I’m on a quest to meet 10,000 people by the end of this year! Join me on the journey that is changing my life...one person at a time.
*The video above was recorded in 2008. I hope to restart my quest! See more photos set to music HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcqwQ-CFyq8
**Kickstarter is all or nothing. If the fund goal isn't reached, no one's credit card will be charged. You can rest easy knowing that your pledge will not be charged unless and until we reach the full goal.
My name is Arlan and I’m on a quest to
meet 10k people in person by the end of the year! I'm calling it the Arlan Was Here project:)
If we get fully funded, I'll begin in mid August and continue nonstop until New Year's! Yes that IS approx 80 people per day everyday for 125 days. It will be challenging, but not impossible! I'll be going to most of the major cities in the US, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia and I can't wait to meet you! This is changing my life…one person at a time. I wish everyone had the opportunity to do what I’m attempting.
What started in 2008 as a social experiment and a way to raise awareness of my magazine's fundraising efforts, quickly became a life-changing calling for me. I've met nearly 300 people so far on my quest, but have had to take an indefinite break due to lack of funds. I wish to raise the funds needed for budget travel to cities worldwide. I continue to take a snapshot with each person I meet and upload it to my website.
During my journey, you can see pictures of everyone I meet, updated as often as possible on my website http://tenthousandpeople.wordpress.com/. Go there now to see some of the first few hundred I met back in 2008. Pass it on to your friends and let me know if it inspires you to do something similar. Whether it’s 10,000 or 10 people, I hope it inspires you to go out and meet new people.
We’re all in this together!
See more photos set to music HERE:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcqwQ-CFyq8
If the project is fully funded, I will make an announcement to all backers through kickstarter updates with my itinerary as its updated AND list dates on my website.
Absolutely not! My intention is to meet people from all over the world, from all walks of life, all races, backgrounds, ages, sexual orientations and beliefs. I learn something from every single person I've met so far on this journey, and want to meet everyone I can! Backing me with $1 or more helps ensure that I can continue doing this and reach my goals while bringing people closer together. So whether you support me with a financial contribution or just by spreading the word and sending me your best wishes, you are helping make this happen!
Once the project is fully funded and is complete, Kickstarter will let me send out what they called a 'survey' to everyone who's pledged for a tangible item. Its during this survey that I will be able to collect your size and color choices, as well as your address. So you can sit back and relax for now...and we'll take care of the details in just a few days (fingers crossed we reach the goal!)
That would be awesome! I will do as much press as I possibly can to spread this movement worldwide. Please send me a message via kickstarter and tell me a bit about yourself and what you're writing, and I'll get back as soon as possible!
This is a fantastic question. The money will go towards budget travel to about 50 locations worldwide--I feel that in order for this to reach its full potential, it has to include several countries much like the "Free Hugs" campaign--it will also go towards the design, printing and shipping of all of the tangible perks: books, tshirts, posters, postcards, etc-- the 8-10% fee that kickstarter & amazon charge, accommodations when I can't crash on someone's couch (I'll be traveling for nearly 20 weeks), photo equipment, and a small stipend for food.
I plan to visit approx 50 cities in the US and 20 or so in the rest of the world. The incomplete list is: San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Boise, SLC, Denver, Omaha, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Louisville, Philadelphia, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, NYC, upstate NY, DC, Charlotte, Atlanta, Orlando, Miami, Birmingham, Jackson, New Orleans, Little Rock, Nashville, Memphis, Tulsa, OKC, Houston, Dallas, Austin, St Louis, Kansas City, Phoenix, San Diego, LA, Vegas and more... + all over UK, Europe, Australia...and beyond.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on August 12, 2011.
Jul 21, 2011 - Aug 12, 2011
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Be one of the 10k people*!! With my backer-only updates, you'll be the FIRST to know when and where I'll be taking my 10k quest, so you can come meet up with me, have your picture taken for the website, and be part of the experience in person! (fun fact: I'll also be applying for the Guinness Book of World Records) This perk comes with EVERY pledger amount! *This is of course subject to your schedule allowing you to be where I am on the date that I'm there. Also, because of the obvious logistical problems that may arise from time to time throughout the quest, I reserve the right to change or reschedule dates/locations w/o notice.
Pledge $15 or more
I'll send you a personalized, handwritten POSTCARD during my quest! One of a kind item. (Includes shipping worldwide!)
Pledge $35 or more
You'll receive my special WORLD CITIZEN t-shirt that I created for this project. Printed on soft, American Apparel or Tultex shirts and available in all sizes from youth to 3XL. (Please add $10 for shipping OUTSIDE of the US or Canada) + $1 perk
Pledge $65 or more
Postcard + a WORLD CITIZEN HOODY + Your name listed in the THANK YOU section of the website (Please add $15 for shipping OUTSIDE of the US or Canada) + $1 perk
Pledge $100 or more
I'll mail you a collection of 10 unique 5x7 photos taken in some foreign destination with a 35mm camera during my quest. To see samples of some photos I've taken in the past, visit: http://www.tinyurl.com/arlanphotographs + Your name listed in the THANK YOU section of the website (Please add $15 for shipping OUTSIDE of the US or Canada) + $1 perk
Pledge $350 or more
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A WORLD CITIZEN HOODY + I'll take you to dinner or a movie when I'm in your town and let you know how the quest has been going. I'll be going to most of the major cities in the US, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia, so head on over and lets hit up Red Lobster and chit chat. + $1 perk
Pledge $500 or more
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I'll wear a t-shirt with YOUR logo, business name, website address or other design for at least 100 people/photos + an ad on the website which will be seen by thousands of people (every person I meet will get a card letting them know where to see their picture on the site, and I will be inviting press/bloggers to promote the quest to their readers as well). + $1 perk
Pledge $2,000 or more
You get the entire back side of 1,000 of the 10,000 cards I will pass out to everyone who is part of the 10k quest. The front of the card will have my logo and will let them know how to see their photograph on the website and find out more about the quest (you can even choose what regions/countries I pass them out in, if you want) They'll be sure to hold on to it as a keepsake! + I'll wear a tshirt with YOUR logo, business name, website address or other design for at least 500 people/photos + You'll also get an ad on the website which will be seen by thousands of people + $1 perk ADD $1000 for every additional1,000 cards