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Acumen Fund’s Global Fellows Program: Opportunity for Leadership Training for Social Sector Leaders

The Acumen Fund is accepting new applications for the 2013 Global Fellows Program which provides leadership training for social sector leaders in New York, USA. It is an opportunity for highly talented and passionate young professionals to reflect on their role as leaders, build their leadership capacity, and provide much-needed management support to Acumen’s investees. The mission of the Acumen Fund Fellows Program is to build a corps of next generation social sector leaders by fusing operational and financial skills with moral imagination to create solutions to global poverty and fill the talent gap. Acumen Fund’s year-long fellowship for the Class of 2014 will begin in September 2013 with eight weeks of intensive and multidisciplinary leadership training in our New York City office. Training topics cover a wide variety of soft and hard skills, ranging from self-reflection, negotiation, and storytelling to functional topics such as investment techniques, valuation, marketing and operations. The Fellows also meet with leaders from diverse fields, as well as leading writers and thinkers.  Training will explore issues related to our investment geographies and sectors as well. Acumen Fund seeks Fellows who will bring diverse backgrounds, training and experience to create a dynamic team environment. It welcomes applicants of any nationality.

The online application process for the Class of 2013-2014 opens on Monday, October 1, 2012 and closes on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:59pm EST. For more information,visit this link.

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Call for Applications: American Association of University Women Fellowship


For more than a century, AAUW has helped more than 10,000 women from more than 132 countries break through barriers and pursue their dreams of obtaining graduate degrees or making an impact in their communities.

Fellowship and grant recipients undergo a highly competitive selection process. Academic excellence, commitment to improving the human condition, and the promise of continued impact are cornerstones of the rigorous criteria. Respected scholars, researchers, teachers, and practitioners review the fellowship and grant applications. These reviewers are either experts in specialized fields of study or community leaders who recognize the power of collaboration at the local level.


International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions are supported.


Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low . The fellowship covers the full time study research.


Questions about applications must be directed to the Iowa City office. Please do not contact the AAUW office in Washington, D.C., or local branches for application information. Please call  319/337-1716 ext. 60, e-mail, or write to the customer service center at

AAUW Fellowships and Grants
C/O ACT, Inc.
101 ACT Dr.
Iowa City, IA 52243-9000

Order copies of the AAUW fellowships brochure that includes general descriptions for each fellowship program.

Deadline: 01 August 2012
Open to: women who are not United states citizens or permanent residence
Fellowship: full fellowship


Call for Applications:The Hurbert Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Humphrey Fellowship Program is for experienced professionals interested in strengthening their leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the U.S. and Fellows’ home countries. As a non-degree program, the Fellowship offers valuable opportunities for professional development through selected university courses, attending conferences, networking, and practical work experiences. During the year, Fellows pursue both their individual program goals and work closely with their Humphrey colleagues in workshops and seminars. Unlike a typical graduate school experience, the Program encourages Fellows to travel away from their host campus to learn more about American culture and to network with their American peers. If you are interested in broadening your perspectives and becoming a global leader, the Humphrey Fellowship is for you.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or the private sector. The Humphrey Program fosters a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the United States and the Fellows’ home countries. The Program offers Fellows valuable opportunities for leadership development and professional engagement with Americans and their counterparts from many nations. More than 4,000 men and women have been honored as Humphrey Fellows since the program began in 1978. Approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded annually. Eighteen major universities in the United States host Humphrey Fellows. These host universities are chosen for their excellence in the Program’s designated fields of study and for the resources and support they offer Humphrey Fellows.

Humphrey Fellowships are awarded competitively to candidates who are mid-career professionals in many fields. To read more about the professional fields, please go to the “Program Fields“ section.

Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree, a minimum of five years of substantial, full-time, professional experience, limited or no prior experience in the United States, demonstrated leadership qualities, a record of public service in the community, and strong English skills.

The Humphrey Program is a Fulbright exchange activity. Its primary funding is provided by the U.S. Congress through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Co-sponsors include other governmental agencies, multinational organizations, and private donors. The Institute of International Education (IIE) assists the U.S. Department of State in administering the Humphrey Fellowship Program.

