We (Mac and Windy) did not expect to be thanking two more backers today, but we are happy to. In the final hours Kickstarter regulars Muazzam B. Sham Khiruddin and David DiPillo came through with pledges of good will. Thanks guys!
So, yeah, as stated in our last post this project, in this proposed form, is not going to happen. We did not meet our minimum number of pledges and we are out of time here on Kickstarter. This means no one will be be charged for their pledges. We would have had to make the minimum we set for any action there. Thank you again, really, deeply and truly, for your support, in whatever form it has taken.
Can you hear the sound of taps in the background though?
Well, we're going ahead with Plan B. We will see how plan B works. Plan B is an interactive, but printable, ebook version of Peace Play that we are thinking of pricing at $2 per month for a personal-use download and $10 for all 12 months at once, with further discounts for multiple copies. Not something either of us totally know how to do yet, but it seems doable. I also have not been able to wrap my mind around how to price this for an institution yet. All advice and thoughts are appreciated.
Do you think Plan B will fly? I (Windy) am feeling like the printed and mailed version, while aesthetically superior, was just too expensive to appeal to most people at $30. And we could not not price it that way. We were unwilling to use a non-union printer and the cost of mailing each lesson was itself a pretty penny. The ebook format is the only good way to deal with this pricing issue and keep the rest of the idea in tact, maximizing how many kids have access to this book. We think we can do this and do it quite beautifully still.
Another issue we faced with this proposed version of Peace Play was that many of us, myself included, believed initially that the institutions which we are connected to will help pass something like this around. I may have not been asking right, but the truth is, from the responses to inquiries that I did receive, that our institutions, religious and non-profit, are also fundraising and feel as if they cannot promote the fundraising work of others. It is really up to us, individuals and families, to do the work of getting the word out about the projects of our peers that we care about and want to see happen. This is a new world for me in some ways, this being unaffiliated with a larger organization but doing the hard work of building genuine community and the hard work of making a living while doing it. Any thoughts on this are appreciated. I believe in this experiment in living.
Separate question: should we bother with Kickstarter again for Plan B?
This past week I (Windy) had a piece up on Counterpunch on anger in political work. It is our (Mac and Windy) hope that this book will be part of a constructive solution to the war on our children, all of our children, that makes us so rightfully angry.
As I said in my last update, I have a newsletter that I will be using to update anyone who is interested in the progress of Peace Play. Stay in touch.
Our family is now preparing to attend the Baltimore Yearly Meeting at the end of this month, where I will be serving as a teacher. Maybe I will see some of you there?
Thanks so much,
Windy (and Mac) :)