Rethinking Creativity as a Social Impact Leader & Why You Should Care

  By Monica Kang I get it. When you have a million decisions to make each week that can contribute to either saving someone from hunger or not, spending any time being creative seems like the last thing you should do. Your supervisor probably doesn’t appreciate you spending time doodling or bringing up the fact […]

Looking to add Acumen to your life? Join the DC+Acumen Leadership Team

Looking to add Acumen to your life? The DC+Acumen team is looking for dynamic, passionate, and committed changemakers to join its leadership team. As one of 24 global self-organized chapters working to support Acumen’s mission to create a world beyond poverty, DC+Acumen seeks to inspire and empower its community to effect local and global change. […]

Holistic Learning Environments: Creating a school space to unleash human capital within teachers, students, and families

Photo Caption: “Uninspired,” Instead of attending class, some students choose to lounge in the hallway. The lack of inspiration causes kids to feel less motivated to attend class. Photo by Michele of Critical Exposure and student at the Washington Metropolitan High School in Washington, D.C. Reflections on “Ed-tech: The Great Equalizer?” July Social Innovation Lab […]

Daring to Dream and Design a Better Future for DC’s Youth : The Moral Imagination Challenge Social Innovation Lab

Reflections on the Moral Imagination Challenge Social Innovation Lab, February 2015   Without a doubt, Washington D.C. is a mecca for those interested in helping shape and re-shape policies at a national and international level. Yet much of these communities of individuals who earnestly care about social change often overlook the uniqueness and complexity of […]

Reflections from the 2014 +Acumen Leaders Retreat

By Stephanie Bandyk (Co-Chair, Marketing) After just two days of being surrounded by the passionate +Acumen chapter leaders who had traveled both near (NY+) and far (Osaka+) for this year’s retreat in New York City, I left wholly re-inspired by the spirit of Acumen. As a recent addition to the DC+ leadership, I felt particularly […]

Thank You for Your Incredible Support!

It has been an exciting year at Acumen and we wouldn’t be where we are today without you. This year, hundreds of you have donated online, thousands of you have joined our community, and together we have impacted 115 million lives. This holiday season, we hope you will continue your generous support by making a donation to […]

Takeaways from the 2013 +Acumen Leadership Retreat

By Alicia Salmeron As a newer member to the DC+ chapter, I had the privilege of attending the +Acumen leadership retreat in New York with members from chapters all over the world. It was quite the whirlwind—two jam packed days in which passionate individuals committed to Acumen values engaged with one another to exchange knowledge, […]

Dignity in Focus 2013: In Review

By Lauren Day Like many others with an interest in Acumen, I became a supporter after reading Jacqueline Novogratz’ book, The Blue Sweater a few years ago. Ever since, I have followed the organization’s work and have become exceedingly interested in social enterprise initiatives. This past summer, I found the local chapter in DC, DC+Acumen. […]

2013 Picture Dignity Contest Winners!

DC+Acumen, joining with the +Acumen network, is delighted to announce the 30 winners of the 2013 Picture Dignity contest. Over 300 photos from around the world were submitted, and the winning photographs can be viewed here! We hope you will join DC+Acumen this Thursday, October 24th for Dignity in Focus, an exciting event at which prints of […]

New Course! Adaptive Leadership: Mobilizing for Change

We are excited to announce a new course! From October 28 – December 8, Acumen is offering Adaptive Leadership: Mobilizing for Change. Adaptive Leadership is a practical leadership framework developed by Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The Adaptive Leadership course is designed to help individuals and organizations […]

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