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$360
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8
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, July 13 2013 9:19 PM UTC +00:00

About


"Our mission is to champion the individual voice, while building bridges toward a greater understanding of our neighbors"


THE JOURNEY

For 100 consecutive days “The Motorhome Chronicles” will travel to different locations in the U.S. – each day interviewing as many strangers as possible, regardless of race, creed, gender, religion or status. People we don’t know. We’ll approach them as they really are and listen to what they have to say. And every night we will immediately post a daily video account of the experience.

Rain or shine...hot or cold...healthy or ill...no days missed... As we go, we’ll ask two questions of everyone we meet. The goal being to unite us in considering our perspectives toward the people of the world.

A PROVEN TRACK RECORD
Yes, the journey proposed is not necessarily an easy one. I know this firsthand after approaching thousands of strangers during my completed 365-day photo-essay blog “Project-365.” From September 9, 2011 to September 9, 2012 it became an outreach that never missed a day.

Quickly it took on a life of its own as it grew organically on a daily basis, ending up with a viewership from all over the world. During my experience, I was rejected, screamed at, mocked and spit upon (on one occasion). But more profoundly (and more often), I shared deep conversations, trusts, hugs, and even personal tears with hundreds people I had met only a few moments before.

More amazingly, everyone who chose to engage in dialogue (the majority I approached) noticeably came together as they opened up in contributing to the project. It was a life-changing year, both for myself, and for the many people who either interviewed or commented on the Project-365 blog roll. I can now whole-heartedly say to thousands that we are now friends connected by a shared mission. A mission that is now moving further ahead with the launch of "The Motorhome Chronicles."

THE MOTORHOME CHRONICLES HAS PURPOSE
People will continue to love and people will continue to fight. Every second of every day someone… somewhere, will exert their right to entertain their thoughts and to act upon their motives.

For two decades, I have directly conversed with a vast cross-section of human society. My fascination with examining the similarities of individuals is part of the motivation behind committing 365 days of my life to "Project 365." Since the completion of Project 365 (and with the development of the resulting "Operation 365"), I have approached and interviewed nearly 2,000 absolute strangers. I have also received (and have published) comments from around the globe.

Through this sharing of perspectives, we’ve looked into the eyes of many a heart and have been enlightened by the broadest range of hopes, inspirations, fears and points-of-view. In all, a bold consensus has emerged: “It is possible for the many to awaken in the spirit of unity– and it is possible for the majority to find common ground.”

The question is thus served and our purpose is assigned: “As diverse and culturally jaded as we are, can we truly enable our willingness to look beyond our own biased perceptions to simply see, to quietly listen, and to allow ourselves to optimistically reflect upon our assessment toward our fellow human beings?"

"The Motorhome Chronicles" gives us a reason for pondering this question as it challenges us to open our hearts and minds to a premise: “There is unique value in every individual.”

ALL SEATS HAVE A GOOD VIEW
For 100 days, we will zig-zag across America in a rented RV, interviewing as many strangers as we can while exploring the above question of perception. Your pledge will allow us the resources to travel farther, the manpower to edit and publish daily, and to discover the thoughts of the greatest diversity of strangers. Who knows? If we exceed our funding goals, perhaps we can even reach out to interview in other countries.

A WISH WORTH SHARING
It is our wish that "The Motorhome Chronicles" will prompt us all to look up from time to time – to appreciate the diversity of the people who share this planet Earth. We also hope that as we publish our travels from culture to culture, our eyes might be opened to the remarkable power of face-to-face contact.

YOUR BACKING BUILDS BRIDGES TO UNDERSTANDING

For 100 consecutive days you will have a window-seat view of our bridge-building trek. Our purpose is that through the publishing of daily Blogcasts and YouTubecasts, we can inspire a community where all are invited to accept an agreed-upon code of conduct – that whether in disagreement or total harmony, a community that has what it takes to maintain the dignity, discipline and compassion... to at least to accept.

Without a doubt, one voice heard at the right time, can be an astonishing healer and motivator. It has been proven to us firsthand via the many brave individuals who have shared their thoughts, or have responded to our questions over the last several years of the 365 projects.

Your backing of “The Motorhome Chronicles” will aid in accelerating our journey of sharing and discovery, and quite possibly, allow all of us to gain a greater understanding of the people with whom we share this Planet Earth.

