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To reach the maximum number of intellectual pirates for my new show, I need some resources such as petroleum and hotel rooms.

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The zeitgeist

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

  • Airfare
  • 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
  • Florida
  • 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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    <HIGH FIVE!> Your name will go on the poster I'm going to bring around from venue to venue. It will say I THINK THINGS ARE KIND OF A MESS AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT CALMLY IN PUBLIC - with your name underneath.

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    $15 reward

    5 backers

    <AWESOME> Your name will go on the traveling poster of awesome and reasonable people. You will also receive a signed copy of my last book, HOW TO PREDICT THE FUTURE...AND WIN!!!

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    <INTELLECTUAL PIRATE!> Your name on traveling poster, a signed copy of HOW TO PREDICT THE FUTURE, and...listed in the thank you section of my next book WTF: A 21st Century Economy Primer...plus a digital download of the book upon publication.

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    10 backers

    Your name on traveling poster, a signed copy of HOW TO PREDICT THE FUTURE, and...listed in the thank you section of my next book WTF: A 21st Century Economy Primer - plus a limited edition signed hardcover version of the book. Two free tickets to the show in your area.

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    $250 reward

    4 backers Limited (6 left of 10)

    <RANTER'S DELIGHT!>I will write and publish a 1000 - 1500 word blog rant on your favorite subject - which we will discuss over a private dinner prior to the show. And of course: Your name on traveling poster, a signed copy of HOW TO PREDICT THE FUTURE, and...listed in the thank you section of my next book WTF: A 21st Century Economy Primer - plus a limited edition signed hardcover version of the book. Four free tickets to the show in your area.

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    $500 reward

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    <SALON CULTURE!> At this level, I will present a private salon in your home based on my current work or the trends of your choosing. (Limited to tour destinations listed above)

    And of course: Your name on traveling poster, a signed copy of HOW TO PREDICT THE FUTURE, and...listed in the thank you section of my next book WTF: A 21st Century Economy Primer - plus two limited edition signed hardcover versions of the book when it comes out. Two free tickets to the show in your area.

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    $1,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    <CIVIC SALON>I will do a 1-3 hour luncheon or dinner seminar for your favorite non-profit group (local economic development, school board, whatever) to discuss economic transition in a more formal way. (Limited to tour destinations listed above) PLUS: Your name on traveling poster as SIGNATURE SPONSOR, a signed copy of HOW TO PREDICT THE FUTURE, and...listed in the thank you section of my next book WTF: A 21st Century Economy Primer - plus four limited edition signed hardcover versions of the book. Eight free tickets to the show in your area.

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    <SMALL BUSINESS LEADERS> Would you like to associate your company as a thought leader during this economic transition? At this level, a small or mid-sized business (less than 1000 employees) can be a MARQUEE SPONSOR for my 2013 tour, listed on all posters and videos, thanked at every event throughout the United States and Canada. I will also delivery a four-hour seminar on either megatrends or foresight methodologies, your choice - in your offices. Ten signed copies of HOW TO PREDICT THE FUTURE as well as ten signed hardcover of the next book. Fifteen free tickets to the show in your area.

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    <TRANSITION LEADER> Your company (any size) wants to be at the forefront of this economic transition and doesn't mind being branded as kind of edgy. You are labeled my BIG AWESOME SPONSOR, in big fonts on all posters and video assets, thanked in a really sycophantic way at all shows. 25 copies of all books. Up to ten free tickets at any venue, your employees or people you like. Plus, a complementary 4-8 hour training seminar or private speaking engagement for your company on either trends or foresight methodologies anywhere in North America.

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