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Letter From the Editors

imageEditors Michelle Choate and Tom Witkowski

Economist Paul Romer’s counsel, “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste,” sets the tone for the cover story in this issue of the MIT Sloan Alumni Magazine. Indeed, that sentiment should set the tone for all that we do in these times. For, it is in this time of crisis that we can find many opportunities to innovate.

Today, we are focusing on economic and environmental sustainability. Printing a magazine and mailing it to more than 20,000 alumni and friends may be seen as in direct conflict with the goals of sustainability, yet the MIT Sloan Alumni Magazine is an important part of our work at the School. This is a tremendous opportunity for us to rethink how we do our job — not just our everyday jobs, but how we can better execute the larger mission of which all of us at MIT Sloan are a part: education, research, and engagement with the world.

To that end, we have made significant changes in how we are distributing the magazine. We also have begun an evolution in how we will facilitate communication between and among the School, alumni, friends, faculty, and students. With this issue we have significantly reduced the number of magazine copies that we are printing and mailing, from about 22,000 to about 7,000. To the majority of our alumni and friends, we are distributing this magazine electronically via email. And, we will continue to strengthen and improve the magazine's Web presence.

If you are reading this magazine in print, it is because you replied to our query in a recent e-Newsletter and specifically requested a print copy, or we do not have a current email address for you. This is very important to note as we strive to be more sustainable and communicate better with our alumni and friends.

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