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WE DID IT! Thank you all so much! If you missed the Kickstarter and you want to grab Issue One, buy a subscription, or sign up for an event that we didn't sell out of, then click the red button below for our temporary post-Kickstarter store:
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THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! We can't believe we got over 50% of the way to our original goal in LESS THAN A DAY.   🌠 OUR NEW DREAM IS $35k!  🌠  

We would also be PSYCHED to achieve:

  •  700 Total Backers (remember, even if you can only back for $1, it helps!!)
  •  1,000 Likes on Facebook (here's our Facebook page!)
  •  1,000 Followers on Twitter (here we are on Twitter!)

And now... back to our original campaign:

We explore the edges, asking: What is a meaningful life in this rapidly changing world? The New Modality looks at culture, art, both science and spirituality, relationships, tech, business, governance, and beyond, because change is occurring at all levels: the individual, family, community, city, nation, and the world.

Photo of Anina Net by photographer Jane Hu. Thank you Jane for donating your amazing shots!

We’ll print three beautiful issues per year. We’ll also post some material online free, for anyone to read. And we will host events, starting in the Bay Area and New York. The money we raise from subscriptions, donations, and crowdfunding will go to printing expenses, paying contributors, and all the other costs of starting a new publication — and in the future, we dream about supporting experiments in culture by giving grants of our own.

Meow Wolf art installation photo donated by Jane Hu

We just launched our website, where you’ll find: 

  • An article on “New Modality Weddings: How To Get Married Without Selling Out” by Jessica Carew Kraft. Kraft is a former wedding industry insider whose previous writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and more. For this article, she investigated non-traditional weddings, noting that “If we look beyond the glossy magazines, there are as many ways to get married as there are options, in a combinatorial matrix of gender spectrum, sexuality, age, wealth, cultural tradition, and spiritual background.”
     
  •  Concept art from Antariksha Sanchar, a steampunk-psychedelic game-dance-transmedia thing created by Avinash Kumar and Quicksand Design, which tells the story of a late-1800s mathematician hero from a small Indian village who goes to Mars. Antariksha Sanchar describes itself as “a speculative science fiction adventure inspired by the vibrant cultures of South India, created earnestly to celebrate the independent exploration of our Universe.” The concept art contains an astounding array of references, from early 1900s pulp fiction to Kumar’s mom, a traditional Indian dancer.
     
  • An op-ed, “The Ideology of Transhumanism: The Ethics of Transcending Our Physical Bodies” by Anna Lewis, a biotech ethicist currently at Harvard. Lewis, who used to work in the biotech industry, describes how transhumanism intersects with current tech culture. She then lays out the different philosophical schools that could affect the tech that gets built.
     
  • A short exploration of “What’s New About The New Modality?” by Benjamin Wachs. Wachs was previously Burning Man's official "philosopher in residence" and the lead writer/researcher for its education program, and we’re grateful to him for penning this piece about whether we’re actually doing anything new. As he points out: “The absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco said that it’s the job of the avant-garde to rediscover eternal truths.”
  • … And more, with more to come!
     
Concept art of Indian dancers with a Mars-going steampunk machine — from Antariksha Sanchar, now featured on our website

At The New Modality, we believe that no problem is too big and no issue is too small to be addressed with optimism, empathy, and human brilliance.

If you think it’s time to reimagine how we live and you want to learn from others who are doing the same, join us.

(Thank you to the New Modality Advisors and Catalysts who joined us for the video: Dorothy Santos, John Law, Zarinah Agnew, Ben Aldern, Jonathan Stray, and Nick Pinkston.)

Special note: The New Modality's founder Lydia Laurenson supports Kickstarter workers’ efforts to unionize and she was #33 to sign this petition (which you can sign, too!). We are considering organizing a panel and/or a podcast interview to discuss the Kickstarter union push, as well as tech industry unionization more broadly. If you think that sounds interesting, let us know through Kickstarter or on Twitter!


Lydia Laurenson has been tracking the edge of culture her entire career. She helped San Francisco social club The Battery start their magazine two years ago, and oversaw the first five issues. She’s worked extensively in media innovation, most notably as director of strategy and research at the award-winning geopolitical journalism company News Deeply, and as a semi-famous independent blogger under the pseudonym Clarisse Thorn. As a freelance writer, Lydia has contributed to Vice, The Atlantic, the Harvard Business Review, and other publications.  

