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December 13, 2022


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In the trilogy of D-Lab courses, D-Lab: Dissemination focuses on disseminating innovations among underserved communities, especially in developing countries. Students acquire skills related to building partnerships and piloting, financing, implementing, and scaling-up a selected innovation for the common good.

The course is structured around MIT and outside competitions. Teams develop an idea, project or (social) business plan that is “ready to roll” by term’s end. Course includes an on-line forum discussion board, student-led case studies and a final proposal or business plan for realizing your dream innovation.

Course Curriculum

  • Big ideas Unlimited
  • Development entrepreneurship, Unlimited
  • IDEAS competition, Deshpande Center for Innovation Unlimited
  • Team formation, meaning of “Development” and proposal outline Unlimited
  • Co-evolutionary design for development Unlimited
  • Banker to the poor Unlimited
  • Case study — Muhammad Yunus – continued discussion Unlimited
  • Case study — Dr. Paul Farmer and Dr. Venkataswamy (Ali Alhassani) Unlimited
  • Theory Unlimited
  • IDEAS proposals review workshop Unlimited
  • Case study — participatory development and patent basics and confidentiality (Tamira Gunzburg) Unlimited
  • Case study — Ghana pottery and patents (cont.) (Jessica Lee) Unlimited
  • Finance Unlimited
  • Case Study — making aid work (Angela Kilby), mixed income housing (Daniel Bergey) Unlimited
  • Finance (cont.) Unlimited
  • Case Study — rural energy in developing countries (Zehra Ali), eco-effectiveness (Tess Veuthey) Unlimited
  • Monitoring and evaluation Unlimited
  • Case Study — total sanitation (Ibrahim Kanan) Unlimited
  • Technology for remediation of arsenic in drinking water; Theory Unlimited
  • Case study — human waste reuse (Xavier Gonzalez) Unlimited
  • Case study — biogas in Nepal (Chris Tostado) Unlimited
  • Final presentations Unlimited
  • Final presentations (cont.) Unlimited

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