Video Montage Book Inspired by Voyager Golden Record
Book Creates a Global Time Capsule by Using Videos from Around the World. Projects of Earth
A New Video Montage Book Creates a Time Capsule of the Earth
When NASA launched the Voyager spacecraft 1977, mounted on each spacecraft was a Golden Record that was a time capsule containing images and sounds from the planet Earth. NASA said that if extraterrestrials ever discover a Voyager spacecraft, they can play the Golden Record to learn about us.
Voyager's Golden Record inspired me to create a video time capsule about the current state of our planet. My time capsule will be shared in a new book called Hello World.
The book is a traditional print book that is enhanced with links to video montages that people can watch on any device that has access to YouTube. Video montages are collections of videos that are arranged to feel like watching a movie.
While doing research for this book, I watched over 40,000 videos and gathered the best videos from around the world to create the montages. The videos chosen for this book show the creative accomplishments of more than a billion people from every country on Earth.
Today, there are billions of videos stored on the internet. Those videos capture the thoughts, ideas, emotions, beliefs, and memories of mankind. The Internet is like a global brain that stores the collective consciousness of humanity. The power of that global brain was harnessed to create Hello World.
This book has over 100 video montages based on different topics such as the environment, narcissism, prejudice, politics, religion, war, peace, society, pop culture, empathy, love, and more. Hello World will help people see and understand the world in new ways. This book will share nearly 3,000 of the best videos from around the world.
In a moment, I'm going to share some video montages with you. But first, I want to ask you to consider supporting this project. Any amount will help. When you provide $5 or more of support, you'll get some nice rewards. To support this project, click on the green button towards the top of the screen that says "Back this project."
Here are links to some of the video montages from Hello World. You are welcome to share these links with others. Each of these links will show you a collection of videos in YouTube. Each video montage below contains 25 to 70 videos. Be sure to click the "PLAY ALL" button or link in YouTube so that it automatically shows you all the videos in the montage.
The "Life" montage shows the effects of climate change and it encourages people to come together and solve this issue:
The “Around” montage takes you around the world in 80 minutes:
The “Nature” montage shows how fascinating our natural world is:
The “Racism” montage shows how prejudice and injustice affect people:
The “Creativity” montage illustrates the imagination of mankind:
Creators of time capsules, like the Golden Record, often show a nostalgic view of their world. NASA was careful to only show the good aspects of Earth on the Golden Record because they wanted to avoid controversy.
Rarely does a nostalgic view of our world cause people to want to change things. Hello World helps us to appreciate what is amazing about the Earth, while at the same time recognize there are problems to address and solutions to consider for improving our world. This book covers important global issues and expresses concern for the environment and compassion for people and animals.
Time Capsules & Controversy
Sometimes even simple matters can erupt into controversy. Consider what happened to NASA with the launch of the Pioneer Spacecraft. In 1972 and 1973 NASA launched two Pioneer spacecraft and on those spacecraft, they mounted a plaque that showed a nude man and a woman to represent humans.
The Pioneer plaque was NASA’s attempt to describe us to extraterrestrials who might find it someday. Putting naked people on the plaque generated lots of controversy and criticism of NASA.
When NASA created the Voyager Golden Record, they avoided putting anything on the Golden Record that might cause controversy on Earth.
If a big organization like NASA was concerned about putting anything on the Golden Record that might upset someone, perhaps there was a good reason for that. Yet at the same time, if NASA had put some controversial topics on the Golden Record, perhaps it would have created a dialogue that may have led to meaningful conversations and actions.
Even though the content of the Golden Record was curated to avoid controversy, Carl Sagan seemed to take on the role of using the Golden Record as a starting point to ask people to consider profound questions about our planet and ourselves. In a way, he used the Golden Record like a mirror that led him to reflect on observations about humanity and about life. In some ways, it felt like he was pondering the meaning of life.
Some of the most inspirational and meaningful videos I have found on YouTube were videos of Carl Sagan asking important questions. He was so eloquent and could take complex issues and talk about them in meaningful and inspirational ways.
What Inspired Me to Create Hello World
At the beginning of this project nearly four years ago, I wasn’t trying to make an impact on our world. Rather, I was trying to understand my world and some things I was going through. Around that time, I began watching a lot of YouTube videos to learn about some things that were affecting my world.
