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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...
Tue, 11/22/2016
Taylor Cruz, Innovation Specialist at Pact, writes about her experience at the PIA Co-Design Summit in Zambia earlier this month: "The personal validation I gained through the summit is the significance of co-design – not just with end-users but all stakeholders. Had our team been...
Tue, 11/15/2016
PIA Member David Hoffmann, Project Manager at Siemens Stiftung (Foundation), writes about his experience at the PIA Co-Design Summit in Zambia earlier this month: "Note to myself: Grasping all implications of local geographic conditions is almost impossible from afar." Read the entire...
Sun, 10/30/2016
MIT D-Lab, World Vision International, and National Technology Business Centre will host the 2016 PIA Co-Design Summit in Zambia, Oct. 30 - Nov 5, bringing together individuals from industry, NGOs, and governmental agencies, as well as Zambian innovators, social entrepreneurs, and members of...
Tue, 09/06/2016
Jona Repishti, global network manager for IDIN (International Development Innovation Initiative) at MIT D-Lab, writes about the impetus for and key learnings from the 2015 PIA Working Group on distribution challenges at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP): "Creating a new distribution network has...