A program for social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, corporate intrapreneurs and public sector leaders in Southeast Asia.
The Inclusive Economy Leadership Program (Southeast Asia) is a 10-week leadership accelerator designed to equip you with the character and competence to address the complex challenges of poverty and economic inequality. During these 10-weeks, you will take part in weekly virtual learning labs, virtual group discussions and work on individual assignments.
Building a more inclusive economy that serves the poor is risky work. It means disappointing those who benefit from the status quo, experimenting in areas most people ignore and failing more often than you succeed. Naturally, not everyone chooses to do this work.
Acumen has been changing the way the world tackles poverty for more than 20 years. Over that time we’ve gathered valuable insights that we’ve taught and field tested through our various leadership programs. We have synthesised and made these lessons available for leaders in Southeast Asia through this 10-week leadership accelerator.
This program facilitates deep introspection, cohort building, and an exploration of leadership concepts that are especially useful for those trying to tackle the complex problems of poverty and inequality.
You’ll learn how to see a problem more clearly, understand how to engage powerful stakeholders, explore your personal philosophy on what it takes to build a good society and more.
The experience is further enriched through a diverse cohort. Change will require leadership from all areas of our economy. You'll join leaders from the social enterprise, nonprofit, corporate and public sectors to explore what it takes to build a more inclusive economy for your community and all of Southeast Asia.
Diagnose your adaptive challenge, identify stakeholders and their priorities and learn how to move them towards your ideal.
Manage the tension between your competing priorities and learn how to engage difficult stakeholders who benefit from the status quo.
Study the work of great thinkers and question your assumptions and approach to building a more equitable economy.
Build meaningful relationships with cohort members that are based on shared values and a common purpose.
Upon completing the 10-week program, participants are admitted to The Foundry, an invite-only community designed to accompany entrepreneurs and leaders from around the world by connecting them with the social capital (resources and relationships) to amplify their work in building a just, inclusive and sustainable world.
Participants come from all walks of life. They are building radical new solutions that ensure economic prosperity is shared by all. Solutions range across new business models that serve the poor, corporate initiatives to disrupt traditional industries, innovative public sector programs and nonprofit livelihood solutions for the poor.
Collectively, participants are creating a more inclusive economy in Southeast Asia.
Take a quick eligibility assessment to know if this program is right for you.
Our core curriculum is made up of three key components:
Based on the work of Ron Heifitz, Adaptive Leadership is a practical leadership framework that helps organizations and individuals adapt and thrive in challenging environments. The content supports your ability, both individually and collectively, to catalyze and embrace the gradual and meaningful process of creating change.
Developed by Barry Johnson, Polarity Management empowers you to embrace competing goals and navigate the tensions between them, a crucial skill in an increasingly interconnected world.
The Good Society Readings explore the meaning of a just society and the moral and historical foundation of social change through a series of curated readings by thinkers such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Nelson Mandela. You’ll reflect on core human values, seek common ground, and cultivate a richer understanding of your social change work by situating it in a broader historical context.
You should expect to spend at least 7 hours per week dedicated to this program. The learning experience is fully online and includes weekly individual work, peer discussions, and facilitator-led full cohort synchronous sessions.
Learn at your own pace with tutorials featuring leadership frameworks and readings to help cultivate a richer understanding of social change work in a broader historical context.
Participants will be strategically paired with other cohort members. Pairs will meet to go deeper into their readings, give feedback on assignments, and reflect on their leadership journey.
Join your cohort in a live interactive session on a specific facet of leadership conducted by a facilitator.
After each Learning Lab, you will reflect on key takeaways and synthesize learnings based on specific practices of moral leadership.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
Dr. Martin Luther King
Part of the Good Society Reading
The program really pushes oneself to ponder and question our role, our approach, why we decide, act and behave the way we do, and what we could do differently to truly grow as leaders.
I really think this has been a life changing learning experience for me. I still can't believe I was chosen to participate, and I hope to stay connected moving forward.
The design and facilitation are top-notch. And the content is useful and relevant, applicable directly to my work as a leader.
What are the program dates?
The program runs from May until July 2022. Group virtual synchronous sessions are held every Thursday beginning 5 May until 7 July and there will be a closing session on 8 July.
How are participants selected?
We are looking for participants who:
(1) are eager to reflect on and grow their leadership capabilities
(2) are excited about learning with and from peers
(3) are working to build a more just, inclusive, sustainable world
We will review applications on a rolling basis and invite finalists for a 45-minute video interview.
From there, the final cohort will be announced and formed.
Is there tuition?
No. This program is offered for free thanks to the support of our partners at Acumen.
What are the time requirements?
You should expect to spend at least 7 hours per week. The learning experience is fully online and includes facilitator led, peer-to-peer, and self-guided synchronous and asynchronous sessions.