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Naturally Intelligent by Design
Naturally Intelligent by Design

 

About our "Naturally Intelligent by Design" Book Campaign: 

We aim to finish the Editorial and Design of the First Edition for the E-book and to Produce the first run of our printed book by March 2018.

  • Our Minimum Kickstarter Goal = 30,000 USD 
  • Our Premium Goal =  $ 50,000 USD

Stretch Goals Include:

  • The Production of an Audio version of the book = $ 75,000 USD
  • Second Book Print Run & 2018 Sales = $ 120,000 USD
  • Marketing to 25,000 retailers with Balboa Press = $ 150,000 USD
  • Building a Grassroots Following via Social Media of E Books/Print = $ 200,000 USD
  • GiveBack: 50% Invest in Development of NI Book II + 50% Donate Back Year-End to High Impact Conservation Work with ARKIVE, IUCN, CI, TNC, WWF, GFN, WRI for example (TBD) = $ 250,000 USD 
Sample Page-Draft Design
Sample Page-Draft Design

 

Sample Page-Draft Design
Sample Page-Draft Design

 

Sample Page-Draft Design
Sample Page-Draft Design

 

ABOUT OUR BOOK: 

Naturally Intelligent by Design is the first book by Catherine Cunningham, PhD and Natural Intelligence Media.

The vision of our first NI book is that it be written as an almanac that celebrates each day in our 365-day calendar year by revealing the naturally intelligent design, lifestyle, survival strategies of one specific animal that we choose to showcase for that day.

Our NI almanac is not specific to any one year, so the natural intelligence within the collection can be appreciated and read any time of the year and for many years. Our aim is that this book becomes a resource for you, your family, and those whom you love-- to further strengthen your human+nature connection as part of your daily individual & family routine. This collection and the journey you will take reading about the natural intelligence within the animal kingdom, we hope will serve as a guide to enrich your awareness of the natural, seasonal cycle of life.

In the animal kingdom there is no waste or pollution; no drama or drugs; no deal-making and deal-breaking; just raw living, smart survival, whole community awareness, environmental adaptation, and I dare say, love.

As the author, I embarked on this journey to learn more about the natural intelligence of our kin in the animal kingdom who might just inspire, inform, and ignite our curiosity about the natural world and our own human natural intelligence; as well, human+nature connection.

Thank you for contributing to our kickstarter campaign that will allow us to bring "Naturally Intelligent by Design" into our families, communities, schools, and homes.

Author + Polar Bear
Author + Polar Bear

 

ABOUT NATURAL INTELLIGENCE MEDIA:

Natural Intelligence is a lifestyle. To live a naturally intelligent lifestyle is to act first in ways that are guided by our inner wisdom; to honor and to respect our native cultures and traditions; as well, to resource and to mimic nature’s smart evolutionary designs and survival strategies; so that we may live well and in harmony with others in our families, community, nations, and world.

Natural intelligence is a NEW online educational resource centre we have created to help awaken natural intelligence in our world-- empowering all of us to live a higher quality, higher frequency, healthier, happier life in resonance and residence with the places we call HOME.

Over the next millennium, we aim to produce nature-inspired art-education-entertainment resources to enliven and to enrich OUR HUMAN COMMUNITIES AND HUMAN SPACES. We are a creative team dedicated to producing cultural narratives, designing multi-sensory experiences, creating reflective art ,and developing media meditations imbued with natural intelligence to awaken our innate wisdom, our native knowing, and nature’s intelligent design.

Naturally Intelligent by Design
Naturally Intelligent by Design

ABOUT CREATORS:

The book is being written by Catherine Cunningham, PhD, a trained cultural anthropologist and ecosystem scientist, who aims to awaken Natural Intelligence in our global community as a means to strengthen the bond between Human+Nature in our rapidly changing world, where the Human+Machine connection more and more predominates.

The book photography comprises animal images for each of the 365 days and represents a beautiful collaboration among the author's Nature's Reflection Photography, ArKive contributors, and a few brilliant fellow nature photographers/wildlife lovers.

The book cover is being crafted by Lula Flores, one of Southern California's top fine art painters and a known artist, who regularly exhibits her electric work over 15 years in many high end California galleries.

The book forward is being written by Joe Rohde, Creative Executive  Walt Disney Imagineering and a poignant thinker, writer, creative artist with a strong focus on sustainability, wildlife conservation, and indigenous cultures.

First Look: Lula at Work On Book Cover
First Look: Lula at Work On Book Cover

 

FUTURE ALLIANCES:

It is our aspirational goal over the next year (2018) to raise $250,000 USD for the further production and distribution of our work and message IN ADDITION to making a significant contribution to high impact nature conservation work on the ground. Thus, we aim early in 2018 to align with (and to contribute to) the most effective and efficient nature conservation organizations, operating locally-globally. Stay tuned!

Risks and challenges

We are currently in the editorial and design phase of our "Naturally Intelligent by Design" book. The core content is written and most of the visual assets have been obtained. We may accrue extra fees for imagery than anticipated; as we currently have 50% of the visual assets in hand. It is impossible to determine these costs until we have secured the remaining assets.

We have a design template selected and an editorial work-flow established. Our relationship with Balboa Press is new, but communications are clear and we are in a good stage of development. Thus, we are able to calculate our real costs for our first book print run. We know that we have to hit a minimum of 500 prints in order to offer our book at the price point offered in our rewards section.

We have based our project raise around the design and delivery costs outstanding for the minimum hardcover print run of our "Naturally Intelligent by Design" book. We have a plan for producing our first edition print in February and shipping, completing our first campaign by February 14th and producing our first print run in March.

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    Premiere E Book + 1 Entry for Animal Art

    First Run: EBook + Entry for an artist-signed & numbered bamboo print from Nature’s Reflection Fine Art Gallery- Just Like Animals. REGULAR SIZE Print:12x18, only 3 awarded from random selection of FIRST 500 participants. 500 USD value. Selection TB made on February 14th. (unlimited)

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    Hardcover Book + 1 Entry for Animal Art

    Hard Cover, Full-Color Photo Book (8.5x8.5) Full Color Family Almanac by Balboa Press- a division of Hay House.

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