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"Same Same But Different" DinDang unHotels (Canceled)

Like a hostel, but different. Like a hotel, but different. Like an RV Park, but different. It's a one-acre functional art gallery!

"Same Same But Different" DinDang unHotels (Canceled)

Like a hostel, but different. Like a hotel, but different. Like an RV Park, but different. It's a one-acre functional art gallery!

$1,000
pledged of $1,680,000pledged of $1,680,000 goal
5
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 1 2017
Last updated June 1, 2017

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About

"Same Same But Different" DinDang UnHotels - an Alternative Lodging Place That's Like a Functional Art Gallery in the Heart of Colorado Springs

People are looking for different, for unique, for something that intrigues us and inspires us. Many of us also are concerned with our environment, about the kind of place we’re going to leave behind for our children and grandchildren. We want to "give back," lend a hand up. We want to lay our heads down at the end of the day and think, "In my own way, I made this world a better place today.”

The founder (aka Bizness Innovator/Vagabond) of DinDang International unHotels, Val Baughman, felt a need to address these very human concerns. Combining his skills in real estate and land development, his passion for using recycled or repurposed materials to create something unexpected, and his belief that we must give back, he created DinDang International unHotels, and started the development of the flagship DinDang unHotels project in Colorado Springs, CO, USA.  Visit our website at www.dindangus.com. 

DinDang unHotels? What’s THAT?

Well, it's kind of like a hotel but not.
It's kind of like an international youth hostel but not.
It's kind of like an RV park and an event center but not really.

The business Val founded is considered a “socially responsible business.” By that he means that the company will partner with local NPOs or other socially responsible businesses to buy goods and services that would otherwise be bought from private industry. DinDang will host events where the proceeds will go to benefit a wide range of charities. On top of that he aims to be green! It's his mission to use recycled, used, repurposed, free, or natural building materials as much as possible. Solar energy will offset the utility costs and he’ll use rainwater collection and grey water recovery systems to irrigate the landscaping and, if all goes as planned, the irrigation water will be pumped around the site by human powered exercise bikes!

Val found the perfect piece of land on which to build DinDang unHotels, Colorado Springs. Visible and easily accessible from the interstate, with a 360 degree view of Pikes Peak and the Front Range, Cheyenne Mountain, and city lights.  He's designed a 67-bed alternative lodging park with a 4000 square foot clubhouse made entirely of used, repurposed, recycled, free, and natural building materials.  Every lodging unit on the site and all of the site landscaping will also meet those specs.  People from all over the world, from all walks of life, all ages and all backgrounds, will visit the Pikes Peak region and stay with us. They'll choose from vintage RVs, shipping containers, tiny homes, luxury tents, old school buses made into sleeping dorms, concrete culvert sleeping pods, attic pods, a teepee, and even a caboose. They'll come for a weekend, a family reunion, to attend a charity event, a happy hour BBQ or a workshop.

 • We have the site plan design which is in City Planning getting the    
    required approvals.
 • We have a solid business plan which details how the business will be
    operated and shows an extraordinary return on investment.
 • The expected revenue will handily take care of our investors, and more    
    importantly, our charity partners. After budget needs are met; i.e.
    payroll and operating expenses, the remaining revenue will
    be distributed to our charity partners, giving back to our communities.   
  • We’ll offer entrepreneurial opportunities for local business people. And
    we’ll have community partnerships lined up ready to make a
    difference not only for this local community but for the global one
    beyond Colorado Springs.

We have an executive development team of five people, each with 20 - 30 years in their respective fields, who have invested over $40,000 of their own money, and over 1200 hours of their time in efforts to bring DinDang unHotels to life.

What is needed is YOUR help to turn our vision into a reality. We're seeking to raise $1,680,000 to fund the cost of creating our facility, purchasing the materials we need to create it, and paying the artisans in our community who will be assisting with the creation.  Some say we're crazy to try.  We acknowledge we are, but in a good way!  We're crazy optimistic.  We're crazy passionate about building a living functional art gallery with unique lodging, and seeing all the good we will do for people and the planet. We're crazy hopeful that others like you will be crazy passionate, too, and help us out!

We have 30 days to raise the funds. We can do it. We WILL do it wiith your help.

Choose one or more of the cool rewards and donate the minimum or more! Be a part of this ground-breaking adventure. It starts now with you.

Risks and challenges

We expect city planning approval by mid June. From the first draft to the final submittal, we've worked closely with the city planners and our local building authority to address the questions and minimize any delays. We have a contract on the land which is contingent upon city approval.

The risk is minimal that we will not receive city planning approval.

Our biggest risk is that if we don't raise the necessary campaign amount, we may not be able to move forward with creating and opening our living art gallery and doing the good things that we plan to do for PEOPLE and our PLANET.

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    What if a million people each gave $1 to a good cause? Wouldn't that be really cool? Couldn't that make an amazing difference? There's about 7.4 billion people in the world. If only 1.68 million of us gave $1 each, we'd reach our goal. We'd be able to bring DinDang Colorado Springs to life. It's going to be a really cool facility that will not only be fun to stay in but will also pump $$ back into the global community. What the heck? It's only a buck!

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    Buy Us A Beer!

    Creating a small village of functional art and developing this KickStarter campaign has not come without a few stressors; we could use an adult beverage every once in 
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    Good Karma and Cookies

    Good karma plus a copy of the unique DinDang cookie recipe. There's a secret ingredient and only those who donate will find out what it is. 
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    Let's Plant Some Trees

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    Skype with DinDang Founder, Val Baughman

    You'll get a 30-minute Skype call to talk with Val. Ask about DinDang, how to start a business or development project, how to travel the world, what websites to use that will help with the route and budget. Any question is fair game. Well . . .

