On Failure

The content to fuel our discussion and reflection at our Salon On Failure was:

1. VIDEO – Harvard commencement speech, JK Rowling: The fringe benefits of failure
Link to video

2. EXCERPT – “The Blue Bakery” – Jacqueline Novogratz
Link to reading

3. PHOTO SET – Hope in Shadows, 2011Exhibition. Click the photo for a description of the photographer and the story behind each shot.
Link to gallery
Link to Hope In Shadows

LOCATION: The Birds Nest, underground restaurant run by a local entrepreneur in her lovely Vancouver home.


Whether in a boardroom in New York or on an investee field trip in Pakistan, Acumen Fund has a tradition of sharing everyone’s ‘ah-ha’ after a good discussion has been had.

We ask Acumen Salon guests to share their ah-ha moments – the key take away, new perspective, memorable comment or parting thought – from the evening.

Our hope is that these thoughts will spark further conversations online and will perhaps trigger a few reflections within others.

Ah-Ha Moments from our conversation On Failure:

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The comments above reflect the ah-ha moments that were shared with permission following our Salon conversation on the theme of There is No Such Thing As Failure.


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