Join Chris & Adam in Northern California on March 4th

For a sneak peek of the new "Accelerated" Crash Course
Friday, February 21, 2014, 1:21 AM

In our recent reader survey (over 600 completions so far - thank you!), one of the themes coming through loud & clear is: folks would like to see a new version of The Crash Course that is both updated (the original was produced in 2008) as well as condensed (under an hour). We're hearing that an asset like this would be much more effective for penetrating larger audiences that are new to this material, as well as be more "shareable".

Got it.

How's this for a speedy response?

In case you haven't heard the news yet, Chris will be joining me in Sebastopol, CA on March 4th. While he's here, we're going to take over the local movie theater that night and give folks an advance viewing of a brand-new, not-yet-public, updated AND condensed version of The Crash Course.

After the 50-minute viewing, Chris and I will hold an "ask anything" Q&A with the audience.

We'd love to see you there.

For those that can make it, we're asking folks to consider bringing along at least one friend or family member you think would benefit from becoming more aware about the issues we discuss here at, as we want to get feedback on this new "accelerated" version of the Crash Course from both seasoned and brand-new viewers.

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 4th @ 7pm

Location: Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Ticket Info:

We understand this is likely a HUGE tease for those of you who can't make it. Our sincere apologies. We need to take this for a test-drive as well as complete some additional new content production before we're willing to release the new ACC ("Accelerated Crash Course") video into the wild. It will likely be at least another month or so before it goes public (but don't take that as a firm quote).

We knew this sneak peek would likely be catnip for fans of the "classic" version of the Crash Course. Forgive us for waiting until the go-to-market plan is fully in place before committing to details (which we promise to do when ready). We're working as fast as we can...

And for those who can make it, we look forward to seeing you on the 4th!


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Duly promoted

Dear Chris and Adam,

I have passed this along to my friends in Northern California.  I wish I could be there as well.



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tape version

could we see the tape version for a small  fee afterward?

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your timing is impeccable!

ha ha!  Too funny on getting this done so quickly after the survey!  I chuckled as soon as I saw the headline this morning.  I am looking forward to both the shortened version (for waking up friends/family) and the longer version for my review.  - Thanks Chris & Adam!

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Location Location Location

Too bad you are not having this in a more central location like Des Moines, Kansas City or a city on the Eastern slope of the Rockies.  I might even travel, with my SCUBA equipment, if you had this in the Florida Keys on March 4th.

But 2,100 miles to Sebastopol, CA?  I'll have to wait for it online.

I thoroughly agree with the updated shorter version.  But that won't get past the 5 minutes most people are willing to listen to ideas contradictory to their world view.  That is the obstacle I see most, not reluctance to view a three hour video that is vital to the worlds future.

Have fun.

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Put everything in the first 5 minutes

Hi Chris and Adam,

I agree with Les' impression that the average tolerance for exploring a new topic is about 5 minutes.  If you can get the exponential population and resource utilization graphs combined with the declining environmental quality graphs all into the first 5 minutes, the casually curious could decide whether to continue on for the full hour.

3 years ago I gave everyone of my 17 relatives a copy of "The Crash Course" for Christmas presents.  I understand that several skimmed the book, one read "parts," and two read it from cover to cover and were riveted by its conclusions.  But seeds of the ideas were planted.  

And I'm looking forward to seeing it myself.

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Got my ticket, see you guys on the 4th

Just purchased my ticket, going to make the almost 4 hour trek after my last class of the day. Can't wait to see Chris and Adam again, it's been almost two years ago since Kripalu 2012.


- Paul 

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First Five Minutes

Sand_puppy's idea has merit.   

People who choose to attend the 1 hour crash course, or click on the link, are likely to stick with it for an hour.  This is different than trying to present the topic to a friend or acquaintance in an unsolicited manner.

Never the less, an executive summary, if you will, might be just the ticket to organize the presentation.  If you tell the audience the game changing issues you are going to talk about first and then go back and explain them in the body of the presentation, you might get more comprehension when it's all over.  People will be looking for the explanations supporting the key points they already know about.

The two absolute points, I would consider are exponential growth and overshoot. 

Regarding exponential growth, you could throw up a chart showing where we are on the slope for population, oil (or energy), food production and resources.  You could even highlight the capacities in some manner, showing where the ceiling is and our relationship to it.  You could mention that 2% growth on a planet with 1 billion people is 20 million, but 2% growth on a planet with 7 billion is 140 million.  We are adding almost the population of the US every two years.

As for overshoot, you could define ecological footprint and, perhaps on the same page show how many Earths we would need to support our current consumption.  This could be in the form of a picture of 1 and 1/2 Earths, something along those lines, depending on who's calculations you support.

Some sort of blurb in the executive summary regarding the debt bubble would make sense also.  It is perhaps our nearest term game changing event.  Personally, I can't visualize how to get that across in the executive summary and there is no easy way to tie it to the other two issues.

I am looking forward to what y'all come up with.

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Nearby dining options

For those coming to the screening from out-of-town:

If you want to catch dinner beforehand, there are a number of good restaurants in walking distance to the Rialto Cinemas (HopmunkWoodfourZazuForchetta BastoniGypsy CafeBBQ Smokehouse, as well as a Whole Foods, to name a few).

Only 1 week to go before the showing!

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The theater is filling up

The theater is reporting that half of the seats for this showing have already been purchased. If you're planning to come, consider purchasing your tickets in advance to guarantee your seats.

You can do via this link:

See you on Tuesday!

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