MIT Sloan Fellows Blog

MIT Sloan Fellows, alumni, and faculty put themselves in situations around the world where they believe they can have the most impact—and dig in to uncover truth in uncertainty, reason in chaos, and tackle the tough challenges from refreshingly new vantages.

New contest asks financial innovators to reinvent the retirement plan

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on January 2, 2019

The MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy(GCFP) at MIT Sloan has launched a contest to solicit new ideas for retirement plans. The competition is open to students, academics, investment professionals, financial advisors, pension fund managers, and experts in asset-liability management. For participants who propose the most well-reasoned, prudent, and implementable strategies, the GCFP will distribute prizes totaling $20,000 and will transmit the winning entries to policymakers. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2019. The motivation for launching the…
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What it takes to reach win-win

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on December 22, 2018

What is the true art of the deal? Is it about who can be more forceful? The most manipulative? Bruno Verdini believes a successful negotiation is when everybody leaves the table satisfied. Executive director of the MIT-Harvard Mexico Negotiation Program and author of the new book, “Winning Together: The Natural Resource Negotiation Playbook,” Verdini studied negotiations between the United States and Mexico over hydrocarbon drilling rights. What he learned was how conflicts can be resolved through proactive collaboration. Verdini explored age-old disputes…
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Alter your work environment to suit your mood—without ever leaving your desk

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on December 21, 2018

You are where you work—virtually, at least. A new project at the MIT Media Lab is examining how much your environment influences your mood, behavior, sleep, health—even your capacity for creativity. And it’s fine-tuning ways for individuals to control and change that environment. The project is called Mediated Atmosphere and is the work of the Media Lab’s Responsive Environments group, which focuses on augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception using sensor networks. In a time of declining worker…
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Tiny houses offer big benefit to Seattle’s homeless

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on December 16, 2018

Homelessness in Seattle might not grab the national headlines as it does in cities like New York and Los Angeles, but the city has the third-largest homeless population in the country, behind those other two metropolises. Seattle-based MIT alumna Sharon Lee has found one inventive solution to the crisis—tiny houses. Lee graduated from MIT in 1981 with degrees in architecture and city planning. She founded the Seattle-based Low Income Housing Institute in 1991 to provide a range of supportive service…
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Problem-led leadership: A new entrepreneurial model

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on December 9, 2018

CEO, entrepreneur, and theoretical neuroscientist, Vivienne Ming believes we should—and will—embrace cyborgs. Within the next generation, she recently told a packed audience at MIT Sloan, cognitive neuroprosthetics will “fundamentally change the definition of what it means to be human.” Cofounder of the machine learning company Socos Labs and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, Ming’s goal is to solve sticky dilemmas at the intersection of advanced technology, learning, and labor economics. Named one of Ten Women to…
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Lighting the world: MIT graduate student invents scalable solar

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on December 5, 2018

It’s tough to be competitive within the global marketplace when your company languishes for large spans of time off the power grid, but it’s a problem that people in many developing nations face. In his native Zimbabwe, Prosper Nyovanie says that life was continually lived in work-around mode as frequent electricity outages plagued the country. Realizing how crippling this was to Zimbabwe’s economic culture, Nyovanie set about looking for a solution. He found it in a scalable solar electric system…
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