How to Change the World

Solve has launched an MIT course open to first-year undergraduate students at MIT.

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How to Change the World: Experiences from Social Entrepreneurs

Fall 2019 MIT First-Year Discovery Subject
Thursdays, 3pm to 5pm, room 4-265

Instructor: Ken Zolot, in partnership with MIT Solve staff, Martin Schmidt, and Ian Waitz, plus visits from many guest speakers


Every week, we’ll meet role models who will provide a taste of what it means to change the world through social innovation. We’ll span from micro to macro: interviewing individual entrepreneurs, and exploring the broader ecosystem that supports change-makers, both around MIT and globally. Each session will cover an aspect of making an impact, from identifying opportunities for change, to market fit, and planning for scale. We will feature conversations with social entrepreneurs from MIT Solve’s portfolio. Each student will get hands-on mentoring from established leaders within the Solve, MIT, and Kendall Square ecosystem. This includes visits to MIT labs and offices in the Cambridge innovation community. Through these speakers and field trips, students will gain a greater understanding of how technology-based, impactful solutions can address global challenges. 

At the end of the semester, students will be confident in their ability to identify and address social and environmental problems. They will understand the relevance of this work for their time at MIT. They will see how to bring their ideas to fruition and extend their ties with the Solve community.

This 13-week course is open to MIT first-year undergraduate students. Click here to learn more and sign up.

Guest speakers include:

  • Melissa Corto, Co-Founder and CEO, Education Modified; Solver
  • Desh Deshpande, The Deshpande Foundation
  • Sorin Grama, Co-Founder and CEO, Transaera; Co-Instructor, MIT D-LAB
  • Alan Khazei, Founder and CEO, "Be The Change"
  • Namya Mahajan, Managing Director, Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA)
  • Eleanor Murphy, Director of Philanthropy and Engagement, Acumen
  • Doug Rauch, Board Member, Conscious Capitalism; Founder, Daily Table; Former President, Trader Joe's
  • Jeff Shames, Senior Strategy Advisor, Rockefeller Capital Management; Executive in Residence, MIT Sloan
  • Megan Smith, CEO, shift7; 3rd US Chief Technology Officer; Entrepreneur; Engineer
  • Cheryl Yaffe Kiser, Executive Director, The Lewis Institute and Babson Social Innovation Lab
  • You Wu, Chief Technology Officer, WatchTower Robotics; Solver

Learn more about the course here

Photo: Solver Access Afya

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