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THRIVE: Leading Through Change

A Conversation with Alan Ricks,
Co-Founder & COO of Mass Design Group

Thursday, May 25, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Babson Boston
100 High Street
Boston, MA 02210


MASS Design Group strives to improve people’s lives through architecture. By employing a deeply inclusive and participatory process with the local community, MASS works with local, regional, and national stakeholders to understand the needs and opportunities of a given project, delivering a building solution that prioritizes equity, dignity and beauty for its users and environs.

Alan Ricks co-founded MASS Design Group and as Chief Operating Officer manages global operations and leads projects ranging from architecture to policy—a portfolio that continues to expand the role of design in advancing a more equitable world.

MASS began in 2008 during the design and building of the Butaro District Hospital in Rwanda; a project with Partners In Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health. Since then, MASS has expanded to work in over a dozen countries in Africa and the Americas. MASS’s work spans the design of buildings, research, policy, education, and strategic planning.

Architecture is not neutral; it either helps or hurts. Architecture is a mechanism that projects its values far beyond a building’s walls and into the lives of communities and people. To acknowledge that architecture has this kind of agency and power is to acknowledge that buildings, and the industry that erects them, are as accountable for social injustices as they are critical levers to improve the communities they serve.

The stakes are too high, and the accountability too low, not to insist that architects do something to address these challenges. This is why MASS Design Group was started.


Event Schedule:
5:30 - 6:00 Check-in & Networking
6:00 - 7:00 Conversation with Alan
7:00 - 8:00 Networking Reception



About THRIVE: Leading Through Change

THRIVE is a series of conversations with founders, leaders and changemakers presented by Babson College, Leiden University Centre for Innovation and Free Range. We explore the techniques and mindsets they’ve relied on to adapt and grow in an age of constant disruption. Each conversation reveals the personal struggles, setbacks and breakthroughs these innovators have experienced — revealing stories rarely heard from inside some of the world’s most admired purpose-driven companies.

The THRIVE series hosts live events on the last Thursday of each month. Additional interviews, articles, tools and podcast are available on the THRIVE website.



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Who Should Attend?

For anyone starting, revitalizing or growing a business, THRIVE will change the way you face the future. This event is open to the public.

Will the event be recorded?

Yes, this event will be recorded. The conversation, transcript and highlights will be available following the event at freerange.com/thrive.

Questions?

Contact Emily Dransfield at thrive@freerange.com.



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