en Accion works to create a new  paradigm in the fashion industry by promoting a systemic change based on the principles of sustainability, circularity, and social inclusion. Their work is strongly linked to natural fibers, sustainable development, local development – initiatives that have a positive impact on the environment, local development, economy and social well-being.




Founded in 1986, RRS is a sustainability and recycling consulting firm that strives to create a world where resources are managed to maximize economic and social benefit while minimizing environmental harm. The firm has industry professionals, engineers, economists, technical analysts, and communication specialists who share this vision and possess core strengths in materials and recovery, life cycle management, applied sustainable design, and collaborative action development. 


The Michael Cohen Group, LLC (MCG) is an applied research and evaluation firm headquartered in New York City. MCG has been privileged to conduct applied research and scientific evaluations on behalf of international and federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofits, foundations, businesses and schools to develop and assess effective products, initiatives, services and strategic communications.



MTI USA specializes in sustainable and traceable raw materials and garment manufacturing globally. MTI USA, Inc. is the original holding company started in 1995 by Francesco and Tommaso Rulli who immigrated to the United States in the early 1990’s. Over the last 20 years, MTI USA Inc. has developed and strengthened its expertise in the art of conversation and dialogue between brands and customers, including audience segmentation associated to customer’s interests and life experience.



Giotex is the largest producer of cotton/polyester pre-dyed fibers and blends in the Americas. Producing about 500,000 kg monthly, we have managed to attract and maintain a large portfolio of customers based on our quality and after-sales service. We export to over 12 countries with a view to attracting new markets and expanding the use of sustainable products in order to support our positive ecological impact.



Comistra’s history starts in the Italian textile Prato district by the founder Rolando Tesi in 1951. Specialized in the marketing and transformation of raw materials, Comistra introduced high technology machineries to transform products in a shorter time with the goal of achieving better quality control. Comistra is proud to have one of the few complete carbonizing and water ragging plants in the world.




Interested students at any point in their studies at GCNYC can reach out directly to Michael Cohen or Kerri Quinn, Director of Academic Engagement.

Interested organizations seeking more information or to discuss further alignment of your business, non-profit, or governmental agency with the GCNYC thesis process, please reach out to Michael Cohen at to schedule a time to discuss.

For general information on thesis partnerships, please click here.

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