The dedicated individuals of +acumen
Last week I found myself sitting in the Acumen Fund office at 7 pm on a Tuesday evening with a bunch of familiar faces gathered around a table. Some were taking notes, others nodding with interest and some were listening attentively while munching raisins and almonds out of a giant bowl. “In fact at LONDON+acumen’s one year anniversary – we showed the Teach for India & Acumen Fund Generosity Day video!”, said Vinay Nair, our London-based Business Development Manager who was visiting us in India. “It was a great video”, he added smiling at Prateek Kanwal, one of the TFI fellows featured on the video, who is also part of the leadership team at MUMBAI+acumen.
It always amazes me that our MUMBAI+acumen chapter is made up of such dedicated individuals. Here was a room full of 15 people who had trekked across the city to reach our office on a weekday evening, after a long day at work, during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai – where the entire city comes to a standstill with suffocating traffic, and long, winding musical processions. I always find the level of interest and enthusiasm that the members bring to these sessions infectious.
But what’s even more amazing is how global this movement is. All over the world there are hundreds of people who do the exact same thing; from Dubai to DC, London to L.A. and Toronto to Tokyo, young professionals are hungry to learn more about social investing, game-changing companies, and grass-roots innovation. The way plusacumeners contribute is by organizing events, leading sessions, and gathering like-minded individuals to discuss, learn, share and experience what Acumen Fund is trying to do: create a world beyond poverty.
Since June 2011, MUMBAI+acumen has been working to mobilise the youth of Mumbai who are interested in learning more about this space. We’re hoping to launch chapters all over India – and are targeting Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore next. If you, or anyone you know is interested in starting something in any of these locations – get in touch!