In the process of trying to understand my world, I began to notice things about our world.
I began doing lots of research and writing about important things affecting our world. I also started collecting a wide range of links to videos. The videos helped to illustrate the ideas I was writing about and also helped inspire my writing.
This was a very challenging project. Trying to figure out how to capture the essence of the Earth and important aspects of humanity and doing that within the pages of a new genre of book was both exciting and overwhelming.
Many times, while working on this book, I found myself asking what would Carl Sagan think about the world today and how would he try to explain things to people today?
We have an amazing planet and every day this place is becoming less amazing because we aren’t treating our home very well. Sometimes, we aren’t treating each other very well. The harm we are causing to our planet and to each other bothers me. It also motivates me to do something about it. I created Hello World to make a difference.
Hello World helps people to appreciate our world and helps them to become more aware of important issues. The book also shares knowledge and solutions.
Hello World is like a mirror that shows us different aspects of our planet and reveals some surprising things about ourselves.
For this book to become influential, people need to know about it. I hope that this Kickstarter will start a spark that will ignite a flame of inspiration to cause positive changes in our world.
I hope this book helps to bring more attention towards some important issues affecting our planet, especially climate change.
If this project raises more money than the initial goal, some of that will go towards promoting the book so that it reaches more people and has a greater influence. To effectively promote this book so that it has a global influence will take significant funds (or significant word of mouth).
Someday, I want to have the book translated into other languages and also have closed caption subtitles in many languages added to the videos in the montages. I wanted to do a Kickstarter because I felt it would be a good way to attract an audience. After all, one person can mainly change their world, but if one person lights a spark and inspires other people to pass on that spark, then that is when real change happens in the world.
Please tell others about this Kickstarter. Also, thank you for any support you can offer. To help support this project, click on the green button near the top of the screen that says "Back this project.".
Anything you do to help spread the word about this book and this Kickstarter is appreciated. Here are some good links to share:
Rewards for Your Support
You get some great rewards when you provide $5 or more towards supporting this project. Any rewards that have a December shipping date will arrive by early December if you live in North America (in case you plan to give an item plan to give these items as Christmas gifts).
To receive any of the following rewards, click the green button near the top of the screen that says "Back this project." If you want to receive more than one reward, just select each reward you want.
As an added bonus, anyone who provides support of $5 or more will have portions of my book emailed to them starting in November.
For any rewards shipped to you, if your country charges import duties or taxes, you are responsible for paying those fees. The shipping costs paid by you do not include those fees. All items shipped will be shipped from the USA.
Receive Emails of Content and Video Montages
Anyone who provides $5 or more of support, will receive excerpts from the book “Hello World” and will be able to view additional video montages while the book is being finished. Starting in November, after this project is funded, I will be emailing exclusive content and video montages, only available to Kickstarter supporters. New content will be shared once or twice a month while the book is being finished. This will let Kickstarter supporters to begin enjoying parts of the book right away.
Any reward that is for the "Hello World" book is referring to the main book that is the time capsule. The companion guide is a different book and will be called "Companion Guide" in rewards that refer to it. Both books are softcover books. The main Hello World book will have around 300 to 400 pages. The companion guide will have around 100 to 200 pages.
Hello World Book
The Hello World book cover may be slightly different from what is shown here on Kickstarter. I would like to find a major sponsor for this book and if that occurs the book cover will change to acknowledge their name on the cover. The funds from a major sponsor would help me create a larger scale marketing campaign to bring awareness of this book to more people.
If you, or your organization, would like to be the major sponsor shown on the cover of Hello World please contact me (you can find details below in the sponsorship opportunities section).
Hello World will contain over 100 video montages. The various montages are like lenses that focus on different aspects of life on Earth.
Hello World explains most topics in one to three pages. Though the summaries are brief, they have depth and insight. In addition, the book will have a prioritization system to help people quickly determine which video montages are most relevant to them.
When I started this project, I began doing a lot of journaling and writing out all the ideas I wanted to express. After writing over a million words trying to describe what I saw going on with our planet, I realized it would take at least two million words to explain what I wanted to say. I felt nobody would take the time to read two million words.
