In January 2018, the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara (AD&A Museum, UCSB) will partner with impactmania and launch a unique collaboration. To cement this partnership, Paksy Plackis-Cheng, impactmania’s founder, is named Senior Fellow of Research and Media.

“We welcome this opportunity to connect the Museum to the rest of UCSB’s richly interdisciplinary and internationally respected academic community and are delighted to know that our student interns will gain invaluable researching, networking and interviewing skills.”   
Bruce Robertson, AD&A Museum Director and Art History Professor

In this partnership, impactmania, an online publication consisting of interviews with key changemakers, will support a number of AD&A Museum projects by interviewing artists, architects and other creative practitioners related to the museum’s exhibitions and collections as well as the larger University. Additionally, impactmania will train undergraduate Museum interns to research, interview, publish and steward the Museum’s and impactmania’s online platforms. In the summer of 2018, the Museum will also help facilitate programming associated with impactmania’s special publication issue, 101 Women of Impact.

An important centerpiece of the partnership will be a collaboratively-conceived interdisciplinary project focused on the theme of education, considering its future and what is meant when we say we are educating. Plackis-Cheng and selected Museum interns will research and formulate this project in collaboration with other departments on campus. The resulting multi-platform project may include exhibitions, web-based content, talks, workshops and other programs that will examine this issue from multiple perspectives.

impactmania  continues to expand and is eager to partner with a major research University that acts as a catalyst for creativity and innovation. As this online publication was launched at UC Santa Barbara, a Top Ten public university in the country, and over 14% of its interviews are affiliated with this campus, partnering with this institution is a natural outgrowth. impactmania  will be based in the AD&A Museum, UCSB, which acts independently as a hub for interpreting the arts, humanities and sciences as a whole on campus. As part of the multifaceted UCSB community, impactmania  will continue to act as a conduit for sharing original research and thought.

“I am excited to partner with the AD&A Museum, UCSB, including Museum Director, Bruce Robertson; Curator, Elyse Gonzales; Museum team and interns. In this collaboration, we will discuss themes concerning the world’s cultural, social, and economic climate, especially those topics that investigate human relationships with technology, others, and ourselves. I thank the Museum for recognizing impactmania’s original content championing change makers and their multidisciplinary perspectives.”    Paksy Plackis-Cheng, impactmania founder

About impactmania:
From an ambassador to a U.S. Presidential Award winner for her work in STEM, impactmania  is an ongoing online repository of original content containing interviews with some of the most innovative and dynamic global thinkers and doers today. The platform has become a purveyor of ideas that affect our cultural lenses, address societal issues, and rethink our economy globally. One of impactmania's video stories was featured at the United Nations Global Compact Conference 2017. Harvard Business School, University of Southern California, the U.S Consulate, and other institutions have cited impactmania’s original content as a source. In addition, impactmania has a partnership with Newton Paiva University in Brazil offering students an accredited course.

About Paksy Plackis-Cheng:
Paksy Plackis-Cheng (Dutch native) has lived in the USA since 2001. Since impactmania  was launched in 2016, she has interviewed close to 300 impact makers in 20-plus countries across 5 continents. Prior to impactmania, Paksy managed marketing and strategic partnerships in Europe, Middle East, and Africa for startups (through IPO, M&A) and mature tech companies. She has served on half a dozen boards, including two seasons as the Board President of the Santa Barbara Symphony. Paksy Plackis-Cheng is fluent in Dutch, English and Chinese. She graduated from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam,The Netherlands                                                                                                   

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