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A resource to inspire and guide pioneering businesses who want to challenge the way things are done.

// THE STORY SO FAR...

Three years ago my wife Emily and I started a small production company in Cornwall (UK). Through word of mouth our client list quickly grew and we found ourselves working for increasingly high profile clients around the world (usually ghost producing content on behalf of other, larger agencies). 

At the end of last year, the experience of working for one particular multinational corporation woke us up to the fact that we had let our business become something that we never intended, something we didn't believe in.

Everything suddenly came into focus; we had let the pursuit of cash and the simple day to day 'stuff' that comes with running a business get in the way of the big ideas that we had when we started.

This project is part of the change we want to see.

We run a small, busy business and we knew we couldn't ever make the project happen without a little help, so we recruited the talents of Meg who came onboard to help bring the idea together.

Over the last six months we've researched and collated content and talked to a huge number of people about the project. As a result, we now have an absolutely brilliant team of creators and contributors ready and raring to bring the Almanac to life.

Here are a few of the faces from the team...

Now, we just need you to join us...

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// WHAT IS IT?

Initially, the Almanac will be available in print as a beautifully produced book. We also aim to make it available online as a website / series of short films and in the 'Real World' as a community of like-minded people.

Like a sailing Almanac it will be jam packed with useful information and inspiration to help businesses navigate their business journey. It will bring together brilliant thinking as well as showcasing examples of businesses that are challenging the way things are done.

We want the Almanac to be the resource you turn to for reassurance. As an entrepreneur you often have moments of uncertainty, moments where you wake up with a cold sweat worrying about a decision you've made, or times when you feel you're letting your ideals slip to keep your head above water. 

The Almanac will stand up for doing things differently; showcasing new thinking and examples of people that have managed to blend doing things the right way, along with being financially successful.

It's not about imparting our opinion. We are conscious that we have made loads of mistakes in business and we aren't claiming any expertise. Instead this project is about bringing together the sort of thinking that inspires us and what we want to see in a resource like this...

ONLINE CONTENT

We want to support the Almanac content by producing short films from many of the featured thinkers / businesses. Here is a short edit of our interview with David Hieatt, inspirational thinker and founder of Hiut Denim and The Do Lectures:

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WE BELIEVE THAT BUSINESS, AS THE MOST POWERFUL HUMAN FORCE ON THE PLANET, HAS HUGE POTENTIAL TO BE A FORCE FOR GOOD.

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// HOW CAN YOU HELP?

There are 4 ways you can help to support the Almanac:

  • GET LOVELY STUFF: Back the project by picking one of the great rewards on the right of this page.
  • FLEX THOSE SOCIAL MEDIA MUSCLES: Tweet us, share us, tag us... you know the rest. Hey you could even tell someone in real life!
  • ATTEND A PLEDGE PARTY: Pledge parties are happening around the World during our Kickstarter campaign. Attend one, eat some great food, enjoy some great company and then pledge what you think the meal was worth.
  • HOST A PLEDGE PARTY: Host your own pledge party and help us spread the word! To help we will send you a guide with ideas and hosting tips, just contact: meg@thechallengersalmanac.co.uk for more info.

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// GET LOVELY STUFF

We have put together some brilliant rewards for you to choose from (below) but to sweeten the deal even more, we have 8 further incentives for you to back the project...

#1 THE SAMPLE ARTICLE

Select this reward to follow exclusive project updates and receive 1 inspirational article via email when the project is complete.

#2 DIGITAL WALLPAPERS

Select this reward to follow exclusive project updates and be able to download one of our digital wallpapers to use on your computer / tablet or phone.

#3 THE ALMANAC TOTE BAG

Select this reward to be sent the unique Almanac tote bag printed with our favourite quote from Steve Jobs.

#4 DIGITAL VERSION OF THE ALMANAC

Select this reward to be sent a digital version of the Almanac.

#5&6 THE CHALLENGERS ALMANAC 

Select these rewards to be sent a copy of the Challengers Almanac, hot off the press. It will be a thing of beauty and yes, you will want to love and cherish it!

# 7 to 10: LIMITED EDITION, SCREEN PRINTED POSTERS     

#7 'IT'S MORE FUN TO BE A PIRATE...'

Select this reward to get 1 of 100 limited edition screen prints of our favourite Steve Jobs quote (frame not included).

Please note that this is a limited edition print, once they are gone, they are gone...
Please note that this is a limited edition print, once they are gone, they are gone...

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#8 'BE ORIGINAL OR DIE' 

Select this reward to get 1 of 100 limited edition screen prints of Madame Yevonde's brilliant words to live by (frame not included).

Please note that this is a limited edition print, once they are gone, they are gone...
Please note that this is a limited edition print, once they are gone, they are gone...

