Innovation in Education: Lessons from Pioneers Around the World

New book from Charles Leadbeater… Innovation in Education: Lessons from Pioneers Around the World. This is a ‘head up’ on the book. Charles Leadbeater is always a good, challenging read and worthy of our attention. We hope to have a review in due course.

In Europe the proportion of children attending school went from about 25% in 1870 to 75% in 1900

 72 million children are not enrolled in primary school, many of them in zones of conflict

 About 17% of the world’s adults – 796 million people – still lack basic literacy skills, nearly two-thirds whom are women

 ‘It opened a door for me. The door to infinity… Education does not mean getting a certificate. Education means I have the right to learn anything this world and nothing can obstruct me’ – A student in Bangladesh

 ‘Innovators are mixers: they blend together ideas and people to come up with new recipes’ – Charles Leadbeater

 Innovation in Education: Lessons from Pioneers Around the World is a highly illustrated, inspiring celebration of pioneering, sustainable and scalable innovation initiatives from the world of education.

 Charles Leadbeater explores the work of 16 pioneers around the world, almost all of whom are applicants for awards from the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). The book highlights innovations which increase access to education for groups outside the mainstream, and it considers the competencies that should be taught for the future, such as intercultural understanding, creative thinking and team working. By tracing the story of these innovations, this book aims to raise awareness of why innovation in education is needed, where it comes from and how it can be generated.

 The book includes case studies and portraits of lives that have been changed by new approaches to education, from fathers’ groups in Istanbul to the favelas of Bogotá, from rural villages in India and inner city programmes in Canada and the United States, to farm schools in Paraguay.

 It is extensively illustrated with outstanding photographs, specially commissioned across the world.


A leading authority on innovation, creativity and learning, Charles Leadbeater has advised companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy and the knowledge economy. He has worked with organisations including the BBC, Vodafone, Microsoft, Ericsson, Channel Four Television and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He wrote the first British report on the rise of social entrepreneurship, and has advised the 10 Downing St policy unit, the Department for Trade and Industry and the European Commission on the rise of the knowledge driven economy. For more about Charles, click here.


Romain Staros Staropoli began his career as a photojournalist, and has worked in fashion and commercials. To see more of Romain’s work, click here.

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