Creating Innovators: The Making Of Young People Who Will Change The World

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Tony Wagner’s groundbreaking bestseller—“a road map for parents who want to sculpt their children into innovative thinkers” (USA TODAY) and a guide for “an employer looking to have a pipeline of creative talent” (Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO).

Harvard education expert Tony Wagner explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators. In profiling compelling young American innovators such as Kirk Phelps, product manager for Apple’s first iPhone, and Jodie Wu, who founded a company that builds bicycle-powered maize shellers in Tanzania, Wagner reveals how the adults in their lives nurtured their creativity and sparked their imaginations, while teaching them to learn from failures and persevere. Play, passion, and purpose: These are the forces that drive young innovators.

Wagner takes readers into the most forward-thinking schools, colleges, and workplaces in the country, where teachers and employers are developing cultures of innovation based on collaboration, interdisciplinary problem-solving, and intrinsic motivation. The result is a timely, provocative, and inspiring manifesto that offers crucial insight into creating the change makers of tomorrow.


  • CreatingInnovators 21 Ch5e

    Duration: 24min
  • CreatingInnovators 22 Ch6a

    Duration: 27min
  • CreatingInnovators 23 Ch6b

    Duration: 26min
  • CreatingInnovators 24 Ch6c

    Duration: 17min
  • CreatingInnovators 25 Ch6d

    Duration: 12min
  • CreatingInnovators 26 Conclusion

    Duration: 05min
  • CreatingInnovators 27 Epilogue

    Duration: 13min
  • CreatingInnovators 28 Afterword

    Duration: 04min
  • CreatingInnovators 29 Credits

    Duration: 01min
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