Daily Dozen – Joi Ito

In 2006 I had the opportunity to become involved with MIT. It started with my attending a Communications Forum event on citizens’ media. I enjoyed the event and wrote a post on it. I attended a second on news, information and the wealth of networks and wrote about that one too. Links to both showed up on the Forum site so after the third I introduced myself to David Thorburn, the director of the Forum. To my surprise, he said they’d been looking for me because they thought my write-ups were good and asked if I’d be interested in acting as the Forum rapporteur. Of course I said yes.

Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to write about a number of Forum events. At some point I started photographing them as well. Apparently I was one of the few people able to take decent shots in the Bartos Theater. When I saw that the Emerging Technology Conference – emTech – was coming up I asked if I could attend. I was able to as the event photography and had a great time.

One of the most engaging speakers was Joi Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab. He discussed fostering innovation in a “fireside chat” with Jason Pontin, the editor-in-chief of the Technology Review. Ito has an intellect and a curiosity and an enthusiasm that is infectious. These all came across in his words during the event and I hope they come through in these 12 photographs as well.

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Daily Dozen – Women in Kendall Square

I liked putting together yesterday’s quick set of men on the street of New York. Being a little pressed for time today I’ve decided to take a similar approach to one of my favorite stomping grounds – Kendall Square in Cambridge. Between once working there, being involved with various activities at MIT and all the events that take place in and around Kendall it’s long been one of my favorite places. Hope you’ll enjoy today’s set.

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Social Media Club Event 3/24: Social Media in Government

The Social Media Club Boston will be hosting an event next Tuesday night at MIT. You can get more details and register on eventbright.

It’s a pretty nice panel so make a point of coming to check it out:

Brian Reich is the co-author of Media Rules! and a regular speaker and writer on the issues involving the impact of the internet and technology on politics, society, and the media. He is the editor of the blog Thinking about Media.

Matt Viser is a reporter in the City Hall Bureau for the Boston Globe’s City & Region section. He covers local and state politics and has written on such issues as Boston city politics, military base closures, and suburban growth.

Brad Blake is the Director of New Media and Online Strategy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where he guide’s the governor’s social media efforts.

Massachusetts State Senator Jennifer Flanagan serves as chair of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee, and vice chair of the Transportation Committee.