But then I realized something - if a picture is worth a thousand words then a video is probably worth 10,000 words and a video montage made of 50 videos is probably worth 500,000 words. I decided to use the power of video montages to express millions of words.
Once completed, Hello World will have nearly 3,000 unique videos in its various montages. Hello World will have fewer printed words than other books tend to have, but it would likely take millions of words to describe everything that happens in the video montages of the book. The unique power of video montages combined with the text of Hello World makes it possible to share an enormous amount of ideas, information and emotions with people in a short amount of time.
The video montages in Hello World show extraordinary videos from around the world. Some of these videos are hidden gems that hardly anyone has seen. Videos are grouped into topics and are arranged to flow like a movie. One link to a video montage may show you anywhere from 3 to 70 videos.
Most montages have 20 to 50 videos. Often the montages feel more engaging than movies that have a similar length. A two-hour video montage may feel like it goes faster than a two-hour movie. And even though the video montages are highly engaging, they are also very educational.
When I first thought of the concept of video montages, my idea was to see if I could create a book with no words and have that book only share links to videos. I thought that would be extremely creative because audiovisual language is what we understand as babies before we understand words.
But after experimenting, I realized that something important got lost by doing that. It’s similar to going to a country where you know nothing about the culture and you can’t speak the language. Having a tour guide who can tell you what you are going to see and experience can greatly enhance your travel experience.
My book introduces you to each video montage world you are about to explore and enhances your experiences of exploring that world.
The video montages in Hello World are like watching movies and the videos create a variety of scenes. A companion guild is also available to provide additional details about the montages and videos that are in the main book. This guide shares montage outtakes and hundreds of good videos that did not make it into Hello World.
The companion guide is like a director’s commentary for a film. The companion guide is not needed to enjoy the montages but it provides information to help you understand the meaning and intent of the montage and some of the details that went into creating the montage.
The companion guide will provide links and QR-codes to access video montages of outtakes. However, it will not contain hieroglyphic pictures. The hieroglyphic pictures are only in the main Hello World book.
Quantity Savings on Books
If you'd like to order extra Hello World books to give as gifts, or if you are buying books for a book club, class room, or a library, then you can select rewards that say "quantity savings" to reduce the cost of buying books and save on shipping costs (all books will be shipped to the same address.) We offer savings on book quantities of 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 books.
Hello World Customized Book Cover
We can customize the cover of the Hello World book for you. This is a great way to create a unique and memorable gift. Customized covers can also create books that can help promote your business. We offer two styles of customization. A single-line sentence can be added under the book's subtitle or a circular design can be printed on the cover. You provide us the text you want put onto the book to customize it for you. Here are some examples of how customized book covers look.
After this Kickstarter is funded, we'll send you a survey asking for information to customize your books. Then we will send you a proof of your book cover to approve before printing the book.
Customized book covers can be ordered in quantities of 25, 60, or 100 books. Customized books will ship around 2 to 4 weeks after we ship non-customized books because customized books take special processing. Also, in the event we find a major sponsor for the book cover, that sponsor name will not be put on customized book covers ordered during the Kickstarter campaign.
Button Magnet or Bottle Opener / Ornament
These items are 2.25 inch, decorated steel buttons covered with a protective plastic film. The magnet button sticks to metal surfaces such as a refrigerator. The bottle opener is easy to attach it to keychain or backpack and it easily fits into a pocket or purse. Also, the loop on the bottle opener makes it easy to hang up as an ornament such as on a Christmas tree, bulletin board, or cubical wall.
A poster of the cover of our book is available in sizes of 11” x 17” or 18” x 24”. When you hang this poster in a public place, such as your work space or in the window of your business, you are helping to raise awareness of our book and you are helping to change the world.
This shirt will be high quality, 100% preshrunk combed ring-spun cotton, with an image of the Earth from the book cover printed on the front of the shirt. This unique shirt will help spark interesting conversations. The shirts are available in sizes: S, M, L, or XL.
There are various opportunities for individuals, companies, and organizations to support this book and be recognized for their support in the book. These opportunities range in price from $79 to $10,000. Some opportunities allow a logo, larger size of your name, including a video or videos that will be shared with our readers, and longer time frames of sponsorship.
