How can we do better?

Resources and inspiration to dare to imagine the world that can be and have the courage to take steps to make it so.

November 17, 2016

For many of us the past week has been a blur. After what has been an exceptionally divisive election season in the U.S., we’ve spent the last week reflecting as a team. Over email, coffee and lunch we’ve talked openly about how this election and its aftermath have rocked us to the core, regardless of where we fall on the political spectrum.

In reflecting we’ve all come to agree that this election was about dignity. All around the world we’re seeing this theme, think Brexit in the UK, the No vote in Colombia, India-Pakistan saber rattling over Kashmir, and more. People on both sides of these debates are struggling to be heard, they want to be seen, they want to feel counted.

So we’ve been asking ourselves: How can we do better? We know leadership requires us to listen to those we failed to listen to deeply enough. But that listening is just the start. We also need to dare to imagine the world that can be and have the courage to take steps to make it so. For us, this means going back to the fundamentals of what it takes to stand with the poor and vulnerable — in every country. 

Here are some resources we’ve returned to for inspiration over the past week. We invite you to use these as jumping off points and welcome your input on how we can continue to support you in your quests to do better too. 

From all of us at +Acumen,

Jo-Ann, Jessica, Amy, Tomoko, Winnie, Marica, Jian and Gail 

1- A Country in Need of Being Heard and Healed

Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO of Acumen, reflects on the U.S. election and what is needed for us to renew our bonds as a country—and a world. Read more on Medium.

2- Krista Tippett on… 



3 - Danger of a Single Story TED Talk


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

Our free course In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong is an open-source toolkit for you to lead your own conversations about the roots of identity and violence.

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