just noticed that the playlist embed is not working properly on the last post. i am recording an up to date video thou soon about the project. first client who wants to donate instead of paying coming onboard.
hey there. i was just telling someone about the project today. they looked a bit blown out by it. i think it's because of all the times i've wanted to have an ark, or some kind of temporary dwelling.
what makes me really interested in the spanish land however is the fact that it has planning permission already to go and if it's not that land i'm sure other land is available nearby. waiting to get planning permission in the uk may take longer than i'm willing to wait.
i'll be 40 in six days. i know i have to make real progress on this during this year and that's why i'm making sure all funds from the studio or advocacy work i get goes into 'donationware' into the project so expect payment from me/cellar54 to go into this too.
you will have noticed that i have not had any more donations for a while. this donation has no time scale too it. i'm not actively promoting each day until i have been out to the land in february and put together a proper video i can put on this project.
i have created a youtube playlist for all videos about the project (only one right now) --
boxing day. looking at the raft of ideas, projects and potential that i have my ability to turn my hand at in the studio today. having trouble focusing. chipping away at things a bit at a time. finding it really difficult to keep my focus on the next steps. but i know this week is valuable before the start of the year. while most people are with their families i'm thinking about what could be. having somewhere to build that home, a retreat, a stage for creatives.
i added a last will and testament kit to amazon the other day. i want to make sure everything i have to now will go towards ella if anything happens to me. that illness hit really freaked me out. torn me up inside that i could not function. that i was exhausted and burnt out. i'm aware that i have to keep myself mentally and physical healthy to put something together like this.
as another year comes swinging into view and i get ever closer to my next big birthday age i feel time is of the essence. i must over commit and put the hours in properly. build up the advocacy, run a tight ship, make things happen. bring in additional revenue. paint the vision.
i hope wherever you are in the world you are having a fantastic christmas and celebrate another new year with your families wherever you may be. thank you for keeping an eye on the project and thank you to those that already donated.
sorry for the lack of update. i'm in the process of getting my studio sorted out here for next years early year start push about all bartering will go into this fund. i head out to the land to have a look around and chat with people in feb. must book some flights to faro. thanks to everyone who has ASKED about the project so far and added donations. i'll be explaining more of each phase as we go along.
recorded the video with marsha yesterday. did a light audio/video edit. caught up briefly about tedx and then about this land in spain. wish i could condense and communicate the last few years in finding 'basecamp' - this sounds the most promising.
back in nottingham from the national forest briefly -- hoping tent is still up when I get back! -- recording video and audio with marsha after gym today -- will be edited and uploaded in the next few days..
decided to post this weeks episode of crowdworking (the others are on http://cellar54.tv) because it's about the project and next years 'barter' class in working for people making video content they can use in their products/business -- also touches on gofundme
not the best start to putting out the message about this project. firing it off early by mistake in email when the video is not added or context. i made a video to tell people about it before i get the proper video on.
got a bunch of attitude of some people about the email regards domains i had and 'one sided relationships' i can't and will not handle vampiring of my energy. happy to discuss those things over the phone with people but don't leave nasty messages on my page. that's just lame. that's for those that are supporting.
nightmare. i linked up the email function and it never 'asked' me to send... it just did... the others (twitter/facebook) asked me first. so i don't have the video up yet. video coming soon for all those that got the email letter. video will be up soon detailing the project.
i'm forty years of age and in may 2013 my daughter was six. i realise that i potentially will not be able to see my daughter grow into being an independent young woman.
our family unit never turned out the way it was meant to and myself and her mother are no longer together. i see my daughter once a week at the moment and i would like that to be more by moving closer to where she is.
for the last three years i have been travelling regularly on the train between nottingham and burton on trent station and very recently been able to finally afford to purchase a car again due to some luck during the olympic games from a random email from the internet. i guess being a social advocate for social media teams does work!
i have a recurring dream about my daughters life when i'm no longer here that involved her walking up over a countryside path towards the dwelling (originally a livingark) the ark was overgrown and the doors dusty -- i leave her a key in my will. she enters the dwelling and finds in front of her a container with a usb stick and some locations on the web where to backups. who knows what the web will look like in the future. will she even have access?
the data/archives contains the memories of now (present day) of herself and her daddy together, documentation regards 'off the grid' learning about sustainability and environmental issues. when she learned to grown her own food and create her own power. the sanctuary she had outside of usual abundance of her usual home and a place to escape too. some level of security, an extra hug from her long gone dad. something to build on.
i want to re-write my mapped out usual dna. i want my habits to not transfer to her, i want her pure soul to have unadulterated chances and give her something that she can remember about her dad, that she was worth all the sacrifices and that leaving something prepared, something of stability and familiarity would help her in her hours of need of wondering who to turn too.
since my daughters birth in 2007 i have kept an intensive collection of pictures, audio and video -- as a videoblogger from early 2005 i realised the potential of transmedia, i registered a domain called me.dm in that year and later sold it to the team from twitter in 2012 which enabled me to realise some of my potential.
i have improved my potential chances to earn additional money remotely from the web with our popup social media studio here in nottingham in the hope to train the next generation of social media advocates in and around the city. the studio is a challenge to pay for each month. working together with friends we have made it this far.
but i can't do it all.
while i'm concentrating on this i simply cannot take a leap of faith to find land, buy a container, put it there and fit it out. not without your help, your help is crucial because i believe this project talks to the very core of a relationship of a father and his child.
once activated we want to use the land to invite people out for breaks, creative pursuits and to do tedx style events on the land while also cultivating the land/growing crops etc.
i want to leave a legacy both digital and analog that my daughter can be transported back to happier times and so she can see how much i loved her when i'm gone. that she completed me and made me finally understand what unconditional love was unlike no other.
i have some funds. but i need supporters and faces in the remote crowd supporting me to lift me up and my energy to make this a reality. we often talk (as i have) for years about these realities but put our lives on hold to actually make these happen. i have bumped into a lot of negative energy over the years holding me back and am never wanting to repeat ever going back to those times.
my intention once we have built out the shipping container, insulated it. made it safe and secure is to document our live together during those years. putting out social media about our relationship in the forest together learning bushcraft skills, reading books together, learning about the world and the environment.
my visions is to connect the environmental world and the digital technology of optimising moments together. i want her to have a balanced vision of her potential at all times not distorted by the world around her but what she knows in her heart to be true.
with your support and backing behind me i would feel additional confident to make this leap of faith. to explore this new territory, to make time and work hard.
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