Social Startup Showcase 2015

Introduction: Chicago continues to nurture some of the most distinguished social enterprise leaders. With numerous start-up accelerators and university programs dedicated to developing socially-minded entrepreneurs, Chicago proves that business can be a tremendous source of positive social change. On June 23 Chicago+Acumen presents the Social Startup Showcase. It will be a casual way for social enterprise enthusiasts, […]

Lessons From Tanzania

By: Avani Sunder When Dr. Denny Lofstrom went to his posting in 1958 as doctor-in-charge at Kiombi Hospital in central Tanzania, he knew he wanted to come back. What he could not have predicted is that he and his wife Paula, a nurse, would be working to build the first pediatric hospital in the country […]

Thoughts on Humility and Ambition in Social Enterprise

By: Avani Sunder I’m taking the new Acumen course Intro to Moral Imagination and Challenges in Poverty Alleviation , and part of the assignment this past week was to read and reflect on various topics. One of the readings included the Acumen Manifesto (Click here if you want to read the full manifesto) and one […]

Could the Rise of Mobile Banking Change Africa?

It’s easy to take for granted the conveniences of modern banking. Even in rural areas, the majority of Americans have access to checking and savings accounts, credit cards and ATMs. With the invention of PayPal and now services such as Apple Pay, we continue to embrace technology as a part of our economic system and […]

United States of Africa

I hopped into a cab on my way back from work last week and was expecting to have the usual experience. However, unlike most cab drivers that are continuously talking on their headsets, my cab driver was singing along to some really upbeat music which caught my interest. The cab driver informed me that it […]

What Does Dignity Mean to You?

What is dignity? Dignity takes many forms depending on your vantage.  Dignity is having access to clean sanitation facilities.  Dignity is having safe drinking water.  Dignity is having food on the table.  Dignity is having a job and a purpose.  Dignity is having clean clothes on your back.  Dignity is having a place to call […]

DIGNITY 2014

Chicago+Acumen presents DIGNITY Chicago… Love the idea of poverty alleviation through investment? Love classy evenings with friends both new and old? SO DO WE! On October 25th, Chicago+Acumen welcomes fun-lovers and supporters of social impact to DIGNITY Chicago. Hosted at Chicago Corporate Photography and Video Studios, 845 W Washington Blvd, 4th floor, Chicago, the event […]

Obesity + Malnourishment: Two Sides of the Same Coin

By: Matt Lally Take a moment to picture a poor community.  Picture the streets lined with dilapidated buildings.  Picture the unkempt roads.  Now picture the residents.  What do you see in your mind’s eye?  Most people likely conjure images of malnourished individuals with droopy, sad eyes and visible ribs.  Few probably picture an obese community.  […]

Dire Water Situation Leaves A Billion People Worldwide Without A Basic Human Right

A few weeks back, more than 100 people gathered to make Waves of Change.  Cloaked in blue, the summertime boat cruise celebrated Acumen’s work in the water sector.  Enchanted by the shimmering blue of one of the world’s largest lakes and a snaking river that passes through our city, it’s easy for Chicagoans to be […]

Social Startup Showcase

Over the past few years, Chicago has nurtured some of the most distinguished social enterprise leaders. With numerous start-up accelerators and university programs dedicated to developing socially-minded entrepreneurs, Chicago continues to prove that business can be a tremendous source of positive social change. On July 1st, Chicago+Acumen presented the Social Startup Showcase. It was a […]

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