Hey there Kickstarters!
So the time has come. We've got only 10 days and (as of this second) $5,179 left to raise. We're doing out best to reach into new pools of potential backers, but we need your help! You pledged to this campaign because you believe in The Geography of Youth. An overwhelming number of you are complete strangers to us, and certainly have different social circles, friends, mailing lists... we're asking you to reach into your networks and share this project with them. We are so close! We just need that extra nudge to get us over the $16,000 mark. Thank you all again for your support! We love you and we're working hard to make you proud!
Mo & Alan
Hello to all you fantastic backers and fantastic potential backers!
We've received some feedback that many of you would love to spread the word about the project, but need a new way of doing so. It is without further ado that we present for your viewing a sharing pleasure, a short video specifically designed to promote our Kickstarter campaign!
You can find everything you need to share this video all over the great wide interwebs right here: http://vimeo.com/21593512.
So please, share away! And thank you, thank you, thank you! Let our stories be told!
32 days until our Kickstarter campaign ends, and (if we make our goal), only 102 days until we climb on our bicycles and pedal for three and a half years! Here's a short list of good things happening:
We've been getting a lot of press on blogs from Hong Kong to the UK to the USA to Brasil. We have to say, all that international love feels pretty good.
We're lecturing next week in Buffalo, NY, and our last show (and bike tour) Project Tandem opens at a gallery there on the 1st.
We're securing new sponsors every week (though still nailing out the details with some- which is why we don't have them all listed yet). We're getting close to having almost all our gear needs covered by sponsors! That's pretty amazing.
A really wonderful local place called Salt Water Farm is hosting a benefit for us on April 16th. All the proceeds from that benefit will go to our Kickstarter campaign... which is good, because it'll end the next weekend!
So all this incredible stuff is happening, but we feel like our Kickstarter campaign has stalled a little bit. Since we only have 32 days left, we think it's probably time to kick it into high gear. BOOM! (That's the sound of us kicking it into high gear). We truly believe that there is enough support out there to get us on the road, we just need to spread the word and we need your help to do that.
Each of you who have already donated have your own network of contacts- please help us out by sharing this project with your people. We need to raise just over $10,000 more, and while this may sound daunting, we think that working together, we can make this happen. So post, repost, email, tweet and share our videos (we made a new video, below, of our first training ride of the season, and we'll be making more soon), and lets see if we can raise just over $10,000 in 32 days! Thank you all for the love! We love you back!!!
-Alan & Mo
pledged of $16,000 goal
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Jan 25, 2011 - Apr 25, 2011
Pledge $10 or more
... and we'll give you a big "thank you" with your name on the donors section of The Geography of Youth website. PLUS a password to download a sweet screensaver of us riding our bicycles around the world (okay, in front of a green screen. But it'll look like we're riding around the world).
Pledge $25 or more
... and you will receive a hand-stamped, block printed thank you postcard from us designed exclusively for our Kickstarter Backers! PLUS the screensaver and your name on the website!
Pledge $50 or more
... and we'll send you a signed, hand-stamped, block print poster for The Geography of Youth. Made with love by us. PLUS the postcard, screensaver and your name on the website!
Pledge $100 or more
... and we'll send you a homemade world map kit with pins and string so you can plot your own adventure (or follow ours). PLUS the poster, postcard, screensaver and your name on the website!
Pledge $250 or more
... and we'll call or Skype you to help plan your own bicycle tour! What to pack, cool places to go, how to plan a route- even if it's just for a weekend getaway. If you're not into bicycle touring, we can help you plan a photography project or talk about photo basics, cameras, and getting access to things you want to shoot. PLUS the homemade map kit, poster, postcard, screensaver and your name on the website!
Pledge $500 or more
... and we'll send you handwritten postcards from the road! We'll try to find some really cool ones. PLUS the Skype/phone call, homemade map kit, poster, postcard, screensaver and your name on the website!
Pledge $1,000 or more
6 backers Limited (224 of 230 left)
... and we'll send you your choice of one of the twenty-three black and white, archival pigment prints from the touring Project Tandem gallery show. These prints are sized 11x14 on the same beautiful paper used in the gallery show (for those of you as geeky about printing as we are, it's Moab's Entrada Rag paper). This is a limited edition run of ten prints per photograph. Please let us know as soon as possible which print you'd like so we can reserve it for you. PLUS the postcards from the road, Skype/phone call, homemade map kit, poster, postcard, screensaver and your name on the website!
Pledge $5,000 or more
0 backers Limited (10 of 10 left)
... and you can join us for four days of riding in the country of your choice! It's like your own private photo/bicycle tour/workshop! We'll make photographs of the sights, meet new people, and fill up on local cuisine to help us power over the hills. It'll be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure- you set the pace and we promise to make it fun! You might even convince us to carry some of your gear for you. Bragging rights included. (Please note: you will be responsible for your flights and expenses). PLUS the limited edition archival pigment print, postcards from the road, Skype/phone call, homemade map kit, poster, postcard, screensaver and your name on the website!
Pledge $10,000 or more
0 backers Limited (2 of 2 left)
... and you'll receive a one-of-a-kind, signed polaroid from every country we ride through. That means at the end of the trip, if we've been through 50 countries, you'll have a collection of 100 signed polaroids from all over the world. PLUS the four day tour, limited edition archival pigment print, postcards from the road, Skype/phone call, homemade map kit, poster, postcard, screensaver and your name on the website!