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+Acumen offers the largest library of free and low-cost online courses for social change-makers. We are proud to have built these courses in partnership with world-class organizations and thinkers to give you access to the best tools and frameworks needed to create social change.

Semesters begin in January, April, and September. Each semester offers a core set of our free courses. Click on the course you are interested in to find more details.

Core courses offered every semester:

Specialty Courses

Additionally, we are always creating new course and upgrading existing ones, so each semester will feature a few speciality courses that are uniquely available during that time of year.

Speciality courses opening on April 11th:

Speciality courses opening on May 9th:

Speciality course opening on September 12th:

Speciality courses opening on October 10th:

On Demand Courses

We also have a selection of both free and low-cost courses that are available on demand. Sign up and learn at your own pace.


How Our Courses Work

The Best of Online & Offline Learning

for website +Acumen course correctedOur courses blend the best of online and offline learning by asking that you form a group to meet with to discuss course content weekly. We highly recommend you register with a group of your friends or colleagues to tackle challenges and learn together. If you’re registering on your own, instructions on how to find and form a group will be provided at the beginning of each course. We offer a Statement of Accomplishment for students who complete the requirements for each course. Many participants invest in building their leadership skills through multiple +Acumen courses. Involvement in +Acumen is taken into account for all those looking to get further involved in Acumen’s work investing in companies, leaders and ideas.

Community Stories

  • Marica Rizzo

    Vancouver, Canada | "Storytelling for Change"

    After participating in the course, we made a deliberate decision to abandon our old presentation style and to fill our presentation with the stories of our experiences and lessons learned, while intertwining the key messages and metrics into the flow of the presentation. The result?

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  • Makoto Matsuura

    Osaka, Japan | "Making Sense of Social Impact: Acumen's Building Blocks for Impact Analysis"

    I joined this course thinking I already understood the framework for measuring social impact, but the course materials and the discussions with my course group really challenged my thinking. These examples pushed my group to think more critically about quantifying the ways our work in the field…

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  • Sabrina Natasha Premji

    Kenya | ‘Lean for Social Change’

    We left the Lean for Social Change course with a refined business model and confirmation that we were really onto a viable social business. So much so, that we decided to leave our jobs and work on Kidogo full-time, with the goal of unlocking the potential and changing the trajectories of…

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