Young people today are speaking out and catalysing change. But how have young activists like Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai been so successful? And how can parents and teachers give children the tools to be change makers?

In their new book, Surmountable: How Citizens from Selma to Seoul Changed the World, activism experts Brian Gruber and Adam Edwards share inspiring examples how ordinary people throughout history have moved the nation — and the world — forward. Surmountable is a must-have guidebook for any young activist, or any parent or teacher who wants to inspire their children or students.

Gruber and Edwards explore the distinct power of youth and how young people are positioned to start a successful movement, with modern and historical examples; the common threads that make movements successful and the pitfalls that have made others stumble, and how parents can encourage and educate their children about activism and civic engagement. In a time of divisiveness and sickness, history shows that your voice can make a difference.

Edwards is based in New York and was recently promoted into his current agency’s first ever global department head for the discipline where he now guides over 250 staff worldwide. Edwards has also been the executive producer of notable social commentary films, official selections of DOC NYC and the Tribeca Film Festival.

Gruber has spent 40 years studying, leading, and developing new media companies and creative projects. After years as a cable TV marketing turnaround specialist, Gruber founded, a global thought leader network named by Time magazine as one of the fifty best sites on the web. While there, he interviewed numerous public intellectuals, writers, and policy experts. He is also a critically acclaimed author.

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