Introducing the 2018 PIA Publications: Thought Leadership in Technology Transfer, Hybrid Partnerships, and BoP Business Training

May 7, 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-Lab and Siemens Stiftung, this case study illustrates how participatory design can be used to catalyze technology transfer across underserved communities and contribute to a transfer’s long-term outcomes. The case is built around an experiment led by MIT D-Lab at the 2017 PIA Co-Design Summit, where D-Lab’s co-design methodology was used as a catalytic process to bring SkyHydrant — a water filtration technology from the Siemens empowering people. Network — to the summit host community of Conejo, Colombia.

Hybrid Partnerships: The Partnership Activation Tool (P-ACT)

In 2017, PIA convened a working group to explore 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.

BoP Business Training: A Practitioner’s Guide

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.


Happy Reading!

-Amanda Epting, Manager, Practical Impact Alliance