About this project
Do you ever wonder about the future?
Will it be a fantastic world of amazing human ingenuity? Or more of the same human stupidity we allow around us today?
If our present, and our past, are any indication, man'’s future will stay the course. Most people will work at jobs they would rather not be doing, scrape and scrap for everything they'’ve got while hoping and praying it'’s enough or that they won’'t get fired, enjoy the weekends and holidays, go back to work, risk their lives in traffic, dodge criminals, fight in wars, watch TV or surf the web at night, bitch about prices, pay them anyway, somehow raise a family through it all, and die. Sound familiar?
What if it could be better? Much better.
What if we could design our future? What if we could solve society'’s problems? Government’'s problems? The world’'s problems? What if we created a future of abundance and prosperity for every man, woman, and child on the planet?
I know a man who thinks we can. He'’s been working on it for close to a century. And, he'’s figured out how to do it.
My name is Wilson Hawthorne. I own a small company (one employee, me) called Eyeland Telemedia. I'’m writing the biography of a man named Jacque Fresco. Born in 1916, Fresco has spent a lifetime developing solutions to society’'s problems –- all of them. By applying science, he has redesigned all aspects of our culture so that they work. The past forty years he has lived amidst his ideas in a scale-model city of the future, a research facility he calls The Venus Project. Fresco’'s vision is global and comprehensive. It addresses all areas of human life. He has found answers to physical necessities, like food and water production, housing, transportation, engineering, and clean energy, to the more esoteric issues surrounding education, human behavior, government, and financial systems. His goals are not self-serving. His motivation has absolutely nothing to do with monetary profit. His ideas are unlike anything you'’ve seen or heard. And, they make sense. To cover them all would take...…well, you'’ll have to read the book.
Check out www.TheVenusProject.com for more info, if you like.
But, the most fascinating, and inspiring, aspect of Fresco'’s story is how he came to be Fresco in the first place, how he managed to part from the sea of humanity while immersing himself in it. His quest for answers spanned decades and landed him in the far corners of the globe. His conversations with people like Albert Einstein and Buckminster Fuller furthered a lifelong passion to propel our culture to new heights. His countless designs and inventions put him in a league with Leonardo DaVinci and Thomas Edison. Automobiles with just thirty-two moving parts. Operational flying saucers in the 1930's. 3D television without the use of glasses in the 1940'’s. Low cost, self-erecting buildings and complete circular city systems. The list goes on. He is an accomplished writer, artist, film-maker, psychologist, industrial designer, teacher, architect, and futurist.
At the same time, Fresco is a humble human who patiently explains how any of us can do the same things and look at the world the same way.
The Fresco story is too vast to fit into an ordinary book.
His biography contains thousands of drawings, photographs, and videos of his designs. It includes hundreds of hours of audio and video interview footage recorded over the years. Decades of books, documentaries, magazine and newspaper articles report his story. To compress this information into a printed volume small enough to fit in your car, I have decided to present the Fresco biography in a slightly different way.
By using QR codes scattered throughout the pages, readers may access all the above material with mobile devices like smart phones or tablets. E-book viewers will link directly via hypertext. QR codes bring supporting information, interviews, animations, films, and images to your fingertips in ways conventional printed materials can'’t. At about 250 pages, the book will use a lot less paper, too.
My Kickstarter project is this: Share Jacque Fresco'’s biography with the world for free, by sharing it with you.
How? Your $15 donations cover the expense of creating, printing, and shipping 40,000 copies. As a backer, you provide the funds to produce and distribute two copies. You receive one copy in the mail. A second copy is sent in your name to a library in the U.S. public library system. There are just over 19,000 of those. Individuals and libraries outside the United States have the choice of receiving physical books with an additional shipping cost, or e-book versions at no extra charge. Leftover funds will be used to promote the existence of the book to the world.
I'’m writing the biography now. It will be edited and finished by the end of 2013. This will be the sixth book I'’ve published.
If you’'re considering backing this project, I encourage you to watch the brief video for more information. I'’m also a professional video producer. I hope you like it.
Risks and challenges
I've been writing professionally for over 30 years, mostly articles and television scripts. Over the last few years I've written six novels, published five of them. The kickstarter funds don't affect the completion of this biography.
What the project will fund is the distribution of the first printing. It's pretty straightforward. I've done the math and the $15 donations will cover printing and shipping of 40,000 reward copies. I guess a risk would be if printing and shipping costs increased dramatically between now and March 2014. I've added padding to accommodate a nominal increase. If funds are left over they will be used for promotion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes. It is my intent to translate the Fresco Biography into as many languages as possible. The March 14, 2014 version, however, will be in English.
Yes. Choose either the $35 or $55 backer option. I wish the amounts were less, but USPS shipping/packaging charges dictate the price. There is also the $15 e-book option.
It will be written anyway. This project funds the quick distribution of 40,000 copies, NOT the writing of the biography itself. I am funding that on my own.
Pledge $1 or more
Receive an e-book copy of the Fresco Biography.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or more
One paperback copy of biography for you. Another copy sent to a public library in your name. (additional cost for international shipping)Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $15 or more
Receive e-book version of Fresco Biography and have another emailed to public library of your choice.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $35 or more
One paperback copy sent to you (includes international shipping). Another sent to a U.S. public library in your name.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $55 or more
One paperback copy sent to you (includes international shipping). Another sent to any public library in the world in your name.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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