MOOC criticism is warranted. It should also be encouraged. If the MOOC is going to be the disruptive technology that solves for the ills that plague higher education, critics play an integral role...
...Breaking through the traditional ways of thinking allows entire ecosystems to develop around problems like environmental cleanup, revolutionizing higher education and even fighting human trafficking.
Today, d.light has reached ten million people in more than thirty countries.
Some ecosystems benefit from a backbone organization that serves as a central organizer and a source of accountability. In the social sector, this role often takes shape through clever public-private partnerships where there is often an integrator pulling the ecosystem together -- large academic institutions like MIT and Harvard in the online education market and Ashoka in the affordable housing ecosystem.
Consider d.light, the scrappy start-up focused on helping the one in four people globally who live without electricity.
d.light’s innovative designs caught the interest of the Omidyar Network, but enormous distribution challenges stood between the promising design and the billions of people who needed it in remote regions.
..The CEO of d.light was introduced to a representative of BRAC, the largest, most mature service provider in Bangladesh. This resulted in a pilot project to bring d.light’s products to five BRAC communities. Today, d.light has reached ten million people in more than thirty countries.
....Bybi was British social entrepreneur Oliver Maxwell’s idea to bring millions of honeybees to Copenhagen to create a sustainable honey industry. Working with the city, social organizations, beekeepers and Danish businesses, the project trains formerly homeless people and the long-term unemployed to become independent beekeepers. The city’s disadvantaged gain meaningful work (maintaining beehives on the rooftops of local businesses), and honeybees get safe, urban spaces to pollinate and prosper. What’s more, the organization creates a marketing machine for the local honey industry and good business.
Much like the unique, converging causes of a problem, the resulting problem-solving ecosystem emerges and expands through its own distinct process.