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
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
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
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
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
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.