The incredible story of 11 brilliant tech companies circumnavigating the globe, attempting to solve the greatest problems of our time. Read more
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About this project
Check out this 2 minute video we made to preview the Unreasonable at Sea journey...
Who's On Board?
We don't know if we can stress it enough; these ventures are seriously mind-blowing. Their technologies are applicable to solving problems that exist all over the world, and they're ready to expand their ventures across international borders.
Your Virtual Passport Aboard the MV Explorer and Other Awesome Rewards
Although we wish we could take you all on board the ship to experience the adventure of a lifetime, we hope that you can settle for the next best thing. If you back our project for some of the lower level tiers, we'll bring you along for the adventure with our "virtual ticket", which includes exclusive Google+ Hangouts and video updates documenting the progress of our voyage.
Some of our favorite rewards include specially designed artwork by our incredibly talented Graphic Designer/Cinematographer Patrick Behan. The artwork will be featured on signed posters and postcards that we plan to send from different parts of the world.
We've got some great smaller prizes for everyone, but we're really excited to offer some of the bigger rewards including your own personalized Protei shapeshifting-oceanic clearning robotic drone and a Prakti Design carbon-decreasing cookstove, and even flying you out to join in on the experience at some of the ports around the world.
Check out the Mouhsine Serrar's Prakti Stove in Action (video produced by Unreasonable Media):
Check in later for more rewards...
Before Reading Further, Here's a Song We Wrote About Our Experiences with Kickstarter
Much More than a Documentary: It's the Next Step in a Global Movement...And You Can Be A Part of It.
Today, the majority of the world is facing some massive problems: Disease, famine, lack of clean water, lack of education, and extreme poverty to name a few. What we are learning is that these complex problems are surmountable, though require a spirit of innovation and ingenuity that traditionally has only been channeled into for-profit organizations.
But that paradigm is changing. Today, there are thousands of entrepreneurs whose sole mission is to create sustainable organizations and solutions that make this world a better place.
Unreasonable at Sea is another step in this movement. It is our attempt to bring entrepreneurs to where these solutions are most needed - so that we can learn directly from the individuals affected by these issues, and that they can learn from us.
Over the past 3 years, we've been documenting the stories of over 70 entrepreneurs from over 40 countries, and we have seen first hand how others learn and are inspired to take action from the stories we tell. Our mission with this documentary is to inspire others to take their own next steps in this entrepreneurial movement to make this world a better place for our children and our grandchildren.
What's so Unreasonable about Unreasonable at Sea?
The term "Unreasonable" comes from a quote by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw:
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man [and woman].”
The kinds of people that George was referring to are entrepreneurs, and the Unreasonable at Sea program that we'll be documenting is a project based on the idea that entrepreneurship is one of the most powerful tools to help solve BFP's (Big Freaking Problems).
After seeing the traction behind the model of the Unreasonable Institute, Unreasonable at Sea will take a new approach. Instead of uniting entrepreneurs in the entrepreneurial hub of Boulder (as Unreasonable Institute does), we have partnered with Semester at Sea and Stanford's d.school to launch this accelerator on a ship as it travels more than 25,000 nautical miles around the globe to 14 international destinations including:
- Embark: Ensanada, Mexico
- Hilo, Hawaii, United States
- Yokohama, Japan
- Kobe, Japan
- Shanghai, China
- Hong Kong, China
- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Singapore, Singapore
- Rangoon, Burma
- Cochin, India
- Port Louis, Mauritius
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Tema (Accra), Ghana
- Casablanca, Morocco
- Debark: Barcelona, Spain
Over the course of the 100 day accelerator, we will document 11 technology companies as they…
- Explore the local economies of 13 countries where they will experiment in taking their technology to market and will bridge connections with top government officials, foundations, venture capitalists, and serial entrepreneurs,
- Bring 2-3 core members of their founding team for the entirety of the program
- Be mentored by 20 world-class serial entrepreneurs and innovators who will join us on the ship,
- Be connected to and form relationships with top-tier globally centric venture capital funds and foundations,
- Go through an intensive accelerator led by the founder of the Unreasonable Institute and the founder of Stanford’s d-school,
- Live, travel, and work with 10 other extraordinary companies and their teams,
- Live, mentor, and learn from the over 600 undergraduates who will be studying abroad on Semester at Sea throughout the entire voyage, and
- Circumnavigate the globe on Semester at Sea’s MV Explorer (fastest cruise-liner in the world).
Who Are the Mentors?
We've got some all-star mentors to help teach these entrepreneurs a thing or two about how to change the world. From the creator of the television series ER, to the lead designer of the Google Glasses, from a Nobel Laureate to the founder of WordPress, who knows what kind of productive collisions will occur on board the ship.
