The World Has Deep Areas of Expertise. We Need Agility and Context

How do we mitigate the isolating effects of specialization and create a common space where people in every field can share ideas?

Most academics work alongside other academics in the same field to arrive at the deepest possible understanding of a particular subject. At the MIT Media Lab, researchers focus on breadth, not depth, of knowledge. 


The mission of the Media Lab - symbolized by its glass walls - is to mitigate the isolating effects of specialization by creating a common space where brilliant people in every field can share ideas, English major to mathematician.

That is why, in a lesson on Big Think Edge, the only forum on YouTube designed to help you get the skills you need to be successful in a rapidly changing world, Ito, the MIT Media Lab's executive director, says “the world is full of expertise, what it lacks is agility and context.”

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In Ito's lesson on Big Think Edge, we consider the following questions:
- How much interdepartmental collaboration happens in your organization?
- What are the structures that support or thwart interdepartmental collaboration in your organization?
- Does innovation in your company come from the top? Or is it encouraged at every level? 
In this lesson, you will learn to:

Leverage the Diversity of Team Members

  • Identify and respond to the individual needs and contributions of your team members.

  • Promote access to information resources; each team member is responsible for his or her own context.

  • Synthesize the diverse talents with the group.

  • Channel the collective momentum.

  • Organize for agility.

  • Take your team to the next level.

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