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Acumen Colombian Fellows Program 2021 for emerging social change leaders.

Application Deadline: August 12 2021

Emerging leaders use bottom-up approaches to create change—restoring the social fabric for a new post-conflict Colombia.

The next Colombia Fellowship starts between March and May of 2022.

Practical skills meet moral imagination in this intensive year-long leadership development program designed to equip extraordinary individuals with the tools, mindset, and community to tackle poverty and injustice in their communities.

  • Be a part of a lifelong fellowship that extends beyond your first year.
  • Join a larger local and global community committed to a world beyond poverty and injustice.
  • Find a support network of social innovators who are working to change the narrative in Colombia.


fellows are extraordinary leaders who dare to embrace the difficult journey of social change. Here’s what we want from you—and what you can expect from your cohort.

  • Entrepreneurs: Leaders of both for-profit and nonprofit organizations providing critical goods or services to the underserved.
  • Intrapreneurs: Leaders who are bringing to life new initiatives or approaches within the organization. The focus is on designing, testing, incubating and implementing ideas that enable the organization to pursue its purpose.
  • Organizational Builders: Leaders who play an integral role in building the organization. The focus is on building the internal blocks, systems & processes that enable the organization to pursue its purpose.

In the Fellowship Program You Will:

  • Learn to catalyse and embrace the gradual and meaningful process of creating change at the personal, organisational, and societal levels
  • Cultivate the ability to lead effectively when opposing but interdependent values are in tension
  • Understand how to lead diverse stakeholders through recurring and complex challenges
  • Develop the capacity to tell meaningful stories that speak across lines of difference and move others to action
  • Examine your identities, values, and choices that have shaped your journey till now and cultivate a deeper understanding of yourself and your work in a broader context
  • Explore the meaning of a just society and the moral and historical foundation of social change through text-based dialogue
  • Navigate systemic problems and design more effective interventions using moral imagination
  • Question your assumptions and beliefs about leading effective change
  • Be supported and accompanied by a cohort of like-minded peers persevering in the process of driving social change

Our curriculum draws on powerful leadership frameworks, tools, and approaches, including Adaptive Leadership, Authentic Voice, Good Society Readings, Immunity to Change, and Polarities Management.

How to Apply

Our application process consists of these four steps.

  1. 1Step 1: Apply online — what are you telling us? Opens July 14 and closes August 12
  2. 2Step 2: Complete your online assignments — what are you showing us? June
  3. 3Step 3: Attend the Selection Conference — why is this the right time for you to be a Fellow? July
  4. 4Step 4: Start the Acumen Fellowship in August

Official Website: Acumen Colombian Fellows Program



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