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November 2013

How on Earth Update

image credit: Blair Fraser

Dear Lovely Wonderful Awe-Inspiring Supporters,

First of all, we want to say a BIG THANKS to all of you for helping us bring the How on Earth book into being!  We’re not finished yet, but without your support, we never would have made it this far. Thank you!

Secondly, we want to apologize for not keeping in better touch.  We have been very busy since the end of the crowdfunding campaign in June.

Here’s some of what we’ve been up to:

On the Ground


Donnie, How on Earth’s lead author, has relocated from Sydney, Australia to Ashland, Oregon and has been traveling around the USA, spreading the word about the Not-for-Profit World model and refining its elements through crowdsourced wisdom.   He’s been giving talks and facilitating How on Earth workshops whenever and wherever he can.  Here’s a video of his 11 minute talk at the Sustainable Brands conference in Philadelphia.

Research


We’re happy to report that we’ve come a long way since June!  We’ve been collecting as much information as we can about not-for-profit businesses all over the world. We have found these kinds of enterprises operating in 26 different sectors of the economy (so far), including: construction, entertainment, information technology, healthcare, banking, insurance, agriculture, transportation, and the list goes on. These examples show that the emergence of a not-for-profit world is already well underway.

Planning the Not-for-Profit World


We also want to thank Phil Harrington for lending us his in-depth understanding of economics to help build a proper macroeconomic framework for the Not-for-Profit World model.  We want this model to be understood and taken seriously by post-growthers, the business world, politicians and economists alike.  So we’re working out the details of how a not-for-profit world economy would look in terms of the big picture issues, like trade, employment, and inflation.

The Book’s New Look!!


Big thanks go out to Chiara Aliotta, of Until Sunday, for providing us with her amazing graphic design skills.  We have included the book cover mock-up to give you a sneak peek before we put it up on the website.  Please let us know what you think of it!

Moving Forward


In the coming months, we will be further developing our research, finishing and polishing the macroeconomic framework and writing like crazy to get this book out to the public as soon as possible.  And we hope to send you updates more frequently, because your support is a key part of getting this book published and of making the Not-for-Profit World a reality!

Thank you so much again!

Sincerely,

Donnie, Sharon, Fernanda, Brian, Amelia, Ollie, Josh, Kendra and Jen

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