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UPDATE: New Goal, New Rewards
The RS Community has blown us away with your commitment and support! Thank you to everyone who has pledged.
Now, let's take it to $55,000! The Kickstarter ends at noon EST. Every pledge goes toward making Reality Sandwich 2.0 the best it can be, giving us critical resources for the design and building phase of this project.
For the final stretch, we've added more exciting rewards:
Everyone who pledges $25 and higher -- to become a charter subscriber to Reality Sandwich 2.0 -- will receive a rare mix by DJ Spooky, that Subliminal Kid, "Live Without Dead Time." Originally released as a CD insert for ADBUSTERS magazine, this classic extended mix -- one of Spooky's best -- has long been unavailable. Featuring Ani DiFranco, Bad Brains, Public Enemy, and much more!
Other new rewards include: an Atmos Raw Vaporizer, a limited edition photograph of Chinese dissident artist Ai Wei Wei taken by Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, and signed collectors copies of the books Food of the Gods, by Terence McKenna, and Reality Sandwiches, by Allen Ginsberg -- inscribed by their authors! There's more about all these rewards below.
As our way of saying thanks for passing $50,000, we’re going to upgrade every single reward so that everybody will receive greatest hits from the Evolver Learning Lab webinar archives. These MP3s feature visionaries like Jeremy Narby, Starhawk, Graham Hancock, Daniel Pinchbeck, and many others. They will be available to backers at every level, starting with 1 for pledges at the $10 level, 2 for the pledges at the $25 level, climbing up to 6 MP3s for pledges at the $250 level and above. Click here for details.
There are so many ways you can choose to support Reality Sandwich. Every pledge makes a difference!
- Monday, June 17, 2013 7:00 a.m. EST
Reality Sandwich 2.0 is a new phase. We'll add exciting new features: a blog for daily transformational news with 10+ posts a day; lots more video and music; and deeper community engagement. We also introduce a subscription program for those who want to access more in-depth material. And do a much needed technical upgrade. So we up our editorial game while solidifying our business and tech foundation -- ensuring RS's future.
You know how much RS has accomplished to date. Now let's take it to the next level with RS 2.0!
It seems like just yesterday when the topics Reality Sandwich covered were considered to be on the "far out fringe." Subjects like shamanism, non-local consciousness, visionary art, alternative economics, psychedelics, permaculture, transformational festivals, near death experiences, and tantra, to name but a few.
Now the rest of the world is catching up – or catching on.
Together, these topics are the heart of a vibrant new transformational culture that's addressing the social, spiritual, and ecological crises of our time.
The Reality Sandwich web magazine brings these streams together, publishing new articles and news stories every weekday – more than 5,000 to date. 140,000 people visit each month to take part in the genesis of this new culture.
A few signs of the change we're witnessing:
- The possibility that consciousness extends beyond the brain is being demonstrated by scores of scientific studies.
- Medical research shows that psychedelics can be effective healing tools for doctors.
- There's a global shamanic revival, and the once obscure Amazonian brew ayahuasca is entering mainstream awareness.
- Since the global economic crisis, the promise of a sacred economics attracts ever more people aware that the materialist paradigm fails us not only as individuals, but puts life on the planet at risk.
Consciousness is spreading, and our community is growing into a movement. Reality Sandwich has played a catalytic role in this movement building. With your help, an expanded Reality Sandwich will propel the movement even further.
WHAT'S BEEN DONE
Reality Sandwich presents the top names in consciousness culture. The list of contributors is a who's who of the scene's most innovative and provocative thinkers.
. . . and of course co-founders Daniel Pinchbeck, Jonathan Talat Phillips, and Ken Jordan.
Reality Sandwich has never played to an audience. Rather, we serve the community we belong to, innovating ways to engage people in the creation of this emerging culture. The 50 grassroots groups that meet monthly – the Spores – are true community hubs where transformational culture takes root.
Now we need to do more.
With the rapid advances in technology, and the explosive growth of the culture we cover, Reality Sandwich is being challenged. To stay out front, to keep innovating, and to serve you best, we have to up our game. We need to create Reality Sandwich 2.0.
We're asking for your help through a Kickstarter campaign so we can move to a state-of-the-art digital platform. This will enable us to be more timely, do more multimedia, go more in-depth on hot topics, and be more responsive to our community.
