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Fri, 09/08/2017
The BoP Business Management Training Working Group has been exploring best practices for teaching business management skills to entrepreneurs living at the bottom of the pyramid. Below are some of the teaching methods and curricular components that have been presented and discussed thus far...
Fri, 09/08/2017
This month, representatives from four India-based D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowship ventures attended epOnsite, a workshop organized by MIT Practical Impact Alliance member Siemens Stiftung in Mumbai, India, to learn more about organizational development.  This three-day workshop introduced...
Thu, 09/07/2017
Corporations, social ventures, NGOs, and government agencies that aim to scale up market based solutions in BoP markets often struggle with the fact that they are not sufficiently integrated to address the multitude of challenges – such as marketing, distribution, and finance - that often...
Thu, 09/07/2017
In August 2017, PIA Co-Design Summit organizers from MIT D-Lab, World Vision Colombia, C-Innova, and Siemens Foundation gathered in Bogotá and La Guajira, Colombia to engage local stakeholders and make plans for the Creative Capacity Building (CCB) workshop in October, and the Co-Design...
Thu, 05/04/2017
Last week, at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the MIT Practical Impact Alliance, personal connections and peer learning continued to foster collaboration across the network. In addition to launching our 2017 working groups, members spent time engaging with each other’s projects, critically...
Thu, 05/04/2017
As part of the 3rd PIA annual meeting held at MIT on April 26-27, PIA held a workshop on BoP Marketing and Behavior Change, led by Benjamin Van der Hilst, Inclusive Innovator, for the Nederland-based BoP Innovation Center. Participants included 11 D-Lab scale-ups fellows and 16 PIA network...
Tue, 02/28/2017
For three weeks in January during MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP) I contributed to an assessment of the viability of a mobile application (app) to increase wastepicker earnings in Danone’s Novo Ciclo recycling cooperatives in Brazil. To conduct the assessment I met with...
Thu, 02/02/2017
This post was authored by MIT students who worked with PIA Member Living Goods on a D-Lab: Supply Chains class project during the fall 2016 semester. These students are: Bridget Bassi (Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2017); Morgan Goodson (Civil & Environmental Engineering, Management...
Tue, 01/10/2017
Michelle Risinger is Innovation Lead at Pact, and MIT PIA is thrilled to welcome her and her colleagues as our newest members. They are no strangers to the PIA community, having participated in the PIA Co-Design Summit in Zambia in 2016, and we look forward to many more opportunities to...
Fri, 12/09/2016
PIA Member Daniel Vera, a Melton Foundation Fellow from Chile, reflects on his project team experience at the PIA Co-Design Summit in Zambia: "While there exist formal leadership structures, we believed they could be enhanced by the empowerment of community role models – including the...