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Tony Wagner, the Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University, has created an impassioned guide to nurturing young innovators. He recounts the challenges creative students are facing as they struggle to change the world, and he describes the rigid educational systems they have to confront. Wagner punctuates chapter sections with Quick Response (QR) codes, which readers can scan with their smart devices to access extra materials, including interview videos that expand on key points. He offers readers take-away lessons on the importance of innovation and urges a renewed commitment to promoting innovation among young people. Parents and educators form the primary audience for Wagner’s presentation, but getAbstract also recommends his insights to anyone interested in innovation, social policy and the shaping of a vibrant economy.

About the Author

Tony Wagner, the Innovation Education Fellow at Harvard’s Technology & Entrepreneurship Center, also wrote The Global Achievement Gap.



Innovators Needed

The American economy seems stalled. Unemployment and underemployment are high, especially among the young. Middle-class jobs are evaporating. The United States needs “a new engine of economic growth,” and that engine is innovation. Historically, American society has promoted innovation based on a solid educational system, functional patent laws and an economic structure that provided incentives for invention. To solve America’s crisis, people who guide and support young learners must step up.

You can find innovation – the process of making something new and valuable – anywhere people use creativity to solve problems. New developments can be small improvements or incremental adjustments to existing technologies, products, ideas or services, or they can be disruptive changes that introduce fundamental, sweeping transformations.

Innovation calls for problem-solving abilities and critical thinking. Innovators often need to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries. They can include skilled researchers, analysts, synthesizers and communicators.

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    M. U. 2 years ago
    Genial! Excelente libro!
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    S. P. 8 years ago
    The Rigid Educational system has made the young students ineffective and defunct. It has reduced capacity of efficiency to confront the challenges to bring a change in this world. To become a catalyst, a Change agent on has to become appropriate/authentic so that he or she can innovate. It would bring a change within to express its hidden ability to respond proactively and the commitment redefined. The focus to strengthen the commitment to respond authentically and to promote innovation would bring a radical change for a Sustained Economy.Priorities are to be given here.
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    A. 8 years ago
    Not an overly insightful summary, however that could reflect the content of the book.
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    K. F. 8 years ago
    Nurturing young innovators 'SHOULD BE GIVEN MAXIMUM PRIORITY AS A MEANS OF SUDTAINING A ROBUST TOMMORROW'.the abstract is good