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From my search on Kickstarter, yours is the fourth most popular publication kickstarter the site has on Earth, and the second-most popular in the untied states.

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Kyle Bob wrote:Congrats on hitting the $70k mark!  When y’all hit the $75k stretch goal, maybe there can be an option to throw one or two of the copies we purchased on top of the library donation pile?



Thanks Kyle!

I feel like the better approach would be for people to take one or two of their copies and bring them to their local library as a gift. We might reach more libraries that way and it is much easier for us to handle logistically.
 
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Chris Kott wrote:From my search on Kickstarter, yours is the fourth most popular publication kickstarter the site has on Earth, and the second-most popular in the untied states.

-CK



I think their algorithm is influenced by the projects you have backed. Are you in incognito mode? If so, that's kinda cool!
 
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Shawn Klassen-Koop wrote:In response to some confusion in how to change pledge levels, I wrote this:

WATCH OUT!

Some people have increased their pledge, but somehow kickstarter left their “reward level” at the previous, smaller reward. About half the people raising their pledge select the higher reward level and half don’t.  

The solution is to go to kickstarter and hit “manage pledge.” Then hit “Change your pledge.”

Note, if you backed as a “guest” without a kickstarter account, it looks like it makes you create an account in order to change your pledge. And then you need to find your way back to the “manage pledge” stuff and hit “Change your pledge.”

Then it pops up with your current reward level selected and highlights the box saying “pledge amount.” I think that some people are just changing the “pledge amount.” But what you need to do is select the new reward level that you want (ex. GLORY). And then go from there.



I did just up my pledge and do an update on my previous blog post.  In this update I included this about my experience changing my pledge and reward level.

"I feel I should note for anyone who has already pledged to the campaign and also wished to increase their pledge amount that you need to be careful how you do it. Kickstarter allows you just increase your dollar amount without changing your reward. So if you want the rewards with the increased pledge amount you need to make sure you changed that too! How I did this was to log into the kickstarter campaign and click on the “manage your pledge” button. This then gives me a button to “change your pledge” which I clicked on. This then shows me my current reward as well as a list of all the other reward levels. It took me a bit to figure out how to change my reward level as I’m looking for something to click on. What I realized was that I simply have to click on the entire block listing what’s in the reward level I want. The whole block acts as a button, where as I was looking for a “select this” button or something. Once I clicked on the whole block I got a button to “continue” and confirm my change."
 
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Once again, at work... but looking for ideas of places to promote the Kickstarter...

I read a New York Times article about replacing lawns with gardens... she has written a few other similar articles.

Which had a link to another site of interest: attainable-sustainable and she has a forthcoming book in the same vein...
 
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$71,539!



And most of that was from people raising their backer level!   People must REALLY want those library books to go out!
 
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to support the kickstarter



click here!




 
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Bryan C Aldeghi wrote:

paul wheaton wrote:Sepp and the production company for "Desert or Paradise" said we can dole out the movie digitally.   The only catch is that they never made a digital version - just the DVD version.  They said we could have it if we could pull the video off of the DVD.

I have the DVD.

I tried.  

Robbie tried.  

No dice.  

Any chance there is somebody in the missoula area that is savvy about this sort of thing that could give it a try?



Im not in the missoula area, but have been very successful rippings dvds in the pasts. Have done dozens of mainstream ones. If you want to ship it I can rip it. :)




Thanks Bryan.   Let's call this "plan B"

 
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Kyle Bob wrote:Congrats on hitting the $70k mark!  When y’all hit the $75k stretch goal, maybe there can be an option to throw one or two of the copies we purchased on top of the library donation pile?



Ooooh ...   I like that idea.   Maybe the "kickstarter survey" at the end can have a question like

This guy, Kyle, says he wants this question here:   how many of your physical copies do you want us to send to US libraries?



??

Maybe we should mention that option in an update?

Shawn, what do you think?  You cool with this?

 
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Chris Kott wrote:From my search on Kickstarter, yours is the fourth most popular publication kickstarter the site has on Earth, and the second-most popular in the untied states.



"untied states"  - there's gotta be an hour of material in there somewhere.

For a while, we were "the #1 most popular".   I think most of the "popular" algorithm has to do with new pledges.  Like, "how many new pledges this kickstarter get in the last 24 hours?"

The default algorithm is "magic" and we are way, way, way down the list.  

But for "popular" we are currently #4.   All of the books ahead of us are on their first day or two.

Yesterday we had 44 new backers.   Today we've had 17.   On our second day, when we were #1 we had 521 new backers.   The book in the current #1 spot had 264 backers yesterday and 415 backers today.  The book just ahead of us is 74 yesterday and 34 today.





 
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Shawn Klassen-Koop wrote:

Kyle Bob wrote:Congrats on hitting the $70k mark!  When y’all hit the $75k stretch goal, maybe there can be an option to throw one or two of the copies we purchased on top of the library donation pile?



Thanks Kyle!

I feel like the better approach would be for people to take one or two of their copies and bring them to their local library as a gift. We might reach more libraries that way and it is much easier for us to handle logistically.



I should read all of the posts before replying.

Yes, this makes a lot more sense in a list of ways.

 
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David Huang wrote:This then gives me a button to “change your pledge” which I clicked on.



What happens if you are at the $15 level and then you click on the $100 reward?

I wonder if it sorts everything out from there?

 
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I checked. You have to go through "Manage my pledge."
 
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$72,014!


 
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I recorded a brief tutorial on how to increase your pledge and make sure that you have the correct reward level selected.

(Note that the audio takes a few seconds to start because of software issues.)

 
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Shawn Klassen-Koop wrote:


Next up:








Nevermind about the card issue, I figured out what I was doing wrong.  Does this notice above mean that I have to figure out how to get Mike Judd's E-book within two days from now, or two days from May 10th?
 
