While every EWB chapter is working hard to do the best for their partner communities, mistakes along the way are inevitable. Our chapter earnestly believes that the best way to foster successful projects is to encourage honest dialogue and create spaces in which everyone feels comfortable admitting to failures small and large, and takes the time to learn from those mistakes.
This belief led to the conception of The Failure Forum, which will take place on April 7th of 2018. This student-lead conference is dedicated to the candid discussion of failure in the context of EWB projects and the lessons that can be shared and learned when things go wrong. It aims to encourage student and professional engineers to speak up about a reality that sometimes seems taboo in the engineering service world. The event will be from approximately 12-7pm at Harvard University and will be followed by an informal chapter social.
What: A failure-themed EWB conference hosted by the Harvard student chapter
Where: Harvard University's Maxwell-Dworkin Building, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
When: Saturday, April 7th, 2018 from noon - 7pm
Why: To promote a culture where it's acceptable to talk about and learn from failure
How: Register here! It costs $20 per person but there is discounted $15 pp registration until March 17th.
Check back later for more information on food and parking.
Questions? Email email@example.com
Bree Carlson, Harvard University Environmental Health
Eric Lundborg, Engineers Without Borders-USA
EWB Project Failure Case Studies
Walt Walker, NYC State Representative
Heather Pieszala, Hartford Professional Chapter
Katrina Haidari and Samantha Schloder, University of Pittsburgh Chapter
Learning and Leading Through Failure
Alain Lempereur, University of Geneva and Brandeis University
Kelly McQueeney, Harvard University Environmental Health
Building Failure Resiliency
Bill Van Schalkwyk, Harvard University Environmental Health
Wally Higgins, WEB Consulting
Dave Sacco, Yale University chapter faculty advisor and ICP reviewer
|12-12:30pm||Welcome Panel||Intro to the Failure Forum|
|12:40-1:25pm||Northeast Region Talk||EWB-USA and Failure|
|1:35-2:20pm||Session 2||EWB Project Failure Case Studies|
|2:35-3:20pm||Meet and Mingle Failure Activity||Building an EWB Failure Community|
|3:30-4:30pm||Session 3||Leading and Learning Through Failure|
|4:30-5:30pm||Session 4||Building Failure Resiliency|