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    Two-Night Stay in a Sleeping Pod

    Two nights lodging in one of our sleeping pods (choice of concrete culvert, shipping container, or clubhouse attic). Excludes all other trip expenses. Extra nights possible at charge, based on availability.

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    Totally Dedicated to You

    Val will dedicate his ebook, “Breaking Away,” with an author’s comment showing appreciation to an exclusive group of 10 
 backers. Each of the 10 donors will receive a copy of the ebook.

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    Two-night stay in a Tiny Home

    Two nights lodging staying in your choice of a tiny home or shipping container with kitchen and bath. Excludes all other trip expenses. Extra nights possible at charge, based on availability.

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    Caboose It

    Two nights lodging staying in the DinDang Caboose. With kitchen and bath. Excludes all other trip expenses. Extra nights possible at charge, based on availability.

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    DinDang Vanguards "Think Tank"

    Join the “DinDang MasterMinds” Think Tank for one year. 
 Includes a bimonthly call with industry leaders to discuss projects, 
 problems, solutions, ideas, future goals, etc. Connect with thought leaders from all over the world for an insightful, forward-thinking 
 discussion. Six calls total; each call scheduled for one hour.

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    Rent the Entire Site

    Rent the entire DinDang Colorado Springs facility for any two-nights during the months of September - May for your family reunion, business seminar, wedding, retreat, or ???. Accommodates up to 67 people, in a variety of sleeping configurations and exclusive use of all DinDang facilities including the clubhouse, fire pit, shipping container pub, bbq grill, and banquet tent. Includes the DinDang signature avocado toast breakfast. Excludes all other food and beverages. Excludes all other trip expenses. Full service catering or other special requests available for additional cost. Extra nights possible at charge, based on availability.

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    Trip to DinDang in Thailand

    Travel with Val back to where it started and meet Bow, creator of the DinDang Natural Building Center in Phato District,
 Chumphon Province, Thailand.

    January 10 - 24, 2018.

    This reward includes: round-trip airfare from any international airport in the world to Phuket, Thailand, ground and water transportation to and from all planned destinations in Thailand (see itinerary), and lodging at all planned destinations in Thailand.

    In Pak Song you'll visit the original DinDang Natural Building Center https://dindang.jimdo.com, and stay at the Eco-Logic Resort for Charity https://tcdf-ecologic.jimdo.com, a first-class yoga retreat center where you'll enjoy three meals/day prepared from fresh food grown on site, a Thai language lesson, a trip to a Buddhist temple and the hot springs in Ranong, hiking to water falls, and an opportunity for "hands on" participation in learning the natural building process, working in the natural gardens, and leaving your own mark of creativity in Thailand!

    Itinerary:
    Jan 10 - arrive Phuket, one night in Phuket
    Jan 11 - depart for Pak Song, five nights in Pak Song at the DinDang Natural Building Center and Eco Logic Resort for Charity
    Jan 16 - depart for Koh Tao Island, two nights at the Big Blue Diving Resort (or similar)
    Jan 18 - depart for Krabi, two nights
    Jan 20 - depart for Railey Bay, two nights
    Jan 22 - depart for Phi Phi Island, one night
    Jan 23 - depart for Phuket, one night
    Jan 24 - return flight from Phuket airport

    Complete itinerary will be provided. There will be opportunities for scuba diving in Koh Tao, rock climbing in Railay Bay, fire juggling shows, live music, some beach time, Thai massages, snorkeling, some peace and quiet, and/or some tame revelry.

    Expenses for activities, food, and beverages in Koh Tao, Krabi, Railay Bay, Phi Phi Islands, and Phuket are the responsibility of the backer. Suggested budget ($10/day food, $10/day beverages, $50 - $150/day activities)

    
All VISA and entry/exit arrangements and fees are the responsibility of the backer.

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    Copy Us - Open Your Own unHotel

    Want to develop your own unHotel project? We’ll help.

    You’ll get:
    1hr introductory Skype call with the founder of dindangus, llc. to discuss your project and create a formal consulting plan.
    Reference to our site design & specifications
    Reference to our building design & specifications
    Reference to our sales & marketing plan
    Access to our revenue projections
    Access to our cash flow projections
    Reference to our estimated cost to open the Colorado Springs facility
    Access to our incredible team of functional artists (architects, engineers, landscape designers, and contractors, who understand what we (and YOU) are trying to do)
    Access to our material suppliers
    8 hours of virtual personalized consulting services from the most appropriate members of the DinDang Vanguard depending on your needs. (On-site, in-person, or additional hours of consulting may be arranged for additional cost)

    It's a hell of an opportunity! Our innovative biz development team has more than 1200 hours combined time in the creation and development of the
    DinDang business model and site-specific details for DinDang unHotels in Colorado Springs. Want some more? We're so excited to spread the innovative concepts of DinDang that we'll even let you use our name. The only catch is that you'll have to accept an oath to honor the Tenents of DinDang!

    This is our way of spreading some good karma and sharing something of true value as an ultimate reward for your support for the creation of DinDang unHotels - a fun alternative lodging experience that's really a 1 acre functional art gallery constructed entirely of used, repurposed, recycled, free, and natural building materials. If you're contemplating a project of this kind, our consulting package is our absolute best value reward.

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Funding period

- (30 days)