(Ethan and I are liveblogging #MediaLabIO sessions together this week. Here is the latest.)
In the final session of the first day of the Media Lab's spring meeting, Lab director Joi Ito introduced the council of advisors that are helping him shape his thinking about the Media Lab as the new director. Before bringing the advisors to the stage, Joi asked, "What matters most to us as a community?" The community is a thing with concentric rings, it's a pretty vague word. In the narrow circle of faculty meetings, the Media Lab faculty came to a rough agreement about what makes the Lab special. The answer was "Uniqueness, Impact, and Magic". At the Media Lab, Joi tells us, we're really good at uniqueness and magic, and we're pretty good at impact, but I think it's an area where we can improve.