Our Inspirations

"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.

"Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have."
- Steve Jobs

Other Media

Sold a Story

Emily Hanford

In this gripping podcast, Emily Hanford investigates an explosive story on how American public schools were sold a particular approach to teach kids how to read—and it never worked. For decades, millions of kids have languished under this approach, injuring their self-esteem and flattening their educational trajectory.

The Myth of Average

Todd Rose

Todd speaks about the ineffectiveness of a one-size-fits-all education that is the common paradigm in traditional schools. He then paints a vision of the future where personalized learning can work better for everyone.

Changing Educational Paradigms

Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson explains how the "epidemic of ADHD" and traditional schooling environments are interrelated, and how schools often educate away our children's creativity.

More Influential Books

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success and How We can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential by Carol S. Dweck

Nurtureshock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive by Marc Brackett

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Compassion by Marshall Rosenberg

Nature Play at Home: Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children with the Natural World by Nancy Striniste

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

The Outdoor Scientist: The Wonder of Observing the Natural World by Temple Grandin PhD

The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton M. Christensen

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk MD

How to Sit by Thich Nhat Hanh

Montessori: How to Raise an Amazing Child by Tim Seldin

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard

A Pattern Language: Town, Buildings, Construction by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein, Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King, and Shlomo Angel

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce D. Perry, MD PhD, and Oprah Winfrey

The Great Good Place by Ray Oldenburg

The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle

Atomic Habits by James Clear

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It by Warren Farrell PhD and John Gray

French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules by Karen Le Billon

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan