October 16, 2013
at Children's Day School
Mission High School.
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The Making of
Young People that
Will Change the World
Play. Passion. Purpose.
According to Harvard educator and author Tony Wagner, these are
the forces that drive young innovators. And innovation, he believes, is today’s most essential
In his new book, Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People that Will Change the World,
Wagner explores ways in which we can nurture our children’s creativity and spark their
imaginations. He helps us understand how to teach young people to learn from their failures
and persevere, thus developing their capacities to become innovators. To illustrate his
research, Wagner profiles compelling young American innovators—such as Kirk Phelps,
who managed the development of Apple’s first iPhone, and Jodie Wu, who founded
a company that lets Tanzanian farmers generate bicycle-powered energy.
Wagner also introduces us to forward-thinking schools and workplaces across the country.
He explains how they are developing cultures of innovation based on collaboration,
interdisciplinary problem-solving, and intrinsic motivation.
Tony Wagner is the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship
Center at Harvard. His prior experience includes founding Harvard’s Change Leadership
Group; twelve years as a high school teacher, K-8 principal and university professor;
and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility. Tony earned an M.A.T.
and an Ed.D. at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He is the author of
numerous articles and five books. His 2008 book, The Global Achievement Gap, was an
international best seller.