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Sandra O Archibald
PB AF 599
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Study and analysis of special topics in public affairs. Topics vary each quarter depending on curricular needs and interests of students and faculty.

Class description

WINTER TERM: Introduction to Prize Philanthropy (2 credit seminar)

In this course leading innovators and philanthropists will introduce how prize philanthropy can foster innovation to solve global challenges including energy, the environment, health and education. Students enrolled in this course will have priority to register for the X Prize Laboratory course Spring 2010, in which students will create and propose a design for a new X Prize. The X Prize is a private foundation which develops $1-10 million dollar prize awards to encourage transformative social and economic transformation. For more information see www.xprize.org . The Evans School UW is one of two X-Prize Lab offerings in the US with MIT being the other.

SPRING TERM: Prize Philanthropy: X Prize Grand Challenges Workshop (3 credit course, 1 3-hr block per week)

The 2004 Ansari X PRIZE for suborbital spaceflight inspired public imagination and revolutionized the space industry, leveraging a $10M prize into over $100M in innovation. Building on this success, the X PRIZE Foundation is developing new prizes to address the Grand Challenges of our time, including energy and the environment, healthcare, and education. This course will examine prize philanthropy and innovation, to help develop a framework for maximizing the impact of potential future prizes in the area of sustainable water resource management. The course will study the intersection of incentives and innovation, drawing on economic models, historic examples, and recent experience of the X PRIZE Foundation.

Student learning goals

Articulate the features of incentive prizes and contexts in which they are most effective;

describe incentive prizes in the context of existing economic models of innovation;

analyze effective areas for investment of limited resources;

understand some of the technological and systems-level blockages to sustainable water resource management in the developing world;

develop deep knowledge of a particular issue in sustainable water resource management through the term project experience;

work effectively in teams.

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Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 01/08/2010