2016 January Course Guide

A guide to our online courses

January 21, 2016

If you are reading this, chances are, you want to make a lasting impact in the world. We started with creating one free online course to help you achieve your goal. You liked it, so we kept on making more. Today we offer 20 free online courses in a diversity of disciples. As the number of our free courses grew, one of the most common questions people ask us is: “Where do I start?” So we put together the guide below to accompany you as you set your change-making goals for the year.

It starts with YOU

Do you dare to speak the truth about yourself? What IS your truth? Great leaders understand their own truth. They can articulate their values, and express their passion to inspire others into action. What is the most defining moment of your life? Learn to harness the power of Storytelling for Change in our free course with The Ariel Group. Regardless of your position or goal, this is a powerful tool that will serve you in all aspects of life.

Name: Storytelling for Change

Date: January 26, 2016
Partner: Ariel Group
Length: 6 weeks

Why we love it: The life journey-mapping exercise is a simple yet eye-opening exercise to uncover defining moments in your life.


Invest in Your Leadership

We strive to lead our world to a better place but leadership is never straightforward. What do you value and what are you willing to give up? For this we turn to our Readings That Matter series to discuss these questions with great thinkers and leaders from across time. These readings are adapted from Acumen’s Fellows training materials. They serve as springboards to conversations about our own values and trade-offs we’re willing to make. Leadership starts with understanding yourself; expand your understanding of where you stand on tough issues with these short readings.

Name: Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

Date: January 18 - February 1, 2016
Partner: Acumen
Length: 3-4 hours weeks

Why we love it: The timeless power of Dr. King’s ideas and the lyrical artistry he used to speak truth to power.


Name: In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong  

Date: February 20 - March 5, 2016
Partner: Acumen
Length: 3-4 hours

Why we love itWe all hold multiple identities, but we don't all realize its power. We can build better solutions by embracing diversity in others - and in ourselves.


Idea to Impact

Turning passion into action can seem daunting. Our community is full of seasoned doers who have done exactly that. Jump in from wherever you are, or start from the beginning as you explore your personal path as a social change leader.

  1. Uncover real needs with The Course for Human-Centered Design
  2. Understand all elements on the roadmap to success with Social Entrepreneurship 101.
  3. Amplify your impact footprint with Making Sense of Social Impact.

Name: Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design

Date: February 16th, 2016
Partner: IDEO.org
Length: 7 weeks

Why we love it:  The "most popular course" lives up to all the hype. We feel like super-heroes armed with the secret weapon that can break down and solve any problem.


Name: Social Entrepreneurship 101

Date: February 23rd, 2016
Partner: Fossil Foundation
Length: 4 Weeks

Why we love it:  It demystifies social entrepreneurship and helped us uncover new ways to get involved. A true 101.


Name: Making Sense of Social Impact

Date: March 8th, 2016
Partner: Acumen
Length: 4 weeks

Why we love it: You don’t need to know econometrics to understand and measure the social impact of your work.


Grow your influence.

How can you add more value to your team? Get trained by IDEO.org to bring human-centered design practices into your organization (for free!). If you are looking to create change beyond your work, then it may be time to grow your network of influence for good with Networking 101.

Name: Facilitator's Guide

Date: February 2nd, 2016
Partner: IDEO.org
Length: 6 weeks

Why we love it: Fool-proof guide for anyone to spread the power of human-centered design.


Name: Networking Leadership 101

Date: March 15th 2015
Partner: Center for Creative Leadership
Length: 3 weeks

Why we love itIt made us not hate networking. Mission Accomplished. 


There are no set paths to changing the world. Especially because the most innovative ones have yet to be discovered by you. This guide serves the ones who dare to create change at every level of society. So please, dare greatly.

Spread Positive Change



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