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Amplifying the Message

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In the last few months, having finished my book, I have been creating a lot of new videos and other material that I will start releasing in a torrent this fall. I feel motivated like never before by the things I have seen in the world -- both horrifying and sublime. I am no longer content to just create material, brush my hands together, stick it in my website archive, and move on to the next thing. It needs to be levered out into the world.

To do that I am conducting a major transformation of my website and outreach. My current website is mostly a media library, a repository of material. Now I feel urgent and eager to amplify the messages and ideas I've been working with.

The new site will offer a journey through key material integrating heart and mind, spirit and politics, ecology and economy -- a journey of love-radicalization through all dimensions of the New and Ancient Story. The library function will still be there, but a new function like Youtube's recommendation engine will take people through the best of the hundreds of hours of audio and video and one million words of text on the site. This involves also cutting up the audio/video material into topical chunks and reintegrating them into an intentional flow.  Another aspect of this project is a "Big Art" production and other special content to translate ideas onto a more sensuous, emotive plane. 

This will be a labor-intensive process, in which a wonderful brother-sister team is assisting me basically pro bono. The fundraising is mostly for the designers and coders they work with -- this project is more involved than could easily be done with a team of volunteers. That's why I'm drawing from my "public bank account" of goodwill and generosity, since as part of my commitment to working in the Gift, I do not accumulate financial investments, retirement savings, and so on to draw from. My promise to you is that I will continue offering all that I produce without paywalls and without advertising. Thank you for helping show that this can work!

Charles

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Finally! The new website is now live. charleseisenstein.org. This was quite a saga and learning experience. I won't go into the embarrassing details about why it took so long. We still have a v2 that will roll out in the next few months, but I am really pleased with what we have now. I hope you like it too! Big thank you to everyone for your support. Now that this is live, I will be posting a lot of new material -- a new short course, a new essay or two, etc. So, in a minute I'm going to end this campaign. If you want to support me and the team ongoingly, you can do so via the "donate" page on the site, or if sometime you want to take one of the online courses, you can make a voluntary payment for that too. Also, on the Donate page there are options for supporting us in non-financial ways.
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H Everyone,
I just want to give everyone an update before I close down this page. The website rebuild is making significant progress after a few delays when the developers realized they had bitten off more than they could chew. We have a tentative launch date for the new site on Dec. 17, and people will be working hard up to then. The most exciting feature for me will be what I call the "grand tour" -- an up-next feature like Youtube that will take people through all of the most important ideas on the site. The tour will have video, audio, and text options, and it will be unique for each visitor and will remember what you have already seen.

The other big project this crowdfund has supported is general outreach, to get the ideas I work with to reach their full natural audience. That is starting to bear fruit as well with some nice interviews on prominent podcasts. So, while I didn't quite reach the goal of this fundraiser, it was close enough :). I will update you again when the new site is live.

Your support has meant a lot to me. Besides the financial aspect, it says to me that my gift is received and valued, and that keeps me motivated to continue giving. So huge thanks to all of you.

Gratefully,

Charles
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My goodness, I have been reading through the messages that came with these donations. I am deeply moved. This has come at a very tender moment for me, as a very close family member has taken seriously ill. And sometimes I wonder, maybe I could have been a better son, a better husband, a better father. Your messages and donations help me to know that it is OK to be doing this work that I love, even when sometimes it means being away from family.

i am realizing that this is about more than website and outreach. I mean, that's what the money is for, but for me psychologically it lands as a "Yes" from the world. Some people have absolute unconditional confidence in the value of what they do. I don't work that way. I need to see it reach back sometimes and pat me on the shoulder. Not that I need constant praise, but the response to this crowdfunding ask is really motivating me to take a next step of development and commitment. So deep gratitude for all these gifts and messages.

Charles
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