Informações sobre o curso
The purpose of this course is to introduce you to current global challenges in conservation and development, including changes in both sectors. This course will inspire you to rethink assumptions to address global challenges in conservation and development, and introduce you to new models and approaches that harness technological, behavioral, and financial innovation. This course will equip you with the insights, skills and approaches necessary to successfully overcome these obstacles. In addition, this course will provide participants with the tools, models, and approaches to address global grand challenges in conservation and development, to question fundamental assumptions, and to create and execute new solutions. Course participants will be trained in the processes around innovation and design to address global grand challenges. This includes content focused on constructing innovation pipelines, principals of design and engineering unique to the developing world and to conservation (Design for the Other 90%), on harnessing and developing disruptive technologies, principles of behavior and marketing, and on overcoming the challenges with setting up social ventures. The course format will facilitate the development of a global community of innovators who will help solve the current and future grand challenges our planet faces in conservation and development, and will encourage thinking about how to do so that rethinks traditional assumptions and approaches within both conservation and development. This course will leverage the incredible idealism and interest in social entrepreneurship, design, and innovation among the millennials, in the US and abroad, and is intended to appeal to those interested in the maker movement. It also seeks to engage individuals in the developing world who are closest to the problems of conservation and development, who would benefit from the approaches taught in the course, and who can leverage their own knowledge of local culture.

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Aprox. 27 horas restantes

Sugerido: 5 weeks of study, 8-10 hours/week
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Legendas: English

curso 100% online

Comece imediatamente e aprenda em seu próprio cronograma.
Beginner Level

Nível iniciante


Aprox. 27 horas restantes

Sugerido: 5 weeks of study, 8-10 hours/week
Comment Dots


Legendas: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


1 hour to complete

Welcome and Course Overview

This course will focus on new approaches to development problems that harness technological and financial innovations, coupled with entrepreneurship, to improve the scale, sustainability, and efficacy of development and conservation approaches. Specifically, the course will seek to ask: How can the next generation of technologies, coupled with new financial innovations and approaches, help address conservation and development challenges and rethink assumptions? How can science and technology help us deliver more services with less costly infrastructure? To achieve these goals, the course will be split into four segments: 1) Review of the major challenges, current approaches, and criticisms of those approaches for development, including what development has been effective; 2) Review of the major challenges for conservation and the current debate in the field of how we may transform conservation; 3) Rethinking assumptions to solving the grand challenges in conservation and development, including review of new technologies and innovations; and 4) Design, marketing, and entrepreneurship for addressing global grand challenges. <p> To get started, begin by watching the Welcome Video, view the Course Overview document, and review the Course Resources information I provided. I hope you enjoy the course!...
1 video (Total 3 min), 3 readings
Video1 videos
Reading3 readings
Course Overview10m
Guest Presenters10m
Feedback Survey Information10m
10 hours to complete

Grand Challenges of Development

Most stereotypes of the developing world paint a simple picture of a subsistence farmer with impoverished children. However, when we dig deeper into the data, we find the developing world exhibits substantial complexity that belies traditional stereotypes. In fact, many of our assumptions about the developing world and how to address its problems may be wrong. In this module we will review, with lectures and interviews with some of the world’s best experts on the subject, many of the Grand Challenges of Development—food security, global heath, governance & the rule of law, and response to humanitarian disasters. We will also review the global development-industrial complex, and how it both benefits and undermines the development aspirations of nation-states. Finally, this module engages deeply with two important development case studies: the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2014–2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, from those who have been at the front lines of the humanitarian response to these tragedies. To get started, begin by watching the video "Paradoxes in Development." ...
21 videos (Total 248 min), 6 readings, 6 quizzes
Video21 videos
Development's Grand Challenges6m
What Development Is Effective?11m
Risk and Failure in Development5m
The Role of Science and Entrepreneurship in Development6m
Development as a Complex System9m
The Governance of Development25m
Governance, Human Rights, and The Rule of Law for Development13m
An Introduction to Ending Hunger2m
What is Food Security?3m
Grand Challenges of Food Security23m
Subsistence Farming18m
Solutions for Food Security29m
What is Global Health?4m
The Causes of Mortality and Morbidity8m
Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases8m
Global Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases16m
Emerging Frontiers of Global Health4m
Humanitarian Response7m
Haiti Disaster and Its Aftermath17m
Ebola Case Study10m
Reading6 readings
Major Themes in Development Essential Reading30m
Development as a Complex System Essential Reading30m
Food Security Essential Reading30m
Global Health Essential Reading30m
Humanitarian Response Essential Reading10m
Feedback Survey10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Major Themes in Development15m
Development as a Complex System15m
Food Security Quiz20m
Global Health Quiz20m
Humanitarian Response Quiz6m


