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America's Last Competitive Advantage

When information is ubiquitous and free, and when basic education is available to billions of people worldwide, only one set of skills can ensure this generation's economic future - the capacity for innovation.

What are the skills of innovators? Why is innovation so critical to America’s future—and to the future of the planet? What must parents, teachers, mentors, and employers do to develop the capacities of many more young people to be the innovators that they want to be—and that we need them to become? What do the best schools and colleges do to teach the skills of innovation? What are some of the most forward-looking employers doing to create a culture of innovation?

Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World addresses these questions through in-depth profiles of young innovators and the adults who have made a difference in their lives, as well as vivid descriptions of innovation-driven classrooms and places of work.

More than just a book about innovation, Creating Innovators is itself innovative. Acclaimed filmmaker Robert A. Compton, has produced more than 60 original videos, embedded in the book through QR codes, that expand on key ideas through interviews with young innovators, their parents, teachers, mentors, and senior executives from some of the world’s most innovative companies.

What people are saying about Creating Innovators:

"A must read for anyone interested in the education of our nation."
--Clayton Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School, and author, Disrupting Class.

"Creating Innovators is important reading for anyone concerned about the future."
--Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

"A pioneering and invaluable work about what it really takes to build innovation capability in society."
--John Kao, Chairman, Institute for Large Scale innovation and author of Innovation Nation

"Two passionate citizens, innovators in their own right, have produced a compelling prescription for our time."
--Mitch Daniels, Governor, State of Indiana





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