Warm Welcome at Summit for the WISE Book

The Nov 02, 2011

The book, titled Innovation in Education: Lessons from Pioneers around the World, was written by innovation specialist Charles Leadbeater

This groundbreaking publication was produced at the invitation of WISE, in order to highlight and spread the lessons of innovative educational initiatives around the world. 

Click here to read the first chapter.

A unique contribution

The book is the result of collaboration between Charles Leadbeater and renowned photographer Romain Staros Staropoli and their visits to sixteen education initiatives across the world. It blends expert analysis with creative photography, forming a unique and accessible international reference guide for innovation in education. 

The book marks a major achievement and furthers the WISE objective of championing innovation in education across the world. Those present at the launch reflected on the strategic, timely nature of the publication. One of the panelists, Ms Carolyn Acker, Founder, Pathways to Education, encapsulated the wider sentiment: 

‘This book is incredibly important because it is a way to share with the whole world the most important innovations that are happening. How do we learn about what is happening around the world if we do not have WISE? This book educates us and shares best practices. We are very grateful to WISE and we need to get this book into everyone’s hands: it is a very valuable resource.’

The inspiration behind the book 

At the launch, Charles Leadbeater spoke about the inspiration behind the initiative and the privilege of working with leading innovators around the world, including finalists and winners of the WISE Awards. He was joined by three panelists, each representing educational endeavors featured in the book. 

Firstly, Mr Mushtaq Chhapra (2010 WISE Awards winner), Chairman and founding Director, The Citizens Foundation, gave a compelling account of how his Foundation has pioneered a network of 730 schools in the poorest areas of Pakistan. 

Ms Cecilia D’Oliveira
(2010 WISE Awards winner), Executive Director, MIT OpenCourseWare, then spoke about the radical choice of MIT to give free access to learning materials, benefiting 100 million users around the world. 

Finally, Ms Carolyn Acker (2009 WISE Awards finalist), Founder, Pathways to Education, provoked listeners with an account of grass-roots educational transformation in Toronto, spread across Canada and influencing government.

Panel of speakers

A vital publication

In documenting stories from around the world, the WISE Book makes a vital contribution to understanding the ways in which innovations happen, and how they can be taken to scale. 

It is full of inspiring educational ideas that can empower individuals and transform whole societies. The book reflects the spirit of WISE, committed to exploring, highlighting and spreading the lessons of transformation.

Further details 

To find out more details about the WISE book click here. The WISE book is published by Bloomsbury and will be released internationally in 2012.