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October 2013

IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner, hosted by MIT

October 10, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Walker Memorial, Building 50, MIT,
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Working on a project to help underserved communities? Need Funding? Want to recruit new members for your IDEAS Global Challenge team? Want to get involved, but don’t yet have an idea?

Then join the IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner, taking place at MIT from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, in Walker Memorial, Morss Hall, Building 50.

Come hear what IDEAS Global Challenge and hear what other creative social impact projects teams are getting started on. This is the chance to pitch your idea and recruit teammates or pitch your skills to get hired onto a team. With the first chance to submit an Initial Scope Statement two weeks away (10/24), here’s your chance to share your idea, meet teammates and form a team.

RSVP at http://bit.ly/UPOCTN or email globalchallenge-rsvp@mit.edu with “Generator” in the subject to sign-up for a 60-second pitch opportunity. Include the following information, choosing one of the following:

Category One – Recruit the IDEAS Dream Team
Category Two –  Get Yourself “Hired”

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2013 LIDS Symposium

October 18, 2013 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West,
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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This year’s LIDS Symposium, entitled “Trade and Entrepreneurship: Linking Local Growth to  Global Markets,” aims to highlight the legal, political, and economic barriers facing new businesses and aspiring exporters in developing countries. The symposium begins with the underlying notion that independent and sustainable development cannot occur without the emergence of successful, exportable domestic industries. While approaches such as microfinance gained traction in the past decade, efforts to grow subsistence-level producers and informal businesses into more efficient medium-sized enterprises in developing countries have remained frustratingly slow. Through the rich experience of the speakers, the 2013 LIDS symposium aims to exchange valuable lessons from NGOs, government, academia, and groundbreaking fieldwork in the search for solutions that to lead the way forward in this critical area of development.

Keynote Speaker: ABHIJIT BANERJEE
MIT Economist, Co-Founder of the Poverty Action Lab & Best Selling Author of POOR ECONOMICS

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LIDS Fall Social Event

October 24, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cambridge Common,
1667 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Now that things have calmed down – memos are in, the symposium has wrapped up – it’s time for the first purely social LIDS event of the fall! Mark your calendars for this Thursday evening for a LIDS-wide happy hour. Everyone is invited (yes, that means you!) – whether you’ve had a chance to join a project, attend a lunch talk, participate in our awesome symposium, or none of the above. If you consider yourself part of the LIDS family (or would like to), we’d love to see you this Thursday evening, 7:30 PM, at the Cambridge Common. For any questions in the meantime, contact Veronica Sauer (vjsauer@gmail.com).

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