Regional Fellows Training
During the course of a year-long program, Acumen Regional Fellows remain in their jobs and come together every 6-8 weeks for a series of 5 seminars focused on developing the skills needed to be the next generation of social change leaders. Acumen Fellows focus on gaining the financial expertise, operational expertise, and moral imagination necessary to solve the world’s toughest problems. In addition to developing the core areas of Acumen’s leadership model, Fellows meet with prominent leaders from across sectors and build relationships within their cohort and Acumen Fellows Alumni around the world.
Seminar 1: Foundations of Leadership
The first seminar focuses on group formation and introduces Acumen’s patient capital model and leadership philosophy. The core session is the Good Society Readings. Through this series of facilitated discussions on the works of great thinkers such as Plato, King, Gandhi, Mandela and Jinnah, Fellows explore the meaning of a just society and think more broadly about the historical and moral traditions of social change work.
Seminar 2: Adaptive Leadership & Moral Imagination
The second seminar pushes Fellows to reflect on their leadership strengths and weaknesses, clarify their purpose in life, and develop their storytelling abilities. The core of this training is a multi-day workshop on Adaptive Leadership facilitated by the Cambridge Leadership Associates.
Seminar 3: Financial & Operational Skills
At the midpoint of the fellowship year, the cohort focuses on building financial and operational skills mainly through experiential learning. Through sessions facilitated by IDEO.org and Income/Outcome, Fellows gain a strong understanding of the human-centered design process and the basic level of literacy in finance and accounting necessary to grow their organizations and projects. In addition, Fellows experiment with building new business models using the Lean Start-Up methodology.
Seminar 4: Learning Trip
The Learning trip gives Fellows a deeper understanding of poverty in their region and their role as a changemaker. Fellows travel to a new area, engage with the local community, and meet with thought leaders and innovators who are creating positive change.
Seminar 5: Leading into the Future
At the end of the fellowship year, Fellows reflect on their leadership journey, make plans to stay connected, and set goals for continuing their work in social change. This seminar also includes guest speakers and a graduation ceremony celebrating the completion of the fellowship.