You may have read Lydia's viral Vice article about the Latitude Society

The New Modality is supported by a core team that includes:

  •  Nick Pinkston, an entrepreneur in the automated manufacturing space who has spoken at the Obama White House about the future of work;
     
  •  Rose Broome, whose last startup, HandUp, was a direct donation system for people experiencing homelessness (and was one of the first startups to incorporate as a Public Benefit Corporation!);
     
  •  Michael J. Coren, a reporter at Quartz and former managing editor of the Phnom Penh Post;
     
  •  Ben Aldern, an entrepreneur specializing in data science;
     
  •  Jenna Van Hout, a designer who’s tried her hand at everything from custom artistic letterpress invitations, to designing for Airbnb, Google, Bloomberg, the X Prize, HBO, the Sierra Club, and more;
     
  • and Jonathan Stray, who taught at Columbia Journalism School for a decade, and worked at ProPublica and the Associated Press before joining the Partnership on AI as an AI policy researcher.
     
  • We have also partnered with Brittney Gallagher at Pacifica Radio to produce audio material, and we are sponsored by Independent Arts & Media, a San Francisco nonprofit that specializes in supporting artists, journalists, and media producers.

Note: Although we are fiscally sponsored by IAM, Kickstarter contributions to The New Modality are not tax-deductible. But sometimes it's possible to get tax deductions while also getting rewards! If you have access to an employee donation matching program or would prefer to make a tax-deductible donation for some other reason, please contact Lydia directly at lydianewmodality@gmail.com. For more information, check out the Donation Logistics page on our website.

The New Modality holds three core values close to our organizational heart:

  • Truth and Transparency
  • Respect and Empathy
  • Stewardship
     

We’ve thought a lot about how to stay clear with our values and stay accountable to our community, and we’re excited to continue the conversation with others who are as passionate about those topics as we are. If you can think of someone who shares our values and sheds light in the world, please consider nominating them to be a New Modality Catalyst, so we can learn more about their work and maybe even get their input on how we're doing.

Photo by Victor G via Unsplash

We received some early donation money that has helped us cover stuff like website setup costs, lawyer fees for writing our contributor contracts, etc. No one on the creative side has gotten any money yet, including Lydia, who’s been working full-time on The New Modality for months. This Kickstarter will cover printing costs, help us pay our contributors and editors, and (fingers crossed) pay for above-and-beyond stuff like actual professional fact-checking (whaaaat?!) if we knock it out of the park.

Our long-term plan is for The New Modality to become a sustainable, subscription-funded organization. We hope to work in service of truth and beauty, to provide enough value to the community that the publication is supported by its readers, and to treat contributors well. Yes, this is idealistic and ambitious. We need your help to make it happen!

Photo by bamagal, via Unsplash

Video Credits

  • Videography and editing: Nick Kasimatis at Blackbird Films
  • People in the video (in order of appearance): Ben Aldern, John Law, Nick Pinkston, Zarinah Agnew,  Lydia Laurenson, Jonathan Stray, and Dorothy Santos 
  • Burning Man, Meow Wolf, and other tech/art photos donated by Jane Hu
  • Cliffside hike photo donated by Matt Bell
  •  Antariksha Sanchar images courtesy of Avinash Kumar (check out our profile of Antariksha Sanchar) 
  • Other photos via Unsplash 
  •  (Note: Credit is not required by Unsplash, but we will go through the photos that made it into the video and credit photographers after we recover from launch) 

Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1/  Which photos would you recommend for the Tom Stahl Archival Metal Burning Man Prints reward?

