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Do You Have Acumen?



In spite of Brexit and Donald Trump’s isolationist/racist rhetoric many believe there is a growing, positive, consciousness that we are all an interconnected community of global citizens. This is not to be confused with economic globalization.

Acumen is a non-profit venture fund with a vision to help build a world beyond poverty through investing in companies that deliver critical goods and services in water, health, housing, energy, agriculture, and education; leaders who are paving the way for new approaches to fighting poverty; and the spread of ideas that will give the world the knowledge and the understanding to change how 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, their 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.”

“The markets alone cannot solve the problems of poverty; nor are charity and aid enough to tackle the challenges faced by over two-thirds of the world’s population living in poverty. Patient capital is a third way that seeks to bridge the gap between the efficiency and scale of market-based approaches and the social impact of pure philanthropy.”

Acumen was founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001 and has invested more than $110 million in 102 companies across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. They are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and determination to create a more inclusive world. In 2015, Acumen was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies.

+Acumen is a global learning community for social change-makers. Be an effective force for change with Acumen’s online courses and chapters. +Acumen has courses available online through Udemy with instructors such as Krista Tippett, Daniel Pink, Seth Godin, Adam Grant and many more. Some courses are even free.

Do you have acumen?