Dr. Peter Gamwell

“Peter draws on decades of first-hand experience in education, creativity, leadership and learning backed by cutting edge research. He is an extraordinary story-teller who uses compelling anecdotes and real-life stories on which to reveal implementable solutions to his audience’s own work. ‘Inspirational’ is too simple word to describe Peter as a speaker and thought-leader. He is a mover and changemaker our world needs now more than ever before.” Pasi Sahlberg, Author and Speaker, internationally renowned expert in education who has advised numerous governments and systems around the world

Peter delivers dynamic and powerful keynote presentations and workshops on a variety of topics pertaining to learning, leadership, and creativity and their profound impact on individual and organizational learning and health. These presentations are not only relevant to schools and educators, but can be applied to any organization, especially those looking to build an innovative culture.

Audiences are delighted and energized by Peter’s unique style. He doesn’t pretend to have all the answers. Instead, he embraces the uncertainty we all feel regarding the complexities of our times, and leads us to make sense of our world in positive, realistic ways. He draws on the depth of his research and the range of his leadership experiences to engage audiences in informed dialogue about possible pathways forward – and uses storytelling and humor to illustrate his messages.

Whether your organization is involved with education, business, government or not-for-profit, he can work with you to customize a keynote presentation, or a half- or full-day workshop tailored to your specific needs and organizational goals.

The Wonder Wall

“At last, a book which stands courageous at the crossroads where creative theory and practice meet; that Shangri-La where innovation and imagination thrive. Packed with suggestions and practical ideas, it draws a map for all those who believe there is always a better way. It gives leaders the confidence and the strategies to develop those conditions in which individual and group potential can be released. A must-read for all threshold adventurers. I have only one criticism - I wish I'd written it.”

  • Sir John Jones, Author of The Magic Weaving Business 


Praise for The Wonder Wall
Take everything you know about learning and turn it upside down. It is there that you will find Peter Gamwell, Jane Daly and their Wonder Wall of creativity wallowing in wisdom. Yes, we have three imperatives, and four conditions, and therein you will find a treasure trove of ideas for creativity. You don't have to leave the school system to upend it. Just read Wonder Wall and you will be swept along into doing things that engage all students and teachers. You will even get ideas about how to evaluate creativity. The timing is perfect. Go beyond skills and knowledge, light the sparks that lead to learning. Be excited about the limitless possibilities of education.”
  • Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus
The Wonder Wall focuses on tapping into the creativity within ourselves to instill fundamental changes in the way people lead organizations and schools. Peter and Jane capture the pragmatic ways in which creativity and innovation can be stimulated and harnessed by bringing the best out of people in every sort of organization. This book isn't just another bag of tricks for managing organizational change. It is a heartfelt, deeply grounded manifesto for the more visionary and creative styles of servant leadership.”
  • Sir Ken Robinson, Author/Consultant
I love this book. I am a huge fan of storytelling, and this book is one great story blended with cutting-edge academic work in the field of human mind and creativity. In The Wonder Wall Peter Gamwell and Jane Daly bring together decades of firsthand experience in creativity, leadership and learning into this volume that I indeed will, as the authors suggest, read twice. I would urge you to do the same if you want to be in the frontline of finding ways to improve your schools.”
  • Pasi Sahlberg, Author 
Peter Gamwell and Jane Daly have written an alternative manifesto for boldness, innovation and risk in education. They do so with respect and regard for the enormous expectations communities already place on educators. This is an essential read that holds a code as the global community commits to attain the UN's Sustainable Development Goal #4 "Quality Education for All.”
  • Kathryn White, President and CEO, Unitied Nations Association in Canada
Inspiring and insightful, The Wonder Wall shows that educational organizations can change, for the better, with the "right" leadership: leadership that sees brilliance in everyone and encourages creativity in all.”
  • Yong Zhao, Ph.D., Foundation Distinguished Professor 
Be brilliant at what you're best at. Build on your strengths. Belong to something. These are the three imperatives that this great book sets out for young people and those who teach them. It does so with wit, wisdom, up-close experience and a magnificent capacity to tell a good tale of why all people in schools really matter. This book is its own Wonder Wall. When you've closed your Ken Robinson book, open this next. You'll not be disappointed. ”
  • Andy Hargreaves, Brennan Chair in Education

Dr. Peter Gamwell is a speaker and consultant for Individual and Organizational Leadership, Learning and Creativity, and co-author of The Wonder Wall: Leading Creative Schools and Organizations in an Age of Complexity.

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