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[liberationtech] Jobs at Harvard's Digital Initiative

griffin at griffin at
Sun Dec 22 16:28:44 PST 2013

   There are some interesting positions that have opened up at Harvard 
business school's Digital Initiative (including coordinator).

(sorry Yosem, but I couldn't find the libtech jobs list address :x )



 From: "Maclay, Colin" <cmaclay at>
Date: December 22, 2013 at 5:13:55 PM EST
To: Berkman Friends <redacted>
Subject: [berkmanfriends] get a new job from old saint nick!

whether naughty or nice, we need your help launching the Digital 
Initiative at the harvard business school. we're building the core of 
our team, and over the next month or two will fill two key positions: 
coordinator and a data / technology lead. we have wonderful faculty 
leadership, great institutional commitment, an amazing extended 
community to draw upon along with the inspiration of the berkman center.

apply for the Coordinator role (and get a longer description) here and 
if you are interested in being our Data & Tech Lead, email me directly 
(we're still refining the position). If they sound like exciting 
personal and professional growth opportunities, that's the definitely 
the idea. there is more information below and don't hesitate to ask me 
if you have questions.

please share this with your networks and let me know if you are 
interested in being on our mailing list. if you are feeling pre-holiday 
gluttony, i suppose you can also follow @HBSdig -- it's quiet, but will 
pipe up before too long.

thank you and happy holidays!


This person will be a DI linchpin, helping on everything from 
organizational development to research to front-line communications. The 
coordinator will be able to: keep us on task and on time, drive sharing 
of what we learn and do in creative and effective ways (storytelling, 
multimedia, publications), and assist in the development and execution 
of research, programs (students, fellows, postdocs) and events (summits, 
workshops, interviews). We have high hopes, grand ambitions, and it's 
still too early to tell if we'll be limited by the sky -- and we are 
eager to get started! We value creativity and consider the embrace and 
understanding of digital/internet culture and principles a big plus.

Right now, we envision the Data & Tech Lead as someone who can, among 
other things, help us imagine and build exciting data and technical 
resources that will fuel DI and its larger community. Creativity, 
curiosity, technical chops, and people skills are essential for the Lead 
as they’ll help us to understand the digital transformation through 
both interpretation and experimentation, as a partner, creator, and 
advisor. Beyond any specialities, we hope this person will be a 
versatile data & tech athlete -- someone around which we can build the 
position, rather than the other way around.

DI is a start-up that seeks to understand and inform the digital 
transformation of business around the world through a dynamic mix of 
collaborative research, teaching and engagement that leverage the DI 
community. We hope to serve as an catalyst and facilitator as HBS 
undertakes digitally-inspired and empowered experimentation to innovate 
its practice and thinking.

We focus on the transformation of business in a digital, networked and 
media-rich environment, and hope to learn and share novel insights, 
approaches and values with the business world and beyond. Traversing HBS 
units, disciplines, methods and communities, DI unites a diverse group 
of scholars and practitioners around this dynamic space with a 
commitment to connecting rigorous research and practice to achieve real 
world impact among everyone from entrepreneurs to policy makers, 
innovators to researchers, and technologists to users.

As we plunge into a mix of cross-cutting discovery, learning and 
engagement, DI will embody values and practices that have emerged from 
the Internet ecosystem, embracing the potential of networks and 
platforms, the virtues of user-centered design and agile development, 
and knowing the power of collaboration, openness, interoperability, and 
experimentation. With a small core team and limited resources, we avoid 
duplication and identify activities uniquely suited to our approach and 
composition. We endeavor to catalyze and convene our community, to make 
connections and facilitate conversations that span too frequent gaps, 
ultimately fostering exploration of the intersections among disciplines, 
methods, sectors and geographies. We believe changing the world is 
serious fun.

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