"My intention was to bring a wide range of voices into the Media Lab that we might not otherwise hear because I firmly believe that technology and engineering alone cannot address the complexity of the challenges we face in today’s world ... Addressing an issue as complex as climate change or public health require solutions involving philosophy and politics and anthropology -- a range of knowledge, skills and talents that we don’t necessarily have at the Lab.”
Anything at the intersection of anthropology and basketball is sure to catch my eye, and I'm curious to see what will come out of such an association.
Brown, who has positioned himself before as a leading voice in the NBA in trying to connect venture capitalists, CEOs, and innovators with athletes to spur new projects and ideas that may be beneficial not just to player careers and investments but society more generally, seems to enjoy seeking out synergy in life, a skill that could also translate to team-building in the future.
In a league being transformed by increasingly synergetic partnerships between sports science, medicine, analytics, and innovative approaches to the business side of things, having a eye to the future could be a huge benefit down the road a few seasons -- so long as the present isn't sacrificed in the process.