Eligibility Criteria

  an undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) degree

  a minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience

  limited or no prior experience in the United States

  demonstrated leadership qualities

  a record of public service in the community

  English language ability


Programme Fields


Humphrey Fellowships are awarded competitively to candidates who are mid-career professionals in the fields listed below. Please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission in your country to see which of the following fields candidates are being recruited in.

  Agricultural and Rural Development

  Communications/Journalism

  Economic Development

  Educational Administration, Planning and Policy

  Finance and Banking

  Higher Education Administration

  HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention

  Human Resource Management

  Law and Human Rights

  Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change

  Public Health Policy and Management

  Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

  Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention

  Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

  Technology Policy and Management

  Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention

  Urban and Regional Planning

How To Apply

Please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission in your country for more information about application procedures and deadlines. Click here for a list of eligible countries and in-country contact information.

Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC by October 1. The deadlines for applicants vary by country.

Before You Start a Business,Plan Your Exit

By Brad Harkavy – President, Harkador Partners

Not usually the first thing you think of when starting a company, but where you want to end up impacts everything you do.

I sit on the board of ChatThreads, where we are in the process of raising an equity round to fund the growth of the company. Early in the process, an investor asked what the company could do to accelerate and maximize our exit.  I replied my standard response: “ We intend to build a great business. By building a great business, we create a great exit.” While my answer was accurate and sincere, I owe the investor a more nuanced answer.

What Makes ChatThreads Valuable
ChatThreads is a media research company that helps primarily Consumer Package Goods (CPG) companies evaluate with a 360-degree view in real time the effectiveness of their advertising dollars.  As an early stage business, with a coveted product offering and broad applicability, ChatThreads can grow in many ways:

  • Maximize the revenue from a few key customers
  • Maximize the profit from a few key customers
  • Maximize the number of top CPG companies they do business with
  • Maximize their penetration within a handful CPG companies, but capture all the brands within this limited number of companies
  • Replicate the success in the CPG market and extend their market reach to other verticals, like automotive, healthcare, politics and the like
  • Invest heavily to have the best possible, most automated, full-featured software product
  • Invest heavily to have the biggest/baddest sales and marketing team
  • Invest slowly

We have discussed many of these scenarios with investors and with each other.  I am also sure we could think of many other ways to grow the business.  The reality is that is that without planning your exit, at least where you want your company to be in five years, there is no way to make good decisions about any business scenario.

The planned exit scenario impacts all aspects of the business. Rather than analyze the whole business, let’s look at how an exit strategy impacts the classic 4PS of marketing:

What features do we develop – great data visualization tools OR great automatic interpretation tools. Better automation means better margins, better visualization tools means happier customers, and higher market penetration.  If you are more likely to be acquired by a software (analytics) company, then it might pay a higher multiple for a more sophisticated analysis tools, whereas a financial buyer is likely to pay a higher multiple for a more profit.

What is our pricing strategy? Do we want to show the best possible margins or do we want to run a profitable business and bring in more value-based customers.  From an exit scenario perspective, this question revolves around what interests potential buyers. Great profitability, access to additional customers, top line revenue?

Place (distribution)
Will we continue to sell the product directly to the brands or will we partner up with other service providers to sell through their network? Are advertising companies or other media research companies good partners for us? Having direct relationship with the brands makes us a very attractive acquisition for a growing company with limited access to the big brands. A large advertising company with established relationships to the brands would not value our sales channel as highly.

How is ChatThreads marketing the company? Are we a media modeling company, consumer insights company, or an analytics company? Are we driving sales through Internet marketing or social media? (of course we are doing all of the above) How we promote the company over the coming months will for sure influence different potential acquirers.

Exit Door

So with a wealth of options, how is ChatThreads thinking about building the business?

We are focused on delighting and owning all the top CPG companies. We are driving development, sales and budgets to support this direction. We came to this decision based on how we can maximize our value to potential acquirers.  Ultimately, we will make ChatThreads an indispensible tool to all of the top CPG brands.

How are you building your business for exit?

Brad Harkavy is the President of Harkador Partners in Cambridge.  You can find this post, as well as additional content on his blog called Harkaview.  You can also follow Brad (@Harkador) on Twitter by clicking here.

