The Failure Project

The Leonardo is collecting stories about failure from Utah innovators for an upcoming exhibit showcasing innovation and its underlying principles. We want this exhibit to celebrate the work of local innovators, inspire individuals to see the world differently, and grow the next generation of change makers.

As a society, we are consistently told, both explicitly and implicitly, to avoid failure at all costs. However, failure is an integral part of developing “the new” as we search and experiment. The ability to embrace failure and use the experience as a learning tool is critical to successful innovation. These stories are meant to show museum visitors that all successful innovators have failed in the past (at times spectacularly) and their ability to embrace failure, learn from it, and move forward is a large part of what defines their ultimate success.

Please submit your Failure Story below. If it is selected to be featured in the exhibit, The Leonardo will be in contact regarding next steps. If you have questions, please contact Ian Shelledy, Innovation Director, at

Thank you in advance for your willingness to share your failures. May they inspire our next generation to think big, take risks and create lasting change.

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