Thursday, August 1, 2013

Welcome to Our Blog!

Hey there!  It’s nice to meet you. We’re Hunter Maats and Katie O’Brien. If you go to the “Meet the Authors” page, you can hear all about the more formal parts of who we are--we were classmates at Harvard, we ran an LA-based tutoring company for almost ten years, and we co-wrote The Straight-A Conspiracy: Your Secret Guide to Ending the Stress of School and Totally Ruling the World.

That’s all good, but that doesn’t give you much of a sense of what we’re like. For instance, did you know that almost every shirt Hunter owns is a green polo shirt? (Not even on purpose!) Or that he has had the best baklava in the whole world? (It comes from Anabtawi Sweets in Jordan.) Katie’s favorite movie of all time is Three Amigos, she was adopted by a small terrier named Beasley, and she once attended a Comic-Con dressed as Count Chocula. This is the kind of stuff you should know.  

Most of all, we want to cultivate the return of curiosity. We want to build a whole world of people who meet strangers on the street and take the time to ask what they do for a living and how that works. People who are excited to expand their horizons and try new things, or read books or see movies in genres they’d normally not try. People who are constantly learning. We know that this shift is possible, now that science has shown how the brain works and what’s possible when it comes to learning. And we call the people who get on board with this life of constant learning “Generation Genius.” We want you to be a part of it.

To that end, here’s what you can expect:
  • Stuff we love, that we think curious learners everywhere should check out
  • Interviews with people we think are doing awesome things
  • Important info on how people learn and why people treat learning the way that they do
  • Occasional bits of weirdness (We can’t help ourselves.)

So explore, enjoy, and come back for more. And congrats on being one of the first members of Generation Genius!

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