Last night, Tim Rowe, founder and CEO of the Cambridge Innovation Center, interviewed MIT Media Lab Director, Joi Ito, in a fireside chat hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum at MIT’s Stata Center. Ito shared his story, from childhood in Detroit through helping start Japan’s first ISP in his “toilet” to his point of view on learning versus education, and the role a place like the Media Lab can play in facilitating discovery and driving innovation.
We’re lucky to have Joi Ito now call Boston home; he’s one of the technology world’s true rock stars. His story is one full of daring, vision—and self-effacing humor—that more of our neighbors should hear. A few takeaways that lingered with me:
“What was the bug became the feature.”
Ito attended elementary and early junior high in Detroit, where he was the only Japanese student in a place and time where, to put it mildly, it wasn’t popular to be Japanese. He felt trapped by the structure and routine of his traditional school. Ito wound up graduating from an international school in Japan where he found that his ability to successfully navigate between American and Japanese culture became a noticeable strength. Where he’d been at the bottom in his junior high school, he found himself at the top of his high school class. The bug had become the feature.
Paying attention to what happens on the periphery, outside of conventional bounds became the lens through which he saw the world. He described the work of the MIT Media Lab as being distinctive and ingenious because of the undirected research that happens there. ‘Peripheral’ ideas have the time to develop and evolve. Captains of industry are not invited to pursue narrowly scoped, incremental innovation through projects like “developing the new sharpest razor blade” but are encouraged to sponsor the lab and to encounter serendipitous learning via the 300 people making new connections across disciplines who work there.
So many of us in the startup community wound up here because, like Joi Ito, we believe continuous learning can lead to major breakthroughs—new products, services, and solutions that can change the world.
Boston’s entrepreneurial eco-system is shifting into high gear right now. New solutions to how we share news, gather and meet, continue learning, get feedback on what we’re doing, and find the resources we need are springing up every month. What are the things on the periphery in Boston’s entrepreneurial eco-system right now that are exciting you? What nascent ideas need more fans? What gaps in the system need more attention? Where are the places you look for serendipity?
ments in advancing a converging field; open can be one segment of experience but course might be privately adapted for specific segments; doesnt not have to be a course (historically predicated structures based on how many bodies can you fit in a room for how long)
16.56 edx sees OLA as the core module -Online Learning Activities - courses become sequences of OLAs - many faculty members are not doing whole courses but small sequence of OLA- what we are trying to od is modularity can you design an Ola with a front end and an back end that enables it to thread very effectively
29.54 -a revolution in collaboration - with colleges at all stages of education, with publishers , with cities eg Bostonx Harvard & MIT Partner with the City of Boston to Offer Online Courses & Job Training to All Residents , with media ,,, search bostonX…
B inspired by twice Chilean President and once UN for Women President Michelle Bachelet
YWAm2 -summits organised by millennials (25-35 professionals as worlds most educated- connected)
YWAm3 Partners of American "University of Stars" and womenuni.com Connecting twin future capitals of youth jobs olympics- 21st C most value multiply event
YWAm4 American millennial partners of who's open education who
YWAm5 - american friends of free nursing college as core to co-creating next half billion jobs of girls and sustainable communities
BOM=BOSTON MILLENNIAL CHAPTERS
Boston as us number 1 open source youth hubs; mit as number 1 job cra=eating alumni network in world
BOM1 berners lee (cf Jack Ma)
BOM2 mit every students an entrepreneur
BOM3 mit media lab -open source wizard entrepreneurs and new commons
BOM30 Negroponte $100 Laptop
BOM31 Joi Ito
BOM32 reclaim our learning
BOM4 MIT open education movement
BO51 Legatum millennials and fans
BOM52 networks of cashless banking technolgists
BOM53 innovations journal
BOM6 partners in health/brigham womens hospital
BOM61 value chain networks club inspired by pih and world bank millenials
BOM64 Haiti training hospital - connector of neraly free nursing college
SF=San Francisco and Silicon Valley inspired Millennials
SF0 Stanford-Ma fan groups
SF1 Kiva and puddle and with san diego epteam
SF2 Khan Academy
SF3 Coursera segment interested in Open Learning Campus (also ondeman cousera)…
earch for patient capital investors and the most urgent social startups all over the world now that new laws for crowdfunding are expected in usa.
