I find that the space between academic disciplines is actually bigger than the disciplines themselves.
The Media Lab's antidisciplinary approach takes place in those spaces. It's like working in the world of non-elephant animals. It's almost everything.
We can split our lives into two phases: Before Internet–when things moved at relatively slow speed and happened in somewhat predictable ways–and After Internet, when unpredictability reigned and everything was disrupted. Preexisting laws turned out to be local ordinances. Suddenly the cost of innovation went down so drastically that the old model of de-risk, fund, build didn't make any sense. Joi Ito takes us into this After-Internet world where the innovators are engineers and designers, and you don't need money or MBAs pre-launch. It is a world where the Internet is not just a technology, but a philosophy of permission-less innovation. After-Internet success requires rethinking our approach to innovation. It is a world that favors practice over theory, compasses over maps, and risk over safety.
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Media Lab director Joi Ito is a leading thinker and writer on innovation, global technology policy, and the role of the Internet in transforming society in substantial and positive ways. A vocal advocate of emergent democracy, privacy, and Internet freedom, Ito has served as both board chair and CEO of Creative Commons, and sits on the boards of Sony Corporation, Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The New York Times Company, and The Mozilla Foundation. In Japan, he was a founder of Digital Garage, and helped establish and later became CEO of the country’s first commercial Internet service provider. He was an early investor in numerous companies, including Flickr, Six Apart, Last.fm, littleBits, Formlabs, Kickstarter, and Twitter. Ito’s honors include TIME magazine’s "Cyber-Elite” listing in 1997 (at age 31) and selection as one of the "Global Leaders for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum (2001). In 2008, BusinessWeek named him one of the "25 Most Influential People on the Web." In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute. In 2013, he received an honorary D.Litt from The New School in New York City.