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Six online courses we’re taking this year

+Acumen’s free online courses are a great way to learn tools that will help you develop both professionally and personally. Whether you are a social entrepreneur who wants to market to your customers or a young professional that wants to strengthen your leadership skills, we are offering six courses this Fall that will help you develop the tools, knowledge, and networks to change the way the world tackles poverty. [Read More]

Life after Lean

In May 2013, Sabrina Natasha Premji & Afzal Habib participated in +Acumen’s inaugural Lean for Social Change course based on Lean Start-Up principles. Enrollment for the next session of the Lean for Social Change course is open now. If you are working on a social issue in your community, are interested in pursuing your own social venture, or are just interested in creating an impact in this world…Register today! Sabrina & Afzal joined the course with a simple idea and the passion to transform the childcare crisis in East Africa’s informal settlements. Seven weeks later, they had developed a customer-tested business model ready to pilot in Kenya’s densest slums. Read their story below. [Read More]

Adaptive Leadership in Action: Addressing Cultural Norms & Giving Women a Voice

In the fall of 2013, +Acumen launched the course Adaptive Leadership: Mobilizing for Change in partnership with the Cambridge Leadership Associates. This course is for anyone who wants to become more effective at leading their organization through change. Below, one of the course participants shared her story about how this course impacted her work and ability to affect change. [Read More]

Making Sense of Social Impact in Action: The Value of Educating Our Youth

At Acumen, one of the most common questions we get is how we measure social impact. Our newest +Acumen course – Making Sense of Social Impact: Acumen’s Building Blocks for Impact Analysis. – will provide an entry point for how to think about impact and we’ll share frameworks that help us define what to measure and why. Makoto Matsuura, founder of cobon a not-for-profit focused on youth education in Jakarta, Indonesia and Osaka, Japan, took a pilot version of this course and shared his reflections with us. [Read More]

Three ideas to keep in mind for leaders who tackle poverty

+Acumen chapters are self-organized, volunteer-led groups learning and sharing Acumen’s principles and approach to help change the way the world tackles poverty. We have 20+ chapters across the globe.  Carolyn is the co-chair of the London+Acumen chapter and recently attended a retreat with four European +Acumen chapters. Below is a reflection on four key themes inspired by Acumen’s values and bigger questions of the sector. [Read More]

Human-Centered Design: Common Aspirations, Uncommon Action

Are you an aspiring social change leader looking for tools to affect change in your community or specific area? Acumen and IDEO.org are partnering for a second time to offer Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation. The seven-week course is based on the fundamental belief that gaining a deep understanding of the needs, hopes, and aspirations of potential customers and the lives they live yields incredible inspiration for new solutions. Human-centered designers learn by doing and evolve their solutions based on real-time feedback. [Read More]

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A BIG SHOT TO DO A LOT

At +Acumen, our goal is to share tools that can help unleash the full potential of all the aspiring social change leaders in our community. Through our course Acumen Essentials I: Intro to Moral Imagination and Challenges in Poverty Alleviation, participants dig deep in developing their personal leadership skills and discover their own leadership styles through the lens of moral imagination – the humility to see the world as it is and the audacity to imagine the world as it could be.  The challenges and activities make you think, question, discuss and debate what it means to lead positive change and build a world based on dignity. Rhoda, a past course participant from Kenya, shared her story from her Everyday Barriers assignment with +Acumen over the phone. This is her story: [Read More]

Storytelling for Change: Create a Winning Presentation. Change the World.

At +Acumen, our goal is to share tools that can help unleash the full potential of all the aspiring social change leaders in our community. We believe that storytelling is a critical leadership skill and are excited to collaborate with The Ariel Group to offer a 6-week online course, Storytelling for Change, that is free and open to all. Register by January 14 to join the course. Here’s a story from Marica Rizzo, one of our former course participants.  [Read More]