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By Sander Hicks
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About this project

Let's make history!

My name is Sander Hicks, founder of Soft Skull Press, and Vox Pop, the publisher/cafe/bookstore I ran in Brooklyn, NY. I then produced the We Demand Transparency conference in 2009, and the Truth Gathering, this past August.

I have spent the last six weeks in LA, planning the next big thing:

I have a way to create a whole new kind of media-producing entity. I want to break the mold and create a whole new kind of structure, to do a whole new kind of media.

The digital revolution changes everything. My preliminary research says that most book publishers are doing at least 5% of their sales in e-books now. No, 5% is not huge. But most say that number is projected to double in about a year. In a similar way, the web and satellite TV open up new avenues for distribution for independent film and video.

I need your support to proceed carefully, and do more research, on exactly how to best set up a rambunctious, truth-telling publishing entity. Experience running two media companies tells me that it's better to patiently prepare before rushing into things.

My Mission

I have stood up to the many "big lies" of our time: the Iraq War, the War on Terror, the 9/11 Commission, the Anthrax Attacks, big corporate media, etc. Lately, I have found a way to create a positive vision out of the "black hole" of these deathly topics.

With my founding of the "Truth Gathering" last summer, I have begun, with my friends and allies, to create a vision: the USA was originally chartered to be a "truth machine." What does the First Amendment say? Freedom to publish and speak naturally leads to more peace and understanding, less sectarian violence. The future of the USA is all about truth, freedom, and nonviolence. You see that in the historical precedents of our best minds: Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, Dorothy Day.

So, inspired by this vision, I am working on two projects right now. I am writing a screenplay based on the story of the death of Dr. David M. Graham. It's a controversial topic, and I'm not counting on Hollywood picking it up (although of course I will try.) I am an entrepreneur, and have more faith in regular people than in the prerogatives of Hollywood. New technology will help deliver this independent film to the masses. I need your help in developing this avenue.

With my old friend, Brian Gage, we have been drafting plans for a new publishing enterprise/digital content delivery system. We will focus on e-books, and great content on the web. We have to figure out a way to make the e-book an improvement on the printed book, not a step down. We want to either partner with a producer of an e-reader, or better yet, find a way to license our own technology.

We have a manifesto we are working on, here are two excerpts:

Music and film and kick-ass writing are eventually going to combine to create "the new book." The new media makes it easy to present a bigger picture of the content. We can now present context, through video of the author, and more. The book itself is outgrowing the limits of its old technology, like a snake, shedding skin to grow.

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We promise to make waves, take huge risks, disrupt the parade, crash the gala dinner, publish the truth, defend the freedoms of press and speech, love with all our hearts, and rock the mike.

Where Will The Money Go?

This is primarily a research project. I have an Xcel spreadsheet available, but here are the basics:

I plan to use Craigslist and other sites to do a talent search, and find great minds. I will write and cull together "The Catapult Report" on the best way to proceed. This will take six months. I will spend $4,000 on brainy geniuses who can contribute to my research and practical strategy on the future of media. I will need $11,736 to live lean and mean for six months, do research, manage the project, and write a strategy.
I need a new computer ($600) and will need to cover some transportation expenses (get a cheap used car, about $1,800). I need tuition to attend a Training Weekend in "Non Violent Communication" in New Mexico in June ($1500). I am adding $500 in miscellaneous expenses. (And there are about $2K in processing fees, from the good people at KickStarter, and Amazon.)

I really believe that every dollar spent supporting this project will take our country and our planet a step closer to a real future of peace, through an honest exploration of truth.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Sincerely,

Sander Hicks
Publisher

For more information on the ideas presented above, here are some links:

For more on "USA Peace Leadership" and other Truth Gathering principles:
http://www.sanderhicks.com/truthparty.html

For more info on the death of US whistle-blower David M. Graham:
http://www.sanderhicks.com/graham.html

And for an outsider's take on the legacy and the necessity of Soft Skull Press, the publishing company I started 18 years ago (when I was 21) read this feature published last week in New York Press:
http://www.nypress.com/article-21836-raging-skull.html

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    Plus I will write a song about you, or about a topic of your choice, and I will post it on YouTube!
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