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Calls for Application: International Forum for Young Leaders

The Global Conference on Democracy, Human Rights and the Fragility of Freedom will be held at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, March 21-23, 2013. This will be the third Echenberg Family Conference on Human Rights. Before each of these conferences, a Young Leaders Forum is held; Alumni of each Young Leaders Forum become McGill Echenberg Human Rights Fellows and remain active in a vibrant community of human rights professionals around the world. This third conference will provide a unique networking opportunity for like-minded young leaders from around the world, allowing them to engage with each other and work with some of the Conference’s distinguished speakers.

The Young Leaders will address key issues around democratic citizenship, the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms, including the violent repression of democracy and economic and social rights, as well as the role of transnationalism, globalization and foreign policy in democracy. Young Leaders will have the opportunity to develop practical skills in human rights advocacy, including in the use of social media and community-building to effect change.

One of the main goals of the International Forum for Young Leaders is to share practical tools and experiences while engaging with these Conference themes.

We now invite applications from young professionals and scholars who can speak to the promotion of democratic issues and human rights, both in their own countries and in the international arena.

The application form is available HERE

Call for Proposals:Moving Walls 20 Photography Exhibition


The Open Society Foundations invite photographers to submit a body of work for consideration in the Moving Walls 20 group exhibition, scheduled to open in New York in early 2013. The Moving Walls exhibition series showcases documentary photography that highlights human rights and social issues that coincide with the Open Society Foundations’ mission. Moving Walls is exhibited at our offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Launched in 1998, Moving Walls has featured over 175 photographers.

Over the past 14 years, we have been proud to support the brave and difficult (and often self-funded) work that photographers undertake globally in their visual documentation of complex social and political issues. Their images provide the world with evidence of human rights abuses, put faces onto a conflict, document the struggles and defiance of marginalized people, reframe how issues are discussed publicly, and provide opportunities for reflection and discussion. Moving Walls honors this work while visually highlighting the Open Society Foundations’ mission to staff and visitors.

For participating photographers, a key benefit of the program is to gain exposure for their projects, as well as the social justice or human rights issues they address. In addition to a $2500 honorarium, photographers receive their professionally-produced exhibitions at the end of the exhibition tour in NY and Washington, D.C. With this next competition, Moving Walls will celebrate its 20th exhibition cycle. Moving Walls 20 will also be the inaugural exhibition in the Open Society Foundations’ new headquarters on West 57th Street in New York. We intend to showcase three to five discrete bodies of work.

Areas of Interest

Each Moving Walls exhibit highlights issues or geographic regions where the Open Society Foundations are active. Priority is given to work whose subject has not been recently addressed in Moving Walls, and special consideration is given to long-term work produced over years of commitment to an issue or community. Work in progress may be submitted as long as a substantial portion of the work has been completed.

Listed below are some focus areas for the Open Society Foundations, and examples of specific topics about which we are interested in receiving submissions. Please note that photographers are welcome to submit their work for Moving Walls even if their subject area is not included on this list. All work submitted will be considered for exhibition. In addition to the focus areas listed below, please review our website for a listing of priorities and programs.


  • Pretrial      detention
  • Detention      of immigrants

Public Health

  • Public      health issues in Africa, including access to essential medicines, access      to health care, palliative care
  • Physical      and mental disabilities in Eastern Europe or Central Asia, focusing on      integration or inclusion


  • Migration      in Europe, especially Italy
  • Migration      through Central America

Political Turmoil and Change

  • Political      violence, especially in Latin America and Africa
  • Political      unrest in Nigeria
  • Democratic      process in the Middle East
  • Creation      of South Sudan

Economic and Racial Justice

  • Economic      downturn in the United States
  • Images      that reframe mainstream media representations of African American men and      boys


  • Women      in post-conflict countries


  • Youth  movements, especially political participation in voter registration,      policy reform efforts, public education, especially in Eastern Europe

Climate Change

  • The human costs of climate change

Who Can Apply

Any emerging or veteran photographer who is working long-term to document a human rights or social justice issue may apply for Moving Walls.

Photographers working in their home countries, women, emerging artists, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Open Society Foundations does not discriminate based on any status that may be protected by applicable law.

Selection Criteria

We will accept any genre of photography that is documentary in nature and is not staged or manipulated. Priority will be given to work that addresses issues and geographic regions of concern to the Open Society Foundations.

