Chicago, IL

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ZIP LABS

A non-profit laboratory for social impact projects

 

ABOUT

The Zeal Inspirational Philanthropy Labs (ZIP Labs) are three, interrelated and ongoing social impact projects that exist to inspire and equip everyday heroism. Each project is designed to function as a discrete experiment concerning how to effectively bridge the gap between bystanders and heroism. Each experiment is grounded in the applied social sciences.

 

THE EXPERIMENTS

ENTERTAINMENT

The Entertainment Lab exists to inspire care for the people around us. We create entertaining content that elicits empathy and inspires action. 


  • The Observation – Story is one of the most compelling means for transmitting values and generating empathy.

  • The Hypothesis – The world's complexity can be displayed via a collection of consistently formatted narratives.

  • The Experiment – ZIP Comics

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EDUCATION

The Education Lab exists to make it easier to learn about the complex issues that plague society. We package educational content into easily digestible chunks of information that can be more easily consumed than raw content by itself.

  • The Observation – It is not good to have zeal without knowledge.

  • The Hypothesis – Complex information is easier to consume when packaged into discrete, organized summaries.

  • The Experiment – Project Iota

ENGAGEMENT

The Engagement Lab exists to make it easier for individuals and organizations to effectively bring about positive social change. We engage in a mix of paid and pro-bono consulting projects, generating shareable case studies that serve as practical guides for accomplishing a social mission. 

  • The Observation – Many nonprofits are overwhelmed and underresourced.

  • The Hypothesis – Dedicated project leads working with qualified collaborators can accomplish work more efficiently than consultant teams or volunteer teams outright.

  • The Experiment – Project Springboard

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"When our grandchildren ask us where we were when the voiceless and the vulnerable in our era needed leaders of compassion and purpose, I hope we can say that we showed up, and that we showed up on time."

Gary Haugen

 

THE TEAM

JOSH FORT

Founder
Chief Executive Officer

TESSA MILLER

Co-Founder
Communications Advisor

ALEX DANIELS

Associate Director
Project Springboard

KIMANI FRANCOIS

Legal Specialist 
Admin Team

JODY OETZEL

Researcher
Project Iota

TITUS PAYNE

Researcher
Project Springboard

 

CONTACT US

Need help with a non-profit project? Interested in supporting the work we're doing? Reach out via our contact form or the information below!

Chicago, IL

+1 (224) 888-4680‬