I am also searching for someone (a company, organization, or individual) who would like to have their name printed on the cover of “Hello World.” Your name would become a subtitle for the book. For example, “Hello World Presented by Your Company”.
Branding is important for raising the public’s awareness and impression of a company or organization. Today, companies pay an average of $3 million a year to have their name put on a major sports stadium and typically a company commits to pay that fee for up to 25 to 30 years. Recently, MetLife paid $400 million ($16 million per year) for a 25-year term to the naming rights of a stadium in New York.
Some companies spend up to $5 million to be the largest logo shown on the hood of a racing car. Also, companies spend $5 million for a 30-second ad on the Super Bowl. As you can see, branding and name recognition are considered to be of great value to many companies.
Hello World provides a unique and significant branding opportunity for the right sponsor. By becoming a major sponsor, you will be providing funds that will help with the marketing efforts to raise the awareness of Hello World. There are thousands of sports arenas in the world and thousands of racing cars. There is only one Hello World video montage book. It is the first and only book of its kind.
If you have an interest in being the major sponsor of Hello World, then please contact us by visiting:
Also if you know someone who may be interested in being a sponsor of this book at any level, please encourage them to come to this Kickstarter to learn more. Please share this link to our Kickstarter:
We also offer some great sponsorship opportunities inside the book where you can support this project and be recognized for your support. The cost ranges from $79 up to $10,000.
Different levels of support have different levels of recognition and benefits. The different levels of benefits are explained in the rewards section of this Kickstarter.
Anyone who has bought advertising knows how expensive it can be. It can cost thousands of dollars to place a small postage stamp-sized ad in the back of a magazine that has a lifespan of a few weeks.
Hello World sponsorship will have a much longer lifespan than most publications. It is also very affordable for sponsors to have their names included near the front or back pages of this book and be included in the book for many years.
At the back of the book, it is easy for us to add pages for sponsors. However, we are limited in the space we have available at the front of the book. We will have around 5 to 8 pages available for sponsors near the front. The number of names we can include on the front pages also varies depending on the levels of sponsors who sign up.
Sponsors who pay $500 or more are put near the front of the book. Higher level support are put closer to the front and some higher levels of support are given more space for their name or logo.
In the event we get more sponsors for the front of the book than the space we have available, we will prioritize space according to who provides more financial support and who offered their support sooner.
We have also put limits on the various sponsorship levels to try and manage the space available. The limits will help to reduce the chances that some sponsors who sign up will need to have their money refunded because of lack of space availability.
Terms and Conditions that Apply to All Sponsors:
We reserve the right to refund the amount you paid and not provide sponsorship recognition in our book for any reason that we deem appropriate.
In the event of a publishing error or any other condition that prevents your information or content from being properly shared, our maximum liability is a refund of the money you paid to be a sponsor of the book.
Under no circumstances do damages go beyond the purchase price. In no event will PlayVM, LLC be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, exemplary, punitive or consequential damages, even if PlayVM has previously been advised of the possibility of such damages.
Sponsors names will be put in the English print edition (paper book) of Hello World. We do not guarantee any volume of distribution because that is based on market demand, nor can we guarantee the length of time we will be in business. If we publish this book in other languages besides English, sponsorship opportunities may be available but are not included as part of this agreement.
“Back of Book” sponsors will be shown on pages after the last chapter of the book. We reserve the right to put Back of Book sponsors elsewhere in the book depending on space considerations and paper conservation.
For sponsors who provide $200 or more of support, their names or logo will appear on a page of our website thanking them for their support. The names or logo will remain on the website during the term of the book sponsorship and listings will be prioritized so higher levels of sponsorship are shown first. If you do not want your name or logo shown on that page of our site, let us know and we'll remove your name or logo from our website.
The starting date for the term of this agreement will be the date the book begins shipping. We expect that the term of the agreement will begin on April 22, 2018, but the starting date will be adjusted in the event the release date of the book changes.
After the end of the term of the agreement is reached, if sponsorship is not renewed then at that point PlayVM may remove the sponsor's name, logo, and video references from the book and from BookHelloWorld.com
Sponsor Recognition in Ebook
We will probably create an electronic book (ebook) for the English edition a few months after the paper book is released. If an ebook is created, then sponsors who provide support of $150 or more will be recognized for their support in the ebook.
