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nerds, nerds everywhere - New Zealand Skeptics Conference 2013

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September 08, 2013

nerds, nerds everywhere - New Zealand Skeptics Conference 2013

The talk I gave at the New Zealand Skeptics Conference 2013, on the subjects of nerd communities, their importance/effects, and some thoughts to bear in mind when building your own.

The transcript for the talk is available on my science blog, at http://misc-ience.co.nz/2013/09/09/my-skeptics-conference-2013-talk-and-slides-nerds-nerds-everywhere

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aimee whitcroft

September 08, 2013
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Transcript

  1. nerds, nerds everywhere

  2. WHAT IS A NERD?

  3. PASSION

  4. NERD COMMUNITIES, THEIR EFFECTS AND HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN

  5. NERD COMMUNITIES

  6. NERD COMMUNITIES nerd nite pharyngula anonymous sciblogs

  7. NERD COMMUNITIES scienceblogs citizen science science online the skeptics!

  8. EFFECTS

  9. “ Science is driving our conversation unlike ever before. From

    climate change to intelligent design, HIV/AIDS to stem cells, science education to space exploration, science is figuring prominently in our discussions of politics, religion, philosophy, business and the arts. We believe that science literacy is a pre-condition for progress in the 21st century. At a time when public interest in science is high but public understanding of science remains weak, we have set out to … improve science literacy and to advance global science culture.”
  10. NERD NITE 60+ cities canada, the us, europe, africa, australia,

    nz "I hope that the next generation's Neil deGrasse Tyson or Bill Nye or whoever has been on a Nerd Nite stage somewhere, sometime."
  11. SCIBLOGS 30+ bloggers 30,000+ visits a month a successful model

    demonstrating to science organisations and scientists throughout the country that fronting up to the public can be far more powerful than hiding from it
  12. SCIENCEONLINE 7 years #sciox “I’m not sure exactly how, but

    somewhere between the lemurs, the books, the dinners, and the ridiculously short sleep sessions that I encountered at ScienceOnline, I managed to learn quite a bit from many of those science writers to whose level of awesomeness I aspire.”
  13. CITIZEN SCIENCE foldit 100,000+ people "We're hopefully going to change

    the way science is done, and who it's done by. Our ultimate goal is to have ordinary people play the game and eventually be candidates for winning the Nobel Prize."
  14. CITIZEN SCIENCE international space apps challenge 9,000+ people, 83 countries

    “A technology event during which which citizens from around the world work together to solve challenges relevant to improving life on Earth and life in space.”
  15. THE POWER OF COMMUNITY

  16. BUILDING YOUR OWN

  17. BUILDING YOUR OWN decide what your community is about have

    a web presence know your community face-to-face meetings
  18. BUILDING YOUR OWN it’s not about you protect your community

    be firm get help
  19. AND FINALLY

  20. BOOM! THAT’S IT 