MS&E 75SI: Brainstorming India

Spring 2007-08

     [About the Class]    [Announcements]    [Class Time & Location]    [Lecture Schedule]    [Staff Info]    [Questions?]


About the Class

Brainstorming India was first offered in Spring '06 to capitalize on student enthusiasm for social entrepreneurship ventures in the developing world, and India in particular. The goals of this course are the following:
  1. to introduce students to existing problems and ongoing entrepreneurial efforts in the developing world,
  2. to equip students with brainstorming and design thinking skills to address these problems, and
  3. to provide students with real-world problem-solving experience.
Brainstorming India is open to all students interested in social entrepreneurship for the developing world. All we ask is that you bring your natural enthusiasm and thirst for learning.

Announcements

Date Announcements & Auxiliary Information
5/06/08Remember to bring $20 for food!
4/12/08Aurore: Anant's interview.
4/12/08The Snow Leopard Conservancy: Stuff 1, Stuff 2.
4/12/08ECOSS: Stuff 1, Stuff 2, Stuff 3, Stuff 4, Stuff 5, Stuff 6.
4/12/08Sristi videos that we saw in class.
4/12/08Client info: Aurore, Sristi (and Honey Bee Network), ECOSS, Snow Leopard Conservancy, Aquaya, and The Khadi Project (mail Sandhya).
3/31/08Registration: The class is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Axess is having issues with enrollment at present; if you'd like to take the class, please send in an application.
3/20/08Registered students will receive a free copy of "How to Change the World" by David Bornstein. Yay!
3/20/08 Join us on Facebook.
3/19/08Please email a completed application to brainstorming.india.08(at)gmail.com.
3/11/08The webpage is up and running!

Class Time & Location

Thursdays 6 PM - 8 PM
Bulding 160 (Wallenberg Hall), Room 120

Lecture Schedule (under construction)

Week
Date
Description
Readings
Handouts
1
4/3/08
Introductions
Required: "Caring, for Real", Small is Beautiful - E. F. Schumacher
Optional: "The Rain Kings", The Lords of Poverty - Graham Hancock
Syllabus
Slides
2
4/10/08
Meet the Clients
Required: "Products and Services for the BOP", The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid - C. K. Prahalad
Required: "Switching from Routine to Innovative Action: Weird Ideas that Work" - Robert Sutton
Role-Play
Questions on Reading
Slides
3
4/17/08
Brainstorming Together
Required:"The Light in My Head Went On: Fabio Roza, Brazil, Rural Electrification", How to Change the World - David Bornstein
Required: "Ten-Nine-Eight Childline", How to Change the World - David Bornstein
Slides
4
4/24/08
Design Thinking
Required: Can Cellphones End Global Poverty? - New York Times
Slides
5
5/1/08
Learning from the Real World
Required: Team Readings
Slides
6
5/8/08
Client Presentations I
Required:
Optional:
None
7
5/15/08
Prototyping & Iterative Design
Required:
Optional:
None
8
5/22/08
Make it Stick!
Required:
Optional:
None
9
5/29/08
BI Expo
Required:
Optional:
None
10
6/5/08
Out Into the Real World
Required:
Optional:
None

Staff Info

Caroline Ghosn
caro29(at)stanford.edu
 
Neha Kumar
nehak(at)stanford.edu
 
Jim Ratcliffe
jimr1(at)stanford.edu
 
Poorvi Rao
poorvi(at)stanford.edu
 
Anant Sudarshan
sudarshan(at)stanford.edu
 
Kaustubh Supekar
ksupekar(at)stanford.edu
 
Questions?

Q: How many units? How much time?
A: The class is being offered for 1 unit. Please budget 2-3 hours per week.