Season 2 of TFS will take us on a 6 month tour of the SW and West coast to interview and host events with entrepreneurs & artists
This Kickstarter will fund Season Two of The Forum Stories. We'll spend six months touring the Southwest and West Coast to expose the creative process of individuals through Sam's podcast and event series. Along the way he'll live with locals, interview creative entrepreneurs & artists, and explore the diversity of their communities. By the end of the season you will have funded 20 new podcast episodes and at least four live storytelling events in cities that we've never hosted gatherings in before. Another exciting new feature of Season Two is our expansion into video content. We'll record and produce videos of our live events so that you can enjoy them even if you're not able to join.
Cities on Tour:
We'll also explore smaller communities along the way as opportunities arise.
We'll be organizing events in these towns and would love for you to be involved! Events include two things: First, 1-3 entrepreneurs and artists explain why and how they do what they do and, Second, we all enjoy an artistic experience (live music, a film, a reading, etc...) Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with leads, volunteering questions, and invite requests.
Click here to find our most recent podcast episodes.
Reward Info and Pics:
Logo for Stickers
T-shirt from A Small Print Shop in Denver
Greater Than Collective
We asked our friends at Winter Session to come up with a custom backpack that would take you on creative adventures. We're currently co-designing a bag based on a 1930's Boy Scouts pack. Video of the design process will be up soon, but check out these photos of the original and our sketches:
Season One Recap
After hosting four live storytelling events in Denver, Sam sold his 4Runner to fund two months of traveling with a fellow storyteller to record interviews. The podcast began on this trip and Sam's experiences influenced the planning of Season Two.
Main learnings from Season One:
- Slow down and spend more time on the ground in the cities we visit
- Upgrade recording equipment
- Expand to include video content
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Sleeping: Travel reminds us of the basics: food and shelter. Along the way, we'll stay with host families. If you know of an amazing family who would like to share their city with The Forum Stories, let us know!
Finding Interviews: We research towns ahead of time, but also realize it takes meeting people face-to-face to create true community. Sometimes this happens quickly, sometimes it's slow going.
Vehicle Sponsorship: We don't want to take our personal car on the road and are currently in talks with several car companies about providing a sponsored vehicle. If you have any leads--let us know! email@example.com
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Every single $ counts and we are so grateful for your support no matter the amount. To recognize the vital role you play, we will read the names of all our supporters at the end of a special Kickstarter podcast this spring. (You may request that your name not be read or that an organization be recognized on your behalf if you prefer)Estimated delivery:
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Show your love of creativity with a sticker of our logo for your bike, journal, car, or computer!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Hand-bound Journal: Record your own stories! Sam will even write you a personalized note, quote, or anecdote on the first page.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Forum Stories T-shirt: You like being clothed? How about that! Each time you pull on our TFS T-shirt you can be reminded of your favorite Forum Stories episode and find that extra bit of inspiration needed to finish your project. Our shirts are printed at A Small Print Shop in Denver, CO. You'll also receive a TFS stickerEstimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Special Combo Pack with Greater Than Collective! T-shirt+sticker+hand-bound journal with a personalized note from Sam written on the front page AND an autographed vinyl or CD from Esme Patterson, A Tom Collins, Epilogues, Ian Cooke, Adam Cayton Holland, Ben Roy, or Andrew Orvedahl!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Join the tour! (sort of) Pledgers will receive a handwritten note from Sam on the back of a vintage postcard from each city our tour visits. The best part? You'll have no idea what each postcard will say and the mystery will give your life newfound meaning. It's basically like you're riding shotgun as we move from town to town.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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Denver Creativity Package: We want to honor our hometown by giving you a sample of its creative culture. You'll get a CD package of all the musicians and comedians from the Greater Than Collective record label (featured in episode 14 of the podcast), a package of coffee from Huckleberry Roasters (featured in episode 10 of the podcast), and a Forum Stories T-shirt. Taste and hear what Denver's all about!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Guest Host a Podcast Episode: We'll collaborate on a script and let you choose an episode to host! If you're shy or would rather dedicate a show in honor of a person, your small business, or non-profit, then that can be arranged instead. As a parting gift you'll get a TFS T-shirt and autographed record from one of the musicians on Greater Than Collective.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Adventure Pack: THIS IS SO COOL! We're collaborating with Winter Session handcrafted goods in Denver to create a custom, Kickstarter Edition, never-before-seen backpack design meant to carry you to new levels of exploration. Modeled after a 1930's Boy Scouts pack. Includes TFS T-shirt and hand-bound journal.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Business Supporter: Your logo on Sam's laptop (to be seen in every coffee shop and co-working spot from Denver to Vancouver!), monthly social media shout outs, your logo & link on TFS website, inclusion of product or service at an event, T-shirts (up to 5) and stickers for you and your team!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Hijack the Tour: Do you want the Forum Stories to come to your town to interview creatives but it's not part of the planned tour? Contribute $1000 to our Kickstarter and we'll make an exception to our plans and drive to you. We'll spend at least one week getting to know local creatives, host one story telling event, and talk about how rad you are on social media. Want us to come but don't have the cash? Get creative! Involve your community and pool resources. Show us what makes your community so rad! (Location must be within the lower 48 states, Canada, or Alaska.)Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Beverage Sponsor: Be the official coffee, beer, tea, or liquor of the podcast! We will make a drink during each episode with the guest and talk about it during the interview. Additionally, your logo will go on Sam's computer and you'll have first dibs at providing drinks for events. Please note: we can only have one beverage sponsor per category of drink AKA only one coffee roaster, brewery, distillery, etc...Estimated delivery:
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Core Value Sponsor: Sponsor one of TFS’ core values of Community, Collaboration, or Health. This includes recognition at all events, "Official Product of TFS" status (When applicable), recognition on podcasts/video content/website as a Core Value Sponsor for Season 2, inclusion of your product at all events, logo on Sam’s laptop, creative social media posts every other week.Estimated delivery:
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Presenting Sponsor: We will drive your wrapped vehicle for the entire 6 month tour (vehicle provided by you). Additionally, your company will be recognized as the main sponsor in all video and podcast content, press releases, events, and marketing material. We'll also create a special video about why you chose to be the presenting sponsor of Season 2.Estimated delivery:
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