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This Mothers’ Day, imagine a world without moms… Challenge winners announced!

Maternal health is one of the most pressing problems in our world. What would happen if a group of creative minds banded together to spread awareness around this issue and make it obvious?

We asked this question in our most recent Search for the Obvious challenge on maternal health. After combing through submissions, the judges have spoken. We’re proud to announce the challenge winners, who have creatively shown the world why moms truly matter:

We were impressed by the originality and diversity of all submissions. But most of all, we were struck by the depth of passion each contributor showed for elevating this issue in the public eye. Watch the winning video below, which will appear on the YouTube homepage this Mothers’ Day (thanks YouTube!).

Other winning submissions included creative print advertisements, essays, guerilla marketing campaigns, and Tweets – some of which are featured below. Our hope is that these videos, images, and messages will work their way around the web and continue to stimulate people to think about the importance of moms in our lives. So let’s band together this Mother’s Day, and promote an issue that is very real to all of us. Here are some specific ways you can take action:

  1. Donate to Acumen Fund investee, LifeSpring’s GlobalGiving page and sponsor a safe childbirth in India.
  2. Tell your mom or any mom you love her by sharing the winning video: – A group of sponsors will each donate a penny for each view the video receives in May. Proceeds will be donated to Christy Turlington Burns’ organization, Every Mother Counts.

Winning tweet:

More than 1,000 mothers each day give their life while giving life. 8/10 deaths could be easily prevented. Pls RT!   [Click here to retweet!]

Crafted by Jason M. Burke.

Winning advertisement:

Winning ad by Daniel Paredes

Finally, we extend many thanks to our co-sponsor, ABC’s initiative, Be the Change: Save a Life, and our media partner, GOOD Magazine.

James Wu is Curator of Search for the Obvious and a Senior Associate in Business Development at Acumen Fund.


Questions for Aspiring Leaders

Bavidra Mohan, Acumen’s India Fellows Manager, attended this years Aspen IDEAS festival as a Scholar. The Scholarship program was established to invite guests from around the world to bring a diverse set of experiences, voices and perspectives to the rich conversations that take place at the IDEAS festival each year. [Read More]

10 Books We’re Reading This Summer

What are you reading? It is a common question here at Acumen, an organization full of avid readers constantly trading favorite book titles that discuss leadership, impact, development and branding. Here are 10 stellar books we’re reading this summer. These books and others provide a framework of thinking, a spark of new ideas, a platform for debate. So, what are you reading? [Read More]

How Acumen Brought Back my Fire

Eda is an East Africa Regional Fellow from Nairobi, Kenya and is the Founder and Director of Halisi Trust, an organization that seeks to challenge the vices that plague society and encourage transformational development in Kenya’s youth. When Eda applied for the East Africa Fellows Program, she felt disillusioned and stuck. Below, Eda discusses how Acumen’s Regional Fellowship Program brought back her fire. Now, Eda has engaged nearly 6,000 people through outreach events and the Mkenya Halisi movement continues to grow. Acumen is currently accepting applications for the next class of East Africa Fellows. APPLY TODAY! [Read More]

Imagining the world as it could be

Christine Gitau is an East Africa Fellow and an enterprise coach at Craft Afrika, which provides business support services to craft entrepreneurs, enabling them build viable and thriving businesses in Kenya. At Acumen we often use the term “Moral Imagination” when talking about leadership. Christine wrote a reflection on how this concept has shifted her thinking. We could not be more proud of what she is building! [Read More]

How two Acumen Fellows are disrupting the education model in India

Whether its running youth soccer programs, providing vocational training services, or transforming the education system in India, Acumen India Fellows are driving real change in their communities.  Abbas Dadla and Abhilasha Sinha are India Fellows who are addressing the teacher shortage in India through the use of technology and peer collaboration. Find out what they are building below.  If you have grit, resilience and a commitment to creating change in your community in India, East Africa or Pakistan, we encourage you to apply for the Regional Fellowship Program! [Read More]

Meet Manjushree Patil, Founder of Aatman Academy

This month saw violent tragedies in Pakistan and Kenya, regions where Acumen works and which five classes of Acumen regional fellows call home. Among them there are dedicated teachers like Acumen India Fellow Manjushree Patil, crusaders against sex trafficking, builders of government, creators of liberating mobile medical technologies, and curators of slum sports programs. The need for strengthening the connections between those who are working for positive change against seemingly impossible odds has never been greater. We at Acumen have never been prouder to be the thread tying together these courageous individuals. Read more about Manjushree and how she is changing her community in India below! [Read More]

No, not silence again!

The Acumen Fellowship’s Cambridge Leadership Associates (CLA) training is notorious for digging deep, breaking Fellows down to reveal their deepest fears, identifying the sources of resilience that will fuel them with the tenacity to continue along the path to social change. Kahabi G. Isangula is an East Africa Regional Fellow living in Tanzania and recently participated in our CLA training. Get an idea of what it is like, below!  [Read More]

Announcing the Class of 2015 Acumen Global Fellows

Acumen Global Fellows are architects for the impact sector. They are innovators, game changers, visionaries, with various professional experiences looking to make substantial change in the world. They have thrived in companies such as Google; they have started their own companies in Sri Lanka, Canada and Malaysia.  They are choosing the challenge of working alongside our portfolio companies and immersing themselves in a rigorous leadership training. [Read More]