Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner audiobook

Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World

By Tony Wagner
Read by Holter Graham

Simon & Schuster Audio
9.39 Hours Unabridged
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Today’s young people are more independent, in-touch,tech-savvy, and entrepreneurial than previous generations, and less motivatedby old-school rewards of grades and money. They want to create more than toconsume, to be actors, not spectators, and, above all, to change the world in apositive, lasting way. At the same time, the global economy has shifted and oureconomic future depends on our ability to compete with the increasingly nimbleand entrepreneurial workforces of countries such as India and China. The nextgeneration has the potential to compete—if we can give them the innovationskills to realize it. In this groundbreaking work, education expert Tony Wagnerexamines why innovation is imperative to our global competitiveness andprofiles today’s most compelling young innovators. He reveals how they foundtheir way because of parents, teachers, and mentors whose unconventionalmethods nurtured and developed curiosity, imagination, creativity, andinitiative. In their experiences, Wagner discovered a surprisingly consistentpattern of play, passion, and purpose: a childhood of unstructured play led tofinding their passions—often as adolescents, and the pursuit of those passionsevolved into a deeper and more mature sense of purpose. It is this combinationof play, passion, and purpose that is key to developing young people’sinnovative capacity. Wagner then looks more widely at the educationsystem—especially colleges—and how we can better parent, teach, mentor, andmanage young people to pick up where that system has failed. He takes listenersinto the most innovative and cutting-edge schools and workplaces in thecountry, those that have been the most successful in fostering the skillsneeded for innovation: collaboration, critical thinking, entrepreneurship, anddynamic problem-solving. Throughout, he emphasizes ways that play, passion, andpurpose can be incorporated into the culture of home, school, and work. Theresult is a timely and optimistic manifesto that will change how we look atinnovation and the next generation’s potential to be changemakers.

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Today’s young people are more independent, in-touch,tech-savvy, and entrepreneurial than previous generations, and less motivatedby old-school rewards of grades and money. They want to create more than toconsume, to be actors, not spectators, and, above all, to change the world in apositive, lasting way. At the same time, the global economy has shifted and oureconomic future depends on our ability to compete with the increasingly nimbleand entrepreneurial workforces of countries such as India and China. The nextgeneration has the potential to compete—if we can give them the innovationskills to realize it.

In this groundbreaking work, education expert Tony Wagnerexamines why innovation is imperative to our global competitiveness andprofiles today’s most compelling young innovators. He reveals how they foundtheir way because of parents, teachers, and mentors whose unconventionalmethods nurtured and developed curiosity, imagination, creativity, andinitiative. In their experiences, Wagner discovered a surprisingly consistentpattern of play, passion, and purpose: a childhood of unstructured play led tofinding their passions—often as adolescents, and the pursuit of those passionsevolved into a deeper and more mature sense of purpose. It is this combinationof play, passion, and purpose that is key to developing young people’sinnovative capacity.

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

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Author Bio: Tony Wagner

Author Bio: Tony Wagner

Tony Wagner is codirector of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the author of Change Leadership, Making the Grade, and How Schools Change. He consults to schools and foundations and served as senior adviser to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has also appeared on the Today show and NPR. A former high school teacher and principal, Wagner lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 9.39
Audience: Adult
Language: English