The first edition of the ebook will likely show sponsors names in text. For sponsors whose benefits included logos in the printed book, we will make our best efforts to include logos in our eBooks if possible. Failure to do so, however, will not be a breach of our agreement with you. The time frame of being in the ebook, will end on the same date as the length of terms for you inclusion in the printed book even if the ebook edition is released at a date later than the release date of the print book.
Additional Terms that Apply to All Sponsors Who Pay $500 or More:
All materials going into the printed book (logos or quotes) must be sent to us no later than January 7, 2018. Logos need to be provided in a JPEG format, 300 DPI resolution. The book will be printed with black ink and all logos will be printed in black or different shades of black depending on the logo.
In the event you do not provide us the materials needed, we will include your text name in the book and there are no refunds of sponsorship fees when your content is not provided in time. In the event a content deadline is missed, we will make our best efforts to include your content in future revisions of the book during the term of the agreement but are not obligated to do so.
We estimate that there will be around 5 to 8 pages of space available for sponsors near the front of the book. The number of sponsors we can fit will depend on the levels of sponsors because higher level sponsors are given more page space.
“Front of Book” sponsors (people who provide $500 or more in support will have their names put with in the first 10 page flips (or 20 consecutive pages of the book). Currently we are planning to have content on one side of book and sponsors on the other side of a book (For example sponsors might be on left page, content on right page) Depending on how this is done, Front of Book sponsors will be shown within the first 20 pages of the book where every other page has content, or sooner. The first one or two pages may be blank pages or a title page or other content to help engage the reader's attention and that is why we say Front of Book occurs in the first 20 pages.
For example, if we format the book to have sponsors shown on pages to the left side of the book, then the Front of Book sponsors will be put within the first 10 left side-pages of the book. The format of the book may change, but regardless of format changes, all Front of Book sponsors will occur somewhere in the first 20 pages of the book and sponsors who provide higher levels of support are shown closer to the beginning of the book.
In the event we have too many sponsors and not enough Front of Book page space, then sponsors who have paid higher amounts to support us will be given priority to receive the space available and sponsors that we are unable to provide space for will have 100% of their money promptly refunded.
If we are only able to provide space for some sponsors at a certain level, we will try to allocate the space according to the date and time on which a sponsorship offer was made. Earlier sponsors will be given priority over later sponsors at the same support level.
We also may in our complete discretion give greater priority to organizations who are involved in work involving environmental or social causes. We are limiting and managing sponsor signups, so we don’t expect a need to remove sponsors.
Much of the layout of the book will occur in February, so we’ll know by March if there are any sponsors we did not have room for in the front of the book.
In the event a sponsor is not included in the front of the book we will see if the sponsor wants to be placed at a different sponsorship level then a partial refund will be done or if they would prefer a full refund of what they paid then this will be promptly refunded.
In the future, as obligation terms are reached, existing sponsors will be given priority over new sponsors to continue their presence in our books as long as existing sponsors are willing to pay the current market rate that may be higher than what they paid when they initially became a sponsor.
Terms and Video Criteria for Sponsors Providing Video Content:
Sponsors who are at reward levels that offer 120 seconds or more of video can provide up to two videos. Sponsors who at levels of 210 seconds or more of video can provide up to three videos.
The combined length of all videos cannot exceed the total time allowed. All other rewards that allow video sponsors are limited to one video.
You are responsible for creating the video and uploading it to your YouTube channel and maintaining that content on your channel. You are also responsible for making sure your video does not violate any terms or conditions of YouTube.
The Hello World book will link to video montage(s) that contains your video(s).
In addition, we will link to sponsor videos (or to a video montage containing sponsor videos) from the BookHelloWorld website to provide additional exposure of the videos.
Your video(s) must be on your YouTube channel by February 15, 2018, and a link to your video sent to us by that date. Your video privacy settings must be set to either public or unlisted on YouTube in order for it to be viewed.
You warrant and represent to us that you own all of the rights to the images, the video, the music and all other elements of the uploaded material.