Tom's photos appear in an article by Jennifer M. Walske, "The Ultimate Act of Gifting: Burning Man's Radical Tradition to a Nonprofit, and How Other Radical Organizations Can Learn From It," which is on The New Modality's website! So you can choose any of those photos, OR, any photo in the Burning Man section of Tom's portfolio site is good for the reward. Here are a few of Tom's favorites:

Robot Heart
Lighthouse
Dust

Here's one of the photos with a particularly good story: 

Photo of a memorial service at Burning Man by Tom Stahl — story below

For example, this photo was taken during a memorial service at the Burning Man Temple in 2013. (The Temple is one of few recurring structures at the Burning Man event, and has hosted everything from weddings to funerals.) In 2013, a group of law enforcement officers conducted a funeral for a fallen officer at the Temple, and many nearby Burners joined the funeral as well. After the 2013 event, a Burner named Jon Mitchell wrote on the Burning Man blog: “It had been a big year for run-ins with law enforcement on the playa. We had read plenty of stories about severe and surprising busts in the run-up to Burning Man, and we heard more tales of woe from friends after we arrived. The Bureau of Land Management had insisted on tighter control at the gate. It seemed like a good year to brush up on our rights….”

Mitchell writes that because of this atmosphere, he was initially upset to see law enforcement enter the Temple… until he realized they were there for a funeral. He writes about his reaction to that moment: “My mind buzzed with contradictions. I realized that this was some kind of memorial, which made perfect, beautiful sense. But I couldn’t quiet an angry voice in my mind, raving about Romans and Christians. Why are the forces of the state entering our Temple? I was trying so hard to parse it that I couldn’t concentrate on what was actually happening… until I heard the eulogy for Michael Dwayne Bolinger read out over the radio, and I saw the emotion well up in the faces of the federal agents surrounding me. Kind words were said, tears were shed…. We Burners were full of both fear and love. The BLM, the feds, the human beings in the gray trucks and the khaki uniforms, they were, too. We all stood like holy warriors on the same ground. As I worked hard in my heart to unify these opposing forces, I felt… no, I saw the Presence that underlies them both, presiding over our Temple rituals. I swear to God I did."

... So, in conclusion: if you pledge $350 for a high-quality archival print, then you can pick any one of the four Burning Man images above, or any of the images that we featured in the article "The Ultimate Act of Gifting," or any one of the photos in the Burning Man section on Tom's website.

Risks and challenges

Lydia has overseen the first five issues of a startup magazine within the past few years, so she knows exactly how to make a magazine. In addition to Lydia, The New Modality core team contains multiple successful entrepreneurs and journalists, plus we have partnered with a nonprofit that specializes in arts & media projects. In short, we are well aware of how much of a damn hassle this is — and we embrace that! If funded, this project will happen.

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    ISSUE ONE!

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    Biotech Ethics Tea Salon, New York City

    Join The New Modality and Harvard ethicist Anna Lewis for an afternoon salon about the ethics of biotechnology. In the past, Anna has studied philosophy AND she's written software for interpreting genomes. Now she's a joint fellow-in-residence at Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the Center for Bioethics. Come learn from her... and eat her scones! (New York City)

    * Anna wrote one of the articles for our launch website, "The Ideology of Transhumanism: The Ethics of Transcending Our Physical Bodies." You can read it here: http://thenewmodality.com/the-ideology-of-transhumanism-the-ethics-of-transcending-our-physical-bodies/

    * We have some free spots available for working writers, graduate students, and others who may have limited means. If you would like to attend this event for free, email Lydia: lydianewmodality@gmail.com

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    Polyamory & Therapy Salon

    Join The New Modality and therapist Valerie Beltrán for our salon about polyamory and therapy. What are common questions that polyamorists bring to therapy? What are different perspectives that therapists take on polyamory? Valerie will give a short presentation and then we'll have a conversation and mixer. (San Francisco)

    You may know Valerie as a former organizer with Consciousness Hacking, a Bay Area group interested in the intersection of technology, consciousness, and spirituality. She's also a New Modality Catalyst, and she has a profile on our website here: [ http://thenewmodality.com/catalyst-valerie-beltran/ ]

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    Join The New Modality and researcher Samo Burja for our salon about institutions and culture. How is culture shaped by institutions — like art museums today, for example, or like the Catholic Church throughout much of history? Samo will give a short presentation and then we'll have a conversation and mixer. (San Francisco)

    You may know Samo for his work on the social and material technologies that provide the foundation for healthy human societies. He's also a New Modality Catalyst, and he has a profile on our website here: [ http://thenewmodality.com/catalyst-samo-burja/ ]

    * We have some free spots available for students, or others who might have limited means. If you would like to attend this event for free, email Lydia: lydianewmodality@gmail.com

