I asked for $42,500 in this kickstarter. Out of that, kickstarter takes 10% and the remaining 90% goes to people doing the editing, printing DVDs and all of the expenses for making this project happen. I get $0.00. All of my other projects get $0.00. Other people who seem be popping up and demanding a cut get $0.00.
For the next $42,500 that comes in, kickstarter will still take 10%. And then there will probably be about $10,000 in stuff that I didn't think of or funds to go to somebody because that is the good and decent thing. And with double the gross income comes double the shipping, double the work, double the crazy, double whatever I forgot about before .... So I might get to keep about $15,000 - which is about the cost to host the innovators event last year. So the plan is to do that again.
For the next $42,500 that comes in, I should be able to keep about $25,000. Well, we do have a long list of projects desperately in need of materials, and a long list of equipment that needs repairs. That will be spent in about three days. But then we will be able to move forward with earthworks and wofati projects that have been on hold. Plus, there are a lot of improvements we would like to make to better prepare for the innovators event.
That takes us to the kickstarter raising $127,500 - At that level, wheaton labs gets $40,000 to further projects for more dvds and conduct more experiments which we then share with the world. But this amount is far more than we have ever raised before, and so far, this kickstarter is not keeping pace with some of our previous kickstarters - so this seems unlikely. But a guy can dream, can't he?
So here is my fantasy at this moment: the kickstarter brings in $200,000. With these extra funds, I wish to hire two people.
One to be in charge of our food systems. Somebody that is awesome at teaching PDCs and producing heaps of food. Somebody to play a large role in nurturing gappers and the PEP1 stuff. Somebody that understands the value of the potato village, mushroom village, peanut village and ant village. Somebody that with much better people skills than I have that would lead all sort of projects here plus provide guidance to the deep roots folks. This person could, in 2016, run point on a half dozen workshops.
The second would be a full time natural builder. All of the qualities mentioned above, but with a focus on all the best in natural building. Help the idea of the wofati grow forward. I suspect that the best wofati will be a hybrid of log buildings, cob, straw bale and passive solar.
I think adding these two people might possibly triple our forward velocity.
(I need to point this out because the crazies will be by to talk about greed and capitalism within moments of posting this) $200,000 would come in. And I would keep $0.00 of it. It's pretty easy to say that because I learned a few weeks ago that for 2014, my taxable income added up to 80 cents per hour. I easily live within the residual income streams that come from my diatomaceous earth article.
I doubt that these funds will get this far, but the hard work that I do from this point to the end of the kickstarter, this is what it is really about.
I just wish guys like you and Geoff Lawton made millions, and were the rockstars of the world instead of people that are rich and famous.......for being rich and famous
I'm excited this is now funded and am lookign forward to the DVDs!
Keep doin what you're doin! There's a lot of us out there that REALLY appreciate the things you have done & continue to do (although we are probably not vocal enough) so keep up the great inspiring world changing work.
I would also like to see you making rockstar $, just so more progress could be made, and faster. If your R&D budget were only a sliver of Big Chem/Ag, there would be RMH in every new built home, and hugle fence lines between the lots. I have been sharing it around, all I can do to help. Really looking forward to this one for sure!
I believe you are well within your rights to pay yourself and to do so well. I think that when considering the principle of return of surplus back into the system, that you would do well to consider yourself as at least an equal co-beneficiary of said system's surplus. That being said, it sounds like you have great things planned for the future and I can't imagine a better way to re-invest in the growth of the system. I look forward to what permaculture dreams may come.
New Frontier Permaculture
Robert Overturf wrote:I believe you are well within your rights to pay yourself and to do so well. ...
I'd pay myself MILLIONS if I had them. Trouble is, I don't, and I have a tough time charging people who often have less than I do. And it so happens that the people who have the least need my help the most.
Anyway, still don't have the link to the kickstarter.
What great problems to have. These are the trials that try a wealthy mans soul. What to do should any extra come in... Great work. I love to see people like you, who can multitask and pump out far more worthwhile results than most of us can ever dream of. I wouldn't sleep at night unless I knew you were going to hug the fatted calf and invite him to a well deserved BBQ....oh, wait, I mean keep just a little of what you earned to pay for world domination activities. Carry on!
~ Permaculture is enriching...Farming... is just scratching the surface ~