Our challenges and opportunities are shared and it’s never been easier, or more important to make a difference. From hundreds of school visits and thousands of conversations with students, parents, preachers, policy-makers and the like — difference making has emerged as the most important way for us to transform learning experiences for young people and build a better future for all. We look forward to continuing to share these experiences with you through our blog and our new book, available now for pre-order!

Difference Making at the Heart of Learning

Difference Making at the heart of learning

Your students will change the world!

Today’s learners face a complex future, where multilayered technological and societal issues will require new ways of problem-solving. This inspirational yet practical guide helps educators, counselors, and youth-development leaders build on students’ talents and interests to develop their desire for a better world, entrepreneurial mindset and personal leadership skills―so they can make a difference to their families, their communities, and society. Features include:

  • New learning priorities centered around difference making
  • A framework based on the 25 most important issues of our time
  • Examples and case studies from a diverse range of projects, people, and places

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