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Franklin SP2 Prize Calls for Innovation, Solutions to Complex Problems

Contestants chat during the Franklin SP2 Prize competition.

Authored by: Melissa Skolnick / Generocity

Photography by: Jessica Bautista

Faculty & Research, Student Life


“How do we solve the most pressing issues that are impacting our communities?” Katherina Rosqueta, the founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP), asked this question at the inaugural Franklin SP2 Social Innovation Prize pitch competition held last Friday.

Six teams of students across schools at the University of Pennsylvania were tasked with presenting an innovative project that would address one of the topics featured in the SP2 Penn Top 10 Social Justice & Policy Issues.

Known as the Penn Top 10, the initiative highlights analysis from experts at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) as they address some of the biggest social justice and policy issues in the United States.

The Franklin Prize is about “looking at SP2 as this school of unsung heroes who are doing work that is truly innovative and can really potentially solve these complex problems that we’re facing,” said Julie Franklin, a member of the board of overseers at SP2 whose donation launched the prize.

“They’re actually saying, ‘What are the problems we have in society, and how can we fix them?’”

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