The Geek crowd is a very loving tribe, but our tribe can have body and self-esteem issues. This program is designed to combat those issues and settle the score once and for all what it means to be beautiful and celebrated. And it’s the easiest program to put on because of one simple factÔÇöeveryone loves to get their picture taken .
Geeks will get their portrait taken with one object (“totem”) ┬áthat represents or has a deep meaning to them (mine would be my replica of the Green Lantern power battery). Find a student who has a great camera and create a geeky background for the portraits.
Program: Using the Power of Light to Fight the Darkness
Have the geeks sign up and have a flyer ready to explain what they need to bring (a totem, maybe a geeky shirt). Students can make them funny or do close ups, having their “totem” in view. Get these portraits printed and displayed (but make sure they do not get defaced). You can add passive information about what the geeks love, a small bio or how photos can change the world (like help-portrait).
Using social media such as instagram, you can also have students take their own portraits or funny pictures with the hashtag #geekportrait and then add those to the collective as well. You can create books with instragram photos using a service like┬áhttp://printstagr.am/
When you want the display to be over, have a program where you give the photos back (and maybe have people sign the back or write something encouraging on the back for them!)
I have found this program to be transformational, having geeks proudly display what they love and have the response not be shame, but joy. This concludes our Geek programming installment. If you have any other ideas for geek programming and what works, please let us know in the comments.