Collaborative Problem Solving for Development Challenges
More and more, social entrepreneurs see the value of co-working, social networking, partnering, and collective problem solving to address large development and innovation challenges. Participants in this workshop will hear from three different MIT programs Emerging Worlds, International Development Design Summits, and MIT-Lab that practice collective problem solving in different ways. Participants will have an opportunity to workshop solutions through collective problem solving methodology.
Libby Hsu of MIT D-Lab.
Instructor & Education Coordinator, MIT D-Lab
Libby graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received master's degrees in structural engineering and building technology from MIT. She became involved with D-Lab by taking the D-Lab: Schools class and traveling to Cambodia to work on alternative concretes. Now she co-teaches D-Lab: Energy and D-Lab: Development, coordinates D-Lab's student work in El Salvador, trains D-Lab trip leaders who are taking students to the field, and supports instructors and students in the D-Lab ecosystem. Additionally, Libby has been part of MIT's Mind+Hand+Heart Initiative since 2015, as part of the Increase Help Seeking working group. She speaks German and Spanish, and works as a freelance technical editor. In short, Libby strives to facilitate great communication for successful global and local collaborations. She also reads voraciously, knits, plays the piano, and talks about sanitation rights and toilet designs with anyone who will humor her.
Masters Candidate and Research Assistant, Personal Robotics Group, MIT Media Lab
Pedro Reynolds-Cuéllar is a Research Assistant at the Personal Robots Group. He received his Bachelor’s of Sciences in Linguistics and Language Philosophy from the National University of Colombia. His research focuses on exploring mechanisms through which intelligent agents such as robots can engage humans in self-reflective activities. His approach draws from principles of Affective Computing, Cultural Evolution, Cognitive Sciences, Linguistics, and Philosophy. He also contributes to the group on projects related to human-robot storytelling interactions and self-driven learning in the context of literacy. Prior to Personal Robots, he worked as part of the Learning Team at One Laptop per Child. He led numerous deployments in Colombia and Argentina and was the Head of Learning and Country Manager for OLPC Rwanda. He worked for several years at the MIT D-Lab as an Instructor and Researcher in the areas of intersection between low-cost technology, education, and waste management.