INTRODUCTION TO THE ACUMEN FELLOWS PROGRAMME
As Malaysia experiences a renewed sense of civic possibility, moral leadership is needed to harness the strength and dynamics of our diversity that is fundamental to the development and harmony of the country. The Malaysia Fellows Programme will bring together a group of extraordinary leaders who are tackling the country’s most pressing social issues to bring the nation to an equitable and fulfilling future for all Malaysians.
ACUMEN FELLOWS PROGRAMME OVERVIEW
Over the course of a year, Fellows remain in their jobs while participating in five in-person, multi-day immersive seminars and engaging in online content between seminars.
The Acumen Malaysia Fellowship experience includes:
Fellows meet five times a year for in-person seminars which runs for an average of five days, and provides Fellows with the opportunity to deepen their understanding and applicability of our leadership curriculum.
Our unique virtual content leverages +Acumen’s library of content as well as Acumen’s twelve year history of training social sector leaders.
A Community of Practice
We provide the space and security for Fellows to connect across lines of difference, practice self-reflection, broaden their perspectives and identify areas for professional development.
Focus on Real World Applicability
Our content is focused on being relevant and applicable to Fellows’ everyday lives and social impact work, and is specifically catered to social sector leaders working on issues of poverty and social injustice.
A NOTE FROM OUR PROGRAMME LEAD
“Economic growth is like a rising tide that lifts all boats.” The saying ignores the plight of millions who are clinging to leaky rafts- or who have no boats at all.” – Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel Peace Prize Winner quoted in A World of Three Zeros.
We are living in a time of rising inequality caused by continuous wealth concentration. Instead of building more gated communities to protect ourselves from the wrath of an inequitable society, we hope to create changes that pull each other up to live lives with full dignity. My wish for bringing the Acumen Fellows Programme to Malaysia is for us to create strong and diverse cohorts of leaders in the communities to tackle our nation’s most pressing needs.
And we cannot do this alone- we are building a powerful circle of stakeholders and existing social sector leaders in Malaysia to support the positive changes our Fellows’ dream of for their communities.
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN ACUMEN FELLOW?
Acumen Fellows are bold social innovators who can see the world as it is but have the audacity to imagine the world as it could be.
Creates impact by founding an enterprise that provides critical goods and/or services to the poor or marginalized. Their enterprises can be for-profit or non-profit ventures.
Public Sector Leader
Creates impact by leveraging the government to create policy changes, partnerships or enable the adoption of new models to tackle poverty or social injustice.
Community Organiser or Activist
Creates impact by mobilizing communities; creating a different narrative around, and/or calling attention to, unseen or marginalized communities and causes.
Creates impact from within existing institutions by shifting institutional culture and leveraging resources to tackle poverty and/or social injustice.
Creates impact as a strong “+1”, supporting the growth of institutions from within, but not as the Founder or CEO.
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