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Permaculture Playing Cards Kickstarter

paul wheaton
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It's all about infecting brains. How do you get somebody that has never heard of permaculture to begin to understand? A deck of cards is small. And each card has an image and just a touch of text. The idea is that if we can get a person to take 30 seconds to look through some of the cards, we might be able to get them to look at more. At the same time, it is during the winter holidays that it is the perfect excuse to give a bunch of people a gift.




The kickstarter is complete, and the cards are now available at amazon:



http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00GOIXT3M/rs12-20





the kickstarter page.



In 2011 I made a podcast where I suggested the idea of permaculture playing cards. A thread started and people said they were going to make it a real thing. When that didn't go anywhere, I tried to shake a few trees to see if people would make this cool thing happen. A lot of people liked the idea, but nothing came of it. In May of 2012 Alexander Ojeda and I got to work.

We spent hours arguing over each card. We spent hours arguing over the whole deck and what stuff made the cut and what stuff didn't. Weeks and months passed and we had a dozen cards done. More months and we had a system of "done", "in progress" or "need to figure out how to start." On and on and on. Now it seems really weird. We're finally done. The amount of work that went into this was about twenty times greater than I originally thought it would be. But, wow - they turned out far better than I thought possible.



It is now time to do the kickstarter. My stomach is turning in knots with the idea of "what if people don't like it as much as we do? Will enough people buy them? Is it possible that all this work will be wasted?"







Thanks to Barthelemy Glumineau from studiomelies.com for putting together this snazzy video!

Artwork by Alexander Ojeda of alexanderandblack.com


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Craig Dobbelyu
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Joined: Dec 22, 2011
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Location: Maine (zone 5)
    
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Early bird! Looking to infect me some brains during the winter holiday season. one deck for me, one for the mantle and the rest to give as gifts. Hope this work out because you just made my holiday shopping complete.


"You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result”

-Gandhi
Natasha Turner


Joined: Nov 26, 2012
Posts: 30
Location: Kentucky knob region
Wow! Those look beautiful! I would like to buy some.


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Lucas Harrison-Zdenek


Joined: Feb 12, 2013
Posts: 80
Location: Southeast Michigan, Zone 6a
    
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Don't get too sick with worry! I think these are lovely. Just pledged for 2 decks! Can't wait to have a party where we play using these beauties! Nicely done sir!
John Redman


Joined: Jan 24, 2011
Posts: 196
Location: Perkinston Mississippi zone 9a
    
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The poster of all the cards rocks! I've got to have it!
Karl wi


Joined: Mar 17, 2013
Posts: 4
me too, in fact I 'd like 2 maybe three sets, keep me in the loop as to when these are ready to ship

Karl


if you can draw it or sketch it, I can make it,
Judith Browning
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Joined: Jun 21, 2012
Posts: 3977
Location: Arkansas Ozarks zone 7 stoney acidic sandy loam
    
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They are wonderful...can't wait to get some to gift a few folks..


"We're all just walking each other home."
Ram Dass

paul wheaton
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Josh Pasholk


Joined: Jun 06, 2013
Posts: 78
Location: Southern California
    
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This is so cool. Will buy a few for sure.
David Hartley


Joined: Mar 23, 2012
Posts: 258
I'm in the game. Put money on the table. Deal me in
Marta Meengs


Joined: Jul 07, 2013
Posts: 1
The content and art work is amazing! We're looking forward to passing out these perfect presents!
Sue Rine


Joined: Mar 28, 2013
Posts: 140
Location: New Zealand
    
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These are so beautiful! It makes me want to go out and get a credit card just to buy some! Just onesmall thing...isn't the plural of fungus fungi not funguses? Or is funguses an American spelling? (I'm from NZ)
ronie dee


Joined: Mar 04, 2009
Posts: 588
Location: Cosby MO
    
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Sue Rine wrote:These are so beautiful! It makes me want to go out and get a credit card just to buy some! Just onesmall thing...isn't the plural of fungus fungi not funguses? Or is funguses an American spelling? (I'm from NZ)


You are correct - fungi is plural of fungus.
The vernacular plural for fungus is funguses, but I'm not sure of the spelling. The plural of fish is fish, but I know a lot who say fishes.


