Inclusive Innovation: Designing for a Better World

International design team from International Development Design Summit 2014 tests low-cost coffee bean sheller prototype with farmers in Tanzania.
International design team from International Development Design Summit 2014 tests low-cost coffee bean sheller prototype with farmers in Tanzania.

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.

Course Schedule (2020 version)

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

CEUs: 2.5

Register: Here

Participant Takeaways

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
  • Engineers
  • Researchers

Instructors and guest lecturers

In addition to MIT D-Lab Founding Director Amy Smith and Faculty Academic Director Maria Yang, the course will feature the following:

  • 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

MIT Professional Education

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Sher Vogel, MIT D-Lab Global Trainings Manager

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