CZI Offsite



After a year of rapid growth, big wins and developing a new brand and story for The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), the annual offsite came at a key moment in the organization's journey. 

The day centered on building and bonding, as one united CZI. Through keynote speakers, staff and grantee presentations as well as breakout activities, staff internalized and aligned with CZI’s new brand foundations.

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Adam Foss, a former prosecutor, spoke at the CZI team offsite about the important role prosecutors play in our justice system — they decide who to charge and what charges to bring. He told the story of his experience meeting Stanley, a 17-year-old who had committed an armed robbery. Instead of taking him to trial, Adam listened to him and gave him a second chance — helping him work to recover the value of the items he stole and to do better in school. This approach changed the trajectory of Stanley’s life, allowing him to pursue opportunities that would have never been possible.

Watch Adam’s Ted Talk here.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is dedicated to advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity through technology, grantmaking, impact investing, policy and advocacy work. They look for bold ideas — regardless of structure and stage — and help them scale by pairing world-class engineers with subject matter experts to build tools that accelerate the pace of social progress.

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