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This article is one of the serious “Creative ways of making money as a PhD”. Natasha is the founder of the Theory Gang. She created a party game focused on helping people understand science and academic ideas. You can buy the game here. You can find Natasha on Instagram and Twitter too.

WHO IS NATASHA?
Natasha obtained her PhD at Loyola University Chicago. After taking a postdoc, at OHSU she decided to move to industry, somewhat disillusioned with academia. However, she really missed the intellectual discussion and atmosphere of the university setting. She made a ton of non-science friends and came up with an idea to get them to talk about academic topics, and created events that focused on entertaining and educating her friends. That’s how Theory Gang was born.

HOW DID YOU CONVERT AN IDEA INTO BUSINESS?
After doing a few events and charging a small fee, I knew we needed to transform the feeling of these events into a product. So, we made a game called WERK!

WHAT IS WERK ABOUT?

WERK is about mashing up academic concepts, illustrated in graphs and pictures and witty phrases. You may get a piece of data about GMOs or climate change and you look at your cards to see what WERKs. Then you mix up the two ideas and Get Creative, drawing the mashup. For example, if you got climate change data and Melania Trump you might be able to extrapolate what happens next!

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE BY SELLING WERK?

The main goal is to get people thinking. In order to do that, we have to make it fun. I Just Want to Have Fun…thinking and learning FOREVER!!!

MY OPINION: WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO EXPOSE ADULTS TO SCIENCE
I wrote a blog post yesterday. A recent study published on Nature claimed that the academic success can be explained on genetic basis. Click here to read it. No genetics data can be used to rank groups of people. However exposure to science and knowledge from a early stage in life can contribute in shaping good decision in the future.
Feel free to support Natasha and her project by clicking here. You will get one of pins too.
Please note that this article is part of a referral system reward. By buying the cards you’ll support Natasha and my website too. Thanks

Please note that this article is part of a referral system reward. By buying the cards you’ll support Natasha and my website too. Thanks

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