Creativity Forum 2015 Features Best-Selling Authors, Daniel Pink and Tony Wagner


Bay Area Discovery Museum and the Center for Childhood Creativity host Creativity Forum fundraiser on March 12 to explain how to spark innovation and creative thinking in children, and why this matters for success later in life.

Every year, the Bay Area Discovery Museum and its Center for Childhood Creativity present Creativity Forum, a sold-out thought leadership luncheon for educators, parents, business leaders and the research community. On March 12, join this important conversation in early childhood education with a unique presentation by two of the biggest names in the field of creativity, Daniel Pink and Tony Wagner.

The fundraising luncheon on How to Spark Innovation and Creative Thinking in Children and Why This Matters for Success Later in Life takes place at the Fairmont San Francisco from 12 – 1:30 p.m. Speakers Daniel Pink, an expert in motivation and creativity, and Tony Wagner, who has spent his career examining innovative practices in education and parenting, will discuss the skill demands of a dynamic, global economy. In addition, they will divulge the best practices they've discovered in their own research looking at successful leaders, educators and parents.

“Creativity Forum advances the importance of cultivating creative thinking in children, and exemplifies how the Bay Area Discovery Museum is a critical resource for preparing children for the challenges of the 21st century,” said Karyn Flynn, Museum CEO and Executive Director. “This year we are celebrating a decade of Forum’s cutting-edge conversations, and we are grateful for the involvement of these two great speakers, as well as our presenting sponsor, Disney.”

Tickets for individuals are $150, reserved tables for 10 are $1,850, and host tables are $5,000 and up. Tickets are available for purchase online at Funds raised from this event support the Museum’s educational programs and exhibitions, and outreach to communities where the need to foster creative thinking skills is most acute.

About Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink is the author of five provocative books about business, work and management – including the long-running New York Times bestsellers "A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future" and "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us." His latest book "To Sell is Human," a fresh look at the science of persuasion, reached the #1 spot on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post bestseller lists. Daniel’s books have been translated into 34 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. In 2013, Thinkers 50 named him one of the top 15 business thinkers in the world. His TED Talk about the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time. Dan lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their three children.

About Tony Wagner

Tony Wagner currently serves as an Expert In Residence at Harvard University’s new Innovation Lab. Prior to this appointment, Tony was the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, and the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade. His previous work experience includes 12 years as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, university professor in teacher education, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility.

Tony is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and a widely published author. His work includes numerous articles and five books. Tony's latest, "Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World," was published by Simon & Schuster in 2012 to rave reviews and has been translated into 10 languages. His 2008 book, "The Global Achievement Gap," continues to be an international best seller with a second edition recently released. Tony also recently collaborated with noted filmmaker Robert Compton to create a 60 minute documentary, “The Finland Phenomenon: Inside The World’s Most Surprising School System.” Tony earned a M.A.T. and an Ed.D. at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

About the Bay Area Discovery Museum

Creative thinking begins early in every child’s life. It enables original thought and the ability to see solutions where others don’t. It unlocks possibilities and fosters innovation. It provides the fundamental building blocks for success in school and beyond.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is designed to ignite creative thinking in children. The 7.5 acres of natural beauty inspires families to engage in a world of possibilities. Framed by the majestic backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, the museum is a space for imaginations to run wild. Every curated detail of our exhibits brings creative thinking to life for all stages of childhood. Navigate winding tunnels to develop physical and intellectual risk-taking skills. Feel the rush of cold-water tide pools that surprise and awaken curiosity. Imagine new worlds by transforming into a spider, a ship captain, or a bridge builder. At every turn is a new opportunity to challenge the boundaries of creativity.

Now we are taking these experiences beyond our physical location. We launched the Center for Childhood Creativity in 2011 to pioneer new research, thought-leadership, and teacher training programs that advance creative thinking in all children—extending our impact beyond the Museum.

Our mission: To ignite and advance creative thinking for all children.

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