Many innovations deployed to solve social problems never reach their full potential. Sometimes they fail because people resist behavior change even when they know they should do things such as stop smoking, show up to a job training course, start using solar power, take a daily pill, or wash their…
Storytelling for Change is a 6 module course that will teach you storytelling techniques for how to be a better public speaker and connect with your audience whether you’re in a meeting with one person or in a presentation to hundreds of people. Acumen and The Ariel Group have created a hands-on course…
You’ve come up with an amazing prototype for a new product or service that could benefit villagers in rural Kenya or slum dwellers in India. Now how do you figure out if there is a sustainable business model to get this innovation into the hands of your customers? This 5-week course from +Acumen…
We created +Acumen to give people a meaningful way to ‘Add Acumen’ to their lives, and our online courses are a new way to do just that. With 7+ years of experience running our flagship Acumen Global Fellows Program, we saw an opportunity to use online tools to scale the impact of our traditional leadership development programs to equip more emerging leaders with the tools, knowledge, and networks to change the way the world tackles poverty. At Acumen, leadership begins with moral imagination: the humility to see the world as it is, and the audacity to imagine the world as it could be. Combined with operational skills and financial skills, our courses aim to equip emerging change leaders with the tools to change the way the world tackles poverty and build a world based on dignity.
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Our 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.
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?
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…
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…