The Power of Ideas

We shine a light on Boston’s new power class: the visionaries, idealists, and thinkers among us whose insights are transforming the way we live, work, learn, and play.

Edited by Janelle Nanos


The Power of Ideas | Boston Magazine

Photographs by Jeff Brown. Styling by Maryelle O’Rourke/Team.

Ideas have long been Boston’s most powerful export—our thought leaders are driving new developments in everything from technology to energy, culture to politics, education to healthcare. Most recently, a new generation of leaders has begun to collaborate with these innovators to address challenges in the public arena as well. To celebrate this unprecedented convergence of minds, we shine a light on Boston’s new power class: the visionaries, idealists, and thinkers among us whose insights are transforming the way we live, work, learn, and play—not only here in Boston, but around the world.

Icons & Visionaries

The Fixers

Leaders & Idealists

The Tastemakers

Scientists & Thinkers

Entrepreneurs & Innovators


  • Mumbles

    How bizarre that a magazine issue supposedly about the “Power of Ideas” features Doris Kearns Goodwin, a plagiarist, on its cover.

  • Roger O’Brien

    Tim Love’s ambition is boundless. I still remember when he tried to sell me on a new South Station above CA/T

  • Lauren Seto

    NBBJ’s Columbia Road project outshined Tim Love’s “Lock Park” at the BSA greenway review last night. No surprise, a full blown Tim tantrum came afterwards. I wouldn’t want to be Alice Brown; wish her the best