As I think I told you, as far as my knowledge goes there is nowhere in usa more exciting to network into than MIT. Is there anyone in Tokyo that you would recommend that I can put the MIT student in contact with during her January visit?
Happy 2013 Chris Macrae
on could be investing in starting with these 9 counrties in January 2013
developing countries: Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Peru,
developed countries: France, USA, Austria, Jaoan
-in many cases the hunts in the developed nations will be searching for patient investors or twin projects while the hunt in developing countries will be inspired by their most urgent local goals
If you are able to linkin who/where to interview across this map or are interested in including other countrues- happy to share ideas firstname.lastname@example.org
more from MIT…
email@example.com if you know of others
WV is a 4 hemisphere search for the 2013's human race's most exciting patient capital investment start-ups -for contacts rsvp firstname.lastname@example.org ref WV
VOS: vietnam-boston online secondary aims to connect the greatest secondary resources online and for real so as to increase number of secondary students in vietnam meriting scholarships to world class unis- vietnam is a pilot for other developing countries -for contact rsvp email@example.com ref VOS
coming soon more details on OpenIR, end GuttterOil, CrowdSys, 3cam, The Secondary Curriculum of Biogas Ovens - (lets end the use of kerosene, not only is its carbon bad for the environment but its a major lung-disease killer of childen and mothers)
Who We Are
Anna Waldman-Brown (MIT SB'11 Courses 8, 21W) worked with Ned and Aron to develop an alternative energy curriculum in Ghana last summer. She also taught classes on oil mining in Ecuador, and worked on photovoltaics and solar thermal technology in Nicaragua with D-Lab. Despite her comprehensive theoretical understanding of energy generation, she can successfully explain its concepts.
Aron Walker (MIT SB'07 Courses 10,12) is a fourth year U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania. He spent the first three years teaching high school chemistry, physics, mathematics, and geography, and is now training future science teachers. As the founder and coordinator of the Shika na Mikono Project (an effort by Peace Corps Volunteers to develop and disseminate methods for hands on science education with low cost and locally available materials), he has facilitated four Peace Corps trainings and a dozen official trainings for Tanzanian teachers. He has published a manual on hands-on science education for Peace Corps Volunteers and is currently authoring four other books, three of them in collaboration with the Tanzanian Ministry of Education.
Brianna Conrad (MIT SB'11 Courses 6-1, 8) has considerable hands-on electrical engineering experience, and has worked with wind power, photovoltaics, and solar thermal technology.
Fareeha Safir (MIT SB'13 Course 2) has worked for Global Cycle Solutions on a bicycle-powered grain mill, and with MIT's D-Lab to design a lighter rickshaw truss. As a member of Engineers Without Borders she has designed a solar powered lighting solution in collaboration with the community of Degeya, Uganda.
Edward Burnell (MIT SB'13 Course 2) worked with Anna last summer to develop a hands-on energy curriculum in the Ghana Fab Lab. Before making solar panels with Ghanaian high school students, he worked with Grace teaching grade school energy generation lessons in Ghana and at MIT's Edgerton Outreach Center. He designed and constructed the blades for a 600 Watt stall-control wind turbine, and is currently teaching a class in MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering class on the design and construction of small turbines.
Jessica Huang (MIT D-Lab Staff) has background in civil/environmental engineering and has worked with communities in Ecuador, Uganda, Honduras, Cambodia, India, Ghana, China and Nicaragua. She also taught middle school and high school students about water issues and treatment technologies in Thailand and Egypt. When she was a student at Berkeley, she facilitated the “Energy 101” course for the minor program in the Energy and Resources Department for 5 semesters. Before coming to D-Lab, she did a fellowship at Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection, where she researched innovations in renewable energy and energy efficiency and developed strategies to communicate them to policymakers, business leaders, and people from all walks of life. She is now working at D-Lab on education initiatives and helping to coordinate projects in Southeast Asia.
