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The Unsexy Policy calendar gives indecent exposure to important issues. Buy a calendar, support boring policy.
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The wise John Oliver once said, “If you want to do something evil, put it inside something boring.”

Well, a group of policy wonks from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government decided to take something boring and wrap it in something sexy.

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Reduce tax expenditures

Part collaborative photography project and part public thought experiment, the Unsexy Policy calendar celebrates 12 simple, yet effective policy ideas and programs that can make the world a better place.

Many of the policies featured don’t have clear victims or villains. They aren’t easily distilled into slogans.

Angelina Jolie never comforted a disenfranchised voter before an adoring throng of photographers. Bono hasn’t hosted a benefit concert for minimum wage workers. And Macklemore’s 2011 equal rights anthem wasn’t about extending employment protections to LGBT workers.

These issues aren’t sexy, but they affect millions of people daily. Proceeds from the Unsexy Policy calendar will benefit an organization that tackles less publicized but critically important economic, social, and environmental concerns.

Support the Kickstarter. Nominate a recipient organization on Facebook. Enjoy the view.

Risks and challenges

We plan to mail the calendars and other rewards to Kickstarter supporters by mid-December, but delays in printing and shipping are possible. We have worked hard to anticipate delays but we will make sure to communicate any hiccups to our backers.

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    You’re definitely a little bit sexy. We’ll send you a thank you note to this effect (as if you needed a reminder).

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    Now your room/office/co-working space will be just as hot as you. Decorate your wall with your new Unsexy Policy calendar.

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    Wear your new Unsexy Policy t-shirt out on the town. It's Unsexy & Wonky & Data-Driven & Boring

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    Two calendars. Double the hotness.

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    Three calendars. One for you, one for Grandma, and one for your Congressional representative.

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    One framed and signed print of the month of your choosing

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    Unsexy Policy calendars for everyone! Or at least ten people. Choose to receive ten calendars or one framed and signed poster and a Unsexy Policy t-shirt.

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    You, my friend, have earned dinner with the Unsexy Policy team. You must be a Boston-area resident to be eligible.

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    We will send you a signed "Unsexy Policy" poster and we will send a calendar to every U.S. senator.

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