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What You'll Learn

Redefine success and practice moral imagination in your life and enterprise

Converse across lines of difference by listening, exploring identity, and holding opposing values in tension

Avoid conformity traps and understand the best of what markets and partnerships offer

Recognize the power of practicing courage and sharing your story while amplifying those of others

Find ways to connect and embrace the difficulty of creating positive change, the “beautiful struggle”

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Course Syllabus

Welcome to the Course

Set-up your team on the course platform

Meet fellow course participants in your first Global Discussion

Take a pre-course survey

Change is the Domain of All of Us & Redefine Success

Reflect on the change you wish to create in the world

Examine your current definition of “success” and redefine success for yourself and your vision for change.

Commit yourself to taking one action to “just start”

Cultivate Moral Imagination & Listen to Voices Unheard

Discover what it means to have “moral imagination” and begin to cultivate it as a tool that will help you make the change you seek.

Practice listening deeply to people and viewpoints that you typically do not attend to.

Explore Identities & Practice Courage

Explore the multiple identities you hold and ways to connect with the many layers of others’ identities.

Start strengthening your courage muscles: practice an act of courage to push past boundaries set by fear.

Hold Opposing Values in Tension & Avoid the Conformity Trap

Build your capacity for holding your own beliefs with the opposing beliefs of someone else, a practice that will be necessary as you work with others to create change.

Examine the ways in which we are often steered towards doing what is expected or deemed “business as usual,” then learn the importance of rejecting the status quo to break through unproductive norms that perpetuate broken systems.

Use Markets for Good & Partner with Humility and Audacity

Explore how to use the power of markets to decrease inequality and increase sustainability rather than be seduced by profit alone.

Think strategically about which partners could best help you and your team achieve its goals, while taking into consideration the needs and goals of your potential partner to identify where you align, and where you may need to compromise.

Tell Stories that Matter

Understand the power of a story both your own and those of the groups you wish to serve as a tool for sharing, learning, and reimagining.

Accompany Each Other & Embrace the Beautiful Struggle

Learn what it means to accompany and reimagine institutions where accompaniment is the central principle.

Identify strategies to stay motivated, inspired, and empowered during the inevitable times of struggle in your journey towards making change.

Your Manifesto

Using all that you learned and gained throughout this course, write your own manifesto to memorialize your values, goals, and dreams for building a better world.

Gain Diverse Perspectives

Connect and learn with a global community with diverse backgrounds and perspectives

Change your view of the world

Experience new, inspiring, and immediately applicable practices and skills

Dynamic coursetaker forum

Learn through inspiring videos, thought-provoking discussions, and live virtual events

"The eye opening part for me has been the need for collaboration ... Instead of pitting ourselves against 'the other side,' we need to sit at the table, get humble and listen.”


Course Description

The world needs you, now more than ever. Many of our institutions have run their course, but we've not imagined what to replace them with. Change not only is possible, but the need for change is urgent.

This is a moment for each of us to show up and lead. The work has never been more important.

But how to start and what to do?

The good news is that the world is ready to redefine success. More and more of us understand that the skills of the last century aren't enough to tackle the complex problems we face today. What is needed is a new set of skills if we are to build truly inclusive, sustainable solutions.

Join Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO of Acumen, along with hundreds of other social entrepreneurs, social innovators, and leaders in a collaborative course that will help you make a difference.

In this course, you’ll access the most important principles Acumen has learned from more than 20 years working with leaders who are breaking boundaries and improving how the poor, the vulnerable, and the earth are treated.

There is no action too small, and there is no time like right now. You don’t need to be a social entrepreneur, nonprofit leaders, or an activist to benefit from this course. The work belongs to all of us and you can start right where you are.

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