In which Hank welcomes everyone to the first annual NerdCon: Stories (he’s not sure exactly what NerdCon is; conferences belong to their attendees), talks about the Baghdad Museum Project & the Epic of Gilgamesh, and tells the audience his thought process behind why the first NerdCon was NerdCon: Stories.
When a woman talks about body image issues, you should LISTEN. And you know what? It’s actually good to SHUT UP every once in a while.
A woman on stage talking about body image is not asking for your validation. She is talking about a huge issue that impacts all women.
She is talking about herself. She is talking about how the world sees her. This is new stuff for you, because the world sees you and her differently. That’s why you LISTEN. You could learn something here.
She is not asking for reassurance. She just wants you to hear her.
Join us in Minneapolis, MN on October 14 & 15, 2016.
From the moment we could speak, we’ve been telling each other stories. And since then, our stories have defined and created us. Every human society that wants to behave different first has to change the stories they tell. The story was — and remains — the key to the marvel of human progress. Stories in songs, in books, on the stage, around the campfire. Stories drove the evolution of human language and fostered the massive burst of creation that accompanied it. We celebrate our culture all the time, but we don’t do a great job of just praising the institution of the story.
Last year, with the help of 40 special guests, and a few thousand adventurous lovers of narrative, we created NerdCon: Stories, a two day conference of connection, content, instruction, and hilarity. The feel of the event was electric, the consensus was that it was maybe the best thing ever.
Now we would like to do it again, and even cooler. This time we’ll have a larger room for booths, activities, and signings. Two new ballrooms for panels and Q&As, and a bunch of small rooms for workshops and more intimate conversations. And to reflect the diversity of ways humans tell stories this year, we’ll have over 60 special guests including authors, actors, artists, narrators, podcasters, puppeteers, comedians, dancers, directors, screenwriters, game designers, radio hosts, musicians, comic writers, and cartoonists. All of these people will come together to discuss and celebrate the institution of the story. This simple human thing that creates us and defines us.
We are made of stories. Come celebrate them at NerdCon: Stories 2016.
I just got my Mitsubishi back from the shop with its new engine and turbo and it’s now a dragon and I love it and I never want to leave it, which is good, because I’m driving to all of my events this month.
ETA: Except in cases where the venue expressly requests otherwise, I will always sign books brought from home so long as you buy a book from the bookseller who’s hosting the event. If you feel awkward because you have a lot of them, feel free to hang at the back of the line. I will not be sad to sign 10 books for you. I will not, however, sign your arm or your baby.
Did you miss a panel at NerdCon: Stories that you really wish you could have seen? Or miss Stories all together? Never fear! We’re releasing a large handful of the panels from NerdCon: Stories 2015 in audio podcast form.
We’ll be releasing one episode per week until we run out of panels!
Up first is a recording of the panel So You Wanna Change the World: Activism and Narrative, featuring Desiree Burch, Jackson Bird, Maria Davis, Rosianna Halse Rojas, and Mara Wilson.