Join a transformative leadership development program designed for social impact leaders tackling the complex challenges of poverty and inequality in Southeast Asia.
The Inclusive Economy Leadership Program in Southeast Asia is a 11-week leadership accelerator designed to equip you with the character and competence to address the complex challenges of poverty and economic inequality. During these 11-weeks, you will have the opportunity to take part in weekly virtual learning labs, virtual group discussions, and work assignments that relate directly to the problems and challenges you’re solving.
Acumen has been changing the way the world tackles poverty for more than 20 years. Over that time we’ve gathered valuable insights and skills that we’ve taught and shared through our leadership programs around the world. We have synthesized our top lessons for designing inclusive systems, and are excited to make these lessons available specifically for leaders in Southeast Asia.
This program facilitates deep introspection around your leadership purpose and journey, cohort building with like-minded leaders across the region, 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 and just 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 11-week program, participants are admitted to The Foundry.
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.
January 6th, 2023
Virtual Leadership Program
March - June 2023
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 8 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.
Personally, I've uncovered—or more accurately, "re-uncovered" —my why and how my identity plays a role in my leadership and my goals. It's given me a renewed sense of purpose.
As much as this course was about learning new leadership capabilities that I didn't know of, it was also just as useful in learning about the strengths in the ones that I already have.
Finding a great group of like-minded people and sharing a common language on social impact helps to provide a trusted environment and a great resource that I feel comfortable to approach for my leadership
What are the program dates?
The program runs from March until mid-June 2023. Learning Lab sessions are held every Thursday beginning March 30 until June 15, 2023.
My application last year was not successful, can I re-apply for the program this year?
Yes, you are welcome to re-apply for the program this year. We suggest you focus on including what you have achieved since you previously submitted an application.
I just submitted an application. What happens next?
All applicants should receive an automated confirmation message upon submission of the application. The application review process will take a couple of months. The Accelerator Team will contact all applicants regarding their status by email, you should hear whether you have been selected for the next stage of applications by early February.
What happens after the program?
Following the program, you’ll join an alumni community of over 1000 social innovators around the world. We call the Acumen alumni community ‘The Foundry,’ where our aim is to accompany builders from around the world by connecting them with the resources and relationships to amplify their work in architecting a just, inclusive, and sustainable world.
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.
What level of English do I need?
All sessions, assignments, and communications are conducted in English. An intermediate proficiency in English is a requirement to ensure you are able to give and get the most from this experience. That involves being able to communicate verbally, understand presentations, and read and write texts of medium complexity in English.
What if I don’t have a stable internet connection where I live?
Since the program is fully virtual, access to reliable internet coverage is fundamental to engage in the weekly online sessions, complete assignments in between the sessions, and connect with your peers. If this is a limitation to your full participation, there may be limited funds to cover costs of accessing a stable internet connection provided on a case-by-case basis.
Is there tuition?
There are no required costs to selected participants.
What are the academic qualifications for the Leadership Accelerator?
There are no specific academic requirements. Some participants have no formal education, others have degrees from global institutions.
Acumen Academy is the world’s school for social change. Our mission is to unleash a new generation of social innovators and leaders with the character and competence to build a more just, inclusive and sustainable world. Blending the best of online and offline learning, we offer anyone, anywhere access to the practical tools, practices, resources and supportive community they need to achieve positive social change. The Acumen Academy community represents a new generation of social innovators and leaders committed to doing what’s right in a world that loves easy.
Learn more at www.acumenacademy.org.