- More Timely: add a blog with 10+ posts a day – news, reviews, events, and opinion, covering the full range of consciousness culture
- More Multimedia: curate the best videos, podcasts and free music from the scene
- Hot Topics: add dedicated content areas about psychedelic frontiers, nonlocal consciousness research, transformational festivals, and visionary arts
- More Interactivity: add better commenting features, moderated forums, an events calendar, and features that solicit your input on editorial programming
- Share the wealth: Integrate the online tipping software Flattr, so the writers of popular articles can get paid
This will be only the first wave of new editorial programs that we'll be able to add with a state-of-the-art digital platform, one that allows us to keep introducing more features in the future, from mobile to holographic (imagine RS in 3D!). By backing us on Kickstarter, you will make this new platform possible.
At the same time, we will introduce a membership model that rewards some people who pay so that we can make all of our articles available for free to everyone. As a member, you will be invited to take part in online discussions with popular Reality Sandwich writers about a different topic each month. It will kick off with a live, interactive video seminar that you can participate in, on camera. Then the conversation moves to a members-only forum where you and other members can engage in further dialog with that month's featured writers and Reality Sandwich staff. (See below for more details.)
Members will also receive MP3 recordings of at least one feature article each week, read by the author. So you can take Reality Sandwich with you on your iPod.
Once we have completed this crowdfunding campaign, we expect it to take four months to prepare and launch the new Reality Sandwich platform, with the new editorial features and membership program. So look for Reality Sandwich 2.0 in October, 2013!
WHAT WE'RE OFFERING
The writers on Reality Sandwich are some of the most insightful and inspiring visionaries of our time. Our rewards make this community of writers available to you in many ways – through webinars, in ebooks, in member-only forum discussions, and via private consultations. You can participate at any level, from $10 to $10,000.
Every backer at the $10 level or higher will receive 3 great rewards:
- Amanda Sage/Layla Love Thank You Card - The remarkable visionary artist Amanda Sage collaborated with photographer Layla Love on the image for our special Thank You card, which we will snail mail to every backer.
- A Single-Session Evolver Webinar - Evolver (Reality Sandwich's parent company) offers live, interactive video sessions with RS writers like Daniel Pinchbeck, Graham Hancock, Charles Eisenstein, David Wolfe, and many other consciousness thought leaders. You can pick any single-session webinar from the upcoming schedule. A $15 value, good for one year.
- A Reality Sandwich E-Book - Choose one of these four e-book singles published by Reality Sandwich/Evolver:
Coming Clean: A Conscious Guide to Food Cleanses, by Suzanne Boothby
Everything you need to know before embarking on your next cleanse - from juicing to Ayurveda, heavy metals to master cleansing.
Psychedelic Drug Research: A Comprehensive Review, by David Jay Brown
A definitive summary of the scientific investigations into psychedelic drugs that have taken place since starting anew in 1990.
Machine Elves 101, by Daniel Moler
All the high points of the Terence McKenna story.
Why I Am Not Enlightened, by Eliezer Sobel
A penetrating, insightful, and - above all - genuinely funny meditation on the quest for gnosis and its discontents.
Be a Charter Subscriber to Reality Sandwich!
Every backer at the $25 level or higher receives a charter membership to the new Reality Sandwich website for one year. We'll be tapping some of RS's most popular and knowledgeable writers to lead group discussions on topics that matter to the RS community. New topics kick off each month with a live, interactive video webinar. Then the discussion moves to a members-only forum. Featured presenters and topics will include:
- Dennis McKenna, on Plants and Society
- Gary Lachman, on The Contemporary Occult
- Thomas B. Roberts, on Psychedelics and Healing
- Ryan Hurd, on Shamanic Dreaming
- Julie Holland, on Medicinal Uses of Cannabis
- Paul Devereux, on Spirits, Consciousness, and Reality
In addition, members will receive MP3 recordings of at least one RS article each week, read by the writer.
This one-year RS membership is a $60 value - which we're offering now for $25, in recognition of your pioneering support.
NEW REWARD ADDED: Also, receive a rare mix by DJ Spooky, that Subliminal Kid, "Live Without Dead Time." Originally produced for ADBUSTERS magazine, this classic extended mix -- one of Spooky's best -- has long been unavailable. Featuring Ani DiFranco, Bad Brains, Public Enemy, and much more!
