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What is Creative Nerdery?

What is Creative Nerdery?

The Problem with Nerds

It is easy to lose your way, your imagination, and your creativity when you are striving towards lofty goals. This leads to all sorts of problems from writer’s block to a reluctance to take risks and try new things. When your work becomes stale, it takes more energy and your motivation drains quickly. However, you are not generic. You are not boring. So, why act that way?

The Problem with Creativity

On the other end of the spectrum, creativity for creating’s sake can sometimes lack substance. The Kardashian’s are entertaining, but not contributing to the forward motion of our society. All forms of art and creativity can fall into that trap. Painting, writing, singing, speaking, videos, podcasts, and photography are all creative ways to express yourself, but what are you expressing? Why not create with a purpose?

The Promise of Creative Nerdery

The alternative to boring is creative, original, and uniquely you. The alternative to irrelevance is substance, meaning, and message. Why not have both?

“Creative Nerdery” was my family’s term for being silly, creating something unique, or just expressing your natural child’s curiosity and inventiveness. If you are ready to get weird with a purpose, join us in learning, laughing, and loving your work!

Examples

We have found that the most compelling, impactful, and meaningful work comes from making things that have both the inspiration of creativity and the education of nerdery.

  • Steve Martin
  • Mike Rowe
  • Barenaked Ladies
  • Adam Ruin Everything
  • Soul Pancake
  • Mythbusters
  • Escape Rooms
  • The Martian
  • Battlebots

As you can see in the video example, you learn more about the Big Bang and the history of the planet in this song than you probably did in 4 years of high school science.

Creative Nerdery’s mission is to bring learning to life to inspire and empower more lifelong learners by making entertaining AND educational content.

Creativity Is Never Useless

Creativity Is Never Useless

In this creative nerdery TED talk, Simone Giertz shows off her pastime and new career of “making useless things.” However, as you will see, creativity is never useless. You laugh, you learn, you grow, you fail, and sometimes, you inspire an online movement of people making cool things.

What is your favorite way to waste time, money or resources solely for the fun of it?

Serious Play with Lego & UNICEF

Serious Play with Lego & UNICEF

Partners in Play

Play is so important to creativity and doing your best work…

It has been proven that play stimulates your brain. It’s how children learn and how we should be thinking creatively as adults. Play is low risk, fun, incorporates failure and success, and most importantly, it promotes learning new things.

As an adult, it is not easy to try new thing, stretch our comfort zones, and fail, but that is exactly what play is for. So, my question to you today on this Memorial Day is, “When was the last time your remembered to play?”