A sarpanch, or head village decision-maker, in India. Photocredit, clevercort, MIT J-PAL
MIT is working to advance solutions to major issues in energy, education, the environment, and health. For example: How can we reduce morbidity and mortality in cancer cases? How can we halve carbon output by 2050? How can we provide quality education to all people who wish to learn?
Framing the questions
As the editors of the journal Nature have said, framing such questions effectively — incorporating all factors that influence the issue — is a key to generating successful solutions. Science and technology are essential tools for innovation, and to reap their full potential, we also need to articulate and solve the many aspects of today’s global issues that are rooted in the political, cultural, and economic realities of the human world.
With that mission in mind, MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences has launched The Human Factor Series — an ongoing collection of stories and interviews that highlight research and perspectives on the human dimensions of global challenges. Contributors to this series describe humanities, arts, and social science research that generates social innovation, and share ideas for cultivating the sociotechnical collaborations that are needed to solve the major civilizational issues of our time.
Take a look!
Interviews and Stories