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Let’s add a little ‘Acumen’ to our lives, shall we?

Poverty is one of the most pressing problems in the world today. It is a multi-faceted problem that is spread throughout the various parts of the world and requires to be addressed globally. Acumen is a non-profit organization having the vision to help uplift the poor by employing entrepreneurial approaches to fight poverty, a cause that calls for real leaders of social change to help alleviate it if not eradicate it. To serve this purpose it has created the +Acumen initiative since 2012 to give people a significant way to “add Acumen” to  their lives and their online courses are specially designed to mold the future leaders of social change. So here’s listing the six best online courses offered by acumen :

1.Adaptive Leadership: Mobilizing For Change

The Acumen organization in collaboration wth Cambridge Leadership  Associates (CLA) has specifically designed this free introductory course which is scheduled to begin on 2017. Adaptive Leadership is a practical leadership framework developed by Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky of the Harvard Kennedy School, that aims to help organizations and individuals to adapt and thrive in situations where there are no clear solutions in sight. Spread through the span of 4 weeks, it consists of four modules in total after the completion of which students will walk away as flexible individuals ready to adapt to the conditions of any challenge.

2.Plus Acumen Master Class: Al Pittampalli On Persuadable Leadership

This on demand +acumen course is delivered by business consultant Al Pittampalli. By extracting evidence from social science and cognitive psychology, Al teaches students that humility and radical open-mindedness are the two key virtues of a powerful leader in today’s world. With approximately 2 hours of video content, this course delivers actionable advice and perspective-changing insights. The benefits of this course are: students get to understand why persuadability, or the willingness to change one’s mind in the face of a challenge, is critical for modern leaders and is imperative to social change; to apply the 5 specific “power practices” to become more persuadable in work and life; to build habits that lead one to be more agile and precise in decision making.

3.Social Entrepreneurship 101: Discovering Your Passion & Path To Change The World

This +acumen course sponsored by the Fossil Foundation is scheduled to begin on 2017. This 4 week introductory course, offered through a third party learning platform called NovoEd., is build to provide an insight into the world of social entrepreneurship and promises to feature firsthand stories and advice from 4 inspiring founders: Charles Best of DonorsChoose.org, Thulsiraj Ravilla of Aravind Eyecare, Leila Janah of Sama Group, and JB Schramm of College Summit. It is designed in a way that will enable budding social entrepreneurs to explore pathways for initial engagement with social enterprises and to give momentum to the ideas for their own ventures. By the end of this course, students will walk away with a better understanding and appreciation of the concept of social entrepreneurship, and be inspired to find creative and sustainable solutions to tackle the world’s pressing problems.

4.Lean Startup Principles For Social Impact

Scheduled for 2017, this is a four-week course provided by NovoEd. again. Taught by Sasha Dichter, Acumen’s Chief Innovation Officer, this course is designed to teach students how to test, validate, and adapt their vision of change in a way that will guarantee the greatest impact. It is perfect for those who want to launch a new enterprise or take on a new initiative within an existing organization using lean approaches that rely on validated learning, experimentation, iterative product releases to reduce product development cycles and gain valuable customer feedback. These lean principles are extremely beneficial in the dubious environment of startups as it helps entrepreneurs to quickly learn what choices they should make and what they should discard.

5.Storytelling For Change

This course scheduled for 2017 will be offered by acumen by NovoEd. in partnership with The Ariel Group. Storytelling is a crucial asset that can help change  the way the world tackles poverty because when told in the right way, powerful conversations inspire people to act to bring about a change for the better. It consists of 6 modules that aim to teach students storytelling techniques so  that they can emerge as better public speakers and learn how to communicate better with their audience.

6.Plus Acumen Master Class: Seth Godin’s Leadership Workshop

This acumen course is an  interactive online workshop spearheaded by Seth Godin and is available on demand. It focuses on 9 leadership principles that are designed to successfully challenge conventional wisdom. By delivering over twenty lectures and a series of videos, Seth Godin teaches students how to be the agent of change irrespective of their circumstances or their position in an organization. Students will get to learn how to effectively motivate people to join their causes and why leadership rather than management needs to be the focus of future change- makers.

These are only a few courses among the myriad variety delivered by Acumen. They come at a student friendly cost, helping to train students all over the globe to emerge as agents of social change.

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