For the last year we have quietly been experimenting with what it would take to bring the core of Acumen’s leadership programs to the world. We think we’ve hit on something exciting, and we want to share it with you.
Acumen launched our first formal leadership program, the Acumen Global Fellows Program, in 2006, and since then we have been honing our curriculum and scaling our programs. Today, we have more than 120 Acumen Fellows, and are expanding our offerings through our East Africa Fellows Program, Pakistan Fellows Program, and, in 2013, our soon-to-be-launched India Fellows Program.
We think this is just the beginning.
The +Acumen online leadership academy will bring this curriculum to anyone with access to the internet. The courses are free, they offer world-class content, and through our pilots we have already had ~5,000 people register for these courses from more than 100 countries. We hope that through these courses even more emerging leaders can gain the skills, perspective and insights to better help them improve lives of people around the world.
Today we are proud to announce that, building on our longstanding partnership with IDEO, we are offering a new course titled Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation. Developed together with IDEO.org, Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation is a five-week course beginning on July 10 that will introduce you to the concepts of human-centered design and help you use the process to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change.
And thanks to the generous support of the Knight Foundation and the American Express Foundation, the +Acumen online leadership academy will offer a full suite of courses throughout 2013 at www.plusacumen.org/courses/. All courses are free and open to everyone.
The world needs you to lead. This is your invitation.