You can view the full list of all-star mentors HERE.
Our History with Unreasonable:
Three years ago, we started producing short documentaries about entrepreneurs attending the Unreasonable Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Over time, we fell in love with telling their remarkable stories, and we're proud to say we've told the stories of over 70 entrepreneurs from 40 countries around the world. These entrepreneurs came from every corner of the world, and lived together under the same roof for 6 weeks, learning from world-class mentors, and worked to scale their businesses that are designed to solve world’s biggest problems. From a Liberian civil war refugee getting former child soldiers out of poverty through cocoa production, to a 19 year old girl from Pakistan fighting against the tradition of honor killings, we've been fortunate to meet some incredible people, and we've come to realize that our storytelling abilities are powerful tools to inspire others to follow in the footsteps of these incredible real-life “superheroes.”
Here's an example of one our latest "Entrepreneur Spotlights":
Our stories about the entrepreneurs attending the Unreasonable Institute have been shown to a wide audience in various formats around the world including the UN's 2010 World Peace Day, a 19-part series featured on Fast Company's Co-Exist website, and the newly formed unreasonable.is website.
Why We Need The Cash:
Semester at Sea has given us unprecedented access to living, eating, and sleeping on their ship for free, but we need your help to take this to the next level: our journey can be made above and beyond Unreasonable expectations with your help!
So why do we need the cash? To take this documentary from good to great.
Our goal is to raise $50,000 for the bare necessities for the voyage - every dollar beyond that goes to making the magic happen.
Some of the basic costs include:
- Renting necessary video and audio gear
- Hard drives to store and back-up all the amazing footage we gather
- Visas to follow these companies on their journeys in each country
- In-country travel costs like moving film gear via buses, trains, motorcycles, and the occasional rickshaw
- Expendables used in production, like bug spray, lens cleaners, gaff tape, sunscreen, and more bug spray
- People and Gear Insurance
- And of course food, water, and shelter in-country to keep the crew alive
$50,000 gets us the necessities, but everything beyond that will go towards raising the production value. As some of you know, documentaries are expensive! Most action films spend more than $50,000 on a single explosion!
Unreasonable at Sea in the Press
Here are some links to Unreasonable at Sea press articles and videos.
- Fast Company
- India's Economic Times (Front Page)
- Huffington Post
- ABC News
- Modern Ghana
- New York Times blog (last paragraph)
- The Next Web
- Our Founding Story (from unreasonableatsea.com)
About Unreasonable Media
Hello, we are Unreasonable Media and we are not your standard production company. We are dedicated, blindly and exclusively, to leveraging the power of story-telling to shift paradigms and solve problems. We have a world-class team of over-caffeinated filmmakers, graphic designers, composers, photographers, cinematographers, audio engineers, writers, and producers. The common thread throughout our team of artists and craftsmen is that we all feel at home when working at the convergence of story telling, film, impact, and entrepreneurship.
We invite you to change the world with us by getting involved in our campaign.
Our Sincerest Thanks
For those of you that have helped fund our documentary, we can't thank you enough for your support and for believing in what we are trying to accomplish. For those of you who may not be able to afford to pitch in, we still thank you for the time you spent checking out our kickstarter page, and if you know someone who may be interested in supporting our project, we'd truly appreciate you liking our page and passing the link along.
We believe that entrepreneurship can change the world, and we know the Unreasonable at Sea program will prove it. The stories of these entrepreneurs MUST be told - the only way the world is going to hear them is if you help us make it happen.
Risks and challenges
Although the Unreasonable Institute has been around for 3 years, Unreasonable at Sea is the first program of its kind. That being said, there are many unexpected variables and challenges that may arise during the production of our documentary. In terms of how that affects the story we're going to tell, we like to live by a quote from our good friend Alfred Hitchcock: "In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director."
We know from our history of making documentaries that if the documentary we end up with is the same as the documentary we originally planned for, we didn't do our jobs as good documentary filmmakers. It's the beauty and the nature of the beast. What we do know is that we have an experienced and versatile crew that's ready for anything that may come our way. We have to be when we're covering a subject with the word "unreasonable" in it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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MEETUP IN SHANGHAI! Executive Producer credit AND meet us in Shanghai, China (airfare not included). You'll get be a part of the adventure and travel to Hong Kong with the entrepreneurs, mentors, and crew. When we get to Hong Kong, you'll be treated with a dinner reception on the ship. We promise it's the closest you'll come to feeling like Batman. +Signed Poster and Video Postcard + Web Chats +How to Be Unreasonable+Very Important Pirate + virtual passport + postcard + DVD/Blu-Ray NOTE: pending visas and flight availability. Additional costs may apply. Just drop us a line and we'll work it out.Estimated delivery:
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