AI for Social Impact Professionals

Cohort-based Course

A transformative three-part course designed for social impact professionals to leverage the power of AI for your work and careers.

Course overview

Leverage the power of AI for Impact

Evolve from a social impact enthusiast to a discerning user of AI. Save dozens of hours each month, enhance your projects, and gain nuanced insights into the AI terrain. Learn to select the right AI tools while thoughtfully navigating ethical challenges and opportunities.

We will explore popular tools such as ChatGpt, Bard and Bing but dive deep into many others that can be used for building a website in a minute, social media content and scheduling, conducting research, blogging, report writing, podcasting, video, marketing for impact and more.

Who is this course for


Designed for Social Impact Professionals eager to amplify their work through AI.


Is eager to leverage the power of AI tools to radically improve your work, save hundreds of hours per year and open to trying new tools.


For those excited yet mindful of AI's potential. Time to engage responsibly & help find the tools for you and your work + shape AI as well

What you’ll get out of this course

What you need to know about AI and Machine Learning

Gain a solid understanding of AI, from its basic principles to its inner workings. This foundational knowledge will empower you to make informed decisions in your individual and organizational work.

The Right Tools for Social Impact

Explore a range of AI tools tailored for social impact. You'll learn how to choose and more importantly use the right tools to enhance your initiatives and drive meaningful change.

We will dive into cutting edge tools beyond the big three ChatGpt, Bard & Bing that are in use.

Prompting for Impact

Understand the power of prompting in AI. You'll learn how to craft effective prompts to maximize the utility and accuracy of AI in your work. Also learn how to iterate and learn from others and AI itself to prompt for impact.

To AI or Not AI

Delve into the ethical considerations of using AI as well as how AI is being built for the rest of the world and impact uses. You'll leave equipped with guidelines and best practices to ensure responsible and ethical AI usage.

A Bright Impact Future or an AI Apocalypse

Learn strategies to stay up-to-date in the rapidly evolving field of AI. You'll also discover how to be part of shaping its future and connect with key networks for ongoing learning and impact.

A Terrific List of AI Tools 4 Impact

All participants will receive a regulary updated list of AI tools for impact ranging from design, writing, podcasting, finance and more.

Membership in the PCDN Career Campus

All course participants will also receive one year access to the PCDN Career Campus.

Members receive 350 human curated job, funding, upskilling, event and tool opps each month in the impact sector + weekly office hours, monthly workshops + an AI podcast and more.

Course syllabus

5 live sessions • 3 modules • 3 lessons • 3 projects
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  • Week 1

    Dec 4—Dec 10


    • Dec


      AI and Social Impact - Foundations and Prompting

      Mon, Dec 4, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM UTC

    • Dec


      Using AI Tools for Social Impact

      Wed, Dec 6, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM UTC

    • Dec


      Optional Office Hours

      Thu, Dec 7, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM UTC


    • Session 1 AI and Social Impact - Foundations and Prompting

      See the list of topics we will cover plus suggested resources to review if possible prior to class

    • Session 2: Leveraging AI Tools for Social Impact

      See the list of topics we will cover plus suggested resources to review if possible prior to class

  • Week 2

    Dec 11—Dec 13


    • Dec


      Leveraging AI for the Future of Impact Work: Next Steps

      Mon, Dec 11, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM UTC


    • Leveraging AI's Power for the Future of Impact Work: Next Steps

      See the list of topics we will cover plus suggested resources to review if possible prior to class

  • Post-Course


    • Dec


      Optional Office Hours

      Thu, Dec 14, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM UTC

What people are saying

        Craig is the real deal - he has been on all sides of all the table as an investor, entrepreneur, and social impact activist. As as early stage founder, he is one of our most hands on angels, and never hesitates to make valuable recommendations or connections. I truly don’t know of anyone better to learn from or have in your corner than Craig.
Anthony Reo

Anthony Reo

Coaching the 🌎 with AI 🤖🧠 | Co-founder at Bunch
        This course opened my eyes to so many things regarding the job-seeking process, including job boards, resume writing, networking, AI, & Linkedin profiles. Craig & Catalina are wonderful caring people who make a true effort to guide us.
Recent Participant in our Accelerate Your Impact Career Course

Recent Participant in our Accelerate Your Impact Career Course

Senior Expert in DEI in the Impact Sector

Meet your instructor

Craig Zelizer, PhD

Craig Zelizer, PhD

Changemaker, Angel Investor, Professor, Founder with 30+ Years Experience in the Social Impact Sector

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, opportunities and inspiration to build careers of impact and scale change.  In the community and beyond he is regularly testing tons of AI tools and leading workshops on AI for social impact.

He has strong tri-sectoral experience in social entrepreneurship, higher education and the nonprofit sector.

He is a very active angel investor for social impact, investing in over 100 startups around the world working in sustainability, fintech, future of work and future of transport including several AI impact startups.

He serves as a scout for Carbon Collective, Enduring Planet, a Deal Partner for Ganas Ventures and a Mentor for Seedscout.

From 2006 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still serves as an Adjunct Faculty teaching a class on social entrepreneurship).

He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 25 countries organizations including with USAID, Rotary International, Partners Global, University for Peace, University of San Diego and many others. He has coached over 200 social impact professionals to help them upskill, land their next career opp and for many explore their relationship to money.

Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University.

Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia.  He has published widely on innovation in higher education, international development and peacebuilding.

Catalina Rojas, PhD

Catalina Rojas, PhD

Shaking things up for Impact for 30+ Years.

Originally from Bogota, Colombia, she received her Doctoral degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

She has been a consultant for international organizations and worked in many social impact sectors including gender, international development and peacebuilding.

She has published academic articles, trained and taught around the world and enjoyed working directly with women’s organizations in advocacy issues.

She has been a recipient of a number of scholarships, received professional awards, but she has also quit jobs.

She is currently Director at where she is delighted to support the next generation of troublemakers for good. She is an AI skeptic but is experimenting, using AI tools regularly in her work and curious.

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Course schedule

3-4 hours per week
  • Course Sessions, December 4, 6 and 11

    12 pm - 2:00pm EST

    These will be highly engaging cohort-based sessions.

  • Optional Office Hours Dec 7 and 14,

    12 pm - 1pm EST

    We will host two optional office hours for trying out tools in even more depth based on your goals, space for any additional questions and extra guidance from the pcdn team.

  • Weekly projects

    2 hours per week

    Schedule items can also be used to convey commitments outside of specific time slots (like weekly projects or daily office hours).

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

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