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Wed, 04/25/2018
Last week I joined my first Annual Meeting of the MIT Practical Impact Alliance. The fourth convening at MIT since the network was launched, the Annual Meeting is an opportunity to kick-off the year-long PIA working groups in person and to develop and foster connections and collaborations across...
Fri, 04/20/2018
On the last day of the annual retreat, PIA members participated in a workshop aimed to build knowledge and a range of skills necessary for effective partnering. The workshop unveiled the output developed by the 2017 PIA working group “Hybrid Partnerships for Impact” which focused...
Thu, 03/01/2018
Elizabeth, who works at the Kpone landfill, participates in a Pick-It! Build-It CCB training In early December, MIT D-Lab provided a Creative Capacity Building (CCB) training in Accra, Ghana for 40 waste pickers participating in Danone’s inclusive recycling project Pick-It!, a five-...
Fri, 12/22/2017
The MIT Practical Impact Alliance has published "MIT Practical Impact Alliance - 2017 At a Glance" a four-page report on the activities of PIA over the last year!
Fri, 12/08/2017
"Participatory Design is a creative, abstract, non-linear and sometimes messy process that, when well applied, can lead to sustainable, community based outcomes. This is what we, four Melton Fellows from Chile and Germany, experienced during the six-week online course Introduction to...
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...
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...
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...