Get Good Stuff Done Collaborators

Want to make a difference in the world? This series provides the practical tools you'll need!

Get Good Stuff Done Workshops

Global Health & Ethical Challenges

Tuesday, December 5th 12pm, Location: 3-133

Panel Speakers
Dr. Howard Heller - MIT Medical and Harvard Medical School
Dr. Anjali Sastry - MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvard Medical School
Dr. Rich Fletcher – MIT Tata Center, D-Lab, Media Lab
Bryan Ranger – The Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Media Lab, D-Lab

What are common ethical challenges in global health experiences? How should a student prepare in advance, act while in-country, and work with program advisors? Join a workshop in which we address some of the ethical issues that arise when students participate in global health experiences in resource-limited settings. Students, hosts, MIT program staff, and faculty all need to examine potential ethical dilemmas, power dynamics, safety issues, and cultural context. While the focus is on global health, the lessons apply to health experiences in the US.

We will explore:

  • guiding principles established in the medical field and within education abroad, and how these are viewed in the context of medical school applications. 
  • how the “do no harm” principle applies in global health
  • facilitating productive and sustainable partnerships in global health
  • examples of ethical challenges that the panelists have faced

Sponsored by: MISTI & the PKG Center

Participatory Action Research

Tuesday, December 5th, 5-7:30pm, 9-255
RSVP: by email to Allegra Williams at

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.

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Organized by: CoLab


Past Events

Backdate your Resume

Thursday, September 21, 12-1:30pm Room 56-154

This session encourages participants to consider the experiences, goals, skills, and passions they had at an earlier age than is typically represented on a professional resume. We’ll use guided activities to help you reflect on what you valued and were excited about when you were a kid and when you were in high school, and how these things can help you as you explore your current purpose and direction.

Organized by: The PKG Center, Radius

Primary Market Research in Emerging Markets, Survey Instruments, IRB Compliance

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 4:30-7:00pm E70-1275 Dinner will be available.

Presenters: Elaine Chen, Lecturer and Entrepreneur in Residence; Michael Keohane and Mirabelle Daguerre, MIT COUHES. 

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Practice strategies for conducting primary market research in-country, developing survey instruments, observation techniques, and ensuring compliance with COUHES requirements. Led by entrepreneur in residence Elaine Chen, this session will give you the opportunity to practice your listening, observation, and interview skills.

Organized by: The Legatum Center, COUHES, and the Martin Trust Center

Planning For and Launching Your First Pilot

Friday, Oct. 6, 12 noon-1:30pm, E40 - Martin Trust Center Garage
Lunch will be available.

Presenter: Sorin Grama, Lecturer and Entrepreneur in Residence.
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Planning for your first pilot is a multi-step process. EIR Sorin Grama and Legatum Fellows will share frameworks for planning and launching pilots of hardware products, software, and mobile applications. Learn how to facilitate design thinking sessions and involve your customers and end-users in the prototyping process.

Organized by: The Legatum Center & Martin Trust Center

Idea? Customer? Where do I start?

Friday, Oct. 27, 11:30am-1:00pm Trust Center Garage (E40-163), Lunch will be available.

Presenters: Georgina Campbell Flatter, Senior Lecturer, and Sam Bhattacharyya, Co-founder of DotLearn.
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Learn how to segment your customer market and target your beachhead through the example of DotLearn. This session is a living case study led by Georgina Flatter to demonstrate the process of identifying customer personas and selecting your target market.

Organized by: The Legatum Center & Martin Trust Center

Fieldwork: Utilizing the User Research Framework to Get Good Stuff Done

Wednesday, November 1, 5:30-7:30pm, D-Lab Classroom N51-310 Dinner provided!
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Join us for a hands-on workshop, walking through D-Lab's User Research Framework. This workshop provides an introduction to undertaking ethical fieldwork, including the MIT COUHES (Internal Review Board) process, an overview of different fieldwork methods, observation exercises, strategies for gathering and analyzing data, and research planning.

Organized by: MIT D-Lab and the PKG Center

Creating Your Own Website to Get Good Stuff Done

Thursday, November 2, 12:00-1:30pm 3-133 Speakers: Tanya Abikoff and Alex Mozdzanowska

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An interactive workshop on learning the basics of making a website for your team or company using squarespace. Come with a laptop and ideas for your site. We will go over some basics and then spend most of our time building sites.

