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Urban Scout will tour the West Coast with his book Rewild or Die in the summer of 2011.
Urban Scout will tour the West Coast with his book Rewild or Die in the summer of 2011.
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Hey There! Over the last couple of years I've kept a popular blog about the subcultural movement called "rewilding". I finally compiled my essays into a book called Rewild or Die. I've mostly just promoted it through my website www.urbanscout.org, but this summer I want to tour the West Coast, and I need your help to make it happen!

...here is a description of my book:

Rewild or Die: revolution and renaissance at the end of civilization is a collection of essays written by Urban Scout exploring the philosophy of the emerging rewilding renaissance, in which civilized humans are thought to be “domesticated” through thousands of years of sedentary, agrarian life. This way of life is believed to be the root of all environmental destruction and social injustice. Rewilding is the process of undoing this domestication, and restoring healthy, biologically diverse communities. Using thoughtful, humorously cynical and at times angry prose, Urban Scout explores how the ideology of civilization clashes with the wild and wild peoples, and how thinking, feeling and most importantly living wild is the only way to reach true sustainability.

...and here is what some famous authors have said about my work:

"Urban Scout has a wisdom and intelligence far beyond his years. He is helping us move away from this culture of death and toward a sane culture that will not kill the planet." - Derrick Jensen, author of Endgame

"When I feel like surfing a bit nearer the edge, I check out Scout’s latest. It’s irreverent, angry, informative, and sometimes he’s not even nice. Urban Scout is out there exploring and inventing rewilding and contemporary tribal skills with style, and I admire that he doesn’t claim to know it all. Scout always takes me down an unanticipated path. We civilized folk have forgotten what he’s trying to remember for us." - Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture

...here are the cities I am currently planning to travel through:

• Seattle, WA • Olympia, WA • Portland, OR • Eugene, OR • San Fransisco, CA • Los Angeles, CA

...here are the awesome rewards you will get for helping make this tour happen:

The DEFINITION of SHAMELSS SELF-PROMOTION: For $10 or more, choose one of these three portraits for me to sign and send to you in the mail. Great for a stalker shrine, for hanging on your fridge to impress your friends ("yeah, I know Urban Scout, no big deal"), or for throwing darts at if your one of my many haters:

For $25 or more you'll get a signed copy of my book:

For $50 or more you'll get all of the above plus the Rewild or Die Pirate Raccoon t-shirt:

For $100 or more you'll get all of the above plus The Adventures of Urban Scout short film on DVD, with new Directors Commentary by yours truly:

For $250 or more I will write a 400 word, "Whatever-You-Want vs. Rewilding" essay, that will be posted on my blog and appear in Volume II of Rewild or Die:

For $500 or more you'll get all of the above (essay not included) in an English Ivy Bike Basket hand-crafted by yours truly:

For $1000 or more I will run a one day rewilding workshop in your West Coast city, teaching bow-drill fire making, basic stone tools, natural cordage, edible plants, and a bunch of other nifty stuff.

For $5000 I will fly to any city in the 50 states, do a book reading and teach you and your friends a bunch of cool rewilding skillz.

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    I will give you a high five when I come through your city. If I don't come through your city, I will give you a high five... OF THE MIND.

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    You will receive an autographed photograph of your choice (3 options) of Urban Scout in the mail! Great for putting in a frame for your stalker shrine or hanging on your fridge to impress house guests.

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    If you pledge this amount, you enter a raffle of which 3 winners will give me a topic to write a 400 word essay on "Whatever-you-want vs. Rewilding." This will be published on my blog www.urbanscout.org AND will be printed in Rewild or Die volume II due out in 2012!

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    Receive the autographed photo and a signed copy of Rewild or Die, including a personalized inscription of your own design. Nothing dirty please! Okay, a little dirty is fine. ;)

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    Receive the photo + signed/inscribed copy of Rewild or Die + the Rewild or Die Raccoon Pirate t-shirt.

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    Receive the photograph, a signed copy of Rewild or Die, the Rewild or Die T-shirt, and the original DVD of "The Adventures of Urban Scout" short film with new Directors commentary track!

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    All of the above, *plus* I will write a 400 word essay on "What-ever-topic-you-decide vs. Rewilding" that will be published on my blog and in the second volume of Rewild or Die.

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    Receive all of the above inside an English Ivy Bicycle Basket foraged and hand crafted by Urban Scout himself!

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    For this amount I will stop in your town (as long as it is near the west coast cities) and run a private, rewilding workshop for you and 4 friends or family, that will include edible plants, bow-drill friction fire, natural cordage, coiling basketry and sensory awareness exercises, and of course long discussions about hunter-gatherer economics, cultural systems, the intricacies of civilization and collapse, etc.

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    I will fly to your city, anywhere in the 50 states, do a book reading and run a one-day rewilding workshop for you and your family.

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