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Help the state of Hawai'i reach its sustainability goals while investing in businesses that make you money and create green jobs!
Help the state of Hawai'i reach its sustainability goals while investing in businesses that make you money and create green jobs!
84 backers pledged $15,035 to help bring this project to life.

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Clean Tech? Sustainable Food? Green Building? Green jobs? Hawai'i? The triple bottom line? This game has it all! 

Check out this video to get a sense of how the game is played. 

Did you ever play Monopoly growing up? Of course, we all did. And what did you learn? That to win in life, you needed to get insanely wealthy at any cost, and run everyone else into the poor house. Times have changed, and the green economy is proving that one side winning doesn't mean another side losing. The green economy thrives on coopetition (cooperation meets competition), alliances, and bridging communities. And all those elements are incorporated into this game. After all, if you start a biofuels production company, shouldn't that help a biofuel station that someone else owns, and vice versa?

This game makes the business of green come to life in a fun, interactive way. Players are investors looking to make more than just financial returns by helping local entrepreneurs in Hawai'i develop sustainability-oriented businesses like organic farms, geothermal plants, green building companies, solar installers, and bike shops. Players are rewarded for creating green jobs, making money, and reducing Hawai'i's dependence on foreign oil, imported food, and limited landfill space, and the player with the best triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) return on their investments throughout the game wins! The game is ideal for those who are interested in sustainability as a better way to do business, and can be played by 2-6 players ages 13+.

And perhaps most importantly, people are really enjoying playing the game! Here's a preview of the board (keep in mind--just a prototype!):

Why Hawai'i? In terms of the global economy, Hawai'i is like a canary in a coal mine.
The state relies on oil for 90% of its electricity, imports 85-90% of its food, and has an economy largely dependent on tourism and the military. Service industry jobs don't provide the living wage that the state's residents need, and the high cost of energy, food, and housing leaves many people out of options.

About your pledge!

See the sidebar for more information about what you get for what level of pledge. Obviously, the more you pledge, the more gifts and thanks we'll bestow, and we're open for creative ideas, too, so drop us a line if you have something you want that you don't see on the sidebar!

Here's another, longer video from our live demo a few weeks ago:

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    A finger-typed email (not copy/paste) containing a thank you from the game's developer, with one of his best sustainability-related jokes! They're real knee-slappers, we promise!

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    In addition to the above, you'll also receive a copy of Build a Green Small Business (McGraw-Hill), authored by the developer of this game! Also, you will have your name listed on the sales page of our website where we'll be selling the game, under a big "THANK YOU TO THESE GREEN ECONOMY SUPERSTARS" banner.

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    In addition to the above, you'll also receive an organic cotton T-shirt from GreenBusinessOwner.com, with the catchphrase "Social Entrepreneurs Have More Fun" on the front. They're American Apparel...really nice fits for both men and women, most sizes available.

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    If you're just interested in the board game, this level is for you! For this level, you will receive a copy of the board game as soon as it is printed, and your name will be put in the "THANK YOU TO THESE GREEN ECONOMY SUPERSTARS" section of our website where we're selling the game.

    NOTE: This doesn't count in the below sections that say "In addition to the above". This one is its own animal!

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    In addition to the above, you'll also receive a copy of the board game as soon as we're able to fulfill the first orders!

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    For this level, you get a book, a T-Shirt, and 2 board games, all shipped together to anywhere in the continental US or Canada.

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    In addition to the above, you will also get a membership on GreenBusinessOwner.com, including a blog article about your business and logo placement on our web sales page!

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    Pledge $410 or more About $410

    For this level, you will receive a shipment of 10 board games ($41 each) that you can give away or sell as you see fit. (There is an option for 20 games as well). Regular retail price will be $50. Taxes and shipping included! This award is not included in the other options that say "In addition to the above". This one is its own animal!

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    Pledge $700 or more About $700

    For this level, you will receive a shipment of 20 board games ($35 each) that you can give away or sell as you see fit. Regular retail price will be $50. Taxes and shipping included! This award is not included in the other options that say "In addition to the above". This one is its own animal!

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Choose from one of these two options: In addition to the above, you can help create a card for the next version of the game. Think of the possibilities! The card could say your non-profit helps rid Maui county of styrofoam, which helps all the zero-waste businesses earn more dividends! Be creative! We can also help you with this.

    Alternatively, in addition to all of the above pledge levels, you can have your company logo placed on the game box itself!

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    Corporate Sponsorship: Have your logo, URL, and a testimonial for the game from your leadership on the board itself.

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    For this level, you will receive an all-expenses paid sustainability tour of the beautiful island of Oahu, personally guided by the game's developer, showcasing all the amazing sustainability-related businesses upon which the game is founded. Valid for travel from the U.S., Canada and Mexico only. If you are elsewhere, you can still fund this amount, but will be responsible for getting yourself to the U.S., Canada, or Mexico, where we'll take care of the rest. Includes round trip airfare, 7 days, 6 nights, lodging, meals, and daily sustainability-themed tours in a biodiesel vehicle, surf lessons, snorkeling trips, seasonal eating, seasonal wildlife watching, and more! Trips scheduled around your convenience.

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