In many ways, RS is extending upon the legacy of the Beats and the Sixties Counterculture. The name Reality Sandwich itself is taken from an Allen Ginsberg poem. Every backer at the $50 level or higher will receive an Allen Ginsberg quote poster (24" x 36") created especially for this campaign.
Every backer at the $75 level or higher will take part in a live, interactive video discussion with some of Reality Sandwich's most provocative thinkers about the intersections and tensions between consciousness culture and technological singularity. Featured speakers:
- DJ Spooky, that Subliminal Kid
- Graham Hancock
- Diana Slattery
- Jason Silva
This video webinar will take place in the fall, and is for Kickstarter campaign backers only. Recordings will also be available.
Reality Sandwich's parent company, Evolver, produces a popular series of multi-session webinars, hosted by some of Reality Sandwich's most inspirational visionary writers. Previous courses have included Jeremy Narby on visionary plant medicine, Andrew Harvey on sacred activism, Suzanne Taylor on crop circles, and Alberto Villoldo on shamanic initiation. Every backer at the level of $100 or higher can pick one multi-session Evolver Learning Lab course, which are usually 4-6 sessions. This $125 value (that's the average course price) is good for one year. Any course that begins after June 17 is eligible.
In these live, interactive video courses, you can dive in-depth into important topics, engaging in a dialog with some of the world's leading experts, asking your questions on camera. If you can watch a YouTube video, you can take part in an Evolver Learning Lab course.
Included in this reward are these upcoming webinars:
- Bioenergetic Healing Demystified: Energy Modalities for Mind, Body and Soul, hosted by Jonathan Talat Phillips. With guests Cyndi Dale, Anodea Judith, Richard Gordon, and Leslie Berman. Starts June 27.
- How to Start a (Sexual) Revolution, hosted by Conner Habib, with guests Duncan Trussell, Samuel Delany, Buck Angel and Tristan Taormino. Starts June 19
- Empowerment Through Collaboration: How to Create Transformative Community, hosted by Starhawk. With guests Joanna Macy, Pandora Thomas, and Diana Leafe Christian. Starts July 2.
- Awakening within the Dream: Lucid Dreaming as a Path to Healing, Wholeness and Spiritual Realization, hosted by Robert Waggoner. With guests Michael Katz, Ryan Hurd, and Ed Kellogg. Starts July 1.
- Shamanic Ecstasy: The Great Vision Quest, hosted by Alberto Villoldo. Starts October 19.
- The Sacred Moon: Astrological Secrets to Awaken the Divine Feminine, hosted by Adam Elenbaas. With special guests. Starts August 1.
For more information, visit the Evolver Learning Lab site at http://www.evolverlearninglab.com
Other upcoming courses include: John Perkins on shapeshifting, Martin A. Lee on medicinal cannabis, Anya Kamenetz on student debt, Itzhak Beery on shamanic ceremonial healing, and Dennis McKenna on plants and society. We offer two new multi-session courses each month.
Backers at the $150 level will receive a limited edition, 100% cotton beach towel (70" x 40") featuring an iconic image from visionary artist Amanda Sage, perfect for picnics and festival outings. The towel is only available to backers at this level. Supply is limited!
About the artist: Amanda Sage's paintings are empowering. A leader among the growing movement of Visionary Art, she weaves a web around the globe, inspiring the expansion of consciousness and the necessity of creativity for the future of humanity. For more, please visit: www.amandasage.com
$165 DONORS - NEW REWARD ADDED
Between the years 1983-1993, long before he became an internationally known artist and free speech icon, Ai Wei Wei lived in New York's East Village, taking part in the neighborhood's then burgeoning avant-garde scene. Allen Ginsberg was his friend and mentor. Pledges of $165 will receive an 11" x 14" limited edition, quality print of this historic photograph of Wei Wei, taken by Ginsberg in 1988. Each photograph is authenticated and stamped by the Allen Ginsberg Trust. Pledges of $165 also get an Evolver multi-session webinar and all rewards from the $100 level.