Pictures of rewards are not to scale
Pictures of rewards are not to scale

We have all kinds of fun"Rewards" for you. From daily behind the scene updates to stickers to iPads and cameras. We've even saved a few spots for you to ride with us, or we can visit you. Plus, there are lots of ways you can interact with us and get your name seen as part of this project. However you choose to back us... we warmly welcome you to "The Motorhome Chronicles–" we were once "Strangers..." now we are "Friends." (The above designs are not final. We will post an update as soon as we lock artwork).

OUR DEPARTURE PLAN
The hundreds of strangers (now friends) interviewed, mixed with the comments offered by so many individuals throughout "Project 365" and "Operation 365," has brought us to this junction. The momentum is here, the timing is right and we will hit the road within weeks of closing this Kickstarter campaign.

Yes, the roadmap ahead is unmarked, and along it, there are many bridges for us to build. The broader we grow– The greater the potential to know our neighbors... And, that is indeed a beautiful thing.

Welcome to Operation-365’s “The Motorhome Chronicles”–  Streaming daily to your neighborhood beginning this August.

HOW THE FUNDING WILL BE USED
100 consecutive days of spontaneously traveling the roads of the U.S is big undertaking. And, visiting as many states as possible in producing our daily posts is our plan. The cost of RV Rental, Insurance, Millage, Fuel, Crew (DP/Editors), Equipment Rentals (Yep, we’re going to shoot this thing HD), Incidentals, Meals, and the ever-hiding unexpected adds up quickly. We’ve worked our budget from all directions, and are doing all that we can to run lean the whole way.

Our figure of $180,000 is frugally calculated, and in making the goal, we are confident that we will be able to travel many states in meeting with the greatest diversity of strangers.

THE ROAD AHEAD AWAITS US
We stand ready to do our part to move forward our mission in building a community of understanding. You are part of what we are doing, and will be with us each day as we grow our project. And, wouldn’t it be cool if we exceed our funding goal and raise enough to travel "The Motorhome Chronicles" to countries outside of the United States. That indeed would be something truly remarkable!

Risks and challenges

We know how to travel produce and we’re ready to go. My professional experience and past projects have trained me well. Once we reach our funding goal it will take us only about four weeks to equip the motorhome, secure crew, organize our gear, print signage, ship rewards, coordinate with our Advisors, Shotguns and Navigators and to lock “The Motorhome Chronicles” YouTube Channel / Blogumentry Page.

As we see it... Natural disaster or being taken hostage by a disgruntled stranger are about the only things that could possibly stop or delay our departure. And once we hit the road, we see no substantial obstacles in uploading a daily story (got to love 4G mobile). That is, unless some freakish solar storm corrupts all Earths communication... but we’re pretty certain we are in the clear.

Any other bumps... well, they’ll just become part of the story.

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    CHRONICLES FAN – WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER:
    Believe in what we are doing, but have a tight budget, no worries. Every dollar we collect goes a long way towards growing the mission and reach of “The Motorhome Chronicles.” So, if you have a dollar to spare, we will use it well. Plus, for your one to ten dollars you'll receive special behind the scenes updates from our 100-day journey! There's no better way to get the inside scoop.

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    ROADIE – THANKS FOR ROLLING UP YOUR SLEVES:
    Your name will be seen as a “Roadie” on “The Motorhome Chronicles” credit page, you will receive special behind the scenes updates of “The Motorhome Chronicles” PLUS, you’ll get your a sheet of “The Motorhome Chronicles” stickers. How cool is that!

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    CREW MEMBER – YOUR MOVING US FORWARD: Your name will sit a little higher as a “Crew Member” on “The Motorhome Chronicles” credit page. You'll still receive special behind the scenes updates of “The Motorhome Chronicles” and a sheet of “The Motorhome Chronicles” stickers. Plus, we'll send you an official “The Motorhome Chronicles” carabiner LED flashlight to light your own path.

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    ROAD TRIPPER – RELAX WITH A FROSTY BEVERAGE: Your name sits even higher as a “Road Tripper” on “The Motorhome Chronicles” credit page. You'll still receive special behind the scenes updates of “The Motorhome Chronicles”
    PLUS, we'll send you a limited edition “The Motorhome Chronicles” tee shirt and a Motorhome Chronicles 16oz. tumbler, ready for your favorite frosty.

