As I write this, we are over half way through a Kickstarter campaign for my new book, arriving in August (assuming the Kickstarter effort works!). The book is called Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness. It takes a look at some of the stories we tell about how change happens and how it doesn’t, and how those stories can keep us paralyzed in the face of problems. I’ve been working on it for five years, and it’s at the stage of final edits. Pretty exciting!
Free Sample Chapters!
So far, people have been backing this project based on hearing me talk about it. Now it’s time to share part of it with you so that you can draw your own conclusions. This PDF includes the preface, the Table of Contents, and a couple of chapters of the book. Please feel free to download it, read it and share it as widely as you can. I’m grateful for any help you are inclined to offer in spreading the word. We’re so close!
So what’s Kickstarter?
Kickstarter.com is a crowd funding web site, where people who are interested in a particular project can help fund its creation by pledging support to it in exchange for various premiums. You can back the project at any level you like, from one dollar to $3300, and in exchange, you can choose any number of rewards, from guitar picks all the way up to personal appearances. The most common pledge is $22, which means you receive the book and the postage is covered. So it’s not a donation, per se, the rewards are reasonably priced. But by getting the book before it comes out, you help it come into being, providing the money for the printing and other expenses up front.
One important feature of Kickstarter is that if the project doesn’t meet its funding goal, then your pledge is not charged. This is good, as it means that there won’t be partial funding for a project — either we raise the funds we need and you get what you pledged for, or we don’t and your payment doesn’t go through. That way, we’re not left with half the funding we need, wondering how to move forward.
How is it going so far?
Pretty great! With twelve days to go, we’re at $12,254, which is 65% of our goal of $18,800 (if you want to see the cost breakdown, it’s on the Kickstarter page). 218 people have become a part of making this book come into being. It’s incredibly affirming to know that there are many other people who seem to be as excited about this as I am! 🙂 Of course, by the time anyone reads this, it’s likely that we’ll be past those numbers. For the current update, check out the page.