Creating Innovators

Creating Innovators

The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
A Harvard Graduate School education expert reveals the importance of innovation in American global competitiveness, profiling some of today's most compelling young innovators while explaining how they have succeeded through the unconventional methods of parents, teachers and mentors. 75,000 first printing.

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& Taylor

Reveals the importance of innovation in American global competitiveness, profiling some of today's most compelling young innovators while explaining how they have succeeded through the unconventional methods of parents, teachers, and mentors.

Simon and Schuster
IN THIS GROUNDBREAKING BOOK, education expert Tony Wagner provides a powerful rationale for developing an innovation-driven economy. He 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. Wagner identifies a pattern—a childhood of creative play leads to deep-seated interests, 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.

Wagner shows how we can apply this knowledge as educators and what parents can do to compensate for poor schooling. He 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 will change how we look at our schools and workplaces, and provide us with a road map for creating the change makers of tomorrow.

Creating Innovators will feature its own innovative elements: more than sixty original videos that expand on key ideas in the book through interviews with young innovators, teachers, writers, CEOs, and entrepreneurs, including Thomas Friedman, Dean Kamen, and Annmarie Neal. Produced by filmmaker Robert A. Compton, the videos are embedded into the ebook edition in video-enabled eReaders and accessible in this print edition via QR codes placed throughout the chapters or via www.creatinginnovators.com.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2012
Description: xviii, 270 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781451611496
1451611498
9781451611519
145161151X
Branch Call Number: 373 Wag
Additional Contributors: Compton, Robert A.

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Nov 06, 2015

The author proposes that "the solution to our economic and social challenges is […] One word: innovation."

He further proposes that we, as a country, out-innovate the other countries so we can produce and sell better products to them.

That's a very narrow-minded view of creativity. In fact, this is what's been done throughout history. Globalization, industrialization, colonization, ... were always based on exchanging 'better' products in return for resources and driving other countries into debt.

Not surprisingly, one of the first examples of innovators interviews in the book is about a student who created a sort of mowing machine attached to a bicycle and then, wait for it, started a company in Tanzania to sell to rural populations and even provided them with credit options.
Hey, selling shovels to rural workers so they can work for you and also pay interest! This is not innovation. This is has been done to death.

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"We have to become the country that produces more ideas to solve more different kinds of problems. We have to become the country that leads the way in developing the new technologies for a sustainable planet and affordable health care. We have to become the country that creates the new and better products, processes, and services that other countries want and need. We can no longer create wealth by outmanufacturing or outconsuming the rest of the world. We must outinnovate our economic competitors."

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