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


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. RSVP Here via Eventbrite 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. RSVP Here via Eventbrite.
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 E70-1275 Lunch will be available.

Presenters: Georgina Campbell Flatter, Senior Lecturer, and Sam Bhattacharyya, Co-founder of DotLearn. RSVP Here via Eventbrite.

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!

RSVP on Eventbrite: bit.ly/GGSDfieldwork (so we can get an accurate count for dinner)

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

Thursday, November 2, 12:00-1:30pm 3-133

Speakers: Tanya Abikoff and Alex Mozdzanowska

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 team building sites.

Organized by: Sandbox


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

Tuesday, November 7, 5:00-7:00pm W11-Main Dining Room

RSVP on Eventbrite: bit.ly/GGSDpower 

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

A workshop on the application of processes, methods, knowledge, skills and experiences to achieve project goals

Organized by: Sandbox


Basics of Equity

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

Speaker: Jake Gatof

An interactive workshop, which will cover the basics of equity for start-up founders.



Organized by: Sandbox


Getting Good Stuff Done Abroad: Embracing Your Diversity Abroad

Monday, November 13, 5:00pm

Location: 3-442

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

RSVP on Eventbrite

Every innovation has a "theory of change" associated with it - an explicity 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 (E70-1275) Lunch will be available.

Presenter: Nick Meyer, Lecturer and Entrepreneur in Residence RSVP Here via Eventbrite.

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

RSVP on Eventbrite

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


Global Health & Ethical Challenges

Tuesday, December 5th 12pm, Location TBD

Hosted by PKG & MISTI with speakers including Dr. Heller, Professor Anjali Sastry, HST PhD & D-Lab Instructor, Bryan Ranger, and former global health student interns. 

More info. soon


Participatory Action Research

Tuesday, December 5th 5-7pm 10-485

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.

RSVP: by email to Allegra Williams at Allegraw@mit.edu by November 13th. More info here: http://colab.mit.edu/news-events/events/participatory-action-research-workshop

Organized by: CoLab


Getting Good Stuff Done: As You Travel

Pre-Departure Prep: Wellbeing & Safety Abroad through the lens of gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabilities, religion, nationality, and financial need.

Wednesday, Dec, 13th at 5pm E40-496 Pye Conference Room

Presenters: Mala Ghosh, MISTI & Todd Holmes, International Safety and Security

Organized by: MISTI and MIT International Safety and Security