9 hours to complete

Grand Challenges in Conservation

We are in the middle of a period of extraordinary change on the planet, a sixth great mass extinction. Unlike the previous mass extinction events, this is the first extinction in Earth’s history that is driven by the actions of a single species. During this period, the earth has been fundamentally changing physically, chemically, biologically, and ecologically. The problems of extinction and habitat destruction are increasing exponentially, while our solutions are incremental. Conservation remains at times technophobic, risk-averse, reactionary, intransigent, and uninspiring, but it is changing. Much as humans have caused these problems, we have the ability to solve them. This module will present the Grand Challenges in Conservation, from wildlife trade, to energy, to climate change, to addressing the underlying drivers of global extinction. You will hear from leaders of some of the world’s most important conservation organizations working on these topics. We will examine the current debate underway in the future of conservation. <p> This week's module will demonstrate ways to: (1) apply our unparalleled innovation capacity and harness our technological advances to engineer resilience to global environmental changes; and (2) change demand and incentive structures to alter our behavior, and improve our ability to monitor and protect species around the world. Finally, this module looks in-depth at one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots, Madagascar, an 8th continent that has served as a laboratory for evolution. To get started, begin by watching the video "Conservation Grand Challenges."...
16 videos (Total 239 min), 5 readings, 6 quizzes
Video16 videos
Drivers of Distinction15m
The Sixth Extinction9m
Grand Challenges of the Oceans13m
Improving Energy Access For All16m
National Security and the Environment6m
The Future of Conservation10m
Novel Operating Space for Conservation15m
Rethinking Approaches to Conservation8m
Conservation Technology6m
Introduction to Wildlife Trafficking1m
The Wildlife Trafficking Crisis18m
The Solution Set14m
Social Change, Behavior Change, and Pressure Points17m
Madagascar's Biodiversity17m
Madagascar's Deep History49m
Reading5 readings
Conservation's Grand Challenges Essential Reading10m
The Future of Conservation Essential Reading10m
Wildlife Trafficking Essential Reading10m
Madagascar Case Example Essential Reading10m
Feedback Survey10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Conservation Grand Challenges Quiz8m
Future of Conservation4m
Wildlife Trafficking6m


10 hours to complete

Exponential Technology and Open Source Innovation

The democratization of science and technology has given us powerful new tools to apply to the grand challenges identified in previous modules. Technology has gained exponentially in processing power, memory capacity, sensor density and number, pixel capacity, and storage. Current advances in molecular biology are rivaling (and in some cases overtaking) the rate of change that we have seen in computing and information technology. The democratization of information technology, coupled with the global spread of mobile platforms, particularly smartphones, allows for revolutionary new approaches in conservation and development that were impossible a decade ago. We have new ways of monitoring the planet from low cost sensors on artisanal fishing boats, to drones and to nanosatellites, that allow us to monitor the planet at multiple scales with unprecedented resolution and cadence. 3D Printing allows for faster prototyping and decentralization of manufacturing. Greater degrees of global connectivity allow us to crowd source the world for new ideas through open innovation. Open source approaches can help develop and/or source new ideas or products, distribute the burden for collecting and analyzing data, co-design new solutions, and share in the burdens of research, publication, and funding, while simultaneously engaging the public. <p>This module is an introduction to these new tools and technologies for conservation and development through lectures, technology demos, and interviews with leading engineers, innovators, and entrepreneurs who are at the cutting edge of some of these areas. These interviews include leaders at Indiegogo, XPRIZE, Planet Labs, and USAID. You will receive an in-depth look at open source innovation, including how to run a crowdfunding campaign. You will closely examine the internal mechanics of two of the Grand Challenges for Development programs: maternal and child health, and using innovation to design a better protective suit for Ebola. <p> To get started, view the video "Emerging Technologies for Conservation and Development, Part 1."</p>...
13 videos (Total 288 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
Video13 videos
Emerging Technologies for Conservation and Development, Part 217m
3D Printing23m
Synthetic Biology39m
Conservation Technology Case Study20m
Synthetic Biology39m
Introduction to Open Source Innovation17m
How Prizes and Challenges Work31m
Grand Challenges Case Study: Saving Lives at Birth10m
Grand Challenges Case Study: Ebola12m
How Crowdfunding Works22m
Reading3 readings
Exponential Technologies Essential Readings10m
Open Source Innovation Essential Reading10m
Feedback Survey10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Exponential Technologies8m
Open Source Innovation10m


