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The Community Problem-Solving Project @ MIT
by Xavier de Souza Briggs, Launched 2003-2005

Launched by Xav Briggs in 2003, this site offers a set of process-focused tools, with strategic advice for organizing stakeholders, planning together, building more effective partnerships, making the most of 'intermediary' organizations, and negotiating effectively--all in the context of local, collective problem solving.


Sustainable and Equitable Neighborhood Revitalization
DUSP-DUyOT parallel workshop, Launched Spring 2012

This website is the online presence of the DUSP-DUyOT parallel workshop about Sustainable and Equitable Neighborhood Revitalization, organized between the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Departamento de Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio (DUyOT), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), with support from MISTI-Spain, the Spanish Ministry of Education and CoLab.

The collaboration project consisted of the development of a parallel workshop between urban planning graduate students from DUyOT-UPM and DUSP-MIT. Students worked on the revitalization of a neighborhood in their city –Fields Corner, Dorchester, Boston, for DUSP students and Ciudad de Los Ángeles, Madrid, for DUyOT students. In both cases, students worked as a team to develop a professional report for a real client, a community-based organization. In order to enhance the exchange of information and methodologies, students connected several times along the course of the semester through skype, and shared their reflections in this blog.

This pedagogical experiment took place in the spring semester of 2012 and was coordinated by Patricia Molina Costa.


Future of the Piedras River Project
Produced as part of the Puerto Rico Practicum course by graduate students in urban planning from MIT and the University of Puerto Rico between September 2011 and February 2012.

The site includes an Interactive map of the Piedras River that documents community member profiles and narratives along the watershed.

Sitio web del Proyecto El Futuro del Río Piedras, creado dentro del marco del curso práctico realizado entre septiembre del 2011 y febrero del 2012 con estudiantes de posgrado en planificación urbana de la Universidad de Puerto Rico y MIT. El sitio incluye un mapa interactivo del Río Piedras que documenta varias narrativas y perfiles de miembros de comunidades dentro de la cuenca.


2010 MIT Cooperatives Reading Group
by Carlos Espinoza-Toro and Stephanie Ritoper, Launched Fall 2010

This is a repository of resources from the Fall 2010 student-driven reading group on worker-owned cooperatives, housed within MIT’s Community Innovators Lab (CoLab). Students organized the class into six sessions to examine down the nuts and bolts of cooperatives.


Green Grease Project Website
by MIT Student IDEAS Competition Winners and Libby McDonald, Launched July 2010

Public website offering a conversion manual, a how-to film, a blog of student activity implementing WVO technology in Brazil, and a description of partner organizations.


Cartagena Practicum Website
by Cartagena Practicum Participants, Launched March 2010

Public Website presenting the information collected to develop recommendations for the intervention in the Bazurto Market, including and interactive map of product supply chains to add a spatial dimension to the analysis.


Reflective Practice: An Approach for Expanding Your Learning Frontiers
by Ceasar McDowell, Claudia Canepa, Sebastiao Ferriera, January 2007

This mini-course is an introduction to the approach of Reflective Practice developed by Donald Schön. It is an approach that enables professionals to understand how they use their knowledge in practical situations and how they can combine practice and learning in a more effective way. Taught in January 2007 by MIT Professor Ceasar McDowell and CoLab Visiting Scholar Sebastiao Mendonca Ferreira, it is free through MIT OpenCourseWare.


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