A special message from Jonathan Taplin

As many of you know, it is with a mixture of nostalgia and excitement that I’m sharing the news that after 12 years of teaching at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and six years as founding Director of the Annenberg Innovation Lab, I plan to retire at the end of May. I can retire knowing that the Lab has a wonderful new leader, Colin Maclay, who has served as both Executive Director for the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard and more recently as Director of the Digital Business Initiative at the Harvard Business School.
 
I will remain on the board of the Lab as Director Emeritus and continue to work with Dean Wilson on various intitiatives including our Convergence Conference partnership with The Atlantic. I am writing a book, Sleeping Through a Revolution: The Secret History of Internet Power, which will be published by Little Brown & Co in March of 2017. In addition I plan to return to the film business working with both my daughter, Daniela Taplin Lundberg (Beasts of No Nation) and my first partner, Martin Scorsese
 
I am so proud of the work the Lab has accomplished in its first six years, especially as our three year Edison Project is wrapping up. I want to extend special thanks to our talented staff Erin Reilly, Rachelle Meredith, Sophie Madej and Aninoy Mahapatra. I also want to thank our founding faculty partners, Henry Jenkins, Francois Bar, Gabe Kahn, Susan Resnick-West, and Sasha Anawalt, without whose help and counsel the Lab would never exist. Most of all I want to thank Dean Wilson, who took a chance on me and the whole idea of an Innovation Lab six years ago. He has been a rock steady partner.
 
I have no doubt that the Lab will continue to be a strong leader in ushering in the Imagination Economy over the coming years and I am excited to see it deepen its research and practice in areas such as public policy, smart cities, while maintaining our leadership in the future of media.

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