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In this episode Ethan Hughes joins me to discuss the book we are writing together:
The Possibility Handbook: A Toolkit for Transformation.
After making the initial announcement about this project in late October several listeners contacted me wanting to know more. This interview features Ethan talking about his vision of what we are creating, as well as the specific topics we’ll cover and include in the finished book. Stick around to the end to hear more details about what we’re going to do to collect all the information needed to make this happen, my view on how this will manifest into the world, and about the listener exclusive crowdfunding campaign to support this project.
In talking through this idea we both agree that the book should share information on the philosophical and practical ways to make your vocation for change a reality in the world. To that end the topics we plan to cover include:
- 10 Archetypes that transform the world, including the PeaceBuilders, the PeaceKeepers, the PeaceMakers, the PeaceCreators, the PeaceBreathers, and the PeaceMessagers.
- Conflict resolution
- Gift economies and other economics
- The primal matrix and the highest human needs: integrity, ability, and belonging.
- Embodied permaculture
- Anti-oppression work
- Gratitude, celebration and silliness
- Appropriate technology
- Service, and the process of radicalizing conservative systems
- Integral non-violence
- Manifesting our passion
- How do we become giving and fearless?
Our plan is for me to visit The Possibility Alliance in Missouri from January 16 – 23, 2016, to record 30 to 40 hours of interviews that serve as the manuscript for the book. Under normal circumstances recording that much information is quite an endeavor for a one-person team. Doing so on a farm with no gasoline or electricity, however, poses more interesting challenges. As does not taking a computer along with me, as I wish to honor the choices that Ethan and the rest of The Possibility Alliance community have made.
This project, to me, results in a living document that will grow and get updated regularly to include the projects and experiments that develop as a result of this work, and the lessons learned along the way. To provide space for that in between editions of the print book those updates include a website as well as follow-up interviews and podcasts, since those are the worlds I inhabit during this period of transition. With the book and these updates I’d like to provide more information about the sister locations Ethan mentioned, such as the New Community Project in Virginia or Be The Change in Nevada, either directly in The Possiblity Handbook or as a companion volume once this first book is complete.
For those reasons and to allow the time and space to meet Ethan and record our discussions I’m running a listener exclusive crowdfunding campaign to raise $5,000. That will go towards purchasing the equipment I am unable to borrow for the task of recording off-grid, a round trip train ticket to and from La Plata, Missouri, and incidental expenses. As a stretch goal, raising $15,000 allows me to spend February through July 2016 devoted to just the podcast and this project, reducing the time to get this information into the world. Anything raised that is not used on the project will be donated to The Possibility Alliance as a gift from the community and myself to Ethan and his.
The reward levels are:
Pledge $10 to receive an early copy of the finished ebook, which includes an advance uncorrected copy before the manuscript goes to press; inclusion of your name on the thank you pages of both the electronic copies and print editions of the book; and access to exclusive pictures and video.
Pledge $50 to receive a signed copy of the final print edition, early access to ebook copies of draft and final chapters as they are completed, transcripts of the audio files recorded to create the book, and everything at the lower levels.
Pledge $100 to receive a signed copy of the final printed book; access to all the interview files, photos and videos; and everything at the earlier levels.
As this is a listener exclusive campaign, early access to the ebook, draft chapters, transcripts, audio, and video are only available to those who support this campaign.
The current expectation is to have the early access materials, including audio and video, to you by the Fall of 2016, though with ongoing rolling releases from the time I return from The Possibility Alliance in late January up until when everything is complete. If all goes well the final print book is slated for release in the first half of 2017.
You can use the links below, or at each pledge level, to connect to PayPal and make your pledge today.
If you prefer to send something via the post use the following address, but please include your email address with your letter so that you can receive regular updates on the project, as well as access any of your ebook, audio, and video rewards:
The Possibility Handbook
℅ The Permaculture Podcast
P.O Box 16
Dauphin, PA 17018
Financial support isn’t the only way to assist this project. Tell people why a book from Ethan Hughes matters to you. Share the link to this campaign on social media. Get the word out so we can all benefit from having Ethan’s experiences and knowledge available to everyone in the permaculture community and beyond.
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