In my last blog post I talked about how Pearson recognises that we can no longer be truly successful by keeping our data and content fenced in, and we can't tackle the biggest problems in education alone.
Organisations, governments and companies around the world are prying open their doors in order to better engage with audiences and fuel innovation by tapping into external resources. That’s because they, like Pearson, know that the only way to keep pace in an increasingly dynamic digital landscape is to challenge traditional models for developing new ideas.
Pearson has many gifted creators but no single company has a monopoly on talent. We have the opportunity to develop even more innovative products and services if we draw on great minds outside the company as well.
Having the right collaborators is crucial to this and that's why I am delighted that Pearson has agreed to be a corporate member of the MIT Media Lab, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Founded in 1985, the MIT Media Lab seeks to go beyond well-trod boundaries to design new technologies that allow people to create a better future – be it through science, architecture, music or ecology. The Financial Times’s science editor, Clive Cookson, recently did a terrific feature story for the FT Weekend Magazine that really brings it to life.
Pearson is delighted to work with the MIT Media Lab to find new approaches to education. If there is one area that by definition draws on all others, it is education, so we are looking forward to engaging with the great thinkers at the MIT Media Lab.
Together we hope to explore such areas as lifelong learning, literacy, and 21st century skills. Other possible topics include how learning spaces could be improved to support innovation, and how to make learning as attention grabbing as a game. Pearson also looks forward to undertaking projects and research that may have never occurred to us before, drawing on the creative brainpower swirling around the Media Lab and opportunities raised with other MIT Media Lab collaborators.
Pearson has long admired the MIT Media Lab, and we were honoured to welcome Lab director Joi Ito to a Pearson management meeting in Boston last year. Interviewed there by Pearson’s Chief Information Officer Genevieve Shore, Joi urged Pearson to be more open in its business, to listen to people from all walks of life, and to connect more deeply with them.
Pearson expects our new collaboration with the MIT Media Lab will advance his sound advice.