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    TRAVEL BUDDY – A NICE WAY TO GET A LITTLE MORE VITAMIN D: Your name is starting to take on a sunny glow as it sits even higher as a “Travel Buddy” on “The Motorhome Chronicles” credit page. Absolutely, you will receive special behind the scenes updates of “The Motorhome Chronicles”
    PLUS, we'll send you “The Motorhome Chronicles” official folding chair with armrests
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    NAVIGATOR – SHARING THE ROAD TOGETHER: We'll place your name in a really sweet spot as a "Navigator" on “The Motorhome Chronicles” credit page. No doubt we'll be sending you special behind the scenes updates of “The Motorhome Chronicles." PLUS we'll send you “The Motorhome Chronicles” 2013 tour tee shirt, a deluxe "Motorhome Chronicles" roadside tool kit and an 8"x10" high quality photo print of the marked up and completed "Motorhome Chronicles" road map. We'll have to send you the road map photo when we finish the journey. Welcome aboard, were making memories together!

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    PASSENGER – ALWAYS REMEMBER OUR ROUTE: There is no way you will not be seen, with your name placed in a premier “Passenger” spot on “The Motorhome Chronicles” credit page. And you can be certain that you will receive special behind the scenes updates of “The Motorhome Chronicles” PLUS, we're getting a little more personal by hand signing your “The Motorhome Chronicles” 2013 tour tee shirt. We're even getting a bit more artsy in sending you a very limited edition 8” x 10” fine art archival cotton fiber print of the marked up and completed "Motorhome Chronicles" road map. (numbered 1 to 12 in order of funding). The shirt we'll ship right away, but we'll have to send you the road map art photo when we finish the journey. Plenty of time to find the perfect wall space.

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    SHOTGUN 5 TRAVEL BUDDY: If you are riding a 5-day Shotgun (see below) with us, you can Bring a friend. PLUS, we’ll give them all the same gifts as you. And if it is your significant other, that’s perfect because the two of you get to share the largest sleeping berth.

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    TRAVEL ADVISOR (PART ONE) – HOW ABOUT A LITTLE CHIT-CHAT: Not only will your name be boldly seen as a “Travel Advisor” on “The Motorhome Chronicles” credit page, you'll be able to talk to us about whatever. Yes, we'll still send you our special behind the scenes updates of “The Motorhome Chronicles, ”a hand signed edition of “The Motorhome Chronicles” 2013 tour tee shirt, PLUS: You’ll now get very exclusive direct cell phone access to call us anytime during weeks 1 to 7 of our journey. Who knows, your ring might even show up in one of our interviews.

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    TRAVEL ADVISOR (PART TWO) – HOW ABOUT A LITTLE CHIT-CHAT: Not only will your name be boldly seen as a “Travel Advisor” on “The Motorhome Chronicles” credit page, you'll be able to talk to us about whatever. Yes, we'll still send you our special behind the scenes updates of “The Motorhome Chronicles, ”a hand signed edition of “The Motorhome Chronicles” 2013 tour tee shirt, PLUS: You’ll now get very exclusive direct cell phone access to call us anytime during weeks 8 to 14 of our journey. Who knows, your ring might even show up in one of our interviews.

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    SHOTGUN 10 TRAVEL BUDDY: If you are riding a 10-day Shotgun (see below) with us, you can Bring a friend. PLUS, we’ll give them all the same gifts as you. And if it is your significant other, that’s perfect because the two of you get to share the largest sleeping berth.

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    ROADSIDE FRIEND – WATCH US FROM WHEREVER YOU ARE: You will receive premier position as a “Roadside Friend” on “The Motorhome Chronicles” credit page. And as with all rewards you will receive special behind the scenes updates of “The Motorhome Chronicles," a custom embroidered “The Motorhome Chronicles” polo shirt, PLUS, we'll send “The Motorhome Chronicles” laser engraved iPad mini – 64gb, WiFi+Cellular (mobile service not included). Now you'll be able to be with us... no matter where you are.