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Creighton Samuiels wrote:Does this notice above mean that I have to figure out how to get Mike Judd's E-book within two days from now, or two days from May 10th?



Two days from a day that is yet to be announced. Once the dust settles after the kickstarter we'll chat with Michael and arrange a date that works well for him and for us. Then we'll probably send out an email in advance to say when the window will be.
 
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I just checked the maths. If we have another day like yesterday we will blow through the next stretch goal today!
 
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I don't remember if I mentioned this here yet or not.  If so I apologize for the repeat.  One of the techniques I've been using when posting about the book/kickstarter to various groups which seems to be working well is to give some personal reasons why I think other members of the group I'm posting to might be interested in it.  What I think is probably even more important is that I try to do this using the language and specific phrases already familiar to that group.

For example, one on-line community uses a conceptual framework they call the 3 E's.  These are the Economy, Energy, and Environment.  So rather than just saying "Here's this book about permaculture I think you all might like."  I present it as " Here is an exciting new book coming out that is focused on the 3 E's, looking at them primarily through the lens of the environment."  Another group is people in the FIRE community (Financial Independence Retire Early).  For them I'll point out the Early Retirement Extreme part and how this book is about saving money while improving our quality of life.

From what I've read in the past there is a serious body of research that shows we humans almost can't help but respond to people who are reflecting our own words/language back to us.  In fact it's a bit scary how effective it can be.  It's something the marketing firms are using on us, we might as well be using it too to spread our values/message.  In my own career as an artist I understand the concept and share it with students as the idea that you need to first form a positive connection with your viewer/audience.  If you can't establish that you will never "sell" anything, whether that sale is of the actual artwork or whether it is of concepts or ideas you are trying to convey.  So when I'm presenting the Build a Better World book to a new audience I try to figure out what will best work to form that positive connection they can relate to be it specific concepts in the book or language structures they speak in already.
 
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Mirroring, it's called by some, the embodiment of the idea that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

One mirrors the gestures, mannerisms, and triggers that the subject employs or shows. The body language enforces the suggestion of unity given by words used to that purpose, such as we instead of you, for instance.

It's hard to be perceived as an outsider imposing their will upon the other if the outsider was actually one of the other, all along.

-CK

 
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$73,005!


 
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How about contacting Elon Musk and propose that he help the Wisners get the shippable core UL listed if the kickstarter reaches $X?

This will light a different type of fire.

Try the evil brian too Bezos, he might surprise you
 
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Prbly find Elon Musk on his factory floor if you want to get to him quickly
 
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Good afternoon
Went into the kickstarter app to try and’manage my my pledge ‘
There is no decimal option for increasing by 0.77

Also the link that supposedly goes to a 2 min video explaining how to change your pledge . Goes to this forum page with NO 2 min video very obvious

Maybe a blind idiot, but my POV is ‘needs some work’

Thank you for the hard work
 
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Done. X
 
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Hi Josh, I think this is the link you are talking about:

https://permies.com/p/912390

It should go straight to a post in this thread with the video embedded. Sometimes if I click a link to a post then I have to wait a second before it bumps me down the page to the right spot.

Under "manage my pledge" if you hit "change my pledge", a box pops up where you can adjust your number. It does accept decimals for cents. So if you want to add 5 cents or 42 cents or 77 cents, or any of the other 96 options for cents, it should allow that.

If you also want to change your reward level, then you need to click on the reward level you want and go from there.
 
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Observation: Your kickstarter doesn't come up when searching for "better world book" on kickstarter.
https://www.kickstarter.com/discover/advanced?ref=nav_search&term=better%20world%20book

I'm not familiar with Kickstarter but seems like these words should be search terms, since they are part of the title.
 
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J Webb wrote:Observation: Your kickstarter doesn't come up when searching for "better world book" on kickstarter.
https://www.kickstarter.com/discover/advanced?ref=nav_search&term=better%20world%20book

I'm not familiar with Kickstarter but seems like these words should be search terms, since they are part of the title.



I don't know what to say.  Kickstarter is weird.
 
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The Better World Book didn't show up anywhere near the top of the list when I searched "Permaculture," which is strange, too.

I had to search Paul Wheaton for it to come up first on the list.

-CK
 
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$74,035!


 
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Just $321 away from the $75,000 stretch goal!
 
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Purely out of curiosity, how many characters does one get at the $500 level?
 
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$74,659
 
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Now it's just $238 from the $75,000 stretch goal.....so close to infecting minds from 200 libraries :)
 
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David Huang wrote:
For example, one on-line community uses a conceptual framework they call the 3 E's.  These are the Economy, Energy, and Environment.  So rather than just saying "Here's this book about permaculture I think you all might like."  I present it as " Here is an exciting new book coming out that is focused on the 3 E's, looking at them primarily through the lens of the environment."  Another group is people in the FIRE community (Financial Independence Retire Early).  For them I'll point out the Early Retirement Extreme part and how this book is about saving money while improving our quality of life.



It seems that we listen to some of the same 'influencers'.
 
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Hi, just my quick thoughts,

#1 for instance, I work at asml in the Netherlands. A reasonably big, super hightech company with 15000 employees. With some goals on sustainability. They do have ears to promoting ans supporting ideas, books or charities, local and international. Maybe just for advertising, or employee discount or, as a employer Christmas gift for all...
And probably more companies alike....

And I have a small cart in my front yard in summer where I sell my produce, bio, eco etc. Even my own handmade granole and sorts. I can and will promote the book, but is very low scale...

Local but international green or eco magazines or sites, eg. Velt.
 
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And for the other question

#2
Mickeal mores latest.
That sugar movie... Or sounds like it....
Groene goud broadcasted by tegenlicht from the Netherlands
Greening the dessert

 
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