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Heroes in Action: Michael Höhne

Saturday, December 13, 2008, 1:55 PM

This is the first of a new series of Heroes in Action articles, which will recognize the efforts of people in the Crash Course community who have gone beyond the call of duty and contributed to promoting the messages of the Crash Course in unique or special ways.

Michael Höhne is a businessman living in southern Germany, near Munich. He's a recognized expert on a part of the software industry known as Customer Relationship Management Systems, or CRM. While Michael has had a very successful career, he's not a person of extraordinary wealth. (more...)Michael Höhne

When Michael recently discovered the Crash Course, he was so affected by the importance of the message that he felt a civic obligation to get involved. He started by promoting the Crash Course on his own web site (where he usually blogs about the software industry). Then Michael learned of our goal of finding a producer to underwrite the cost of producing a shortened version of the Crash Course as a television documentary. He felt this was a critically important idea, and wanted to get personally involved in making it happen, despite not being able to personally afford to fund such a project himself.

Michael put out a challenge to others in his professional community, offering to match any donation they might make to the Crash Course effort. Shortly thereafter, Michael sent Chris Martenson a cash donation of 10,000 Euro (about $13,000 USD) from his own savings, along with several excellent suggestions for how we might coordinate a group of donors to underwrite a TV documentary version of the Crash Course.

Aside from his extraordinary generosity, Michael immediately impressed Chris by registering as a user on the site using his own real name and uploading a real photo of himself for his profile. While we respect everyone's right to use screen names and avatars if they choose to do so, we feel that the topics discussed at PeakProsperity.com are serious issues confronting society, and we always appreciate when people participate using their true identity, rather than an anonymous screen name.

Michael posted a forum message describing his reasons for donating, hoping that his action might inspire others to follow suit. Unfortunately, there was a lot of traffic on the forums that week, and Michael's Post saw relatively few views.

Michael's main belief is that serious times call for serious measures and that society's path forward requires people to change their actions in meaningful ways. So he stepped up and made a donation that was very large compared to his means. Many regulars on this site don't realize this, but Chris paid nearly $2,000 to have the DVD mastering work done and then bought his own DVDs at cost just like everybody else. Chris gives his own time and money generously to this cause and, like Michael, he is not an especially wealthy person.

This is the level of dedication it will take to spread the messages contained in the Crash Course because, frankly, the status quo is not (yet) interested in hearing this message of change. Real change takes vision and sacrifice, and it takes heroes - those who are willing to give more than most because they know that if they don't, nobody will. That's why I thought it fitting to feature Michael in this first installation of a new series of Heroes in Action articles on the blog.

Many who are reading this have already given their time, money and dedication to helping to spread this message and we thank each and every one of you as well.

We certainly understand that not everyone can afford to be as generous as Michael has been, but we do hope his extraordinary generosity will motivate others to consider making a donation this holiday season. We're working as hard as we can to continue to bring you top quality content on PeakProsperity.com, and the site is just barely breaking even on subscription revenue.

Chris Martenson hasn't made a penny from the website this year, and we really need more support from the community in order for these efforts to continue. If you're able to afford to help our cause, please consider following Michael's example by making a donation in whatever amount you feel comfortable with.

Erik Townsend
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Heroes in hiding I guess?

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Re: My Support For Michael Höhne

FWIW...it's appropriate and great Michael is honored.  He deserves it!

 

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The following is something I wrote days ago but did not post. Originally it was going to be in Michael's "Capitalism vs Socialism" forum, but I canceled that post. Not because I did not want to express gratitude but because it was followed by one of my usual rants about people misusing those terms (cap. & sos.). I was done with the catharsis before I posted... My first paragraph alluded to some of the sentiments that he expressed in that forum. Given that this forum is an expression of gratitude from the community at large, I am posting the first paragraph of that letter here. I feel the same way now as then, so here it goes as originally written. I am sure that others share this sentiment.