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    John Law Tribune Tower Exploration Tour

    Tour Oakland's historic Tribune Tower with John Law — a legendary culture-jamming artist, co-founder of the Cacophony Society, and co-founder of Burning Man. He'll take you up on the roof and tell you about the building's history, and you can ask him anything. (Oakland)

    John is an original member of the San Francisco urban adventure and pranks group The Suicide Club; was integral to the creation of The Cacophony Society in 1986; is co-owner of Laughing Squid; and so on. He's also a New Modality Catalyst, and he has a profile on our website here: [ http://thenewmodality.com/catalyst-john-law/ ]

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    ... Besides, the core team wants NewMo t-shirts for ourselves :)

    Wear our logo on a t-shirt. The back of the shirt will say LIMITED EDITION. These shirts are only for (a) The New Modality core team, (b) people who do us huge favors, and (c) you, our earliest backers.

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    Bay Area Communal House Tour

    Co-living spaces have incubated decades of alternative culture. In fact, they have so much cultural impact that, in 2016, alt-right trolls launched a coordinated campaign to get them shut down, with actual statements like: “These places are open hotbeds of liberal radicalism and degeneracy.” Join us on a tour of Bay Area co-living spaces with expert guides, including in-depth discussion of the different spaces’ history and governance models.

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    NYC Biotech Ethics Salon PLUS Issue One!

    Attend the Biotech Ethics Afternoon Tea Salon with Anna Lewis, and also get a copy of Issue One!

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    A spot on the Bay Area Communal House Tour, plus a copy of The New Modality, Issue 1.

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    One year (three issues) of The New Modality. (US shipping included)

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    Give one year (three issues) of The New Modality to someone else!
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    An Evening at The Battery, San Francisco

    Join The New Modality team + contributors at The Battery on Friday, February 28th, 2020, for a night of fascinating talks and performances. Includes Issue 1 of The New Modality.

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    Issue One Ten-Pack

    Ten copies of The New Modality, Issue 1. Fling them everywhere!

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    Archival Metal Print: Burning Man Photo

    Photographer Tom Stahl won runner-up in the Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 "Destinations" competition for a set of his Burning Man photos. He’s offering a limited number of beautifully produced archival metal prints to New Modality supporters. They make beautiful holiday gifts!

    If you buy this reward, you get one print (a $500 value). Each print is approximately 20 x 13. For your print, you can choose any of Tom's Burning Man photographs: https://www.tomstahlphoto.com/burningman

    Plus: A copy of Issue One!

    * If you'd like to save on shipping, you can pick up your print from Tom's home in Noe Valley, San Francisco. In order to save the shipping cost, please buy the print and pay the shipping cost through Kickstarter, and then contact us — we will arrange a direct refund for your shipping cost. (Sorry, we know this is an awkward way to do it, but there's no other way to fix it on our end!)

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    Private VIP Visit to Dandelion Chocolate

    This is your PRIVATE VIP VISIT to the San Francisco chocolate factory Dandelion Chocolate — just you, plus anyone you'd like to include (maximum 10 people). You'll be personally guided by power couple Elaine Wherry and Todd Masonis, co-creators of Dandelion. Dandelion doesn't normally offer private founder visits, so this is a special opportunity.

    Dandelion is great both because their chocolate is delicious AND because they work hard to be transparent and ethical. So this is a unique gift for anyone who loves chocolate, ethics, or both!

    Todd and Elaine have generously offered to include a chocolate tasting during the visit. You will also receive a copy of The New Modality, Issue 1.

    * Todd and Elaine are both part of our New Modality Catalyst community! Check out their profiles:
    [ http://thenewmodality.com/catalyst-todd-masonis ]
    [ http://thenewmodality.com/catalyst-elaine-wherry ]

    * This tour can be scheduled at the backer's convenience, but you are responsible for getting to SF.

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    Patron

    You are an official 2020 Patron of The New Modality! Thank you so much! We will credit you on our Masthead for the first year, both on our website and in the print magazine.

    Plus: A year’s subscription, access to The Battery event, and all Salons and Tours below this tier.