Madeline Hickman (MIT SB'11 Course 2) has spent several months working with D-Lab community partners in Ghana, Kenya, and India, including work on bicycle rickshaws and motorized mobility aids. She has worked on projects related to both education and alternative energy in the developing world, and has mentored several design classes at MIT. She raced across Australia with the MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team, and once taught workshops with several teammates at a school in Hong Kong.
Grace Kane (MIT SB'11 Course 2) worked with D-Lab health for a week in Nicaragua, and traveled throughout Ghana with D-Lab over IAP. She has taught engineering classes for high schoolers at both the Boston Fab Lab and the Edgerton Center for several years, as has worked as a teaching assistant in ESG. She has conducted research in ocean engineering and fluid dynamics, and has previously researched alternative energy generation.
Michael Semone (Harvard SB'11, Course 2) worked closely with eighth grade students in Massachusetts to study “how students learn engineering” and practice inquiry-based and guided-teaching methods. In addition to his weekly presence in the classroom, Michael worked with small teams of undergraduates to produce demonstrations and activities for the eighth graders. Michael has professional experience in custom product design and prototyping, including knowledge of industry and various manufacturing methods.
Heather Beem (MIT PhD '13 Course 2) has engineering experience that spans various sectors of academia and industry. Her current research is a cross of design and fluid mechanics, and it is uncovering new insight that could be applied to ocean/wind energy extraction. She looks forward to this project bringing together two things she enjoys: building things and working with students.…
orks would you like millions of youth to linkin with first - for example which of the Nobel Laureates at the series of world summits 2013 Warsaw, 2014 Cape Town, 2015 Atlanta could youth value most in turning a MOOC's training into jobs and interacting the millennium's most heroic collaboration goals
Please suggest ways I can use my time to accelerate massive pro-youth collaborations especially in open education -firstname.lastname@example.org washingtin dc hotline 1 301 881 1655
30 minute telephone interview with khan acamdey external affairs director
-90 minute interview with Rheingold in san francisco ; help form conscious capitalism chapter DC; interviewed some mooc youthy at MIT Boston; entered into MOOC competitiuon debriefing UCal Irvine next month; waiting for feedback on white paper on how BRAC can most help the MOOC world of youth
90 minute meeting in bocton with founder of www.coursolve.org- latest progress teamed up with a VA-hosted mooc s that a subcommunity of 100 computer science students got experience consulting to corporates- both Rheingold and coursolve illustrate how moocs are also a lab for all sorts of pro-youth subcommunities to form during mooc and sustain collaboration golas long after the mooc's 7-week showdown - please discuss ides of this sort anytime email@example.com -action begin monthly newsletter reported by youth on future of moocs and youth-led collaboration networks - first correpondents san Francisco, boston, oxford - we welcome hearing from potential youth correspondents who want to link in their capital
-13th meeting on how to start up a future capitalism chaper in dc
Advance Diary September includes:
6th time judging a pan-state yunus social business competition -see ning on jobs competitions - this time in new Hampshire; expecting to make 11th trip to Bangladesh
ent competition entrepreneur -an attempt to anticipate how to diarise main links during a year in boston
WSIE 2012- see attached for sort of entrepreneurial conference only boston can stage- according to previous head of mit lab- future's 5 greatest educational experiences and jobs hubs : media lab, ai lab, koch institute -nanotech, broad institute- genomics, brain and cognitive neuroscience building- nice student mag komaza on dev world
tell us your fav video at http://video.mit.edu/ firstname.lastname@example.org
LAB TOUR (rsvp email@example.com if we miss your fav) fablab http://fab.cba.mit.edu/ and how to make almost anything course ; media lab www.media.mit.edu..
ref year in life of MIT entrepreneur
sept012 note in the world col always worth a look as is d-lab
norman's family loves mit - here are some reasons why
http://entrepreneurship.mit.edu/impactrecent survey shows 25800 active companies founded by living MIT alumni generating 3.3 million jobs and $2 tn annual turnover - if they formed a nation this would be the world's 11th largest economy
MIT is helping other regions in world to model how to be their place's number 1 entrepreneur and job creating institute http://executive.mit.edu/mysloan/groups/detail/?id=132767
video here of joi ito on MIT Media Lab http://bigthink.com/ideas/41508
.Interview list sloan and entrepreneur center Edward Roberts..