In 2012, three to five portfolios will be selected based on:

  • quality of the      images
  • relevance to      the Open Society Foundations
  • photographer’s      ability to portray a social justice or human rights issue in a visually      compelling, unique, and respectful way
  • photographer’s      long-term commitment to the issue

Emerging Photographer Travel Grant

To support the professional advancement of photographers who have not received much exposure, an additional travel grant will be provided to select Moving Walls photographers to attend the opening in New York and meet with local photo editors and relevant NGO staff.

Recipients must apply for the travel grant after being selected for the Moving Walls exhibition. The grant is subject to the applicant obtaining the necessary visa to travel to the United States.

Recipients will be determined based on, among other things, prior international travel experience, prior attendance at workshops and seminars outside their home communities, publication and exhibition history, awards, and potential impact on their professional development.

Application Process

Photographers must apply online at

You will be asked to complete or upload the following:

1)  project summary (50 words maximum)

2)  project statement* (600 words maximum) describing the project you would like to exhibit;

3)  short narrative bio (250 words maximum) summarizing your previous work and experience;

4) summary of your engagement with the story or issue (600 words maximum). Please respond to the following questions:

  • What is your relationship with the issue or community you photographed?
  • How and why did you begin the project?
  • How long have you been working on the project?
  • Are there particular methods you use while working?
  • What do you hope a viewer will take away from your project?

5)   your curriculum vitae

6)   15-20 jpg images  [up to 5mb per image], with corresponding captions

Optional Materials

7)   Multimedia: Moving Walls has the capacity to exhibit multimedia in addition to (but not in place of) the print exhibition. A multimedia sample should be submitted only if it complements or enhances, rather than duplicates, the other submitted materials. The sample will be judged on its ability to present complex issues through compelling multimedia storytelling, and will not negatively impact the print submission. To submit a multimedia piece for consideration, please post the piece on a free public site such as YouTube or Vimeo and include a link. If the piece is longer than five minutes, let us know what start time to begin watching at.

*NOTE: The one-page statement is intended to give the Selection Committee a better understanding of the project. Non-native English speakers should describe their projects as accurately as possible, but do need not be concerned with the quality of their English.


Complete submissions must be received via the online application system by 5pm (Eastern Standard Time) on Monday, April 30, 2012.

Please do not wait until immediately prior to the deadline to submit work. Due to intake of a high volume of large files, we occasionally experience technical difficulties in the days leading up to the deadline. Please help us to avoid this by submitting early.

Review and Selection Process

Phase 1:  The entire body of 200-400 submissions are reviewed by Documentary Photography Project staff, who create a shortlist of applicants.

Phase 2:  Shortlisted applications are reviewed and selected by a committee of foundation staff with expertise in various program areas, and by curators Susan Meiselas and Stuart Alexander. In evaluating the work, we consider the quality of the photographs and their relevance to the Open Society Foundations’ overall mission and activities. The committee also aims to select a diversity of issues and geographic areas in order to avoid repetition of topics shown in recent exhibitions. Past exhibitions can be viewed at:

For Moving Walls 20, we plan to select three to five bodies of work.

Phase 3:  Selected photographers will be designated wall space and encouraged to visit our office in New York to meet with our curators and prepare installation plans. Travel to our New York office for curatorial meetings is not part of Moving Walls payment and is not a requirement. Photographers who are unable to travel to New York may correspond with our curators by email and skype and submit their installation plans electronically.

While curators work closely with photographers to determine an installation plan, final curatorial decisions are at the discretion of the Moving Walls curators and selection committee.

During this time, the selected photographers will be invited to apply for the Emerging Photographer Travel Grant.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact the Documentary Photography Project at (212) 547-6909 or


APPLY:Represent your Country at One Young World Summit,2012!

One Young World is the premier global forum for young people of leadership calibre. Its purpose is to connect and bring together the youngest, brightest and best to ensure that their concerns, opinions and solutions are heard. Pittsburgh will host the third annual Summit from 18th – 22nd October 2012. This represents an important intercontinental leap as we head to the world’s largest economy during its presidential election year.

The first along with the second summits were held in London and Zurich, looking ahead, 2013 will be proudly hosted by Johannesburg, South Africa. The premier global forum for young leaders – no other event gathers representatives from more countries except the Olympic Games.