    * If you have access to an employee matching program or some other program that matches your nonprofit donations, and you'd like to get a higher-level reward tier while also matching your donation, please email us: lydianewmodality@gmail.com

    Includes:
    • A beautiful dream
    • New Modality postcard
    • Art & Money Salon
    • Weird New York City Tour
    • Bay Area Communal House Tour
    • Admission to The Battery event on February 28, 2020
    • Issues #1, #2, and #3 of The New Modality, in print
    • Any name you choose (within reason) on our Masthead
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    Private NewMo Research Brief

    The New Modality team will develop a private, in-depth, 20-page research report about a NewMo topic that you have a personal interest in.

    Want a tailored report about how different styles of non-monogamy might be relevant to your life? Are you fascinated by the fields of metascience and meta-research, and want a front-row seat? Is there some other weird trend none of your friends have heard of, but you just know we have? We’ll find out whatever there is to know about it on your behalf.

    Plus: A year’s subscription, and everything in the Patron tier.

    Includes:
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    • Issues #1, #2, and #3 of The New Modality, in print
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    The Mexico Surrealist Art Garden Trip

    Take a trip to Mexico with Lydia and other members of The New Modality team.

    You are responsible for getting yourself to Mexico City and securing your lodgings there. We will arrange various fascinating NewMo activities while you’re there, culminating in a party bus trip into the jungle where we show you the best Mexican Surrealist art garden we’ve ever seen.

    Plus: A year’s subscription, and everything in the Patron tier.

    * We will schedule around the lives of the people who get this reward, aiming for sometime in 2020.

    Includes:
    • A beautiful dream
    • Issues #1, #2, and #3 of The New Modality, in print
    • Everything in the Patron reward tier
    • NewMo Tour of Our Favorite Mexico Surrealist Art Garden
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    Lifetime Subscription and VIP Treatment

    A lifetime subscription to The New Modality, plus the Patron tier, invitations to every event we ever throw, a spot on the Mexico Surrealist Art Garden trip, and our unutterable gratitude.

    Includes:
    • A beautiful dream
    • Every issue of The New Modality ever printed
    • Everything in the Patron reward tier
    • Dinner with two members of the NewMo Core Team
    • NewMo Tour of Our Favorite Mexico Surrealist Art Garden
    • Our unutterable gratitude
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    YOU GOT HERE FIRST: ISSUE ONE!

    The New Modality, Issue 1, in print. (US shipping included)

    * This is a discount! We are only offering the first 50 copies of The New Modality #1 at $25. After we sell out, the price goes up to $35.

    Includes:
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    • New Modality postcard
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    The New Modality™®© Branded Avocado

    The New Modality™®© has gone all-in on the year's most important corporate swag trend by commissioning **ULTRA EXCLUSIVE** NewMo™®© avocados from noted provocateur Danielle Baskin.

    Danielle's previous work, such as Womb Escape Game, have earned her widespread acclaim and stuff. After Danielle's branded avocados were praised by FastCompany as "the hottest commodity in conference swag," we JUST KNEW we had to have one to celebrate The New Modality™®©... and we also knew we must share the wealth with the dearest devotees of our brand: You.

    There is ONE NewMo Avocado available for purchase: this one. Aside from this, to get an avocado you must join our social media push! Enter to win:

    🥑 Retweet avocado tweet: https://twitter.com/newmodality/status/1191127054353223682
    🥑 Share Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/TheNewModality/posts/118894736204088
    🥑 Post the avocado pic with your own overblown language to Twitter and/or Facebook, alongside the link to our Kickstarter (and tag us)

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    • New Modality postcard
    • The New Modality™®© Branded Avocado
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    Art & Money Salon

    Join The New Modality and storyteller Benjamin Wachs for our salon about art and money. How does money relate to art, really? How can we build creative spaces that are both flourishing and sustainable? Wachs has written extensively about art, money, the history of art economies in the Renaissance, and modern creative economies; he’ll give a presentation and then we'll have a group discussion and mixer. (San Francisco)

    * We have some free spots available for working artists of limited means. If you’re a working artist and you would like to attend this event for free, email Lydia: lydianewmodality@gmail.com

    * We might make this event available as a livestream. If you would definitely watch this on a livestream, ping us over Kickstarter or on Twitter @NewModality.

    Includes:
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    • New Modality postcard
    • Art & Money Salon
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    Some Weird Tour In New York City

    We don't know what this is yet, but we promise it'll be awesome.