Sometimes the answer is not to cross an old bridge, nor to burn it, but to build a better bridge.
Jim LaFrom


Joined: Aug 28, 2012
Posts: 36
Location: Truckee, CA
    
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Do you mean to say that there isn't a Paul Wheaton "Emperor" card in place of the joker? LOL

Peace, Jim
Julie Anderson


Joined: Jun 04, 2012
Posts: 58
Location: Zone 9B Santa Rosa, CA
    
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I'm in! I hope this gets fully funded, because I REALLY want a deck of those cards! Plus, a deck would also be a perfect gift for the person I drew in our 2013 Family Gift Exchange.

Julie


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Rebecca Holman


Joined: Dec 30, 2012
Posts: 184
    
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They are stunning...looking forward to gifting a few myself.
Lm McWilliams


Joined: Jul 11, 2013
Posts: 49
Location: USDA Zone 5
    
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Jim LaFrom wrote:Do you mean to say that there isn't a Paul Wheaton "Emperor" card in place of the joker? LOL


You mean 'Duke', right?! lol!


LM McWilliams
Farside Farm, New England
Lm McWilliams


Joined: Jul 11, 2013
Posts: 49
Location: USDA Zone 5
    
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ronie dee wrote:
Sue Rine wrote:These are so beautiful! It makes me want to go out and get a credit card just to buy some! Just onesmall thing...isn't the plural of fungus fungi not funguses? Or is funguses an American spelling? (I'm from NZ)


You are correct - fungi is plural of fungus.
The vernacular plural for fungus is funguses, but I'm not sure of the spelling. The plural of fish is fish, but I know a lot who say fishes.


Yes! 'Fishes' means more than one kind, or species, of fish. (Even in the Oxford Unabridged dictionary.)

The purpose of language is to make clarity in communication possible, at least in theory (I sometimes joke
that otherwise we could all just grunt. lol!).

Like permaculture, it's a lifelong adventure, to learn the fine points of our language and dicover the
tmeanings of words; tools that can help us to communicate clearly, to understand and to be understood.
The consistent use of words brings clarity which can help to avoid misunderstandings.

Folks here on Paul Wheaton's forums use the word 'hugelkultur', for example, to mean something very
specific. However, if we don't continue to use that term consistently, and explain to others what that word
means, it can lose it's meaning (any old jumble of branches? any raised bed? or something else?), creating
confusion instead of clarity.

Just a few thoughts from someone raised by a wild pack of educators...
<slightly embarassed grin>

Lm McWilliams


Joined: Jul 11, 2013
Posts: 49
Location: USDA Zone 5
    
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These are BRILLIANT and BEAUTIFUL!
Masterfully done, bravo!

There is no doubt that these will fullfill the goal for which they were created.
Thank you for creating such a useful tool for helping each of us to spread
the word; 'permaculture' that is!
Kerry Rodgers


Joined: Oct 31, 2011
Posts: 31
Location: North Texas, Dallas area suburbs, US zone 7b
    
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The cards are beautiful!
The video is also fun. My favorite part was when the "blah, blah, blah" came out of the Paul-Head and swirled all around the phone!
ronie dee


Joined: Mar 04, 2009
Posts: 588
Location: Cosby MO
    
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Thank you for that clarification. I guess The Three Dog Night was correct singing, "Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea...."

Delvin Solkinson


Joined: Jan 15, 2012
Posts: 18
Location: Elphinstone Rainforest
wow these cards are epic beautiful - what a wonderful concept for a learning and teaching tool

i also collaboratively make permaculture design cards
uniquely different from your project but perhaps an interesting compliment
the card deck available as free open source printable files
or beautifully printed and produced from an on demand printer
http://www.gaiacraft.com/permaculture-principles-deck/

we will have a 22 card booster deck available later this year

thanks for being an inspiration
and creating something wonderfully functional and beautiful
for the World Permaculture Community

delvin
www.villagerepair.org
www.gaiacraft.com
Elizabeth Schirmer


Joined: Apr 29, 2013
Posts: 3
Location: South Texas
Great remix of the classic playing cards. Love the art and how they provide useful facts that can help people be more self sufficient. I hope to pledge for a deck when I get a chance. ^.^


Normality is an absurdity of society.
Rose Dallal


Joined: Feb 07, 2013
Posts: 13
Location: shasta county, ca zone 8b
    
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OMG Paul! These cards are so beautiful.
Tomas More


Joined: Sep 06, 2012
Posts: 14
Location: Santa Barbara
I am new to kickstarter and looked but could not find it. How do I get multiple bricks?


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paul wheaton
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Joined: Apr 01, 2005
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Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
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Tomas More wrote:I am new to kickstarter and looked but could not find it. How do I get multiple bricks?


