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Launching a digital course through Duke and Coursera called Innovation & Design for Global Grand Challenges

Launching a digital course through Duke and Coursera called Innovation & Design for Global Grand Challenges

Professor Dr Zeba I. Seraj at the DMB, Dhaka University has forwarded the following conveyed to her by Dr. Alex Dehgan, thinking that this may be of interest to the PEER community

Dear Fellow Fellows,

On Monday, June 20th, I am launching a digital course through Duke and Coursera called Innovation & Design for Global Grand Challenges.  It is about how to harness exponential technology, open innovation, and entrepreneurship to address some of the world’s toughest challenges around the Sustainable Development Goals.  The course is free, and it represents 18 months of work and hundreds of thousands of dollars of investment by myself and Duke as a means to build a new tribe of innovators and solvers around the world to take on these problems.

The course involves multiple of our 40@40 AAAS fellows, including Paul Bunje (X Prize, Conservation X Labs), and Krista Donaldson, CEO of D-Rev, along with 23 additional co-faculty who are heads of major conservation organizations (WWF, WCS, Freeland), global development leaders including a former USAID Administrator and Deputy Administrator, former head of Feed the future for the USG, and tech innovators such as Planet Labs, X Prize, Indiegogo, and way to many national geographic explorers.

This course will study current global challenges in conservation and development, including changes currently transforming both sectors, and explore how to create and harness technological, behavioral, and financial innovations to improve the efficacy, speed, cost, sustainability and scale of current solutions.  The course will cover principals of design for the bottom of the pyramid, on harnessing and developing disruptive technologies, principles of behavior and marketing, and overcoming the challenges with setting up social ventures.  The course will also guide participants in how to question assumptions within conservation and development, and disrupt traditional conservation & development models, and create and execute new enterprises to replace those models.

As my goal is to get 100,000 people to take this course in 100 countries within one year, I could use your help in spreading the word through your networks and institutions.  I also hope you may be interested in some of the amazing lectures in the course as well – you are welcome to peruse them without taking the course.

There is a welcome video here: https://warpwire.duke.edu/w/5TABAA/

To register, visit https://www.coursera.org/learn/grand-challenges

Alex Dehgan

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