2017 Working Groups & Publications

BoP Business Training

A 2017 PIA working group analyzed the question of, “What are the most effective business training approaches for a BOP population?” The result is a practitioner’s guide for teaching business to a targeted BOP population. The guide pairs business instructional approaches with particular business outcomes and skillsets and is intended for practitioners to inform the creation and dissemination of business training programs for people living in poverty, while simultaneously addressing social and environmental ills in low-income regions across the globe.

BoP Business Training: A Practitioner’s Guide

Hybrid Partnerships for Social Impact

This working group explored the barriers and enablers of hybrid partnerships for social impact. Co-led by MIT D-Lab, Intellecap, and Blood Orange, the working group developed P-ACT, a dialog facilitation tool that fosters open and constructive dialogue among practitioners during the partnership activation phase. The P-ACT card deck is organized along four critical, but often neglected, partnership dimensions: Partnerships Goals, Culture, Risks & Benefits and Capabilities and Resources. Filled with critical insights, thought-provoking dialogue questions, and rich case studies, P-ACT provides a method for systematically approaching partnership conversations for lasting partnership success.

P-ACT: Partnership Activation Tool

Technology Transfer in Action

An annual PIA flagship event, the Co-Design Summit is an immersive participatory design experience co-hosted by MIT and PIA members. Triggered by Siemens Stiftung’s interest in exploring the role of co-design in technology transfer for development, MIT D-Lab proposed leveraging the 2017 Co-Design Summit to introduce a technology from the Siemens empowering people. Network to the summit’s host community. An experimental PIA working group formed in the months leading up to the summit to examine case studies on technology needs assessment, evaluation, and transfer. Insights from the case presentations and discussions informed the problem framing for the summit’s water team.

Aguajira: The Practice of Co-design for Technology Transfer