Organized by: MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund Program

Balancing Power & Influence: Reflective Practice While Getting Good Work Done

Tuesday, November 7, 5:00-7:00pm, W11-Main Dining Room
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An interactive workshop for students engaged (or thinking about engaging) in social impact work, that will consider how unbalanced power dynamics due to nationality, education, race, gender and income can sabotage the most well-intentioned project.

Dinner will be served!

Organized by: Radius, the PKG Center, and MIT D-Lab

Agile Project Management

Wednesday, November 8, 4:00-5:30pm 5-234 Speaker: Jonathan Odo

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Jonathan Odo, agile coach from athenahealth, will be giving a hands-on workshop on the basics of Agile Project Management. This is a workshop on the application of processes, methods, knowledge, skills and experiences to achieve project goals. If you are interested in fast and iterative development following the Lean Start-up methodology, don't miss this workshop!

Organized by: MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund Program

Equity 101: Avoiding the Biggest Mistake a Founder Can Make

Monday, November 13, 4:00-5:30pm 3-270
Speaker: Jake Gatof

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This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs and early-stage founders understand one of the most important corporate matters: the issuance of equity. The presentation will cover the basics of what makes up a Company’s equity structure, the different colors of equity, how to issue founder stock, how to set up an option pool, and the key corporate actions to take to properly issue stock, options or other securities without problems in the future. After a brief introduction, the workshop will take attendees through a simulation of a Board of Directors meeting and will aim to reveal common pitfalls and issues and how to avoid them.

The workshop will be led by Jake Gatof, one of the founding associates of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Boston office, where he practices corporate and securities law.

Organized by: MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund Program

Embracing Your Diversity Abroad: Getting Good Stuff Done as You

Monday, November 13, 5:00pm, Location: 5-217

Join Diversity Abroad's CEO & Founder, Andrew Gordon, to hear how 'Embracing Your Diversity Abroad' can set you apart from others personally, professionally, and academically. Many diverse students have already developed the skills needed to effectively navigate cross-cultural experiences abroad by overcoming challenges here in the US, such as negotiating one culture at home and another at school, speaking another language, and feeling ‘othered.’ Building upon this foundation, we'll explore the many ways that students from diverse backgrounds can prepare for the opportunities available through global experience by embracing their diversity abroad.

Sponsored by: Diversity & Community Involvement, DSL and MISTI​

A Systems Approach to Getting Good Stuff Done: Framing the Problem & Theory of Change

Thursday, November 16, 5:00-7:30pm Vannevar Bush Room, 10-105

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Every innovation has a "theory of change" associated with it - an explicit or implicit logic about how the new hardware, software, process, model, etc. will interrupt the status quo and produce different results. This workshop walks through a theory of change model to help us understand the complex web of steps to achieve change, to identify and articulate assumptions about why we think it will have an impact, and to identify gaps that should be addressed. We'll also utilize a systems and context mapping exercise to help identify multiple opportunities for social innovations in an issue area, leading us to understand where our own skills and expertise might best contribute to positive social impact.

Organized by: Brandeis Heller School for Social Policy & Management and the PKG Center

Communications and Storytelling

Friday, Nov. 17 -11:30am-1:00pm Trust Center Garage (E40-163), Lunch will be available.
Presenter: Nick Meyer, Lecturer and Entrepreneur in Residence

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The art and importance of storytelling, especially as an entrepreneur in the developing world is key to communicating your value proposition to your audience. This session offers exposure to storytelling frameworks and techniques for communicating vision and potential impact to different audiences. Shape your story for the broader impact-oriented community (impact investors, co-founders, and teammates).

Organized by: The Legatum Center and the Martin Trust Center

Getting Good Stuff Done Abroad: Safely Health, Safety, and Security Abroad Workshop

Wednesday, Nov. 29th at 5pm, Location 54-100 Green Building

Speakers: Todd Holmes, International Safety and Security & Griselda Gomez, MISTI

Organized by: MISTI and MIT International Safety and Security

Getting Good Stuff Done Collaboratively: Stakeholder Analysis & Engagement

Thursday, November 30, 5:00-7:00pm Vannevar Bush Room, 10-105

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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 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.

Organized by: Brandeis Heller School for Social Policy & Management, the PKG Center, REAP, and MIT D-Lab