Legatum Iqbal Quadir .. next event Oct 27Lemelson: ..
Media Lab : Rosalind Picard ... Brown feelows including Nicholas Sullivan author of books on mobilising villages
Beyond MIT- boston leader Linda Thomson of MLF - next event Boston code camp Boston epower house
Edx- Harvard - Bostonx -spaces where partners in health shares medical knowhow
mit100k co-ceo to 2013 Alice Francis during 4 hour judging session of early phase of accelerator contest
youth's leading crowdfund search network linkedin by Rodolfo Gonzalez
Harvard's most connected students in open education including TT Nguyen
developing world entrepreneurs at sloan start here http://seid.scripts.mit.edu/w/ and all mit entrepreneurs start at http://entrepreneurship.mit.edu/
MIT opencourse ware http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm external advisory board includes berners-lee, seely-brown, Creative Commons'Cathy Casserly; typical courses -Macroeconomic crises Sharmer extreme sustainability global e-lab; sustainability cases early stage capital note the highlights for hi schools http://ocw.mit.edu/high-school/
check out courses have full video
kids questions http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/Kids.html
map of 2.5 million chidren connected by MIT laptop project http://one.laptop.org/map
http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/ ... Laura coordinates youth competitions at International Development Initiative including Yunus Prize which in 2011-2012 is about creating jobs and sustainability with waste http://web.mit.edu/idi/yunus_2012.htm
Details from Lemelson web on enetrpreneur competitions at MIT and elsewhere:
To inspire the inventors of tomorrow, and help them take their ideas from the “Classroom to the Real World,” the Foundation supports programs that nurture a creative, problem-solving spirit in young people. Through our U.S. programs, we seek to develop the abilities of people who create cutting-edge technologies that fuel our economy, and to raise awareness of invention’s pivotal role in advancing human progress.
Funded programs and projects in the U.S. include:
Inspiring younger generations of inventors through the Lemelson-MIT Program’s prizes, awards and grants.
Sparking new technologies and companies through multi-disciplinary invention teams supported by the National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) at universities nationwide.
Celebrating the importance of invention in American life at the Smithsonian Institution’s Jerome & Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
Grants in the Foundation’s home state of Oregon, as well as additional U.S. grants that support invention and innovation education, particularly among girls and minority youth.
Read More: Lemelson-MIT Program Read More: NCIIA Read More: Lemelson Center at the Smithsonian
Tags: Iqbal Quadir, Press, Video
In this TV Ontario interview, Iqbal Quadir discusses how people in low-income countries have used mobile technology to increase their productivity and capitalize on economic opportunity.View online at TV Ontario >>
developing world alumni and their advisers boards 3 2 1
conferences - eg 2011 2010 http://legatum.mit.edu/content-628 includes 18 videos eg Mackey
journal : inaugural free issue includes:
Introduction to the Inaugural Issue
Philip Auerswald, Iqbal Quadir
Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization Winter 2006, Vol. 1, No. 1: 3–7.
First Page | PDF (78 KB) | PDF Plus (79 KB)
selection of other free downloads : mobile banking for poor 1 2 3 ; world class microcredit models 1 2 ; health for poor 1 2 3 ; other 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Sloan - still trying to re-discover norman's old contacts there while researching bio of von neumann and other futures
lemelson entrepreneur prizes year round
Each Media Lab faculty member and senior research scientist leads a research group that includes a number of graduate student researchers and often involves undergraduate researchers.
Rosalind W. Picard
How new technologies can help people better communicate, understand, and respond to affective information. rolsaling kindly gave us an hours peak at her work - revolutions include monitoring your pulse rate by looking into a computer screen and other vitals measurements that can now be done anywhere you are connected
How technology can be used to enhance human physical capability.
How to create new ways to capture and share visual information.
How new strategies for architectural design, mobility systems, and networked intelligence can make possible dynamic, evolving places that respond to the complexities of life.
How to create technical and social systems for sharing, prioritizing, organizing, and acting on information.
How to build machines that learn to use language in human-like ways, and develop tools and models to better understand how children learn to communicate and how adults behave.
