Welcome to the first reading in our new series on “Readings that Matter”. This series is adapted from a set of readings that Acumen’s Fellows and staff discuss on a regular basis as part of our leadership training and development.
This course offers an introduction to social impact strategy and social entrepreneurship, including key concepts, an overview of the field, and tools to get started as a changemaker. Students will learn how to innovate and design new ideas and new organizational forms to implement those ideas. Students who take this course will be better prepared to launch social impact organizations of their own invention.
By moving through four stages, Define, Design, Pilot, and Scale, students will turn their passion for changing the world into concrete plans for launching a nonprofit or for-profit venture designed to achieve a social goal. This course will allow students to systematically think through problems; develop and test an innovative solution; assess risk, competition, and performance; and spread impact in a way that is financially sustainable.
Who is this class for: This course is intended as an introduction for individuals who want to learn how to mobilize resources to solve complex social problems in ways that are sustainable, scalable, and valuable. Social impact can happen in any sector, in any corner of the world, so this course is designed to be relevant for learners in any sector or country. Some students may hope to develop a new venture, while others may be “intrapreneurs” who work to create systematic change within an existing for-profit, non-profit, or government organization.