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#9 'HOW YOU CLIMB A MOUNTAIN IS MORE IMPORTANT...' 

Select this reward to get 1 of 100 limited edition screen prints of this brilliant quote from our living hero, Yvon Chouinard (frame not included).

Please note that this is a limited edition print, once they are gone, they are gone...
Please note that this is a limited edition print, once they are gone, they are gone...

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#10 "IF YOU ALWAYS DO WHAT YOU'VE ALWAYS DONE..." 

Select this reward to get 1 of 100 limited edition screen prints of this quote by one of histories greatest challengers Henry Ford (frame not included).

Please note that this is a limited edition print, once they are gone, they are gone...
Please note that this is a limited edition print, once they are gone, they are gone...

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#11 POSTER COLLECTION 

Select this reward to receive all four limited edition screen printed A2 posters, the perfect collection for you home or office.*

*Or even your home and office!

Please note that this is a limited edition reward, once they're gone they're gone...
Please note that this is a limited edition reward, once they're gone they're gone...

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#12 EXTRA SPECIAL ALMANAC 

Select this reward to receive an Almanac with a collection of 10 signed Polaroids from our top featured contributors nestled inside. These will be taken at each of the interviews and are strictly limited to a very short run. Sign up for this pledge now to avoid missing out! 

Please note that this is a special edition reward, once they are gone they are gone..
Please note that this is a special edition reward, once they are gone they are gone..

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#13 ALMANAC & POSTER COMBO

Select this reward to receive an Almanac and a (limited edition) screen printed poster of your choice. A perfect set to set you on your way to inspiration! 

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// Bringing the content for the Almanac together

Over the last six months we have talked to people, researched topics and compiled a huge amount of content for the Almanac. We have brought together a brilliant team to make the huge task of bringing this information together into a cohesive and engaging form much easier. This includes magazine editors, copywriters, photographers, designers and illustrators.

// Getting our American friends to back the project

We have always been frustrated by the large postage costs that get added onto rewards for projects based in the States. Obviously postage between the UK and America is very expensive (£14 for the Almanac!) We have worked really hard with our costings and negotiations to be able to include the cost of shipping into our rewards so that you guys don't feel put off by high shipping costs.

The only problem with this is that it doesn't leave much of a contribution from our American Backers towards content creation... So our plan, if support from America is high enough is to get the rewards for American backers created in the States. This will save postage costs and air miles.

So basically to cut a long story short; don't feel put off that we are based in the UK - we need your support!!

// Reaching our target

The target we have set is high but this represents the quality of the content / products we want to produce. The vast majority of the budget covers the minimum print run of this quality. With a small budget left for unavoidable costs such as photographers travel expenses etc. We have also accounted for the Kickstarter fees and left a 10% contingency for unaccounted costs to be on the safe side.

We can only set the target at the level we have because of the support of the Almanac team who are all prepared to donate their time to see the Almanac come to life.

THANK YOU!

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    #10 NUMBERED, LIMITED EDITION (100) SCREEN PRINTED POSTER 'If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you've always got' Henry Ford + you will have access to exclusive project updates + you will be able to access Almanac content online + a handwritten thank you note from the team + you will be invited to have your name 'in print' in the first edition of the Almanac!! **** This price includes worldwide shipping ****

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    #9 NUMBERED, LIMITED EDITION (100) SCREEN PRINTED POSTER 'How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top' Yvon Chouinard + you will have access to exclusive project updates + you will be able to access Almanac content online + a handwritten thank you note from the team + you will be invited to have your name 'in print' in the first edition of the Almanac!! **** This price includes worldwide shipping ****

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    #7 NUMBERED, LIMITED EDITION (100) SCREEN PRINTED POSTER 'It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy' Steve Jobs + you will have access to exclusive project updates + you will be able to access Almanac content online + a handwritten thank you note from the team + you will be invited to have your name 'in print' in the first edition of the Almanac!! **** This price includes Worldwide shipping ****

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    #13 POSTER + ALMANAC COMBO An Almanac + Screen printed poster of your choice (limited edition) + you will have access to exclusive project updates + you will be able to access Almanac content online + a handwritten thank you note from the team + you will be invited to have your name 'in print' in the first edition of the Almanac!! **** This price includes worldwide shipping ****

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    #12 EXTRA SPECIAL ALMANAC A truly one off reward, each of these Almanac's will have 10+ signed Polaroids from each of our key contributors, nestled inside + you will have access to exclusive project updates + you will be able to access Almanac content online + a handwritten thank you note from the team + you will be invited to have your name 'in print' in the first edition of the Almanac!! **** This price includes worldwide shipping ****

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