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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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Jan 10th 2017

Acumen and The Ariel Group have created a hands-on course to help you develop your practical skills as a storyteller. Whether you work in an office making presentations in the boardroom, as a teacher with 30 to 300 students, interacting with customers, or one-on-one with individuals, using the elements of story bring you closer to your audience.

Average: 4.9 (18 votes)
Jan 10th 2017

Ever dream of changing the world or making a difference? You are invited to roll up your sleeves and join a group of entrepreneurs on a journey to change lives by changing systems. In this 4 week course from +Acumen, you'll learn to apply entrepreneurial skills to social problems and design lasting solutions.

Average: 10 (3 votes)
Jan 10th 2017

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 & Santa Clara University's Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship will help you think through how you can create financial value while delivering products or services to the poor.

Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
Jan 10th 2017

In this 4 hour course from +Acumen and the Center for Creative Leadership, you'll complete interactive diagnostic activities that will help you and your team unearth the social capital & relationships that you bring to the table. You'll be exposed to new data visualization tools for mapping your network; learn about 5 network traps to avoid that are particularly common to the social sector; and, most importantly, gain concrete strategies for building genuinely collaborative relationships.

Average: 5.1 (8 votes)
Nov 1st 2016

Social enterprises and non-profit organizations often collect data to satisfy funders and create glossy reports, rather than to improve impact for the people they aim to serve. What if it didn't have to be this way? For the past 2 years, Acumen has been applying lean experimentation principles to the collection and use of social impact data. We call this new approach 'Lean Data." We've learned that social entrepreneurs can use new technologies to gain information about customers more quickly and efficiently than ever before, yielding powerful business insights about how they can make products, services and programs more meaningful for customers.

Average: 5.6 (8 votes)
Aug 30th 2016

+Acumen desarrolló este curso conjuntamente con el Grupo de Impacto de Acumen para ayudar a responder estas preguntas: '¿Qué significa crear impacto social?' '¿Cómo es el proceso?' y '¿Por qué medir el impacto social y qué medir?' Este curso se centra en la forma como Acumen mide el impacto de su portafolio de empresas y cómo usted podrá aplicar estas herramientas en cualquier contexto.

Average: 5 (3 votes)
Jul 26th 2016

Human-centered design is a process that starts with the people you're designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor-made to suit their needs. Prototyping is a crucial part of this process. Building prototypes gives you a chance to get your ideas out of your head and into the hands of the people you're designing for. By getting feedback early and often, and continuing to improve your idea, you'll be well on your way to getting useful ideas and solutions out into the world.

Average: 1.7 (3 votes)
Jun 21st 2016

Acumen and El Grupo Ariel han desarrollado este curso práctico para ayudarle a desarrollar sus habilidades para narrar historias. Independientemente de que usted trabaje en una oficina haciendo presentaciones en la sala de juntas, sea profesor de 30 o 300 alumnos, interactúe con clientes, o se relacione con personas a nivel individual, el uso de los elementos narrativos le permitirá establecer una mayor cercanía con sus oyentes.

Average: 6.8 (5 votes)
Apr 26th 2016

The Course for Human-Centered Design is a seven-week curriculum that will introduce you to the concepts of human-centered design and how this approach can be used to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change. This course has been created to reach those who are brand new to human-centered design, so no prior experience required (though we of course welcome previous students to continue honing your human-centered design skills!)

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Apr 12th 2016

Lean for Social Change is an 4-week course inspired by the Lean Launchpad Class pioneered by Steve Blank. In this course you will learn how to test, validate, and adapt your vision of change to ensure you're creating the greatest impact and investing your time in something that truly meets your stakeholder's and customer's needs.

Average: 1 (1 vote)
Mar 8th 2016

What does social impact mean? How does Acumen assess social impact when considering potential investments? How can you apply the same concepts elsewhere? One of the most common questions we get is how we measure our impact. Is it just the number of lives impacted? How do we know if the goods and services our companies provide are improving lives? When do social and financial goals coincide, and when do they deviate? These questions are core to our work to create a world beyond poverty.

Average: 6.7 (3 votes)
Feb 2nd 2016

At IDEO.org, we've helped thousands of people embrace human-centered design and unlock their creative problem solving potential. And time and again, we've heard our broader community ask for the tools that they need to introduce their colleagues, teams, and networks to the same approach. You asked, we answered. Introducing the Facilitator's Guide.

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Nov 5th 2015

How can my company or organization create impact at scale? This is a question increasingly asked by forward-thinking leaders in the social sector. Yet, while there is growing buzz around the need to scale solutions, there are limited frameworks or practical roadmaps to help social enterprises get there. How do you identify your core strengths and build upon them strategically? How do you grow in diverse and hard-to-reach markets? How do you avoid racing forward in an unfocused, and ultimately self-defeating, way? How do you achieve "good scale" and steer clear of "bad scale"?

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Oct 21st 2015

How do you convince people to invest in a micro-drip irrigation system, solar lighting, vocational training, cook stoves, or other potentially life-changing innovations when they have limited incomes? At Acumen, we believe in giving the poor choice not charity. We envision low income people as consumers who can make their own decisions about the products and services needed to improve their lives.

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Sep 23rd 2015

This Short Course from +Acumen and Grameen Foundation will teach you about market segmentation, or how to divide your market into clusters that have relatively similar needs.

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May 14th 2015

Acumen and our course partner, Dr. Erik Simanis, will teach you how to think about and build a basic financial model from the ground up with this introductory course on financial modeling for start-up social enterprises.

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Feb 5th 2015

Learn how to create the “right” board for your venture. This course, developed by Acumen and Accion Venture Lab, is for social enterprises or non-profits that are in the early-stages of forming a board for their enterprises.


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Feb 3rd 2015

This course is specially designed for social entrepreneurs that are serving customers at the base of the pyramid. This course distills the many lessons Acumen has learned from years of experience into a framework that we will be sharing through this course.

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Feb 2nd 2015

Are you a leader going through a tumultuous time and looking for guidance? Developed by Acumen and CLA, the Adaptive Leadership course is designed to help individuals and organizations identify and tackle systemic change through a process of confronting the status quo and identifying technical and adaptive challenges.

Average: 2 (1 vote)
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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.

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