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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...
Thu, 07/05/2018
Interested in collaborating with D-Lab class projects this Fall?   D-Lab instructors have a number of opportunities which they're looking for projects for students. If interested in any of the below, please reach out to the class instructors directly by July 31st. Supply Chains...
Thu, 06/28/2018
Based on the research of MIT City Planning Master’s student Talia Fox, this D-Brief provides recommendations for waste management policy that ensures the participation of informal recyclers, or wastepickers, in extended producer responsibility (EPR) systems in Brazil. Full thesis: Co-opting...
Mon, 05/07/2018
A culmination of a year’s worth of work through the 2017 PIA Working Groups, this year we are proud to introduce the following three thought leadership pieces.                Aguajira: Technology Transfer Case Study Co-developed by MIT D-...
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
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...