I am a 2008 graduate of the Harvard Extension School’s ALM/Liberal Arts program, with a concentration in history. Much of my coursework related to Chinese history, and for my thesis I carried out an extensive computer content analysis of Xinhua (新華社), China’s official news agency, to gauge Beijing’s foreign policy priorities in Southeast Asia during the Deng Xiaoping era. This was a part-time program that I completed while helping raise two young children and working full time as a journalist.
While attending Harvard, I also wrote a blog about Harvard Extension called Harvard Extended. As the first unofficial online resource dedicated to the Extension School, it became quite influential, and still attracts a lot of traffic. There have been more than
500,000 750,000 1 million page views to date, and I continue to receive questions and comments about Harvard Extension courses, program requirements, and quality issues. I received an award from the Harvard Extension Student Association in 2021 for my blogging and advocacy efforts.
Several years after completing the ALM program I began full-time graduate studies at MIT Sloan as a Sloan Fellow. After graduating from Sloan, I co-founded a mobile software startup (which failed) and later a digital publishing venture (which is still going strong). You can learn about IN 30 MINUTES guides here.
I am also the creator of Lean Media, a framework that provides the tools and know-how to create media that resonates with audiences. In 2017, I published Lean Media: How to focus creativity, streamline production, and create media that audiences love.
John Maeda, former Head of Computational Design & Inclusion at Automattic, Inc. and author of The Laws of Simplicity, has praised the timeliness of Lean Media.
“Lamont has successfully taken concepts from the Lean Startup movement and applied them to media production projects. No longer can there be the ‘one visionary way’ — instead, there needs to be humility (know your customer) and incrementalism (test often) as the keys to creative outcomes.”
The book is available on Amazon and the Lean Media website.
Follow me on Twitter at @ilamont, or contact me by emailing lamont -at- sloan -dot- mit -dot- edu. I also maintain a Harvard Extension twitter feed (@harvardextended) with a distinctly independent perspective.
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