    Includes:
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    • New Modality postcard
    • Weird New York City Tour
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    Art & Money Salon PLUS Issue One!

    Attend the Art & Money Salon with Benjamin Wachs, and also get a copy of Issue One!

    Includes:
    • A beautiful dream
    • New Modality postcard
    • Issue #1 of The New Modality, in print
    • Art & Money Salon
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    John Law Tower Tour PLUS Issue One!

    Attend the Tribune Tower Tour with John Law, and also get a copy of Issue One!

    Includes:
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    • New Modality postcard
    • Issue #1 of The New Modality, in print
    • Tribune Tower tour
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    Weird New York City Tour PLUS Issue 1

    A spot on the Weird New York City Tour, plus a copy of The New Modality, Issue 1.

    Includes:
    • A beautiful dream
    • New Modality postcard
    • Issue #1 of The New Modality, in print
    • Weird New York City Tour
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    EARLY SUBSCRIBER: A YEAR'S SUBSCRIPTION

    One year (three issues) of The New Modality. (US shipping included)

    * This is a discount. Only the first 50 subscribers will get a year for $85. After that, subscriptions go up to $95.

    Includes:
    • A beautiful dream
    • New Modality postcard
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    Cosmic Honey Immersive Weekend, 1 Person

    Our friends at Cosmic Honey are building an immersive art park and intentional community in Northern California. Join us for an experimental weekend of creativity and play, designed by NewMo + Cosmic Honey.
    This is a test run for a more polished (and expensive) experiential art weekend that Cosmic Honey may offer future visitors.

    Each slot of this reward gets you a single twin or full bed for 2 nights. Your bed fits one person. This is NOT a private room.

    * Note: we will schedule around the lives of the people who get this reward, aiming for spring 2020. This event will take place in Northern California and you are responsible for getting yourself there, although we will do our best to schedule around the lives of everyone who signs up.

    Includes:
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    The Long Now Futurist Community Package

    Our friends at the Long Now Foundation are offering a bundle of items to assist in your futurist thinking!

    1/ Two GOLDEN TICKETS to ANY LONG NOW SEMINAR, hosted by Stewart Brand at SFJazz in San Francisco:
    You can use this pair of tickets to attend ANY future Long Now Seminar at SFJazz. EVEN IF IT'S SOLD OUT, you can still use these tickets to get in!
    (Note that these tickets can only be used for the SFJazz Seminars — there are no golden tickets for the smaller talks at the Interval Café. Learn more about Long Now Seminars at [ http://longnow.org/seminars/ ].)

    2/ TWO SIGNED BOOKS from old-school futurist authors:
    — a signed copy of SEVENEVES, the space habitat science fiction novel by Neal Stephenson, and
    — a signed copy of THE INEVITABLE: UNDERSTANDING THE 12 TECHNOLOGICAL FORCES THAT WILL SHAPE OUR FUTURE, by Kevin Kelly.

    3/ $100 IN CREDIT for the Interval Café in San Francisco, which has delicious cocktails and coffee. (The NewMo core team often attends their Friday night mixer.)

    Includes:
    • A beautiful dream
    • New Modality postcard
    • Issue #1 of The New Modality, in print
    • Two Golden Tickets to any Long Now Seminar at SFJazz
    • Signed books by Neal Stephenson and Kevin Kelly
    • $100 in credit at The Interval Café
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    Cosmic Honey Weekend, 2-Person Glam Tent

    Join the Cosmic Honey event, with your own private tent! Each slot of this reward gets you a queen or king bed in a glamping tent — i.e., you get a 2-person private space — for 2 nights.

    * Note: we will schedule around the lives of the people who get this reward, aiming for spring 2020. This event will take place in Northern California and you are responsible for getting yourself there, although we will do our best to schedule around the lives of everyone who signs up.

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    Cosmic Honey Weekend, 2-Person Room

    Join the Cosmic Honey event, with your own private room! Each slot of this reward gets you a queen or king room for 2 nights.

    * Note: we will schedule around the lives of the people who get this reward, aiming for spring 2020. This event will take place in Northern California and you are responsible for getting yourself there, although we will do our best to schedule around the lives of everyone who signs up.

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