The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT and the Young Future Energy Leaders Program at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology are jointly organizing a unique summer program that will train social entrepreneurs in starting and running small businesses to extend energy access and enhance sustainable development for rural communities. The course, “Compassionate Young Leaders Program on Energy Access, Ethics and Development”, will take place in August in both Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and in the city of Leh, the capital of the state of Ladakh; a mountainous state of Northwestern India with plentiful natural resources, but limited electricity infrastructure.
The course will provide a hands-on introduction to sustainable development issues, off-grid energy technologies, and community-based business models, culminating in group projects that focus on expanding energy access for the local community. Half of the students will come from India, and half will start the course in the UAE and then travel to Leh. The cross-cultural exchange and opportunity for creating entrepreneurial teams with access to technical know-how, capital, and local knowledge will be a key outcome of the course. Trainers for the course will include experts from MIT and the Masdar Institute, as well as energy access practitioners with experience in starting small energy enterprises.
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Mike Halsall is Senior Network and Information Security Analyst at MIT, and currently sits on a number of steering committees for various Information Sharing and Analysis Centers. He has 18 years working in both corporate and academic environments, having held positions at IBM, AT&T, Bell Atlantic, Vermont Technical College and Middlebury College. As a fellow for The Center, he will be exploring various frameworks for making ethical decisions in the domain of computer security. Because one can’t discuss computer security without discussing privacy, privacy implications will be a dominant theme in the exploration of ethical decision making frameworks in the computer security field.