Anna Elliot ’03 inspires young entrepreneurs In hindsight, Anna Elliot’s reality TV series might seem like a media mogul’s strategy to build market share in developing countries. A reality television competition for aspiring and inspiring entrepreneurs, the first program...Read More
Tedd Saunders ’79 doesn’t like to say that he pioneered the green hotel movement. A third-generation hotelier, in 1989 he sold his family on the idea that they could reduce their environmental footprint, offer four-star service, and still make a profit. He wrote a book about...Read More
The Color Machine’s office is a Brooklyn artist’s loft: all open concept, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, polished concrete surfaces and jangling elevator cage. The space is a comfortable blend of well worn and cutting edge—a perfect place from which filmmaker...Read More
The Mei Mei Street Kitchen food truck is parked next to the Boston Public Library on a freezing December morning. Bundled Bostonians rush down the sidewalk intent on destinations. A few know that inside the truck the proprietors are preparing delicious, warm and comforting food...Read More
Pulling on the signature white coat every morning, ensconced in a Yale genetics lab, Althea Grant ’89 could have congratulated herself: her scientific career was right on track. Yet, she was not happy. More than fifteen years later, Althea wears a khaki Public Health Service...Read More
Excitement has been building for weeks, and not just among the dancers. Don’t count on talking your way into King Theatre without a ticket. The Winter Dance Concert may be the biggest draw all year on campus. Seats are “sold-out” for the three nights’ run. Some students...Read More
Milton’s fourth graders learn three core tenets of working with numbers: flexibility, efficiency and accuracy. In other words, their teacher Randy Schmidt says, finding the right answer is important, but it’s not quite enough. “Students often come in with just the accuracy...Read More
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Creativity Takes Courage
An attribute or a process, a sharply tuned skill set or perhaps a habit of mind—creativity is experiencing a surge of public acclaim. As a prerequisite for problem solving, or the key to successful marketing, or the route to new understanding, creativity is in demand. Writers trying to share what science has to say about creativity find avid readers. Public opinion leaders in diverse fields rank creativity among the essential skills as we try to resolve intractable issues, understand who we are, and learn to live with one another.
While we have much to learn about the mysteries of getting to new ideas, the journey can be tedious and long, frustrating and lonely before it reaches its reward. Milton alumni are known for a particular confidence in themselves and their ideas, as well as for the persistence and adaptability to see a project through to fruition. Their stories in this magazine provide evidence of courage in various shapes and colors.
We explore, also, how today’s Milton intentionally cultivates and celebrates creativity among our faculty and students.