Acumen Blog

A New Type of Corporate Partnership

At Acumen, we think of ourselves as a “global” organization, but I was reminded this past Friday that the word has many meanings. I spoke at a conference at Indiana University called “Framing the Global,” designed to advance the conversation within the sphere of global studies. The academics who attended were all involved in exploring the social, political, economic and cultural consequences of transnational flows of people, products and ideas. I was invited as a practitioner to talk about Acumen’s work, our model for the kind of leadership needed in an increasingly interconnected world, and to share my own experiences forging new kinds of partnerships with the corporate sector. I was there to share some concrete examples of what could be done when you assumed the world was interconnected.  This is a core element of Acumen’s guiding principles, and I believed our work would intersect directly with the issues raised at a conference on the question of what is “global.” [Read More]

There’s a first time for everything

On May 14-16, Acumen held its first summit of social enterprises and global corporations to explore opportunities for collaboration aimed at expanding access to critical goods and services for poor communities in East and West Africa. The event was the formal kick-off of the Technical Assistance (TA) Initiative, a partnership between Acumen and Dow launched as a Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative. [Read More]

Reflections on TEDxKarachi: Post 1 of 2

I’d never heard of TED before November 2008, when an Acumen Fund colleague gave me a TED 101 session. My curiosity aroused, ever since I have watched almost every TED talk of interest. I shared these widely with friends and family. I talked about them often, perhaps too often and with too much enthusiasm, which made my mother think that TED was a person! [Read More]