Transforming the Education Conversation: Using motivational thinking to change how we nurture young minds (NESTA, 9TH SEPTMBER)

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Nesta Talks to…Sharath Jeevan (


So do our education and parenting strategies need an overhaul to ensure a fairer start? Are accountability mechanisms destroying teacher’s motivations and contributing to the retention crisis? And what can we do to support more positive, motivational parenting styles?


Motivational thinking and the principles of purpose, mastery and autonomy are key to answering these questions, believes Jeevan, as explored in his upcoming book Intrinsic: A manifesto to reignite our inner drive.


Come and join Sharath Jeevan, founder of STiR Education and Intrinsic Labs and Nesta's Mission Manager, A Fairer Start, Helen Wales, on 9 September to discuss how we can enable change in the education system and inspire a life-long love of learning.


An essential event for stakeholders in the education and childcare space and anyone interested in learning more about providing a fairer start and attaining successful educational outcomes.


If you can’t make the event, the recording will be made available shortly after the event - register now to have it sent directly to your inbox!


We have partnered with independent bookshop, Primrose Hill Books, who are offering Sharath's forthcoming book Intrinsic: A manifesto to reignite our inner drive at a discounted price. Please follow this link to pre-order!


Sharath Jeevan

Sharath Jeevan is one of the world’s leading experts on reigniting our inner drive (intrinsic motivation). He founded and led STiR Education – arguably the world’s largest intrinsic motivation initiative. STiR re-ignited the motivation of 200,000 teachers, 35,000 schools and 7 million children in emerging countries. Sharath is currently the Executive Chairman of Intrinsic Labs, which supports organisations all around the world to solve deep motivational challenges, from governments to leading UK universities and high-profile corporations. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Economist, NPR, CNN, the Hindustan Times and the Times of India. Sharath holds degrees from Cambridge University, Oxford University and INSEAD. His forthcoming book Intrinsic will be published by Hachette in September 2021. It has received glowing testimonials from global thought leaders and educationalists, the CHROs of leading companies and bestselling authors.


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