Jul 2, 2012
I’ve just launched a microsite that I’ve been researching, illustrating, and building for the past several months. It’s called Keynes for Kids.
One Saturday last summer, I poured a bowl of cereal and sat down to watch a video of Paul Krugman’s then-recent talk at Cambridge. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publishing of John Maynard Keynes’s General Theory, Krugman had been flown out to talk about the relevance of Keynes to our time, and how we can avoid toxically distorting the great man’s message.
An hour later, I was grinning like an idiot, and my brain had been flung somewhere to the far side of my apartment. It was charming, it was quick-paced, and it had a message that hurtled “history” into something urgent. Plus, I’d learned a metric ton, though at no point did it feel like I was learning. It really just felt like I was eating cereal and laughing. Needless to say, I was inspired.
Keynes for Kids is my fan letter back to Dr. Krugman. It’s done in the sub-sub-sub-niche medium I know best — “illustrated / interactive children’s online educational media” — with a mindful dash of responsive web design & “Retina” optimization too, because why not.
I’m telling you: deep down, kids love macroeconomics. They just don’t know it yet.