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WE DID IT! (and a weird idea for getting you your books)

What an amazing month! You crowd-funded the book! And then some! Plus, I’ve got a funny idea for ‘more like people’ distribution, that I’d like to hear your thoughts on…

Publishing, without the publishers

Anarchists in the Boadrdoom book cover by Steve Lafler

Anarchists in the Boadrdoom book cover by Steve Lafler

While you may well know my reluctance to place too much faith in numbers, here are a few from the ‘Anarchists in the Boardroom’ crowd-funding campaign that tell at least part of the story:

  • $8,340 pledged (surpassing the goal of $7,700)
  • 161 donors (73 whom I’ve never met before)
  • 1,154 shares of the campaign page (on Twitter, Facebook and other social platforms)
  • 7 blogs by others about the campaign (see bottom)
  • 8 blogs by me on others’ websites promoting the campaign (see bottom)

I am so thankful to all of you who have made this happen!

It’s the first major validation that a) these ideas are important and haven’t been sufficiently explored yet, and b) the book doesn’t need an institution/publisher to be a success.

Both of these validations are really exciting to me and seem to put us in a great place to start moving towards ‘more like people’ organisations together.

Special thanks are due to Lorna Prescott and Paul Barasi – two of the firmest believers in the importance of what this book represents.

Both of them went so far above-and-beyond what I could ever have asked of either of them, spreading the word on the campaign, that I can’t begin to offer the kind of thanks they deserve. They kept me going during the slow middle weeks of the campaign. (Lorna also did a nice Storify (see below) of her involvement, as part of capturing the story of her day, when the campaign tipped past the goal).

‘more like people’ distribution

So here’s the wacky idea I thought of last night, when I was pondering the logistics of sending out a few hundred copies of the print book, to people around the world.

Shipping to, say, Wellington, New Zealand, is not cheap. Particularly when you’re sending lots of smaller packages. But at least 9  people in Wellington have ordered copies of the book.

What if I sent one big package to one of those nine people (based on someone volunteering to receive the lot) and left them to arrange details with the others for local distribution? (Please don’t tell me you’d be worried that they would steal the extra copies…)

Maybe this could be as simple as ‘Here’s my address, drop by whenever you have a chance,’ but maybe the person I’m shipping to decides to hold court in a cafe or pub for a few hours one evening and encourages everyone else who ordered the book to come along, pick-up their copy/copies and have a chat?

They’ve already got something in common to talk about, maybe something interesting could emerge?

…It also reduces the individual costs each person has to pay for shipping.

Of course some people will prefer the simplicity of a book delivered to their front doors – which I can of course also do – but thought the potential benefits of bringing together a group of people who may-or-may-not already know each other, or each other’s shared interests in new ways of organising ourselves, shouldn’t be passed up!

Maybe they never see each other again, but maybe they learn something, they meet someone of interest, they find someone to talk to next time they’re struggling away with their own bureaucracy…

What do you think? It’ll still be a few months before we’ve edited the manuscript, done the layout and had the hard copies printed, but it would be great to get your thoughts on this idea, and see if you’d be keen to meet others in your city who are also exploring this stuff, and if you’d be willing to coordinate with others in your city, to get them their books, one way or another.

Thanks again! You’ve been amazing and I look forward to all of you being a part of the emergent process that will follow!

Liam

Here’s the blogs I’ve written:

And those others have written:

And here’s Lorna’s good day (the third good thing has to do with the book)

 


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  1. Lorna Prescott Apr 1st 2013

    Hi Liam
    Thank you again for the kind words, and for sharing my story of a good day 🙂
    I love your distribution idea, and always like an excuse to visit friends in other parts of the country, so please count me in for Anarchists in the Pub book distribution meet-ups in any or all of: Birmingham, London, Sheffield, Barnsley, Manchester, Bristol, Cheltenham (bet there aren’t many anarchists there!), and possibly Liverpool.

    This feels a little like Danny Wallace’s Join Me, which I love, so I’m rather excited about the whole idea! (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Join_Me)

    And a huge well done for all of things you have done in this process which demonstrate that you live by the values that you talk about. It’s amazing and inspiring.

    Yay!!!!
    Lorna 🙂

  2. I think this is a great idea Liam. How many in London – happy to get involved….

  3. This is a brilliant idea Liam.

    I have started a spreadsheet for people that want to opt into this scheme. If you want to coordinate a local drop-off/meetup, add your name to the list 🙂

  4. Lorna Prescott Apr 2nd 2013

    Thanks Rich, I’ve added to the spreadsheet 🙂

  5. Stephanie Cole Apr 2nd 2013

    I agree, a fan idea to cut costs plus get like minded people together. I’ve added a Newcastle upon Tyne meet up to the spreadsheet. Well done Liam for getting to this publishing stage. And to Paul and Lorna for such sterling promoting work!

    Take care all
    Stephanie

  6. I’m sorry for not mentioning this earlier, but you’re all frickin’ amazing! Look at all those meet-up cities in Rich’s GoogleDoc! Plus the vast majority of people who’ve replied to the survey are also keen to connect with each other, so as more replies come in that way, it will only continue to grow! Thanks so much for taking the reigns on this one! Really excited to hear about all the little conversations that will emerge around these gatherings! 🙂


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