What is your impact? Sustainability Impact Assessment for Startups
March 5, 5:30-8:30PM
at the Trust Center
Measuring sustainability impact (social, environmental and economic value creation) is extremely difficult. Measuring it for startups with limited time and financial resources and fast changing business models makes this challenge even more difficult. But not measuring impact means taking decisions today, without a clear understanding what exactly their impact will be in future. And this during a time, when the biggest (business model) decisions are being made. Not at last, more and more (impact) investors and donors ask you to provide information about the impact you have. In this workshop you will:
- 1.) Learn how to measure your startups/projects sustainability impact;
- 2.) Pitch your sustainability impact (theory of change) to peers.
- 3.) Understand what difference your startup/project makes, i.e. "what is your added value"?
- 4.) Learn how to identify ways to increase your sustainability impact
- 5.) Learn to use an excel based tool that helps you to measure, communicate, report and improve your impact.
Team Dynamics (New Date/Time)
March 16, 2-3:30pm
in the Martin Trust Center Garage
You’ve put in countless hours on your project, overcome obstacles to make it work, and you’re almost ready to pilot. But wait! Are you really ready to launch? How will your team move forward, together?
Developed from key questions past teams wished they would’ve asked combined with insight from program administrators and conflict management experts, this interactive workshop explores the important questions your team should cover early in the process before it's too late.
Full teams are encouraged to attend, as we'll give you time to workshop with your group, however individuals will also benefit from the session.
Storytelling: Crafting personal statements and compelling narratives
April 3, 10, and 24 1:30-3:30pm
Over three sessions, learn how to get started with personal storytelling skills, and how to adapt those skills to talk and write about your work, experiences and goals in a well-constructed personal statement.
Presented by the Distinguished Fellowships program. Email email@example.com to RSVP.
Participatory Action Research (PAR)
April 24, 5:30-8:30 pm 9-255
This workshop will introduce participants to Participatory Action Research (PAR) as an approach to research and inquiry that enables communities to examine and address consequential societal problems. By bringing together community members and academics to investigate real world problems, PAR seeks to transform unequal power dynamics between marginalized communities and those traditionally considered ‘expert’ researchers. This workshop will touch on theoretical and practical considerations for co-creation with community partners, and participants will hear directly from students and resident researchers involved in an ongoing PAR project.
Corruption Culture & Ethics
May 11, 11:30am-1pm
At the Trust Center
Weak legal systems and widespread cultural acceptance make corruption one of the biggest enemies of entrepreneurs in emerging and frontier markets. In this class, you’ll learn what you should do when confronted with dishonest partners and officials, the stratagems founders use to avoid the problem and why corruption does not pay off in the long term.
Lessons in Mindfulness
February 12, 5:30-7:30 PM
Rev. Takafumi Zenryu Kawakami, Deputy head priest, Shunkoin Temple, Myoshinji, Kyoto will lead us in a thoughtful discussion and practice of mindfulness.
Mindfulness has become a significant phenomenon in the West that is also becoming increasingly popular in Asia. Mindfulness is generally defined as non-religious meditation. As a secular practice supported by scientific evidence, mindfulness is now accepted as a valid medical and therapeutic method that has been broadly incorporated into workplace and school wellness programs.
No RSVP required
Evicting the Elephant in the Room: Preventing & Resolving Team Conflicts (part of mini-series for clubs)
February 14, 12:15-1:15PM
This workshop focuses on developing skills for managing conflict and leading your group in an effective and open manner. Walk away understanding ground rules and active listening, and be better prepared to manage difficult group interactions.
Don’t Recreate the Wheel: Transitioning Leadership for Teams
February 21, 12:15-1:15PM
Stop starting over from scratch! This workshop will focus on organizational transitions. Come learn how to track and transfer information and discuss effective solutions and strategies for keeping your organization running smoothly from year to year.
February 28, 5:30-7:30PM
All social innovation work takes place in the context of a particular culture, market, existing legal and policy framework, and intervention landscape where individuals, community groups, government and NGOs are working to achieve change. These stakeholders will all influence whether an innovation takes hold. In this session we explore questions such as: Who are the various stakeholders for our work and how might they influence or be affected by our initiatives? Who might be willing and effective partners? What factors do we need to consider in project design and rollout strategy? We will use stakeholder mapping tools to analyze the work of several ongoing projects to suggest strategies for stakeholder engagement. Dinner will be served!
Starting up your startup: Essential early legal considerations
February 22, 4:00-5:30PM
Topics will include in this workshop: Finding a good lawyer and negotiating payment terms; early IP considerations in exploiting a technology; when to organize a formal entity and how to set it up; early financing including boot-strapping, friends and family, and angels; winding down with a soft landing; and avoiding personal liability.
Speakers: John Akula and William Perkins
We Are MIT:
Re-Engineering Community, Re-Enforcing Connections
The theme for this year’s conference is “We Are MIT: Re-Engineering Community, Re-Enforcing Connections”. In our community, we often find that students are so focused on their academics that they forget to reach out and make connections with the great people that make up this campus. Our hope is that that dialogues that take place during this conference will help us build connections and open our minds to the diverse perspectives and experiences that make up the MIT community.
Being, Thinking, Doing (Or Not!): Ethics in Your Life
in cooperation with the MIT Philosophy Department (Course 24.191 in Room 32-D461 from 7:00-8:30pm).
This weekly seminar introduces students to the field of ethics, with a focus on the daily choices we can make to create a more just world. The seminar helps students build relationships, investigate ethical problems, share resources, and clarify their personal and vocational principles. The course also introduces students to the work of guest scholars representing a variety of disciplines and topics including philosophy, economics, environmental studies, racism, the criminal justice system, the ethics of international development, and the role of activism in building an equitable society for all. A delicious dinner is served each week!
Presented by MIT Radius
BetterMIT Innovation Week & Makeathon
Join the Undergraduate Association Committees on Innovation and Technology in bringing in the new year with the BetterMIT Innovation Week & Makeathon.
Innovation is not simply an invention, but the process in which an idea is brought to the world. While the ideas and processes differ greatly between medical innovations and social change innovation, the goal is to show students these differences and how to make a difference where needed.
As an event by students and for students, the aim of BetterMIT Innovation Week is to empower you as you tackle community issues you’re passionate about by bringing in inspirational speakers to host discussions and workshops.