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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (283 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tony Wagner Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781442354807
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Today’s young people are more independent, in-touch, tech-savvy, and entrepreneurial than previous generations, and less motivated by old-school rewards of grades and money. They want to create more than to consume, to be actors, not spectators, and, above all, to change the world in a positive, lasting way. At the same time, the global economy has shifted and our economic future depends on our ability to compete with the increasingly nimble and entrepreneurial workforces of countries such as India and China. The next generation has the potential to compete—if we can give them the innovation skills to realize it.

In this groundbreaking work, education expert Tony Wagner examines why innovation is imperative to our global competitiveness and profiles today’s most compelling young innovators. He reveals how they found their way because of parents, teachers, and mentors whose unconventional methods nurtured and developed curiosity, imagination, creativity, and initiative. In their experiences, Wagner discovered a surprisingly consistent pattern of play, passion, and purpose: a childhood of unstructured play led to finding their passions—often as adolescents, and the pursuit of those passions evolved into a deeper and more mature sense of purpose. It is this combination of play, passion, and purpose that is key to developing young people’s innovative capacity.

Wagner then looks more widely at the education system—especially colleges—and how we can better parent, teach, mentor, and manage young people to pick up where that system has failed. He takes listeners into the most innovative and cutting-edge schools and workplaces in the country, those that have been the most successful in fostering the skills needed for innovation: collaboration, critical thinking, entrepreneurship, and dynamic problem-solving. Throughout, he emphasizes ways that play, passion, and purpose can be incorporated into the culture of home, school, and work. The result is a timely and optimistic manifesto that will change how we look at innovation and the next generation’s potential to be changemakers.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dagmar | 2/19/2014

    " I loved the "Global Information Gap", but this one is slooow going for me (stuck in the intro after making several attempts to move through it). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitzi Moore | 2/18/2014

    " Businesses, schools, and even the military are recognizing the need for change. It is no longer enough to compel people to comply, we must expect them to innovate--to think, to collaborate, and to problem-solve. So says Wagner in his latest book, which is innovative in that it makes its case less through philosophy and statistics, but through the stories of successful individuals. Readers can also access video testimonials via QR codes throughout the book. I have even greater appreciation for Tony Wagner lately: he did an online interview with one of my high school freshmen this week for a project in my class. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melody | 2/5/2014

    " Liked the profiles of young innovators, but the rest of it felt repetitive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 1/27/2014

    " Read this book the first time as our student was preparing to graduate from Olin. Wagner covers Olin and the other innovative schools and colleges well, and makes me wish that more of our K-12 schools could provide this type of open-ended learning. The video interviews provided an interesting break in the reading, and sparked my curiosity to dig deeper into the programs and people. (And yes, we did encourage boredom, outside play, and pursuing passions while our children were growing up.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Larocque | 1/23/2014

    " Really interesting qualitative research on the lives of innovators, their teachers, and parents. What are the conditions and habits of innovators? Why don't schools and universities help develop them? What are the alternatives? Olin University is described a the model - check it out! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ms. Lawson | 1/15/2014

    " An absolute must read for educators. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scottanddaphne | 1/11/2014

    " Awsome book! Very thought provoking. A great start to initiating change in what has been a traditional way to educate children. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Qwerty | 12/23/2013

    " Follow your passion, repeat follow your passion, repeat again follow your passion. This may have been an interesting magazine length article, but as a book it is very repetitive and not all that insightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Weiss | 12/5/2013

    " Interesting look at a number of young innovators and what helped them get to where they are. Read a bit like a textbook at times but was definitely worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 12/3/2013

    " A fascinating book that takes an innovative look at how we create innovators. Many ideas to intrigue parents, educators and businesses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordon | 12/3/2013

    " A must read for any teacher, parent, or person involved in education. The future of America depends on our ability to educate and nurture innovators. Success will require a holistic and comprehensive approach from all of American society. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fabio Hurtado | 12/2/2013

    " I have read 90 pages - so far just a lot of individual stories and some general platitudes... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 4/19/2013

    " A ground breaking book in content and in format. A must read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catie | 1/23/2013

    " A tad on the repetitious side, but it has an interesting message about how education and parenting have been distracted by toys and rules. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polly Callahan | 12/25/2012

    " lots to think about, certainly doesn't support all the testing we do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theodore Carter | 11/26/2012

    " Interesting, but it feels as if based on the premise that we want all kids to grow up to be CEOs of new start ups, and I can't get behind that idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Desiree | 10/3/2012

    " Engaging read-- has something to say for parents, teachers, and teacher educators. I found the most points of connection with the recommendations for higher ed-- how do we create opportunities for contemplation, play, and innovation more regularly than the every-seven-years sabbatical affords? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 7/24/2012

    " Thought-provoking and depressing. Interesting companion to Outliers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 6/14/2012

    " A thought-provoking look at how we help our kids to develop those creative skills that lead to innovation "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/10/2012

    " Best education book I've read in a very, very long time. How to raise children who are makers and innovators. "

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About the Author
Author Tony WagnerTony Wagner currently serves as an Expert In Residence at Harvard University’s Innovation Lab. Previously he has worked as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, university professor, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility. Tony is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and the author of Creating Innovators and The Global Achievement Gap.
About the Narrator

Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others.