Today we’re talking about the fast-paced young adult adventure series, “Britfield,” and the importance of creativity and innovation in the education of young people today.
One of the most awarded books in fiction, the Britfield & the Lost Crown series, is transforming literature and education while bringing encouragement to children and families worldwide. With the first of seven Britfield movies in development, the Theatrical Play (Fall 2022), and the Global Book Tours (2022-24), it is estimated that Britfield will eventually surpass the Harry Potter series in sales and worldwide impact.
The first live-action Britfield movie is projected to become one of the highest-grossing films in cinematic history, rivaling the original Star Wars (1977) and ET (1982). Creating an interactive world of adventure and learning, Britfield is about friendship, family, and courage. This action-packed 7-book series takes place in England, France, Italy, Russia, Asia, South America, and the United States, and the chapters are filled with accurate geography, authentic characters, history, architecture, culture, and exciting but realistic events.
My guest today, Chad Stewart, is a prolific writer, producer, creativity specialist, and prominent speaker, as well as the author and creative mind behind the Britfield series. He joins me today to discuss how Britfield engages, stimulates, and inspires young readers to explore and discover their own creativity in a realistic world of adventure and intrigue, and explains why this series is an innovative and educational movement in creativity, leadership, and education.
Chad, who has an extensive background in investment banking and business consulting, explains that although he often pursued the logical route in his career, he had always been creative and yearned to do something fun and expressive. He shares how one simple sketch that he had doodled during a boring business seminar sparked an idea for a story that took him in a completely different direction in life.
Having experienced a discouraging decline in creativity himself, Chad recognized that creativity and critical thinking are sidelined by an educational “cookie-cutter mentality” that rewards the common rather than encouraging the ingenuity needed to succeed and thrive in the modern world. This led him to create The Britfield Institute, which is a not-for-profit that is dedicated to encouraging young people to value learning, providing interactive programs to help students learn to innovate, brainstorm, imagine, problem-solve, and create — skills that will prepare them for the future.
While Stewart’s approach might sound reminiscent of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, he emphasizes that his subject matter differs drastically, drawing upon history and literary models such as Charles Dickens and the Brontë sisters as the inspirations for his fiction. That focus stems in large part from his studies in European history and British literature at Brown University and his journeys in England.
With the third book, Britfield & the Return of the Prince, coming out in August 2022, the series is well on its way to becoming a multi-media franchise.
“We’re living in an era right now where there are no more excuses. It used to be like, “Don’t do art, you’re not going to be an artist. Don’t do music, you’re not going to be a musician. You can’t get a job doing it.” Horrible advice, to say the very least. But, we’re in an era now, which in many ways is a creative revolution, and we’re in an era of micro-entrepreneurship. And because of the internet, because of technology, there are just so many opportunities for creatives to find work and to make a living at it.” – Chad Stewart
C. R. Stewart was born in Newport Beach, California. He has 20 years of experience in writing fiction, non-fiction, and movie screenplays. He is a prolific writer, producer, creativity specialist, international consultant, and prominent speaker.
Chad is Founder of the prestigious Devonfield, a comprehensive company dedicated to the highest quality in film production, publishing, and education. His areas of expertise are writing, film and media production, global strategy, and international marketing.
Chad received a Bachelor of Arts in British Literature and European History from Brown University, earned an M.B.A. from Boston College, and is pursuing a Master of Science in Advanced Management and a Ph.D. in Technology and Strategy at Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University.
Now based in San Diego, C.R. Stewart is a strong supporter of education and the arts and is an adjunct professor at Fermanian School of Business, Point Loma Nazarene University. He is past President of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Ballet. Chad enjoys writing, world travel, reading, riding, swimming, sailing, tennis, and the Arts.
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