Inclusive Innovation: Designing for a Better World

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.

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Earn a Professional Certificate in Innovation and Technology

This course if 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: Jul 22, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019

Course Length: 5 Days

Course Fee: $5,300

CEUs: 2.5

Register: Here

Participant Takeaways

After this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define inclusive innovation and its components
  • Distinguish between the three types of Participatory Design and the contexts in which each may be most useful
  • Identify which stakeholders should be included in the Participatory Design approach
  • Recognize the power dynamics and barriers that may impact the innovation process
  • Apply tools aimed at facilitating the Participatory Design process among diverse stakeholders
  • Identify and understand the typical outputs and outcomes of the Participatory Design process
  • Optimize the use of Participatory Design practices in day-to-day work as well as in program design and implementation
  • 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 additiona to MIT D-Lab Founding Director Amy Smith and Faculty Academic Director Maria Yang, the course will feature the following:

  • Saida Benhayoune, MIT D-Lab Program Director and Innovation Practice Co-Lead
  • Laura Budzyna, MIT D-Lab Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Manager
  • Amanda Epting, MIT D-Lab Practical Impact Alliance 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 Lecuter 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
  • Jona Repishti, MIT D-Lab Social Entrepreneurship Manager
  • Molly Rubenstein, MIT D-Lab Innovative Ecosystems Manager
  • Kofi Taha, Associate Director MIT D-Lab and Innovation Practice Co-Lead

Course curator: Sher Vogel, MIT D-Lab Global Trainings Manager


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Sher Vogel, MIT D-Lab Global Trainings Manager

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