UNBORED Manifesto (5)
December 16, 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.
SEIZE CONTROL OF YOUR TIME
Over 15 million American kids are left on their own in the afternoons; this can be an opportunity to become more resourceful and independent. Kids can cook meals and snacks, and in doing so explore their tastes. They can do research on topics about which they’re curious. They can investigate mysteries, practice magic tricks, dream and doodle and tinker. We need time offline, to imagine and create.
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!