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Help launch the world's first archive of everyday visionary imagination!
Help launch the world's first archive of everyday visionary imagination!
114 backers pledged $4,179 to help bring this project to life.

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The Archive of Desire collects and catalogs people’s ideas - from the practical to the outrageous - for our world in the future. Ideas are collected one by one on index cards, categorized and archived in a beautiful old-school card catalog. Currently hundreds of people have submitted ideas about art, transportation, agriculture, public spaces, health, fashion, justice and more. With your help, in June 2013 The Archive of Desire will OPEN ITS ONLINE DOORS so that hundreds of thousands of people can participate.

HELP THE ARCHIVE OF DESIRE MAKE A BIG IMPACT!
With the expanded visibility and access of an online home, The Archive can become a resource for countless people. For artists, storytellers, musicians and designers it will be a fountain of raw source material; a databank of ideas and inspiration. Educators can use it to develop lesson plans about almost anything, and free teacher’s guides, art project ideas and lesson plans will be available. Activists and organizers can use it as a tool to do visioning work and goal setting. For everyone, the Archive can be a place to go and marvel at the variety, humor, creativity, and brilliance of human imagination. A place to reflect on what we want for our world individually and collectively; to imagine how another world might be possible and to actually think it through in detail.

The Archive’s new online home will include:
- THE ENTIRE AND EVER-GROWING ARCHIVE, visible/searchable in a variety of ways;
- easy and fun ways to contribute your OWN ideas to the Archive
- games to play with the Archive (for example - you can select cards at random from various categories and create an endless array of miniature new worlds)
- free resources: teachers guides, discussion guides, art project ideas, and more
- an online exhibition space of projects that spring from the Archive

Among the Archive’s great features are the experiments and activities which result in people’s submissions to the Archive. There’s “Listening to the Future in 10 Minutes,” a solitary process for individuals, and there are the many ways that groups and classrooms can generate ideas out of group discussions. Occupy groups, university classes, and youth groups have already used the Archive to stimulate discussions, strengthen their missions and make art. 

REWARDS!
When you back the Archive of Desire, YOU GET ART: a silkscreened mini-portfolio of prints made by amazing artists, based on archive submissions. Original ink drawings by me. You can even get a one-hour phone call with me where I will guide you in cultivating your own visionary imagination. Or a hand-made (with ink and brush) map of your neighborhood, in the future, using ideas from the archive that you choose.
Find examples of rewards here: www.archiveofdesire.com

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    You will receive a big huge thank you, and a PDF version of the LISTEN TO THE FUTURE IN 10 MINUTES kit, which includes instructions, drawings and ideas for getting started with your own archive contributions!

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    Your own hard copy of the LISTEN TO THE FUTURE IN 10 MINUTES kit, plus ONE silkscreen print of your choice on a 4x6 index card from the Archive of Desire print portfolio (see details in main description text)!

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    A LISTEN TO THE FUTURE IN 10 MINUTES kit, and THREE silkscreen prints of your choice on 4x6 index cards from the Archive of Desire print portfolio.

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    A LISTEN TO THE FUTURE IN 10 MINUTES kit, THREE silkscreen prints of your choice on 4x6 index cards from the Archive of Desire print portfolio, and an original INK DRAWING from me (from my group of studies called "Mapping Utopias" - see the link at left).

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    Pledge $80 or more About $80

    All of the above, but you will receive FIVE silkscreen prints from the print portfolio (rather than three)!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    All of the above, Plus EITHER:

    -- the entire print portfolio of AT LEAST 8 silkscreen prints on index cards! They make an amazing series;

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    -- a one-hour phone call with me, where I will lead you through imaginative exercises meant to facilitate your visionary imagination - useful and fun practices for your life in general as well as your contributions to the Archive!

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    All of the above, plus a CUSTOM 8x10 ink drawing based on YOUR favorite selection(s) from the archive!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    All of the above, plus a 18"x24" ink drawing using the visual language of MAPPING to visualize your favorite archive contributions, based on YOUR geographic location!

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