Stretch Goals Announced!
Wow. In just one week we met our first $10K goal — because so many stepped up and said ‘yes’ to seeing this podcast get off the ground! As you may know, we estimated that our team will actually need $40,000 to create the first 6 months of the podcast. Being new to Kickstarter, even half of that target felt a bit out of reach for an all-or-nothing fundraising campaign! But our beautiful community responded even faster than expected, so we're announcing all three of our “stretch goals!”
- 1st Stretch Goal - $15,000 - We're almost there already! Help us get to this next checkpoint! With $15,000, we'll be able to create videos of each episode so you can also watch the conversations and so our movement reaches a larger audience through the YouTube community!
- 2nd Stretch Goal - $25,000 - More than double our initial goal. Consider sharing with 1 or 2 friends, because we can reach it if you help us spread the word. With $25,000, we'll be able to produce a more entertaining and elegant podcast listening experience with the special effects, music, and other best-in-class post-production techniques used by media companies.
- Final Stretch Goal - $40,000 - Our dream Kickstarter goal! This would put us right at the $40,000 we need all-in. With that amount, we'll not only be able to create a first-class experience, but we'll be on our way to promoting the podcast within like-minded communities and networks to invite a larger conscious audience into the conversation. Let's make it happen!
With so much compelling media content available today, we realize it will not be enough for our podcast to simply exist - it will need to be excellent, and it will need to attract the attention of conscious individuals everywhere. All aspects of it — from production values to building a community of listeners to supporting a talented team — require investment. We’ll do this in a “lean” way, but your enthusiasm and early support are essential for us to produce a high-quality experience that will succeed, grow, and create a movement of movements.
Why a Podcast?
In today’s media landscape - with every celebrity, news outlet, and blogger competing for our attention and distracting us from more important matters - launching a new podcast may actually seem like part of the problem. However, it is now, in this “attention economy,” when it is most important for conscious individuals to awaken from our culture of distraction, participate in a new human pattern, and bring our attention into "conversations that matter" -- the conversations we cannot afford not to have at this time.
So it won’t be “just another podcast.” We will be talking in new ways - not only with thought leaders, but also with a community of listeners who will do more than listen! Each episode will invite participants into a collective field with conscious individuals around the world. Together, we will ask big questions and we hope to discover creative responses that were previously latent or hidden.
What Will Our Podcast Achieve?
Terry Patten will listen to what is emerging, drawing on the insights from his book and from you - the community - to convene "conversations that matter." He will evoke new insights from some of the world’s most innovative and caring thought leaders, spiritual teachers, activists, entrepreneurs, and elected officials. Together, we will explore how we can holistically “be the change” in ways that will actually lead to the radical, systemic change we now need.
We will consider how to integrate personal and interpersonal growth to catalyze and upgrade communities, social enterprises, and humanitarian initiatives. Perhaps most importantly, listeners will become more than listeners, as Terry will engage the community in new ways of mutual relating and follow-up action. With your help, Dispatches from A New Republic of the Heart will magnify its influence using social media, partnerships, live events, and traditional media to actively grow into a collaborative, international community. This Kickstarter and your contribution will make it possible.
Why Will You Want to Tune In?
If you are reading this Kickstarter, you are likely already well aware of the paradox — We are the luckiest people who have ever lived, and we are also facing dizzying challenges. Humans are waking up and self-actualizing and relating authentically as never before, but at the same time, human civilization seems to be self-terminating.
On top of civilization's many dysfunctions, like the fraying of our social fabric, the breakdown of democratic institutions, our unsound economic fundamentals, and our eroding attention spans — Earth’s fundamental ecological predicament now threatens the future of civilization. The writing on the wall is telling us to evolve fast or be eliminated.
And yet we are in a time of wondrous innovation, discovery, self-actualization, awakening, authentic relating, and seemingly miraculous evolutionary progress. The leading edge of human intelligence is achieving exciting, unprecedented breakthroughs.
Human intelligence is rapidly coming to grips with our evolutionary predicament. Some conversations sharpen our analysis and understanding; others speak to the hidden struggles over among worldviews, metaphors, and memes. Still, others mobilize a movement of movements. Others explore awakening, grief, myth, and ceremony. This podcast will focus on catalyzing conversations that enable us to truly see (and feel!) the integrated picture, recognize meaningful priorities, relate authentically with ourselves, others and reality, and forge a path to effective action.
This podcast aspires to bless and empower the whole field of intentional cultural evolution. We intend to convene a meta-conversation that can form the basis for a next-level community. We hope to spread advances in the practice of human culture and relationship, intentionally generating “virtuous cycles” (opposite of “vicious cycles”) in how we relate to one another.
We are beginning to see the emergence of a new kind of human culture, which Terry refers to as "A New Republic of the Heart.” In this new culture, we intend a whole new level of friendship. When we do the “inner work” of awakening as awareness, prior unity and fundamental wholeness, and the "inter work" of next-level relating, it transforms the impact of our “outer work”, translating our nondual citizenship into practical action and healthy social change. If this sounds like you, join us!
Podcast Conversation Partners
From 2010 to 2017, in his online teleseminar series, "Beyond Awakening" Terry conducted groundbreaking dialogues with Rick Hanson, Ram Dass, Ken Wilber, Jean Houston, Marianne Williamson, Andrew Harvey, Byron Katie, Adyashanti, Thomas Hübl, Cynthia Bourgeault, , Michael Murphy, Sharon Salzberg, Jeremy Lent, Peter Russell, Terrence Deacon, John Hagelin, Brother David Steindl-Rast, Lynne Twist, Joanna Macy, Gangaji, Surya Das, Dan Millman, Michael Dowd, Andrew Cohen, Craig Hamilton, Claire Zammit, Daniel P. Brown, Barbara Marx Hubbard, and many others. However, this is a new moment, posing new questions and opportunities, so Terry will expand the conversation by inviting additional leading-edge thinkers to evolve the conversation — including Jamie Wheal, Monica Sharma, Hanzi Freinacht, Indra Adnan, Nipun Mehta, Miranda Macpherson, and Daniel Schmachtenberger.
Can You Help Us By Making a Contribution?
Join us on this adventure - not only as a podcast listener, but also as a member of our vibrant community. Check out our awesome rewards and help us reach our Kickstarter goal, so we can turn our shared vision into reality!
Risks and challenges
Well, there’s always the possibility that Terry gets hit by a truck tomorrow! However, we actually expect the opposite - that he will be more alive than ever for the journey ahead!
The only real risk we see is the risk of all of us not coming together for these conversations. Without you and others becoming an active community around this project, our conversations would be less awake and transformative, and our ability to reach the larger public would be limited. Right now, we can’t afford to give anything but our best effort, and with your participation, we will make it happen!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter