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A Groundbreaking Book on Innovation

Education expert Tony Wagner and documentary filmmaker Robert Compton have teamed up to produce a powerful new book about developing an innovation-driven economy. They explore what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators.

In profiling compelling young innovators, the book reveals how the adults in their lives nurtured their creativity and sparked their imaginations, while teaching them to learn from failures and to persevere.

From the research, a pattern emerges—a childhood of creative play leads to deep-seated passions, which in adolescence and adulthood blossom into a deeper purpose for career and life goals. Play, passion, and purpose: these are the forces that drive young innovators.

More than a book on innovation, Creating Innovators is itself innovative in its format.  Using Quick Response Codes for smartphone, readers can access more than 60 online videos further explaining the story.

These short videos take readers to innovative schools like MIT’s Media Lab, Stanford’s Design School, High Tech High and Olin College. And readers get to know the young innovators in a unique way – traveling as far away as Guatemala and Africa.

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