What's on your agenda? What are you working on, stuck on, looking to grow? What do you need to know and what sort of change are you looking to make?
This is like summer school, but smaller, more fun, more intense and air conditioned. It also lasts about forty hours in total.
You're invited to apply for a one-week intensive at my office.
This mini-blog will give you the details of the course as well as who should apply (and how). The session begins at 9 am on July 28, 2014 and runs continuously off and on until the end of the day on August 1st.
Feel free to share this page. Applications are due by June 4, but it's possible they will close earlier than that if a lot of applications are received, so do it right but do it quickly.
- It doesn't cost anything to attend, but to make sure the applications are serious (they're time-consuming to process), I'm asking people who apply to make a donation to Acumen.
- The session is held in Hastings on Hudson, NY, and it's only open to 15 people. There are no virtual seats, no way to call in, and you need to have a way to get to New York and stay in New York the entire time. You're on the hook for finding and paying for food and lodging except lunch.
- I'm looking for people with a history of shipping, of making things, of leading, of doing work without necessarily getting picked to do it.
- This session is specifically designed for organizers of nascent non-profit and for-profit projects and organizations. I have other things from time to time for people within bigger or more established organizations, but that's not this.
- It's fine if you're not too far along, but it's not fine if you're not serious.
What's on your agenda? is a great question to ask and be asked. Once it's clear what change you're seeking to make in the world, and what path you're committed to making that change, getting to the resources and tactics you need becomes far more productive.
This one-week intensive will combine three things:
- Group discussions about general issues related to marketing, leading, shipping and dancing with fear.
- Individual presentations from each person about progress made and decisions committed to.
- Smaller group conversations about what's next and how.
The students in the session actually learn the most from each other. You will find more than a dozen fellow travelers, people who will amplify and encourage your best work and will probably, if the past is any indication, be friends for life.
The perfect student, then, is someone who has a bias for action and a track record of showing up and doing daring work. It's someone who has a wide range of options on the table and is ready to close down many of them in a quest to get going, now. On the other hand, you'll be frustrated (and bring us all down) if you're hoping to be a spectator, or gather information to ruminate on, or seek out the things that might go wrong.
I've run sessions over the last 7 years (the SAMBAs, the FeMBA, a school for college students and others) and the best outcomes for me (and apparently, for those who attend) are the people who took the interactions as an impetus to make a real ruckus, and a positive one. The executive who left her cushy job, switched coasts and ended up leading a vibrant organization. The community college student who built a non-profit, organized thousands of donors, switched to a famous college and is on her way to healing ever more of the world. The young man who turned his passion into a bestselling book...
How to apply:
[NEW APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED. Thanks for your interest, and the early birds get the benefit of a thorough review. I appreciate the effort that everyone put into applying. If you've already started your application, the work will be accepted, but I'm removing the links from this post. I'll work to update applicants by June 14. Thanks again.]
First, bookmark this page and read the posts below to see if I've posted any updates. Email is a notoriously unreliable medium, so I'll be using this blog to confirm those that are admitted in addition to dropping a line to people.
If you have a question, you can use this form to enter it. I'll be posting general interest faq answers below, but won't be able to answer specific questions that apply only to your particular situation.
Once you're ready to apply (alas, you can only apply once, so careful before you hit 'submit') check out this official application form. You'll also be asked to use our Ziggeo custom app to submit a three minute video with your application (see below for details on the best way to use Ziggeo).
Two last things. First, please don't apply unless you're serious and ready to come and ready to put yourself on the line. I do that and I ask my students to as well.
Second, I know that most people who see this won't be able to attend, or won't be able to be admitted. That's the tragedy of the law of large numbers. All I can do is encourage you and cheer you on, but I hope you will forgive me for the admittedly arbitrary nature of this process. I promise you it's not personal, it's just bad judgment on my part, judgment based on too little data and too little time.
Thanks for caring enough to read my posts and books and engage in the other media I'm able to create for many. I appreciate it.