Participatory Design is a process that engages the individuals who are affected by the challenges and will benefit from the resulting innovation
Innovation doesn’t just generate profits—it can also make the world a better place by addressing some of our most pressing humanitarian challenges. This course delves into an evidence-based, innovation-driven, problem-solving approach called Participatory Design.
Pioneered by MIT D-Lab, Participatory Design is a process that engages the individuals who are affected by the challenges and will benefit from the resulting innovation. In this five-day course, nonprofit and corporate leaders will acquire essential frameworks and fundamental tools and learn how to apply them to their own mission.
This course was designed as a complementary program to MIT D-Lab's Applied Inclusive Business: Scaling Technology in Low-Income Markets.
Earn a Professional Certificate in Innovation and Technology
This course is offered through MIT Professional Education and may be taken individually or as a core course for the Professional Certificate Program in Innovation and Technology.
Dates: June 7-11, 2021
Course Length: 4.5 Days
Course Fee: $4,800
After this course, participants will be able to:
- Define inclusive innovation and its components in the context of global development
- Distinguish between the three types of Participatory Design and the contexts in which each may be most useful
- Recognize and mitigate the power dynamics and barriers that may impact the innovation process
- Apply frameworks and tools aimed at facilitating the Participatory Design process among diverse stakeholders
- Identify and understand the actors and factors that enable and inclusive innovation ecosystem
- Connect with like-minded organizations who use Participatory Design in their work
- Discover how to partner with MIT on inclusive innovation opportunities
Who Should Attend
This course is particularly well suited to professionals working in international development, community organizing, or diplomacy, poverty- and hunger-related issues, corporate social responsibility, grantmaking and philanthropy, global health, government service, social entrepreneurship, technology development, STEM education, and higher education.
Attendees often include:
- Directors and Managers of Partnerships, Strategy, Programs, New Business Development, Training, Research, Outreach and Communications, Monitoring and Evaluation, Product Development, Finance and Operations
Instructors and guest lecturers
- Amanda Epting, MIT D-Lab Inclusive Business Manager
- Dan Frey, MIT Professor of Mechanical Engineering and MIT D-Lab Faculty Director
- Elizabeth Hoffecker, MIT D-Lab Research Scientist, Local Innovation and Development
- Libby Hsu, MIT D-Lab Lecturer and Academic Program Manager
- Kendra Leith, MIT D-Lab Associate Director for Research
- Libby McDonald, MIT D-Lab Lecturer and Inclusive Economies Specialist
- Bhaskar Pant, MIT Professional Education Executive Director
Course curator: Sher Vogel, MIT D-Lab Global Trainings Manager
For more information and to register
Sher Vogel, MIT D-Lab Global Trainings Manager