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April 22, 2013 / compassioninpolitics

Acumen Foundation’s Latest Manifesto–an Embodiment of the Definition of Social Entrepreneurship

As I understand it this is Acumen’s new missions statement, only they call it a manifesto:

It starts by standing with the poor, listening to voices
unheard, and recognizing potential where others see
despair.

It demands investing as a means, not an end, daring to go
where markets have failed and aid has fallen short. It makes
capital work for us, not control us.

It thrives on moral imagination: the humility to see the world
as it is, and the audacity to imagine the world as it could be.
It’s having the ambition to learn at the edge, the wisdom to
admit failure, and the courage to start again.

It requires patience and kindness, resilience and grit: a
hard-edged hope. It’s leadership that rejects complacency,
breaks through bureaucracy, and challenges corruption.
Doing what’s right, not what’s easy.

Acumen: it’s the radical idea of creating hope in a cynical
world. Changing the way the world tackles poverty and
building a world based on dignity.

1) User centric solutions grounded on insights from the poor themselves (not imposing things top-down). Human centered design.

2) Cultivating patience, kindness, humility, and grit. But leadership thats catalytic and action oriented.

Seth Godin wrote an article on the new mission statement here.

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