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What Happens When We View the Poor As Peers

Amanda Y. Fung

Amid the bright coloured walls typical of a startup incubator and the familiar buzz of yuppies mingling over wine and fancy food (or oversized pizza, as was the case), Acumen explains that poverty alleviation is not just as an issue of getting money into hands, but rather one of restoring dignity to fellow global citizens. Learn how its patient capital approach is empowering entrepreneurs to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to poverty around the world.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    YES- thank you- poverty alleviation is about restoring dignity- we can all start to be a part of this by taking classes on social design just to be more informed: "What strikes me most about Acumen is its view that poverty alleviation is not just as an issue of getting money into hands, but rather one of restoring dignity to fellow global citizens. Acumen founder Jacqueline Novogratz declared that “we cannot deny individuals their fundamental dignity because, at the end of the day, dignity is more important to the human spirit than wealth.” She then went on to praise social entrepreneurs that are developing solutions that give the poor freedom, choice and opportunity 'because that’s where dignity really starts.'"

    Those interested, here's the do to take a class with Acumen on social design:
    http://www.good.is/posts/join-acumen-s-course-on-human-centred-design-for-social-innovation

    “I urge you, in whatever sector you work, in whatever job you do, to start thinking about how we might build solutions that start from the perspective of those we are trying to help, rather than what we think that they might need. It will take embracing the world with both arms and it will take living with the spirit of generosity and accountability, with a sense of integrity and perseverance, and yet these are the very qualities for which men and women have been honoured throughout the generations. And there is so much good that we can do.” — Jacqueline Novogratz, Acumen Founder