Further, you agree to fully and completely hold PlayVM, LLC and its principals, agents, independent contractors harmless from and against any threats of, or the bringing of any actions against them or any of them as the result of your breach of any warranty or representation. This will specifically require you to prepay for any anticipated expenses or retainers required by any party of any of the PlayVM, LLC parties as described above.
You also acknowledge that PlayVM has no control over YouTube and are not liable in any way in the event we are unable to access YouTube or if something prevents us from including or accessing links to your video(s).
In the event your video link changes we will update links up to twice a year at no cost during the term of this agreement. Please give us reasonable notice and time to change links.
Here are a few categories of the kinds of video montage we might have at the beginning of the book:
Greetings or goodwill towards others.
Showing ways you or your organization are making a positive impact on the world.
Videos that inspire or motivate people and provide healthy role models.
Videos related to environmental or social causes.
Videos related to products, services, or ideas.
We reserve the right to determine what kinds of montage categories and where to place a sponsor’s video in a montage. We may change, add, or decrease montage categories. The montage categories are affected by the kinds of videos sent to us.
We also reserve the right to refuse any video. The videos provided to us must be consistent with the purpose of the “Hello World” book. Videos cannot contradict or detract from the tone, focus, or quality of the book.
In the event a sponsor’s video is not acceptable we may suggest changes to the video that will make it acceptable, or offer the sponsor a different sponsorship level without a video and refund the difference in sponsorship support for the changed benefit level. If a compromise cannot be worked out, then we will refund 92% of the cost the sponsor paid. The remaining 8% will be used to cover part of the processing fees for that sponsor that was paid to Kickstarter.
Risks and challenges
Currently, 70% of the video montages for the book are finished and 50% of the writing of the book is finished. A professional editor and graphic designer have been hired. I don't expect any problems with creating and finishing the project.
The specifications for the books are estimates based upon the work that has been done to this point. Some of those details may change as the books reach final stages of editing and curation. For example, the number of pages or number of videos may be different than the estimates given in this Kickstarter. Until the books are finished I can only estimate what what will be in the finished books.
I have been working on this project for almost 4 years. I am using YouTube playlists to create the videos montages. The montages should work on any device that can access YouTube (computers, smart phones, televisions, smart devices, etc.). YouTube has offered playlists for many years.
Today, it is common for people to share individual videos. Sometimes a video goes viral and quickly becomes popular because people reshare it. Hundreds of millions of people may watch a viral video in a short amount of time.
Playlists have been around for many years, but the sharing of playlists is less common than sharing videos. I am not aware of any examples where a playlist has gone viral.
"Hello World" provides over 100 playlists. The Playlists in "Hello World" have a rhythm and flow that create compelling curated content people may want to rewatch and share. Some of the playlists may prove to be of substantial interest to large amounts of people.
When a playlist is shared, many videos may get watched and a playlist may pull video content from many different servers distributed around the world. When a video montage goes viral, it would have more of an impact on YouTube service and on internet service provider’s bandwidth capacities, and thus their ability to support their users.
If viral video montages impact service levels, I believe these problems will be resolved over time as service providers increase capacity or develop new techniques for handling viral video montages.
In the past 3 years I have assembled a large collection of thousands of links to videos and during that time the vast majority of the links have been stable. The likely stability of a link is part of the selection criteria in the curation process. I estimate that around 2% of the video content found in this book may get deleted from YouTube per year.
The most common reason videos are deleted is when a content provider on YouTube has their account deleted because of copyright violations.
I plan to maintain the video montages so that readers of the book will unlikely notice deletions. In fact, over time, the video montages in the book seem to keep getting better as they are enhanced by new videos, new technology, or new ways of accessing and viewing content.
The users of “Hello World” don’t have to do anything to receive upgraded video montages. As montages are updated, readers accessing montages see the most current content.
I have talked with 3 attorneys and as far as we know everything we are doing conforms with intellectual property laws. Basically, "Hello World" merely shares links to public content. The sharing of links is a fundamental principle of how the Internet works.
One of the challenges of creating video montages is that a lot of the content that would be good videos (perhaps 15%) could not be used in my playlists because YouTube does not let playlist creators to show only parts of videos. YouTube used to have parameters to set start and stop viewing parameters, but they disabled that feature in playlists. That feature is greatly needed by playlist creators and I hope that YouTube will restore that feature.
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