Author Talk: ‘Every Tool’s a Hammer: Life is What You Make It’
In this program inspired by his New York Times bestselling book, Every Tool’s a Hammer: Life is What You Make It, Adam Savage lays out the golden rules of creativity. With over forty years of engineering-powered design, Savage provides audiences with a toolbox of techniques to achieve personal and professional success and take on any new challenge.
Supercharging Creativity with STEM
While Adam Savage is best known for his work as a co-host on MythBusters, his prior career as a special and practical effects fabricator taught him both the design rigor and engineering expertise needed to execute those builds. From a lead balloon to an entire set of outdoor survival gear made entirely from duct tape, Savage breaks down how he takes on his boldest ideas by merging intellectual disciplines – inspiring your team to take on any challenge with creativity.
Making the Impossible
From his work on Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and The Matrix Reloaded to his independent projects on his YouTube channel, Tested, Adam Savage walks audiences through his process of approaching any problem with creativity – from ideation through execution. Help your audience develop a sense of creative confidence by peeking into the mechanics behind Savage’s ability to make the impossible tangible.
Adam Savage’s NYT bestseller, ‘Every Tool’s a Hammer’ shares the golden rules of creativity
One of the most beloved figures in science communication, MythBusters co-host ADAM SAVAGE never backs down from a creative challenge. He’s built contraptions ranging from a bifurcated boat to life-size model of a Boeing 747. His ability to tackle any build is powered by his golden rules of creativity, a mindset Savage has carried through the ups and downs of his career. These rules are laid out in his New York Times bestselling memoir and guidebook, Every Tool’s a Hammer: Life is What You Make It. At its core, Every Tool’s a Hammer distills Savage’s forty years of creative experience into an easily transferrable roadmap. An inspiring presentation for any audience, Savage’s writing and speaking motivates audiences to explore their fascinations and dive deeper into creative passions.
‘Mythbusters’ cohost Adam Savage busts myths about career trajectory
Science communicator, MythBusters co-host, and special effects fabricator ADAM SAVAGE has treated his career as the opportunity to collect valuable skills. After over a decade working for Lucasfilm’s revered Industrial Light and Magic studio, Savage stepped in front of the camera himself to host MythBusters. He produces and hosted hundreds of episodes over thirteen years, quickly establishing himself as a charismatic STEM educator both on and off screen.
Savage has also been a paperboy, a projectionist, juggler, unicycle rider, sculptor, graphic designer, scenic painter, robot builder, welder, carpenter, machinist, prop maker, modelmaker, toy designer, actor, writer, executive producer, and director. Savage takes the lessons from each phase of his diverse career and discusses the skills he either needed or learned over time. In inspiring conversations, Savage lays out the realities of a non-linear career path in conversations resonating with students, early career professionals, and or anyone looking to redefine. Sarah Lawrence College President Karen R. Lawrence said in an intro to his commencement keynote, “Adam's career seems to closely parallel the careers of so many SLC graduates in their invention and reinvention, mastery of disparate crafts and skills, and ‘cognitive flexibility.’”
Adam Savage is a maker. He's also a New York Times bestselling author, multiple Emmy-nominated producer/host, highly decorated YouTube creator, and internationally acclaimed science communicator, and cosplayer. After more than a decade working in special effects for Industrial Light and Magic/Lucastilm, the Matrix films, and most of the major movie studios, he began hosting Discovery Channel's flagship show Mythbusters in 2002, producing nearly 300 episodes over 13 years, and played in over 100 countries. In 2009 he started Adam Savage's Tested on YouTube, and has amassed nearly 7 million subscribers to his videos on the finer points of making, film history, props, technology, science, and creativity in general. Also a veteran stage performer Adam has toured multiple countries on 3 continents with stage shows he wrote about the magic of science and engineering. An acclaimed speaker, his TED talks have garnered over 10 million views and he's done keynotes for dozens of Fortune 500 companies, and commencement addresses at many universities. Adam has a seat on the boards of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and the Center for Policing Equity, and is an advisor to the California Academy of Sciences. He's written extensively for national publications like Wired Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and Make Magazine, and in 2019 he released his book Every Tool is a Hammer: Life is What you Make It, which debuted on the NYT bestseller list. Adam has also been a paperboy, a projectionist, juggler, unicycle rider, sculptor, graphic designer, scenic painter, robot builder, welder, carpenter, machinist, prop maker, modelmaker, toy designer, actor, writer, executive producer, and director.