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By Pieter Baetens
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The Santagious Calendar

Connecting the world and people together through technology
Connecting the world and people together through technology

The Santagious calendar is not a project about me, It's about you and everyone coming together. This is exactly why I am introducing this project on kickstart so we all can take this journey together while it is unfolding, in a simple and fun format. The concept is all about having fun, learning, (re)connecting with friends and supporting charities all over the world.  

The calendar is a combination of all things you are familiar with, bringing them all together in one high quality e-mail delivered to you every morning. It is designed to bring you fresh, informative and fun content on a daily basis that you can share with your friends and family showing not only that you think about them, but that you wish for them to share the great experience.

Not only does it serve as a healthy reminder of the date, every mail will include content designed around the specific theme of the month which is chosen by you!

Naming a few things you can expect to be in the calendar mails

  • The date of the day (otherwise it wouldn't be a calendar)
  • Fresh new content based around the theme of the month (going from videos, stories, inspirational quotes, pictures, experts in the field sharing a nice anecdote...
  • A joke related to the theme of the month
  • Celebrations and holidays happening around the world
  • A fun fact
  • A deep question to reflect and explore
  • Every weekday will have its own specific customized structure
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                                           ~mail showcase~

The whole design of the calendar is that you not only receive high quality content everyday to share with your friends, you also get to choose your favorite charity to support! 

How does this work?

Once the calendar is officially launched, people who subscribe get to choose whichever charity they wish to donate 20% of their subscription to. This can be any charity of their choosing, even allowing free suggestions. You heard that right, you get to enjoy all the benefits from the calendar and support your favorite charity at the same time. On top of that another 20% will be put aside for me to use to support any charitable actions that I see worth pursuing. The other 60% will be used to ensure you get the best high quality mails that I can provide.

How will the donations be paid to the chosen charities?

At the end of every month the total amount that is built up will be donated by me on a live video, whether this would take me 2, 8 or more hours to make all the donations to all the different charities does not matter, I will make it happen. I am eternally grateful to be blessed to do this with all of you together and during the donations you get to ask me any questions that you wish to see answered.  

In order to keep everyone up to date I will not just keep track of which charities are chosen, I will also update the list on the Santagious website once a week for everyone to see how much is going to be donated and you will also see how much has been donated over time to all the different charities. Providing an additional spotlight on them!

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                                               ~ showcasing the web page~

What if I don't have a charity to choose from?

That's totally fine, you can either check the list on the website to see what charities already have been donated to or you can let me choose for you. No matter what your 20% will be donated towards charitable efforts since everyone involved in the Santagious calendar is part of giving back to the world after all!

Santagious is a collective name I came up with 5 years ago for a virtual business game in college. It is a combination of two words: Santa Claus and Contagious. This directly relates to my vision and desire to bring joy to the world by creating a connection through the joy of giving and the peace of being connected through unconditional love. After all, what do you think about when you see Santa? The joy of giving has a contagious effect doesn't it?

This name has been a staple of how I lived my life and now I want to make it full circle by not just doing it myself, but by doing it together with all of you. 
It is like they say, one person cannot change the world by himself, but together we can! Let's share the contagious joy of giving together with everyone else!

This Wafer USB drive comes packing with 32GB of space and is completely personalized to you. Show off this beautiful drive to your friends to showcase your passion of shining the light together on the world. This drive comes impaired with a personalized thank you video from me to you that is completely unique to you, alongside a couple of gorgeous pictures selected from my collection that I took while traveling around the world. On top of that I will include a short story and the poem you can see in the example e-mail as my thank you gift to you in being part of this journey!

The funding in this campaign is completely dedicated to the technical set up of this project as this goes much further than simple mails. In order to bring  this project to life with full dedication and intend, I reached out to a whole developer team to find out what it will take to set up a project of this magnitude.  

Set up costs: 
- Technical set up: $6,000
- Software license fees infusionsoft (minimum year use): $1,160
- Kickstarter fee (estimated 9%): $670 

I remember my grandmother having a lot of fun receiving fun e-mails from her friends from which she would learn and usually get a good laugh. She loves sharing these with her children and her friends, staying in touch with them and showing she still thinks about them. Due to a couple complications she was not able to receive these e-mails anymore for an extended amount of time and when she got back on the net, most of her friends stopped sending her e-mails because she never replied, which really made her sad.

On top of that she and a lot of people in my country enjoy the concept of a tear off calendar having something to look forward to everyday, excited for the new story that is on the back of each date. While I never bought these calendars myself, I enjoyed reading through the notes from previous dates whenever I would visit my grandmother, wouldn't you?

This inspired me to think outside the box and I figured why not combine these two together and that's where the magic started to unfold, creating a big ambitious plan that not only supports my vision to support the world, but also yours by doing what I love most! Using technology for good!

The tree perfectly represents the symbiotic bond we all have when we come together as part as one. Every part of the tree matters just as much as everything around it. The tree will be at its strongest when all of its elements work together in order to collect and create energy, which it can then share with the world. 

