UNBORED Manifesto (2)
December 13, 2012
This fall saw the publication of HiLobrow editor Joshua Glenn’s book UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun. Co-edited/authored with Elizabeth Foy Larsen, designed by Tony Leone, and featuring amazing contributions from over 30 DIY-ers, UNBORED is a collection of family activities, from the best of the old (e.g., crafts, bicycle repair, science experiments), to the best of the new (e.g., geocaching, yarn bombing, LED “graffiti”). But it’s more than an activities book; it’s a lifestyle guide. This series of posts will articulate the UNBORED ethos.
HACK, MODIFY, AND FIX
We live in a “throwaway” culture; but there are creative, cultural, and economic benefits to taking things apart, figuring out how those things work, and learning how to fix them if they’re broken — or creatively improving things, even if they’re not broken. What we learn from the hacker movement is that you don’t have to accept the way things are, you can modify them. That goes for your own behavior, too.
Invent, grow, and build. | Hack, modify, and fix. | Get mobile, in town and in nature. | Plug into the world. | Seize control of your time. | Unearth the history of the present. | Transform your world. | Find a scene. | Experiment, gamify, make mistakes. | Break free.
Also check out the glowing compliments UNBORED has received from parents, reviewers, and Amazon users!