At the 2011 Summit in Zurich 1,300 delegates from 171 countries issued Calls to Action to young people around the world: on the role of corporations within the developing world; on government policy on social media; on interfaith dialogue; on the impact of climate change; the obesity epidemic; immunisation policy and started the #wakeupcall movement targeting governments everywhere.
In their deliberations they were inspired and activated by Counsellors leaders including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Muhammad Yunus, Bob Geldof, Donna Karan, Fatima Bhutto, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Wael Ghonim and Unilever’s Paul Polman.

Recognised world leaders are invited each year to lend their stature as Counsellors to the Delegates to that years Summit: inspiring them to take up leadership roles and responsibilities, drawing the attention of the world’s governments and business leaders to the demands and aspirations of the next generation. With over 120 actions taken by One Young World Ambassadors 2010 over 4 million people have been impacted directly by projects such as: the first African Student Leaders Summit; the Haitian and Zimbabwe Schoolbag projects; one of the Ambassadors became also the youngest person to ski to the geographic North Pole. Within the months after Summit 2011 delegates have spoken at the Labour Party Conference in the UK; at UNAOC; and two have begun running for political office: for Congress in Arizona and to become an MP in Uganda.

• Brochure:
• One Young World Summit Film:
• A-Z One Young World 2011 Delegate Champions (sponsors):

One Young World is committed to ensuring that all nations are consistently represented by national delegations that will attend future summits, starting with Pittsburgh 2012. The 100 places are reserved for one delegate each from a pre-determined list of 100 countries that were either not represented in London 2010 (114 Nations) at the inaugural summit, or the second annual summit in Zurich in 2011 (171 Nations), or countries that were represented by a single national delegate.

Increasing the impact of Ambassador projects in under-represented countries, many of which are considered developing countries is our ongoing goal.

This is a real opportunity for you to represent your country at One Young World 2012 and we invite you to submit your application.

One Young World is offering 100 places to delegates from under-represented countries for 2012 Summit.

Deadline for applicants: 31st March 2012.

Apply on:

Apply by the 31.03.2012 (31st March 2012)
Selected delegates will be announced in April.


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Call for Applications:ASHOKA’s Activating Empathy Project

Ashoka is launching a global initiative to ensure that children master empathy, enabling them to be effective citizens, leaders and trailblazers. Empathy is a critical skill in a world defined by rapid change – one that is foundational to the social, teamwork and leadership skills required to contribute successfully to society.

Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools to Teach What Matters, the challenge is open to teachers, principals, parents, students, and other innovators to share ideas – whether by a project, a program, or a new learning experience – for advancing empathy in education.

The main aims of this award are to:

  • Encourage social and emotional development
  • Promote community diversity and a respect for differences
  • Unlock new ways of viewing problems, opening the door to a new world of potential solutions
  • Address bullying or aggression in ways that advance understanding of others’ perspectives
  • Champion children as real-world problem solvers rather than simply bystanders

Prepare to Enter or Nominate an individual, organization, or partnership with a solution online starting now.

A prize of $110,000 in cash and similar prizes will be given to the participants. There will be two Judge’s award of cash prize of US $5,000 each selected by a panel of expert judges. Moreover, there will also be One People’s Choice Award of Cash prize of US $5,000 selected by voting

Empathy is a critical skill in a world defined by rapid change–one that is foundational to the social, teamwork and leadership skills required to contribute successfully to society.

As the pace of change accelerates, the level of empathy required to collaborate in the workplace, or on other types of teams that bring change to the world, is higher than ever before.

If you aren’t proficient in empathy, you’re severely limiting your opportunities to contribute to society, and are at risk of being left behind. If we are to create a world where everyone can be a player, provide input, and create value, we must grasp, practice, and develop empathy.

Empathy is more than just awareness and concern. It is about cultural sensitivity and conflict resolution. It’s about the ability to communicate effectively and understand the motivations of others. Empathy is about standing up, not standing by, uncovering what’s below the surface through active listening and putting words into action.

This is why Ashoka is launching a global initiative to ensure that children master empathy, enabling them to be effective citizens, leaders and trailblazers.

Creating the future we envision demands we rethink our approach to school culture


and curricula. By launching an online collaborative competition, Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools to Teach What Matters,we’re challenging teachers, principals, parents, students, and other innovators to share ideas—whether by a project, a program, or a new learning experience—for advancing empathy in education.

Enter the competition today to share your passion for creating a world guided by empathy and collaboration, one led by empowered young people who succeed in the classroom and in every walk of life.

Deadline: March 30th 2012