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MOOCs

Welcome to the MIT STLx Series.

MIT STLx  MOOCs aim to propagate the idea of socially responsible real estate entrepreneurship. The courses are designed for undergraduate and graduate students as well as industry professionals to learn the methods, practice, finance, and theory of real estate entrepreneurship as well as factors of environmental change, population growth, and urbanization in regard to preserving the welfare of those impacted by real estate projects. MIT STLx MOOCs will be available in Chinese through our strategic partnership with XuetangX in China. 

The Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab (STL Lab) was founded in January 2015 through a generous grant from alumnus Samuel Tak Lee (’62, ’64). Housed jointly in the Department  of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) and the Center for Real Estate (CRE) within the MIT School of Architecture + Planning (SA+P), the STL Lab brings together researchers and professionals from the fields of architecture, planning, and real estate to create and disseminate tools for a new generation of socially responsible entrepreneurs and academics.

Launch: Summer 2017

Instructor: Yu-Hung Hong, Director, The Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab 

Launch: Summer 2017

Instructor: Larry Susskind, Head, Environmental Policy and Planning Group; Professor, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Launch: Spring 2018

Instructors:

Bill Wheaton, Professor, MIT Center for Real Estate, Professor Emeritus, MIT Department of Economics

Siqi Zheng, Champion Professor & Faculty Director, The Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab; Associate Professor, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning/Center for Real Estate

Launch: Fall 2017

Instructors: 
David Geltner, Associate Director, Center for Real Estate; Professor, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Jing Wu, Associate Professor, Department of Construction Management, Tsinghua University 
Siqi Zheng, Champion Professor & Faculty Director, The Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab; Associate Professor, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning/Center for Real Estate

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This article originally appeared on Prof. Susskind's blog, September 13, 2016. Used with permission from author. 

I am trying to build a MOOC (an open course on line) that will help anyone engaged in real estate development, or any aspect of city redevelopment, think hard about their social responsibilities. To date, most discussion of social responsibility focuses on what is called Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). That is, what do corporations need to do to meet their social responsibilities? CSR is basically a form of “corporate self-regulation” or “active compliance” with the “spirit of the law,” “ethical standards” and “national or international norms”. By now, after several decades of discussion (and some serious scholarship), CSR advocates are prepared to make the case that corporate actors will have an easier time attracting the workers they want, enhancing their reputations and differentiating their brand, reducing regulatory scrutiny and improving relationships with their suppliers if they take environmental sustainability seriously, get involved in the communities where they operate (often through charitable giving) and avoid false advertising (and engage is what is known as ethical marketing). So, if corporations do “the right thing,” engage in corporate philanthropy and behave ethically they can count themselves as socially-responsible.

World Bank Interviewed Dr. Hong on the concept and implementation of "Land Readjustment". STL Lab will produce our first MOOC on this subject. 

In collaboration with the World Bank and Open Learning Campus, the STL Lab is producing a MOOC on innovative land development methods and urban regeneration.  In May 2016, the World Bank and the STL Lab conducted field visits to Guangdong, China to examine a creative approach called “land re-utilization” (or commonly referred to as land readjustment around the world).