–>Who: Joe Hanson, creator and writer of …
–> What: …ItsOkayToBeSmart.com, discusses how he aims to take science out of the lab and put it back in people’s everyday lives.
–> How: Listen to this interview, check out ItsOkaytobeSmart.com, and follow Joe Hanson on Twitter (@jtotheizzoe).
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In his quest to seek out people and ideas shifting how the world works to make it better, Scott Henderson talks with Joe Hanson, creator and writer of ItsOkayToBeSmart.com.
To us here at New Empire Builders, Curiosity’s recent landing on Mars revealed a couple of insights:
- We continue to amaze ourselves with the seemingly limitless potential of science and technology.
- People get excited about and want to be involved in scientific breakthroughs. Not just scientists – anyone and everyone.
And the second revelation is what drives ItsOkayToBeSmart.com, Hanson’s science blog for regular people, not just rocket scientists and PhD students. Hanson started the blog because he noticed that science and technology are placed increasingly front and center in both today’s economic growth (with high-tech startups and scientific discoveries fueling new businesses) and today’s social and political issues (with debates on climate change and new energy sources) – but everyday people are uninformed and left out of these important scientific conversations.
That’s why ItsOkayToBeSmart.com is aimed to boost science literacy and make complex scientific concepts exciting, interesting, and relevant to the general public. Hanson explains that this is extremely needed, and that scientists should be stepping out of the lab from time to time to engage in collaboration across sectors and to share their knowledge with a wider audience. And, he’s extremely encouraged by the new growth of scientific writers transferring their knowledge from complicated journal articles to pictures and posts in the world of Tumblr and WordPress.