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    SHOTGUN 5 – TRAVEL WITH US FOR 5 DAYS... LITERALLY: Your name will be prominently placed as “Shotgun” on “The Motorhome Chronicles” credit page and you will receive special behind the scenes updates of “The Motorhome Chronicles” PLUS we'll present you (in person) a custom embroidered “The Motorhome Chronicles” polo shirt you as you join “The Motorhome Chronicles” in traveling with us for 5 days (we’ll feed you and even save you the largest sleeping berth). You’ll definitely be featured in video clips posted during your time with us and you'll walk away with an 8” x 10” archival photo of you (taken during your time with us). If you would like to receive this reward, please email us prior to signing up. We will work closely with you with in coordinating open dates and pick up /drop of points (airfare not included). It's gonna be a blast traveling with you! unite@operation-365.org

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    SHOTGUN 10 – TRAVEL WITH US FOR 10 DAYS... LITERALLY: Your name will be prominently placed as “Shotgun” on “The Motorhome Chronicles” credit page and you will receive special behind the scenes updates of “The Motorhome Chronicles” PLUS we'll present you (in person) a custom embroidered “The Motorhome Chronicles” polo shirt you as you join “The Motorhome Chronicles” in traveling with us for 10 days (we’ll feed you and even save you the largest sleeping berth). You’ll definitely be featured in video clips posted during your time with us and you'll walk away with an 8” x 10” archival photo of you (taken during your time with us). If you would like to receive this reward, please email us prior to signing up. We will work closely with you with in coordinating open dates and pick up /drop of points (airfare not included). It's gonna be a blast traveling with you! unite@operation-365.org

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    GUEST DIRECTOR – WE'LL BE AT YOUR DOORSTEP: See your name and thoughts boldly featured as a "Guest Director" of “The Motorhome Chronicles.” Yes, you'll get highly visible listing on the credit page, special behind the scenes updates of “The Motorhome Chronicles," and The custom embroidered “The Motorhome Chronicles” polo shirt. BUT WE'LL PRESENT THEM TO YOU IN PERSON as we visit you... no matter where you are in the lower 48 states. And when we get there, you are in the directors seat... getting to be interviewed, or directing us to interview anyone you wish. PLUS, we'll bring a little piece of Hollywood to your door in giving you a custom high-end photo shoot of you at your home or chosen location (A memento of your directorial experience). To make this happen, we will work closely together in coordinating our visit to you. As you sign up for this reward throw us an email and we will start our scheduling dialogue. Looking forward to meeting you! unite@operation-365.org

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    CO-PILOT – GO VIRAL WITH US:
    First your name will be seen as a “Co-Pilot” on “The Motorhome Chronicles” credit page and you'll receive all the special behind the scenes updates of “The Motorhome Chronicles,” the custom embroidered “The Motorhome Chronicles” polo shirt. PLUS a Sony Alpha NEX-7 digital still/HD video camera with 16-50mm Lens (limited laser engraved Motorhome Chronicles edition), a limited edition 11” x 14” fine art archival cotton fiber print of the marked up and completed "Motorhome Chronicles" road map. (numbered and hand signed 6 to 11 in order of your funding). The shirt and camera we'll ship right away, but we'll have to send you the road map art photo when we finish the journey. HERE'S WHERE IT GET REALLY COOL: You also get a permanent hyperlink on your credits and be allowed up to 4 keywords that will be embedded into our Metadata. ONE MORE REWARD: Give us 4 Tags and well even add them to “The Motorhome Chronicles” daily entries... We're going viral baby.

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    DRIVER – YOUR NAME WILL BE EVERYWHERE: See yourself (or company) name at the top of “The Motorhome Chronicles” credit page. Absolutely, you will receive all the special behind the scenes updates of “The Motorhome Chronicles,” the custom embroidered “The Motorhome Chronicles” polo shirt, your choice of a limited edition laser engraved Alpha NEX-7 digital still/HD video camera with 16-50mm Lens or a limited edition laser engraved iPad with Retina display – 128gb, WiFi+Cellular (mobile service not included), a limited edition 11” x 14” fine art archival cotton fiber print of the marked up and completed "Motorhome Chronicles" road map. (hand signed and numbered 1 to 5 in order of your funding). The shirt, camera or iPad we'll ship right away, but we'll have to send you the road map art photo when we finish the journey. YOU’LL ALSO GET a permanent hyperlink on your credits and be allowed up to 4 keywords that will be embedded into our Metadata, IN ADDITION: provide us 4 Tags and we'll place them in all “The Motorhome Chronicles” daily entries. THERE'S MORE: Your name or company will be placed on the motorhome vinyl signage ( major portion of both sides and on the rear) and your name or company will roll on the tail credits of every daily video published. We want the world to know who you are.

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Funding period

- (30 days)