If people have a feeling about today's economy, it can best be summed up as "WTF?" And I'm here to confirm that feeling, flesh it out with the reasons why it's like nothing we've seen before, and to talk about what's next for all of us.
I'm doing it in bars and rock clubs, not universities and conference centers.
That's right, after many years of trolling the corporate seminar circuit as a futurist and strategic analyst for the biggest organizations in the world, I decided - with the help of my awesome readers - to break out and go rogue. We spend a lot of time alone, staring into the Internet, worrying about the economy and wondering what could be done better. It's time we got together and really explored what's up. In detail. With live human beings. In someplace where they serve whisky. Which you might require.
Introducing my 2013 North American Tour!
In response to popular demand (no really, I thought this was a joke until hundreds of people asked me to come to their city!) I am putting together a coast-to-coast tour of a brand new one-man, punk rock, standup comedy spectacle about the economic transition called WTF IS UP WITH THE ECONOMY?
From Portland, Oregon to Wilmington, Delaware and parts in between, I am going to bring you the straight dope about what's really happening in the economy (petroleum, old people, robots, crazy financial mishaps) in a place where you can order tequila shooters and talk with your neighbors. I'll be giving you the information about the future of the economy that you will here nowhere else. You laugh, you'll cry, you'll discuss the Case-Shiller housing price index, you'll make new friends.
When I did this for corporations and governments, there were lots of zeros at the end of every check, but on this tour I want to be able to talk with everybody - students, people starting small businesses, retirees - all at a reasonable price. But the relatively cheap ticket prices and far off destinations mean a certain amount of risk.
What I need to make the tour happen
I'm running this campaign to help fuel my coast-to-coast dialogue tour, specifically to pay for the places where the audiences might not be enough to cover costs. To mitigate some of the risk, I'm trying to cover some of the following in advance
- Hotel (where I don't have friends)
- Car rental (where I don't have friends and they don't have public transit)
- Assorted production costs (audio/video rentals, paying the odd sound guy)
That's about it. In exchange, I want to offer books, specially written rants, salons for you and your friends, presentations for your favorite non-profit, and help for your company.
Where is the tour going? Can I see you?
That's awesome of you to ask. I'm already booking dates, and here are the tour legs I'm trying to orchestrate as you read this:
- Upper Midwest (Iowa, Madison, Chicago)
- Northern California (San Francisco, Sacramento)
- Pacific Northwest (Boise, Portland, Seattle)
- Southern California (Los Angeles, San Diego)
- The Desert (Phoenix, Tucson, Santa Fe)
- Mid Atlantic (Wilmington, Annapolis, Washington DC, Charlottesville)
- New England (VT, NH, MA, ME)
- The Carolinas
- The Rust Belt (Detroit, Pittsburgh, Syracuse,)
- The BBQ Belt (Evansville, Louisville, Lexington)
- Texas (San Antonio, Austin, Dallas)
When will this party get started?
The tour will launch from The Gramophone in Saint Louis, MO on January 17th. It heads up to the Upper Midwest and the Bay Area, and then...on to infinity.
Risks and challenges
The major obstacles to this project will be in coordinating all of the dates (my family not wanting me to be on the road 365 days next year) and assuring ample turnout at the various locations.
Another challenge will be in working the logistics for far-flung but awesome places that request one of my punk economic revival meetings. Presque Isle, Maine is awesome, but it's hours and hours from anywhere - but I still might want to get there.
Another challenge will likely be in fulfilling all dates in the winter months as airports do close. But once this ball gets rolling - I will complete all obligations no matter how long it takes me.
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