Some Reality Sandwich writers offer workshops and healing sessions. Backers at the level of $200 will receive one of the following offerings, which take place either in person or via Skype. Spaces are limited:
Birth Chart Reading with Adam Elenbaas
Receive a 60 minute comprehensive birth chart reading and explore the archetypes of the planets at the time of your birth! Adam is the author of Fishers of Men: The Gospel of an Ayahuasca Vision Quest, and the director of Nightlight Astrology. (3 available)
Basic Meditation with Darrin Drda
Receive a 60 minute training in the basics of meditation from a Buddhist writer and instructor of Insight meditation, who has worked under the auspices of the Dali Lama. Darrin is the author of The Four Global Truths. (3 available)
Shamanic Ceremonial Healing with Itzhak Beery
Receive a 60 minute candle divination and palm diagnostic reading for insight into the physical, emotional and spiritual causes of your condition. Followed by La Limpia, a cleansing and protection ceremony. Based on Quechua (Inka) and Amazonian (Brazil) traditions. Itzhak is the publisher of ShamanPortal.org (3 available)
Energy Healing Training with Jonathan Talat Phillips
Take part in a 90 minute group training in the basics of bioenergetic healing. Talat is a co-founder of Reality Sandwich and the author of The Electric Jesus. (5 available)
Backers at the $250 level and higher will receive a one-year pass to ALL Evolver Learning Lab courses -- single-session and multi-session. This is a great value! Each multi-session course alone averages $125, and there are two new multi-session courses each month.
In addition, you will receive a lifetime subscription to Reality Sandwich!
The Atmos Raw Vaporizer is the top of the line: rugged, elegant, and what you'd expect from a "best of breed" portable vaporizer. This product is intended for aromatherapy purposes only. Pledges of $300 will receive the Atmos, along with a high quality grinder, a 1-year scholarship to Evolver webinars, and all the rewards from the $250 level.
Backers at the $350 level and higher will join the Reality Sandwich team and writers for a special tea ceremony before the launch parties for the new RS digital platform in New York and the Bay Area. Come and celebrate with us!
Backers at the $750 level and higher receive a lifetime pass to ALL Evolver Learning Lab courses. For dedicated students of the new consciousness, this is a fantastic value. Only 15 passes available.
Backers at the $1,000 level are invited to a private dinner with Reality Sandwich co-founders Daniel Pinchbeck and Ken Jordan in New York City. (Travel not included.)
A backer at the $1,000 level is invited to a private dinner with Reality Sandwich contributors Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics, Howard Bloom, author of The God Problem and The Genius of the Beast, and RS Editorial Director Ken Jordan in New York City. (Travel not included.)
One backer at the $1,000 level will receive a copy of Allen Ginsberg's poetry collection Reality Sandwiches, signed in black ink by the poet. It says "3/29/91 / Allen Ginsberg'' with ''AH'' initialed in a circle above the City Lights logo and ''Berkeley'' handwritten at the bottom, all on the title page. This is the seventeenth printing and No. 18 in the Pocket Poet Series. 4.75'' x 6.25'' softcover book shows minor edge wear, otherwise near fine condition. Plus, receive a lifetime scholarship to Evolver Learning Lab webinars and all the rewards in the $750 tier.
One backer at the $1,500 level will receive a copy of Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna, signed by the author. Bantam Books, first USA hardback edition. Dustcover protected by mylar wrap. Signed, dated and dedicated: "To Geff, Here is a map to worlds too strange to suppose. See you there! Terence McKenna June '92". Plus receive a lifetime scholarship to Evolver Learning Lab webinars and all the rewards in the $750 tier.
Backers at the $10,000 level receive a customized shamanic retreat for you and a guest in Costa Rica at the Guaria de Osa Lodge, the site of several extraordinary retreats hosted by Reality Sandwich. Escape to a beautiful, sustainably designed lodge in the rainforest, complete with an adventure in rainforest plant medicine traditions with Secoya elders.
We're grateful for anything you can contribute. We realize that not everyone is in a position to donate as much as they would like. But we know that every dollar you give comes from the heart, and we truly appreciate it.
Risks and challenges
We expect it to take four months from the completion of this crowd funding campaign to launch the new Reality Sandwich digital platform. Our goal is to launch in October, 2013. Of course, digital production can take longer than expected, so it is possible the launch date will be extended. But this new platform is critical to Realty Sandwich's future, and we're committed to making it happen in a timely fashion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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