UNBORED Manifesto (3)
December 14, 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.
GET MOBILE, IN TOWN AND IN NATURE
In 1969, 41 percent of children walked or biked to school; today, fewer than 15 percent do; the same period has witnessed increases in pollution, traffic, and obesity. Kids who ride bikes, do parkour, hike and camp, and otherwise roam and explore, not only develop their agility, flexibility, and dexterity, but they also gain the ability to adapt to a situation if it doesn’t turn out the way they expected.
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!