The Stork is a game/social experiment which encourages people to perform brave acts of kindness. Ordinarily I keep the game behind a shroud of mystery so that you discover what it is about by participating. But since you probably need more information to understand why this is worth your time and money, I will go into more detail.
The project consists of a book which provides instructions for the "player" and a ledger to record their activity. The idea is that when you open the book, you become The Stork. You now have 24 hours to deliver your package. Your package is either tangible or intangible, but generally involves something useful, something you have made, and/or a positive interaction. The book provides guidelines for choosing an appropriate package and recipient. Giving someone art you've made, asking someone out on a date, giving away a concert ticket, or finally apologizing are all examples of packages one might deliver.
When you deliver your package, you pass along the book as well. The recipient becomes the new Stork and they get to deliver a package of their own. The ledger in the book tracks the line of Storks and the packages that have been delivered.
The idea is to encourage people to be brave and kind and to share themselves and notice the impact they have on the world.
I did a small print run last year and The Stork was met with great enthusiasm. People got really excited and told me their stories about what they did when they were The Stork and what it was like to deliver a package.
The printer I used for the initial run didn't do such a good job. I'd like to do a larger run with a better printer. According to the quote I got, $1000 will cover 500 books. The remaining $100 is for shipping, fees and whatever small costs might accrue.
I see this as a public service, so I don't intend to make a profit on this. However, in order for the book to make financial sense for my distributor (Indie Press Revolution) and potential retailers, I will need to give it a fair price. Hopefully not more than $3 per book. A portion of the books will be sent to the distributor, a portion set aside for Kickstarter contributors and a small portion for me to personally distribute.
Credits: Stork character artwork by Thomas Reidy. Music in promo video created by Ryan Houlette.
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