How to integrate the world of information and services more naturally into our daily physical lives, enabling insight, inspiration, and interpersonal connections.
How to engage diverse audiences in creating their own technology by situating computation in new contexts and building tools to democratize engineering.
Alex 'Sandy' Pentland
How social networks can influence our lives in business, health, and governance, as well as technology adoption and diffusion.
How to create seamless and pervasive connections between our physical environments and information resources.
How to engage people in creative learning experiences.
César A. Hidalgo
How to transform data into knowledge.
How digital and fabrication technologies mediate between matter and environment to radically transform the design and construction of objects, buildings, and systems.
Joseph M. Jacobson
How to engineer at the limits of complexity with molecular-scale parts.
New Media Medicine
How radical new collaborations between doctors, patients, and communities will catalyze a revolution in human health.
V. Michael Bove
How sensing, understanding, and new interface technologies can change everyday life, the ways in which we communicate with one another, storytelling, and entertainment.
Opera of the Future
How musical composition, performance, and instrumentation can lead to innovative forms of expression, learning, and health.
How to build social robots that interact, collaborate, and learn with people as partners.
Joseph A. Paradiso
How sensor networks augment and mediate human experience, interaction, and perception.
Henry A. Lieberman
How software can act as an assistant to the user rather than a tool, by learning from interaction and by proactively anticipating the user's needs.
Speech + Mobility
How speech technologies and portable devices can enhance communication.
How to engineer intelligent neurotechnologies to repair pathology, augment cognition, and reveal insights into the human condition.
How to design seamless interfaces between humans, digital information, and the physical environment.
How to make scalable, mobile networks that enhance the social experience of real places.
MEDIA LAB BLOG
new years week 2008 - at first meet told yunus this was 2nd most exciting day of my life - first being birth of my daughter; I could never claim his knowledge or life passion of ending poverty but was passionate about every girl including my daughter's (and her peer networks) living productive and sustainable lives -especially as dad and I had researched since 1972 how the first net generation could make or break every greatest hyman goal depending on whether elder generations invested in youth -pro-youth economics
hence my family and i started journalising yunuschoolusa because i live in washington dc as well as everywhere else that wants to linkin most exciting pro-youth collaboration projects
the story of free nursing colege is told here
the question of how many of youth's 10000 greatest job creators will be linked by education is blogged here
designing yunus university in alabama depends on several innovation processes which we are trying to compile in one overall checklinks-
yunus experiments with student competitions
other experiments in student competitions
journalising connection between student chosen competition tracks and superapps
massive open online curriculum - tertiary; secondary
celebrating twin city leadership quests between dhaka and boston especially MIT
changing who mass media imposes on youth as heroines starts at www.singforhope.org using the model of universityofstars first keynoted in december 2004 at Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre in Delhi as par of Global Reconciliation 2004 which included an aundince of 500 advocates of Gandhi's bottom-up innovations (his main educational supporter having been maria montesorri - see also the world's largest school at Lucknow city montessori - a social business founded by 5 gandhi's mr and mrs jagdish gandhi 2 daughetrs and 1 son)
every child's a journalist not examination fodder - thelearningweb.net
other hubs of job creating youth of which orphanages is a very exciting case out of africa
Dad (Norman Macrae) created the genre Entrepreneurial Revolution to debate how to make the net generation the most productive and collaborative . We had first participated in computer assisted learning experiments in 1972. Welcome to more than 40 years of linking pro-youth economics networks- debating can the internet be the smartest media our species has ever collaborated around?
Foundation Norman Macrae- The Economist's Pro-Youth Economist
5801 Nicholson Lane Suite 404RockvilleMD20852 tel 301 881 1655 email firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 = 170th Year of The Economist being Founded to End Hunger
2010s = Worldwide Youth's most productive and collaborative decade
1972: Norman Macrae starts up Entrepreneurial Revolution debates in The Economist. Will we the peoples be in time to change 20th C largest system designs and make 2010s worldwide youth's most productive time? or will we go global in a way that ends sustainability of ever more villages/communities? Drayton was inspired by this genre to coin social entrepreneur in 1978 ,,continue the futures debate here
world favorite moocs-40th annual top 10 league table