*note rewards from lower perk rewards are also included when  you pledge more, you never miss out!

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This entire project is based around everyone being connected. By using technology we are able to work together from anywhere around the world! Therefore here are some achievements for which you will be rewarded together by achieving it together. This small bingo grid gives a representation of all the achievements, once a bingo is made the respective reward will be awarded! And on top of that, for every 5 achievements that are achieved, everybody will receive an extra month of the Santagious calendar as a bonus on top of their pledge for everyone who have acces to the calendar through their pledge!

These are the challenges:

1) 100 Facebook likes. 
2) 100 Instagram followers.
3) 15 people respond to the caption this picture posted on June 11th.
4) Post 5 pictures sharing a local tourist attraction of your town. 
5) 25 people respond to the survey to pick the first theme of the month of the Calendar.
6) 500 Instagram followers.
7) Post a picture of 10 people outdoors with their laptop wearing a Santa hat
8) Finish one of the crossword and the word search puzzle challenges.
9) 500 Facebook likes.
10) Using technology we can be anywhere, anytime! Post 5 pictures of me photoshopped with you anywhere around the world. (Choose any of the pictures you can find in the section on my website, updates this weekend!)
11) Toaster Madness: Post a random picture of you and your toaster having a blast! (Please note, we do not mean this in the literal way!)
12) 1,000  Facebook likes.
13) Reach the funding goal!
14) 1,000 Instagram followers.
15) Going the extra mile! Post 5 stories of what you learned during a (minimal) 5 mile hike this month.
16) Bulls eye! Post 10 pictures of a moment in which you hit your mark!
17) Connect with the homeless: Everybody deserves to feel loved, go and connect with someone who is unfortunately living on the street and share your learnings and what you did. 
18) 5,000 Instagram followers.
19) Solve all 4 Word search challenges.
20) 5,000 Facebook likes.
21) 200 people respond to the survey to pick the first theme of the month of the Calendar.
22) The Creative project, create a fun game around the concept of connectivity and having fun together.
23) 10,000 Facebook likes.
24) Solve all 4 crossword puzzles. 
25) 10,000 Instagram followers.

Information on the special rewards will be released Next week!

First of all I would like to thank you for reading through this. If you cannot pledge anything to make this project into reality but you support the cause I ask of you, do not keep it a secret. The more people get to see this the more peoples lives we get to impact and whether or not you are able to financially support it, by sharing this you too become part of this journey and it would be my honour to create a change and amazing opportunities for the less fortunate.

And most of all I would like to say thank you to everyone who has directly impacted my life, without you guys I would have never come to this point and I feel blessed for all the support I was given. I am honoured by the charitable work you all are doing in- and directly for this earth and allowing me to be part of your journey. 

This project is just the first step of the journey and is devoted in honour of all of you. 

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Risks and challenges

I am usually the go to guy when it comes to problem solving so from my experience I would be a fool to deny that no problems could arise. For that reason I dedicated my time and energy to making the whole process to be as easy as possible to make this project a reality and that's why I enquired with other companies to provide the technical support to make it possible. However here are a few risks and challenges that might come up that could potentially slow down the progress of this project:

- Due to the size and scale of the project, the company I intend to work with not being able get everything created in the way I envision this calendar.
Since I decided to use infusionsoft which is a big powerhouse when it comes to possibilities the possibilities are endless. In case something would not be possible there will be plenty of other ways to simulate the desired outcome in order to create the calendar exactly the way it should be.

- The early bird USB drive not being able to be delivered.
I already reached out to give a heads up about this project and I am confident this will not be a problem. In order to be on top of any potential issues that come up, I will start the whole process of making these exclusive drives once the goal for the project has been met. This ensures that I can start creating the final touches as soon as the campaign ends and send out the drives to their new proud and respective owners.

- Out of our control situations that would intervene with the creation process of the content for the calendar. Life always brings unexpected turns and twists and while these are usually good and fun, sometimes it can have an averse effect. I am a big advocate of open communication, In case anything comes up that would interfere and I will reach out immediately to make sure we can find the best solution to counter the problem and work towards finding the answer together with everyone.

- Anything unexpected that might interfere with deadlines involved in this project.
See the above statement.

In short, the biggest challenge will be creating the technical side of the calendar, however I am confident that with the aid of the team I intend to hire at succesengine that even this challenge will be easy to overcome!

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    The Sun is what provides the tree and everything alive with energy. It drives us to propel ourselves forward and be happy for living in the moment.

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    The explorer

    The explorer discovers the tree and appreciates its beauty of synchrony. He goes above and beyond to find these marvels of nature.

    In return for this pledge I offer to you the unique opportunity to live in my world for a week, joining me to the Greek island Samos where you will not only get to see everything behind the scenes, but also get to be part of the creation process of the calendar.

    Part of the creation process is finding creativity and knowledge through enjoying the world we live in to its fullest and so you will get to see the beauty of this island I have been going to for the last decade to find inspiration.

    For the in depth explanation of what to expect I recommend watching the video for The Explorers.

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