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Acumen
12/01/2016 at 16:12. Facebook
Acumen Fellow Vimal Kumar was born into India's lowest caste, sometimes referred to as "The Untouchables" because his family made a living cleaning out toilet pits. During his early years of schooling, one of his teachers gave him a chance. He is now on his way to getting his PHD at one of India's top social science schools and mobilizing a movement to bring basic human rights to his community.

From Untouchable to Unstoppable

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Acumen
11/30/2016 at 16:43. Facebook
The problems of poverty do not exist in silos. They are dynamic, made up of interlinking parts within a bigger, more complex system. To truly scale our impact and bring dignity to all, we need to do more than just change the way the world tackles poverty. We have to change the system. Together, we can create the tipping point.

Learn how we're planning to take our work forward—and create new...
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Shifting Mindsets, Changing Systems – Acumen: Ideas

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Acumen
11/29/2016. Facebook
Make #GivingTuesday count! Help us end poverty and build a world where every human being has #dignity and choice. Every dollar helps! Give now: bitly.com/AcumenGivingTuesday
Acumen
11/29/2016. Facebook
Today is #GivingTuesday! Join Acumen in changing the way the world tackles poverty. Here are five reasons to give today:
1. More than 1.3 billion people live in the dark.
2. The voices of the poor are largely unheard.
3. The world needs a new generation of moral leaders.
4. Poverty, no matter where, is an injustice.
5. We need to shift mindsets and change...
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Donate to Create a World without Poverty.

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Acumen
11/28/2016. Facebook
Impact investing doesn't have to be a matter of "either/or." For years, the field has played host to great debates that involved seemingly irreconcilable positions, but we have always believed both social and financial returns are possible.

In the latest Stanford Social Innovation Review, our friends at Omidyar Network share the framework they've built for pursuing investment opportunities...
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Across the Returns Continuum (SSIR)

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Acumen
11/23/2016. Facebook
With more and more people seeking out careers in socially driven, high-impact careers, universities, business schools and education programs have an opportunity to reconsider their offerings to bring more voices to the table.

In a new series, the Stanford Social Innovation Review and Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship look at the state of social impact education, examining how to...
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The Future of Social Impact Education in Business Schools and Beyond (SSIR)

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Acumen
11/22/2016. Facebook
While hubs of innovation and commerce explode in parts of India and Kenya, looking more and more like the United States, we are seeing families struggle to make ends meet in cities and towns across America. Poverty may have different contours depending on where you look, but the overall human reality is the same. The poor, whether living in Kibera or East Baltimore, face a lack of choice,...
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Poverty Without Borders – Acumen: Ideas

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Acumen
11/21/2016. Facebook
After what has been an exceptionally divisive election season in the U.S., we've spent a lot of time here at Acumen reflecting and returning to the fundamentals of what we believe and lay out in our manifesto. Last week, PlusAcumen shared a roundup of resources to inspire, help us live in the questions and find ways to do better together as a global community.

How can we do better? - +Acumen

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Acumen
11/18/2016. Facebook
Being a social entrepreneur isn't easy. It takes grit, resilience, patience, grueling hours and being able to face failure. Our investee BioLite shares some honest stories about failing fast and failing smart and what it takes to build a social enterprise committed to tackling the problems of poverty.

Adventures in Firestarting

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Acumen
11/17/2016. Facebook
"We all have a choice. We can move from fear, and push ever further from one another, or we can move from love. We can use this moment to find the clarity of our individual and collective visions, to have the difficult conversations, to imagine together the future, a world in which everyone has a chance to pursue his or her own dream. We have the chance to examine who we are and who we want to...
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A Country in Need of Being Heard and Healed

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Acumen
11/16/2016. Facebook
Thanks to mobile technology, we have the opportunity to connect directly with the poor on a scale once unimaginable. We created #LeanData to leverage this new technology to put the impact back in impact measurement. Our aim is to use Lean Data to make listening to the voices of customers an industry standard, not just for social enterprises but for organizations everywhere. Learn more!

The Voice of the Customer at Scale – Acumen: Ideas

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Acumen
11/15/2016. Facebook
We love this story of husband-turned-entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham and Jayaashree Industries in The New York Times. After his wife taught him about menstruation, he was curious and eager to help her, so he spent the extra rupees they had to buy her the only sanitary pads that existed at the time.

Both disappointed in their quality, Arunachalam began his own research and developing...
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How an Indian Innovator Reverse-Engineered the Making of Sanitary Pads

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Acumen
11/14/2016. Facebook
How much progress have we made in global health? This cool interactive tool, Global Health Check, allows you to enter your birthdate and get a tailored rundown of how health care has changed in your lifetime.

See How Global Health Has Changed Since You Were Born

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Acumen
11/11/2016. Facebook
Acumen America Director Catherine Casey Nanda talks to our partner, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, about why we are harnessing the power of entrepreneurship to tackle U.S. problems of poverty.

Why Investing in American Entrepreneurs Can Improve Health

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Acumen
11/10/2016. Facebook
"Who are we, if not measured by our impact on others? That’s who we are! We’re not who we say we are, we’re not who we want to be — we are the sum of the influence and impact that we have, in our lives, on others."

Now is the moment to catalyze change in ourselves and the world and remind one another of our shared humanity.

Do Something Meaningful: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ann Druyan on Carl Sagan

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Acumen
11/08/2016. Facebook
The challenges we need to overcome today are not necessarily bigger than those of the last century, but they have a different character. The 21st century requires leaders who can navigate the unknown in an ever-changing world and bridge divides across populations, sectors and geographies. What the world needs now is Moral Leadership.

Moral Leadership for the 21st Century – Acumen: Ideas

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Acumen
11/07/2016. Facebook
Women will reinvest up to 90 percent of income in their families and communities, compared to 40 percent for men. And what's more advancing women’s equality – including economic participation – could add $12 trillion to global growth by 2025.

Our partners Coca-Cola and Nestle among other corporations share their experience investing in female entrepreneurs globally.

Lessons From Coca-Cola, Nestle And More On Investing In Women Workers

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Acumen
11/04/2016. Facebook
It's time to think bigger and act bolder. We reveal our first Big Idea to move our work—and hopefully the world—forward. It starts with bringing power to the poor.

From Patient Capital To Catalytic Capital – Acumen: Ideas

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Acumen
11/04/2016. Facebook
Tomorrow, we are kicking off our Ideas into Action series on Medium. Based on our 15-year report, the series lays out the five Big Ideas we believe will move the world forward, bringing an end to poverty to create dignity and opportunity for all. We are excited to share with all of you and welcome you to join the conversation!

It Started By Standing With The Poor…

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Acumen
11/03/2016. Facebook
Tomorrow is an important day for people and the planet as the COP21 Paris Agreement comes into force. Last year, 85 of the 195 companies that came together in Paris have committed to achieving zero net emissions and limiting global warming to 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius.

Learn how it all came about from Christiana Figueras, the former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC and the architect of the...
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The inside story of the Paris climate agreement

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