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Joi Ito's Deep Dive

Joi Ito’s Deep Dive

Joi Ito has championed the MIT Media Lab's inter-disciplinary approach to problem-solving. That means instead of specializing, going deep enough in a number of fields in order to understand the nuances and connect with other experts.

JoiIto, the director of the MIT Media Lab, followed a very unorthodox career path. He dropped out of college but became a lifelong learner and a highly successful venture capitalist. At the MIT Media Lab, Ito has championed that institution’s inter-disciplinary approach to problem-solving. That means instead of specializing in a single discipline his team of researchers go deep enough in a number of fields in order to understand the nuances and connect with other experts and peers.



Ito has applied this philosophy in his own life as well. For example, he is an avid scuba diver. Not only has Ito participated in dangerous dives in which he feeds sharks, he has become an instructor as well. As Ito points out, “they have more tools for scuba diving instructors than our teachers do in elementary schools.” Scuba diving is a great model for teaching, Ito says, because you are shown exactly why you are learning something and it is immediately actionable.


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