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Wonder Wall: Leading Creative Schools and Organizations in an Age of Complexity

by Peter Gamwell and Jane Daly Corwin Press
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Gamwell shares the keys to nurturing and fostering creativity, innovation, leadership, and engagement in classrooms, businesses, and even families in THE WONDER WALL.  By creating a stimulating environment, you’ll learn to naturally nurture and foster the inborn creative capacities of every individual. This book shows readers how to build a school culture that embraces storytelling, fun, curiosity, forgiveness and celebration and how this helps to foster a sense of belonging and consequently learning.

Prologue: The Wonder Wall

Chapter 1: The Start of Something Extraordinary

Chapter 2: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future

Chapter 3: The Imperatives for Creativity: Getting There is a Three-way Street

Chapter 4: Lead the Way: Leadership Development

Chapter 5: Condition #1: Storytelling and Listening

Chapter 6: Condition #2: Moving Beyond Diversity to Inclusivity

Chapter 7: Condition #3: Making it Personal

Chapter 8: Condition #4: Celebrating

Chapter 9: Assessing the Culture of Creativity


"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

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything


“All of my life I have been enthused by two things; creativity and simplicity. I'm proud that I got in on the creativity thing before it became uber trendy amongst adults. It's always been at the heart of our children's agenda. As time has gone by, I have become increasingly concerned that something as primal and elegantly human as creativity has been stripped of its simplicity by so many, and as a result, turned into something almost mystical and increasingly complex. That's why, from the day I first met Peter Gamwell, I knew we'd get on. First, because he got it long before I did and second, because he is one of the gifted few who can strip back the nonsense and help us all to rediscover the joy of our natural creative state. This book is Peter bottled; I love it!”

Richard Gerver, Author of Change: Learn to Love it; Learn to Lead it

United Kingdom


“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

United Kingdom


"In The Wonder Wall Peter Gamwell and Jane Daly speak with honesty, integrity, and insight about ‘Leading Creative Organizations in Times of Complexity’ and express it all with wit, clarity, and humanity. A delight to read and a read that delights and informs - both clever and entertaining! This book is a must for anyone involved in leadership roles or with ambition to find a more successful model for management."

Derek Brown, CEO

Actorshop, London, England


"Peter Gamwell understands creativity like few people on this planet and now, thanks to this stirring, entertaining, and illuminating book, we’ll all understand it much more. If you’re at all concerned with making the extraordinary happen in your organization, you need to read The Wonder Wall."

Lou Aronica, New York Times Best-selling Author

President and Publisher of The Story Plant and Fiction Studio Books, Lanham, MD

Recently affiliated with the Washington Speakers Bureau, Dr. Peter Gamwell has been described as one of the most knowledgeable and thought provoking presenters on organizational learning, leadership and creativity in Canada and beyond. On these topics, Peter has been called upon to advise provincial premiers and to present to multiple levels of government, private industry, not-for-profit and the education sector. He has been invited to speak at prestigious events across North America and as far as Australia, including The Imagination Conversation 2013, Creative Oklahoma, and The Creativity World Forum 2015. Peter was the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Leadership Award from OPSOA (Ontario Public Supervisory Officers Association), and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Creativity Network, where he serves with his long time colleague, mentor and friend, Sir Ken Robinson. Born and raised in Liverpool, Peter landed his first position as a music teacher in Newfoundland and Labrador, where he taught for 20 years before moving to Canada's capital and eventually becoming Superintendent of the 7,000-employee, 80,000-student Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. In this position, he led a seven-year transformational culture change, which was captured in the well-received action research study, Unleashing Potential; Harnessing Possibilities: An Odyssey of Creativity, Innovation & Critical Thinking. Peter's philosophy is simple: the health and prosperity of any organization is directly proportional to the value in, autonomy of and creative rein given to the people who make up that organization. He has spent a career inspiring people with this leadership philosophy and practice, drawing on the depth of his research and the range of his experiences to engage audiences into informed dialogue about possible pathways forward, always using his gift for storytelling and humor to wisely illustrate his messages. An avid musician, Peter often entertains audiences with his blues and rock piano, and jams in a band any chance he can get. He lives with his wife, a schoolteacher, in Ottawa, Canada, and has two adult children.