What's the Big Idea?
for School Groups
Teaching American History Seminar
Books and Publications
The Collaborative has partnered with schools, foundations
and civic organizations to create one-of-a-kind resources
which bring Boston's history to life.
What's the Big Idea?
Thanks to a grant from the Yawkey Foundation, we developed
a live performance for 3rd graders aligned
to state Social Studies standards. The show is performed
in conjunction with CityStage
and the Boston Children's
. Schedule Information is available by calling
(617)-426-8433. An accompanying book
is currently in production. <Press
- Teaching American History
In cooperation with the Boston Public Schools, the Collaborative
hosts an annual summer colloquium for history teachers. Past Teacher's
Institute topics have included: "The Inventive Foundations of Early American
Industrialization" and "Colonial Settlement to the Revolution."
Professors Merritt Roe Smith and Pauline Maier, leading historians at MIT and authors of the textbook
Inventing America, have lead the 4-day institute for middle and high
school teachers that will focus on the theme of innovation and invention--political, social, and
People & Places Behind Boston’s
A performance and tour highlighting the sites and
stories that have made Boston and Cambridge a nexus
of innovation. Through a live performance, tour guests
meet the creative, ambitious, and rebellious inventors
of Boston and hear their stories of passion and perseverance.
Stops on the tour include Massachusetts General Hospital's
Ether Dome, the MIT Museum, and the Mary Baker Eddy
Library. <Press Coverage> **We are not
currently offering the Innovation Odyssey Tour, but may again in the future.
- Books and
In 2003 the Collaborative published a landmark collection
of innovation vignettes which provides the most comprehensive
view of the city's historic culture of innovation. In 2004,
the Boston Foundation supported the creation of a guide
to Social Innovation, which includes breakthroughs in education,
civic life and the arts.