Kickstarter frowns on quantity stuff in general. I think I'm getting away with a "brick" because it is something of a norm on kickstarter for cards.

You are the third person today to ask about larger quantities. So we are talking about printing more when the time comes.
paul wheaton
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Tomas More wrote:I am new to kickstarter and looked but could not find it. How do I get multiple bricks?


I'm starting a list of the folks that want multiple bricks. How many do you want?
Adrien Lapointe
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Joined: Feb 23, 2012
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Location: Kingston, Canada (USDA zone 5a)
    
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Now I know of a lot of people that will receive permaculture decks of cards at Christmas!


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Justin Jones


Joined: Apr 10, 2013
Posts: 50
Location: wheaton labs
    
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This is so awesome. Permaculture's singular flaw has always been poor merchandising.


Every day, every season there is change, something new to observe, and constant learning. Permaculture has the dimensions of a life-oriented chess game, involving the elements, energy, and the dimensions of both life-forms and building structures (also with political, social, financial, and global implications).
Stacia Nordin


Joined: Aug 11, 2013
Posts: 2
Location: Malawi
I'm in for a brick
Pablo Parvat Costa


Joined: Aug 11, 2013
Posts: 1
Hi, Paul

Here is Pablo, from Bariloche, Argentina, Patagonia

Congratulations, it´s an excelent idea to spread the principles of the movement every where, and better to generate an approach than many videos or articles that can hardly be read or see.

You can try also another platform I love for the kind of projects you can find there: www.indiegogo.com

I take part in the permacultural movement by editing books; former journalist, now involved in communication fields, I began 8 years ago helping a disciple of John Jeavons to write and publish a book of his experience, "Huerta Orgánica Biointensiva". It followed it the Rowe Morrow "User´s of the Earth Guide" in spanish, and recently two books of Gernot Minke: the mud building handbook (sorry, I dont know the english name) and a little one about mud plaster.

Just thinking about, what if we do it in spanish? It wouldn´t be soon, after so many work did you do in this project, but may be later... I am available to face the job.

Thanks for all,
Bye
Pablo Parvat Costa
BRC Ediciones
www.brcweb.com.ar
Manfred Ramault


Joined: Oct 07, 2012
Posts: 12
Location: Tervuren, Belgium
    
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Hello Paul

There is an company in Belgium that has been making cards for the whole world for ages, you might check it out. They know about durability and so on.

http://www.cartamundi.com/en

Alan Hunter


Joined: Dec 29, 2012
Posts: 11
    
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Paul,

Any thoughts on bulk orders?

I'm thinking about printing economics, which I think you mentioned: the more that are printed the lower the unit price that is paid and maybe that could be passed on to end customer?

The Kickstarter tops out at 12 decks (1 brick). What about 2,5,10 bricks?

I have struggled to explain permaculture to people I know; thinking this will help

Thanks
paul wheaton
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Joined: Apr 01, 2005
Posts: 15631
Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
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I've started a list of people that want more bricks after the kickstarter is done. Should I add you to that list?
Stacia Nordin


Joined: Aug 11, 2013
Posts: 2
Location: Malawi

I posted the same thing on my facebook page, not just in terms of language, but in terms of species and cultural nuances. I'd love to see decks for each region of the world, or every nation if that were possible later on.

Pablo Parvat Costa wrote: Here is Pablo, from Bariloche, Argentina, Patagonia. Just thinking about, what if we do it in spanish? It wouldn´t be soon, after so many work did you do in this project, but may be later... I am available to face the job. Pablo Parvat Costa, BRC Ediciones, www.brcweb.com.ar
paul wheaton
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It looks like the kickstarter will be successful. So then the question shifts to: how can we leverage these to infect even more brains this holiday season. Somebody suggested that I go to the local garden shop and find out who their distributor is. Then contact that distributor.

What else?
Alan Hunter


Joined: Dec 29, 2012
Posts: 11
    
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Paul

Yes, add me to list of people that want more than 1 brick.

Thanks
paul wheaton
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Alan Hunter wrote:Paul

Yes, add me to list of people that want more than 1 brick.

Thanks


How many? (so we have an idea of how many more to make)
Tomas More


Joined: Sep 06, 2012
Posts: 14
Location: Santa Barbara
Paul, I have used kickstarter to get 2 bricks(more than one account), and would like 2 more later. I am handing them out as gifts to my Wwoofers! Thank you for giving me one more way to infect these kids.
David Hartley


Joined: Mar 23, 2012
Posts: 258
Down To Earth is a distributor here in the PNW. They might be interest?
 
 
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