7 hours to complete

Behavioral Innovation, Financial Innovation, and Design

Behavior is the cutting edge of adaptation. It can be the fastest way to meaningful change and also the biggest barrier against it. Behavioral innovations such as incentives and rewards, harnessing competition and gamification, knowledge gaps, social pressure and networks, fear, self-identity and self-worth, and altruism provide powerful new tools to accelerate change and break down barriers. Financial innovations are a subset of behavior change. They include pay-for-performance mechanisms such as direct payments for conservation, advance market commitments, social impact bonds, conservation finance, conservation credit trading platforms, as well as harnessing new tools and platforms such as crowdfunding, microinsurance, microcredits, peer-to-peer lending, pay-as-you-go mechanisms, and franchise schemes. Finally, design is the application of behavioral science and anthropology to products and systems. When done well, design can integrate the needs of people and species; the possibilities of technology; and the demand for impact, sustainability, and scalability. <p> This week's content is an introduction to new models of behavioral and financial innovation, and design theory. This module features lectures and interviews with Asher Jay, a creative conservationist who uses art and marketing to end wildlife trafficking, Krista Donaldson, the CEO of Design Revolution (D-Rev), and Ron Gonen, the cofounder of Recyclebank, a model of how behavior change, technology, and entrepreneurship can solve environmental challenges.<p> To get started, view the video Design for Impact."</p>...
7 videos (Total 130 min), 4 readings, 5 quizzes
Video7 videos
Design Case Study: Fighting Jaundice18m
Behavior Change, Part 114m
Behavior Change, Part 218m
Behavior Change Case Study: The Art of the Wild23m
Financial Innovations for Conservation and Development25m
Financial Innovation Case Study: Recyclebank6m
Reading4 readings
Design Conservation and Development Essential Reading10m
Behavior Change Innovations Essential Reading10m
Financial Innovation Essential Reading10m
Feedback Survey10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Design for Conservation and Development4m
Behavior Changes Quiz4m
Financial Innovations Quiz6m


7 hours to complete


Once you have your idea or innovation, how do you translate it into an enterprise (entrepreneurship) or a startup within a company or institution (intrapreneurship)? How do you influence other companies to adopt your novel approach (extrapreneurship)? How do you create a social enterprise, a value-driven organization that borrows heavily from tools of the private sector, or a new for-profit venture that has a double bottom line – the twin aims of both profit and impact? This module is an introduction to the art of the start – from understanding how to think about your business model, to putting together a team, to pitching for funding, and getting to scale. <p> To get started, view the video "Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship."</p>...
10 videos (Total 135 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
Video10 videos
Social Entrepreneurship, Part 121m
Social Entrepreneurship, Part 216m
Getting to Scale35m
Art of the Start9m
Closing Remarks1m
What Makes a Pitch Effective19m
Example Pitches from Class15m
Reading3 readings
Entrepreneurship Essential Reading10m
Art of the Start Essential Reading10m
Feedback Survey10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Social Entrepreneurshihp, Extrapreneurship, and Intrapreneurship4m
Art of the Start Quiz2m

Top Reviews

By ASep 22nd 2016

Great course! Interesting, diverse topics with thought provoking speakers. A hidden gem of a course!

By MBJun 27th 2017

Very interesting, well structured, stimulating and demanding course! Thanks Alex!



Alex Dehgan, J.D., M.S., Ph.D

The Chanler Innovator in Residence and the Inaugural David M. Rubenstein Fellow

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