D-Lab/International Design

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D-Lab: Smallholder Agriculture (U)

Gives an overview of the scientific, social and economic context of smallholder farmers in developing countries. Most of the poor in the developing world depend on agriculture for livelihood. The vast majority of farms in this context are less than two hectares and farmers face a range of constraints from limited funds to illiteracy. As we develop solutions for people living in poverty it is important to understand the complexity of the context in which smallholder farmers operate.

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D-Lab: Waste (U)

Provides a multidisciplinary approach to managing waste in low- and middle-income countries with strategies that diminish greenhouse gas emissions and provide enterprise opportunities for marginalized populations. Studies waste management strategies in cities in Africa, India, and Latin America; examines case studies of collection, recycling, and waste-to-energy businesses developed in low-income settings; and researches public policy that supports sustainable, integrated, solid waste management systems.

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D-Lab: Water & Climate Change (G)

Addresses mitigation and adaptation to climate change as it relates to water. Weekly seminars as well as readings and discussions, workshops/games, field trips, and films tackle the water/climate change challenge and explore solutions. Field trips include coastal watershed restoration, flood protection, carbon sequestration and zero carbon sites in the greater Boston area. Students submit a project proposal (individually or in teams) to MIT Climate CoLab or a grant-making organization of their choice.

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D-Lab: Water & Climate Change (U)

Addresses mitigation and adaptation to climate change as it relates to water. Weekly seminars as well as readings and discussions, workshops/games, field trips, and films tackle the water/climate change challenge and explore solutions. Field trips include coastal watershed restoration, flood protection, carbon sequestration and zero carbon sites in the greater Boston area. Students submit a project proposal (individually or in teams) to MIT Climate CoLab or a grant-making organization of their choice.

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D-Lab:Waste (G)

Provides a multidisciplinary approach to managing waste in low- and middle-income countries with strategies that diminish greenhouse gas emissions and provide enterprise opportunities for marginalized populations. Studies waste management strategies in cities in Africa, India, and Latin America; examines case studies of collection, recycling, and waste-to-energy businesses developed in low-income settings; and researches public policy that supports sustainable, integrated, solid waste management systems.

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Design for Complex Environmental Issues (2.00C/1.016J)

Students work in small groups, under the guidance of researchers from MIT, to pursue specific aspects of the year's Terrascope problem. Teams design and build prototypes, graphic displays and other tools to communicate their findings and display them in a Bazaar of Ideas open to the MIT community. Some teams develop particular solutions, others work to provide deeper understanding of the issues, and others focus on ways to communicate these ideas with the general public. Students' work is evaluated by independent experts.

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Development Ventures

Seminar on founding, financing, and building entrepreneurial ventures in developing nations. Challenges students to craft enduring and economically viable solutions to the problems faced by these countries. Cases illustrate examples of both successful and failed businesses, and the difficulties in deploying and diffusing products and services through entrepreneurial action. Explores a range of established and emerging business models, as well as new business opportunities enabled by innovations emerging from MIT labs and beyond.

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Humanitarian Innovation: Design for Relief, Rebuilding and Recovery (G)

Explores the role innovation can and does play in how humanitarian aid is provided, and how it can impact people, products, and processes. Provides a fundamental background in the history and practice of humanitarian aid. Considers the various ways that design can be used to enhance aid, such as product and system design for affected populations, co-creation with affected populations, and capacity building to promote design by refugees and the displaced.

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Humanitarian Innovation: Design for Relief, Rebuilding and Recovery (U)

Explores the role innovation can and does play in how humanitarian aid is provided, and how it can impact people, products, and processes. Provides a fundamental background in the history and practice of humanitarian aid. Considers the various ways that design can be used to enhance aid, such as product and system design for affected populations, co-creation with affected populations, and capacity building to promote design by refugees and the displaced.

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D-Lab: Development - EC.701J

Issues in international development, appropriate technology and project implementation addressed through lectures, case studies, guest speakers and laboratory exercises. Students form project teams to partner with community organizations in developing countries, and formulate plans for an optional IAP site visit.

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