How to Fight Poverty With Data
Private-sector companies are harnessing big data sets to make smarter investment decisions and create breakthrough products that influence everything from the way we get from point A to B to who we end up dating. But for social sector organizations working to fight poverty in the developing world, the prohibitive costs of data collection and […]
Thank You for Your Incredible Support!
It has been an exciting year at Acumen and we wouldn’t be where we are today without you. This year, hundreds of you have donated online, thousands of you have joined our community, and together we have impacted 115 million lives. This holiday season, we hope you will continue your generous support by making a donation to […]
A Conversation with Our Departing Chapter Chair
I recently had the chance to have a conversation with our departing chapter chair, Cristina Celis (CC). What follows is a transcript of our conversation. SD: You’ve been with the chapter 3 years. What about Acumen‘s mission initially drew you in, and what kept you going for so long as you evolved alongside NY+Acumen? CC: I first […]
Make sure the locals get a name tag at the dinner table
Here in New York, we live in a city full of do-ers. A city dominated by a culture of people trying to make a name for themselves—actors, musicians, entrepreneurs, and now, social entrepreneurs. This isn’t limited to only NYC, but the city is certainly a hub of social innovation with philanthropists and investors looking to […]
March Exchange Recap
March is celebrated every year as Women’s History Month and this past March was also the month of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. So perhaps quite appropriately, so too became the theme of our March Exchange. For the uninitiated, NY+Acumen hosts monthly exchanges as an opportunity for like-minded individuals to gather and discuss important social […]
I have a confession…I am a slacktivist
Yes, it is true. Rather, was true. I had been searching for a cure from slacktivism for a while. I don’t know when it started, but I recognized my slacktivism when I saw KONY 2012 last year and “liked” the video. It was apparent when I attended a screening of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s HOME project two years ago and shared the video […]
Introducing the NY+acumen Blog!
Hello, world! We are finally starting up our blog to help drive important conversations about social impact issues and give you greater insight into what we are doing here in the NY+acumen community. The blog launch is being led by three members of the NY+acumen Community Development and Partnerships committee: Michelle McCloskey was drawn to NY+acumen’s commitment […]
100 Million Lives and We’re Just Getting Started
The holidays are officially here! During this time of reflection and gratitude we wanted to share some exciting news and thank you for everything you’ve done to support Acumen. Whether you’ve donated, attended an event, shared a video, or retweeted us – thank you! The holiday season reminds us that sometimes what the world needs most is something to believe in – a sense of hope and a promise of possibility for the future. And that’s what you, as a member of the Acumen community, have given us.