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Michael:

Your concern for the well-being of others is admirable.
Obviously you hurt from seeing people falling through the cracks. Your
concern shows in the ideas that you propose and in actions like your super generous financial support of Chris's efforts. Present and future users of this site are indebted to patron saints like you. Hopefully, if efforts like this grow enough and catch enough attention, we will be able to do something beyond just raising awareness.

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This thread should have been about this person and his support and ideas to further that or just a plain congrats or perhaps an opinion if this kind of article was what we really wanted. I find Micheal Hoehne contribution proof of the power of the crash course itself. I think finding this as a documentry on like PBS or such will be quite a great feat and source of getting the word out among more of the status quo folks. Thanks Micheal for all you have done for this site!

 

Tamara Griffith

 

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Nobody is forcing you to volunteer or donate. If you don't feel appreciated then you are free to leave.

Well, gee, how could Michael not feel overwhelmed with appreciation after a statement like that!  Come to think of it, thank you Michael.  Your donation of both your name and your hard-earned money is a tribute to your desire to help make constructive changes in your world.  I have said that those who use their names deserve to be applauded.  I should be more specific:  Michael, you are to be applauded.  Furthermore, it is proper and right that those who work on this website should highlight your generous contribution, as it shows their own appreciation of your efforts.

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Congratulations and thanks to Michael. Not only for his contribution but for his forbearance.

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Ok folks, let's get this back on topic...

All,

  1. My intention in complimenting Michael's choice to use his own name and picture (in the original post) was simply intended to recognize his courage in doing something not everyone chooses to do. I clearly recognized everyone's right to use screen names and avatars in the original post.
  2. The reason I took offense to Krogoth's initial comment about anonymity is that I thought it was in poor taste to take the discussion off topic. This article was intended to recognize Michael's contribution to this community, not to go down an off-topic rathole about anonymity. I am guilty of making the problem worse by engaging Krogoth in a debate, and I apologize to the community for not having had the sense to e-mail him and ask him to move that discussion to a separate forum thread.
  3. The Heroes in Action series is not about money. The next person slated to be featured contributed in an entirely non-monetary way, which would have been described in the next article. Unfortunately, after seeing how this discussion has gone, he e-mailed me this morning and asked that we not recognize him in a future article. Ironically, Krogoth was also on my list of future prospects for this series because of his long history of contributing excellent posts to the site.

Please everyone, from here on let's keep this discussion focused on recognition of the many people who contribute to the advancement of the Crash Course message in many different ways. If anyone wants to continue discussing the matter of anonymity, you're welcome to join the conversation in the forums that mred was kind enough to start here.

I was tempted to delete all the off-topic (anonymity-related) posts, including my own which I admit was not helpful. I'm not going to do that because I don't want anyone to feel censored. I agree with the suggestion of moving all the anonymity-related comments to the forum discussion started by mred, but I don't know how to do that short of cutting, pasting, and re-entering each one of them manually. If our webmaster informs me of a way to move them en masse to the forum, I'll do that.

This subject matter tends to bring out strong emotions in all of us, and in this case I'm as guilty as anyone else of allowing my feelings about this to have distracted me from keeping the discussion on track. Again, I apologize for my contribution to the problem.

Erik

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Re: Ok folks, let's get this back on topic...

THANK YOU VERY MUCH MICHAEL HOHNE! The example that you set for all of us provides positive direction for people all over the world who want to help and make a difference. 

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Gentlemen,

We have important work to be doing.

Let us all get back to it.

Michael, thank you so very much for your courage and generosity.

May we all find ways to make significant contributions to the goals at hand.

Best wishes to everyone ... Don

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I am having Amanda move the relevant posts to the thread on anonymity, leaving the few that are relevant to Michael Hoene and deleting the rest.

I hope nobody is offended or feels censored.

Sincerely,
Chris Martenson

 

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Thank you Mr. Hohne.

I've been wanting to put my picture up but kept forgetting to, come and get me big bad govt ;-O

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Re: Heroes in Action: Michael Höhne

Michael:

Thank you, thank you, thank you.  

I am grateful for your support and generosity.

Chris

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