News

Mon, 08/12/2019
On July 10, 2019, the Laâyoune Learning Center (LLC) hosted a showcase that featured the projects of seven local entrepreneurs who participated in the 2018 PIA Co-Design Summit (CDS) in Laâyoune last November and the Incubation Course. The showcase event was held in collaboration with...
Thu, 04/18/2019
Walking out of the office on my last day as the Practical Impact Alliance (PIA) intern at MIT D-Lab was a lot like leaving the office on my very first day of work: my head was spinning with ideas and goals for the future. D-Lab is the kind of place that makes you feel like anything is possible. It...
Fri, 03/15/2019
As PIA moves forward to a new year of activities and learning in 2019, we at MIT D-Lab have also paused to reflect on the past four years and assess the program’s impact to date. 2018 was a year of introspection and analysis for PIA, learning from the program’s activity data and member...
Thu, 12/06/2018
As a way of welcoming new members and taking advantage of the PIA network, we are starting a blog series that will run periodically entitled “PIA Member Features” and introduce PIA members and their organizations. Our first feature is Salma Kadiri, a Program Management Specialist for...
Fri, 11/16/2018
The PIA Local Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems working group, in session since March and led by D-Lab’s Molly Rubenstein, has been working to develop and refine methodology on how to foster innovation ecosystems around the world. With avid participation from PIA members and other...
Tue, 10/30/2018
Members of the MIT D-Lab team are currently in Laâyoune leading a Creative Capacity Building training for participants before the upcoming 2018 Summit in November. The 3-week training comprises an introductory CCB workshop (Oct 15-19), a Training of Trainers (Oct 22-26) and a practice CCB...
Tue, 10/16/2018
PIA has been active in the past month, working to disseminate PIA tools and deliver workshops in Mexico, Guatemala, and New York through ANDE. The response to these sessions has been positive, and we currently have plans to continue presenting similar workshops. Metrics Café Workshop...
Fri, 10/12/2018
Establishing demand for social impact goods or services is often a complex and resource intensive process as it frequently requires changing or establishing new behaviors. Scaling demand in BoP markets is ever more difficult and cost prohibitive partly due to market heterogeneity and the lack of...
Fri, 10/05/2018
Last month, MIT D-Lab Research Scientist, Elizabeth Hoffecker, joined PIA's Local Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecoystems working group and shared some of her latest research findings with the community. We were especially fortunate to have had a sneak preview into her recent article...
Wed, 07/11/2018
What happens after a Co-Design Summit ends? In June, I traveled to Fonseca, Colombia to conduct a follow-up evaluation of the 2017 PIA Co-Design Summit (CDS) and to answer this crucial question. Over the course of two weeks, I followed up with community members from Conejo and staff members from...