Please keep me updated on this amazing project!
[Pictured: Ethan Hughes, from my visit to record the interviews that form the core knowledge for The Possibility Handbook.]
In early 2015 my friend Ethan Hughes asked me to bring forth something that had been asked of him in the past, a way for people to become Agent of Possiblity, one of the outcomes for many who visit The Possibility Alliance, the community homestead in La Plata, Missouri, that he shared with his wife, their children, and other community members. Fifteen years in the making now is the time to share his knowledge and experience with the broader world.
To that end, in January 2015 I traveled to The Possibility Alliance to meet Ethan in person for the first time and share time in his community to understand what it means to create the world we want to live in by someone who is manifesting that everyday. While there we recorded over 16 hours of interviews, and I used photography to copy more than 1000 pages of documents.
From that, we know that the book will contain the following topics:
- 10 Archetypes that transform the world, including the PeaceBuilders, the PeaceKeepers, the PeaceMakers, the PeaceCreators, the PeaceBreathers, and the PeaceMessagers.
- Conflict transformation
- 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?
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 who are interested in Ethan’s work and the resulting book, I’m running an ongoing crowdfunding campaign. Anything raised that is not used on this 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 or more 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 or more 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 or more 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 begin reaching you by the Fall of 2016, with ongoing releases of material through 2017. The expected release date of the print book is late 2017.
You can use the links at each level, or those below, to connect to PayPal today.
Or if you prefer you can 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 to you 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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