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Next Gen DVD (v2.0) – Soliciting your feedback and advice

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  • Tue, Dec 30, 2008 - 10:48pm

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This would be great, especially for a guy like me.

my $0.02 worth:  then environment is at least as important as energy and may be worth a similar amount of time.

BTW, Thank you for everything!  … Don

  • Wed, Dec 31, 2008 - 12:21pm

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Chris,

Wondering if you can add additional parts to some of the chapters.  Some seem long and it is hard to keep attention focused.

I think these books are all relevant in some form or fashion, and I have found helpful.

Cat 

The Richest Man in Babylon: The Original Versionby George S. Clason
Travel back in time as George S. Clason takes you back to Babylon in his enlightening, insightful book on financial investment and fiscal success. The original version now restored and revised, this series of delightful short stories teaches economic tips and tools for financial success that have withstood the test of time and are applicable still today. Enjoy reading, and start saving today! Amazon
A Year Without "Made in China": One Family’s True Life Adventure in the Global Economyby Sara Bongiorni
Journalist Bongiorni, on a post-Christmas day mired deep in plastic toys and electronics equipment, makes up her mind to live for a year without buying any products made in China, a decision spurred less by notions of idealism or fair trade-though she does note troubling statistics on job loss and trade deficits-than simply "to see if it can be done." In this more personal vein, Bongiorni tells often funny, occasionally humiliating stories centering around her difficulty procuring sneakers, sunglasses, DVD players and toys for two young children and a skeptical husband. With little insight into global economics or China’s manufacturing practices, readers may question the point of singling out China when cheap, sweatshop-produced products from other countries are fair game (though Bongiorni cheerfully admits the flaws in her project, she doesn’t consider fixing them). Still, Bongiorni is a graceful, self-deprecating writer, and her comic adventures in self-imposed inconvenience cast an interesting sideways glance at the personal effects of globalism, even if it doesn’t easily connect to the bigger picture.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.  

 
Small is Possible: Life in a Local Economyby Lyle Estill
One of my favorite ideas in this book is the idea of open source. Once you let go of this idea that everything must be copyrighted, everything must be owned and protected in order to make money, you become free. Open source ideas quickly foster a more open community, a more open and honest society. A group of people or organizations all start working toward a common goal rather than all working against one another. Beautiful, isn’t it?
Another beautiful idea is that a community needs a variety of people and businesses to thrive. And that as you begin living locally- and begin working toward a healthy community – people and businesses find their niches. And when you find your own niche within the local economy, your own happiness rises. Your sense of well-being increases when you realize your positive and necessary contribution to society.
As we go further into debt and economic security throughout the world, nurturing our small, local, sustainable businesses and infrastructure will become increasingly important. I recommend this book.
Reviewed by Melinda on The Blogging Bookworm
Inside Life In Wall Street; Or, How Great Fortunes Are Lost & Won by William Worthington Fowler
INSIDE LIFE in WALL STREET How GREAT FORTUNE ARSE LOST AND WON, DISCLOSURES OF DOINGS AND DEALINGS ON CHANGE, THE SECRET HISTORY . OF THE KOTED SPECULATIOSS SINCE THE CRASH OF 1857, THE GREAT RISES AND PANICS OF THE AGE, AND HOW THEY WERE PRODUCED, INCLUDING FULL DESCRIPTIONS OF THE BLACK FRIDAY OF 1869, AND AN INSIDE VIEW OF THE GREAT PANIC OF I873.  Amazon

 

  • Wed, Dec 31, 2008 - 12:53pm

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Hi Cat-

Thanks for the feedback.  I’m wondering if you could be more specifc though:  Which chapters felt long and hard to stay with?  Which ones need more information?

Thanks-

Becca

  • Wed, Dec 31, 2008 - 01:54pm

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Becca,
I wish there were a chapter dedicated solely to interest. I honestly don’t think many understand the different kinds and how they work… What this means to us personally and to world economies. Also it seems there could be an additional chapter on the environment, for me it did not seem to get enough coverage.  
When it comes to investing, most are taught to buy and hold.  Also most do not know that one can make money when the stock market goes down or how they can protect the investment they must hold… 401k’s.  A simple question… If your broker or money manger know what they are doing, why do they have a job?  Very few work solely to help other out of the kindness of their heart.  I am not sure if there is a way to incorporate this into CC or if it is too far off the original purpose of the course.   
I have watched the CC between 3 and 10 times, depending on the chapter.  At times alone, at times with others.  With the youngest being 20 (my son)… Seems when a chapter is longer than 12 minutes, attentions seem to wonder.  For example Chapter 17 has three parts (maybe it should be 4 parts), I just feel some of the other chapters should be broken up.
Cat
  • Thu, Jan 01, 2009 - 09:34am

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The part ‘what is a trillion’ is at least for me and some others trying to get the point across in a wrong way. It even provoked a reaction like ‘yeah, yeah i know what a trillion is!, skip this chapter!’. I think the chapter should be shorter or use some other examples.

Imagening it along a road does nothing to help me imagine how much it is. It just leaves the impression ‘a lot’.

I think it would be better to include some calculations to show what you could do with a trillion dollars. Stacking them seems strange. Paying for healthcare for everybody for a 100 years would probably sound much better and would give people the feeling that so much more could have been done with the last trillion dollar spend in the last 4 months. (Or should i say days).

Building a 1000 schools with free education, fixing roads, etc.

Then show how it is spend now, like wars, hedging, helping failed companies, etc..

For me it was the part that says, ‘most of the US is build with the first trillion’. makes you understand what possibilities we are wasting now.

The rest of the CC is great and i would not know how to make it better and it really helps to make people aware and active.

 

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Very good point which I agree with. What a trillion dollars can actually provide in the way of health care, shelter and food production would hit home I think. 

Also, the vertical comparison is good but I think most people can think with a horizontal distance a bit better. What it can DO for you may strike a chord with someone who has difficulty with distance relationships.

Coop

  • Fri, Jan 02, 2009 - 10:56pm

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Hi Chris,

I agree with Cat’s suggestion above.

As a former mortgage broker, I saw up close how many (most?) Americans completely mis-handle money… largely because they were never taught how money works (on a personal basis). Because most people are ignorant (meaning they just don’t know) they are easy prey for the lending sharks and therefore doomed to repeatedly make the same mistakes over and over again. My experience is that most folks have little formal instruction with money and are generally left to fend for themselves… usually with disastrous results (at least initially). They don’t seem to wise-up until after they’ve made some (needless) financial errors. Some never gain understanding.

I believe this to be an intentional oversight by our educational system. There just isn’t a course called Money 101 that is taught in high school.

Aside from reading and basic math skills, there could be no other area of instruction that could be more helpful to all students as we all must eventually interact with the economy… earning, spending and hopefully, investing. Money touches all of our lives, yet it is almost completely ignored by our schools.

Perhaps a few examples of how going into debt really means enslaving yourself to the banksters; translated onto a national level, as a country we’re doing the same thing. A simple "car purchase/ finance" transaction would be easy for everyone to understand. I think once people understand the dire financial strait on a "personal" basis, they can easily translate that to a national basis.

In my experience, most folks biggest mistake?  Making financial decisions based on "Gross" earnings while not understanding they pay their debts with "Net" dollars. 

While I was running my lending brokerage I routinely had a two-hour "Money Conversation" with most of my clients in which I showed them how the finance game was "cooked" and how they could easily get out of it. I’ll happily share more of these type of ideas when I see you at the Rowe conference.

Keep up the great work!

  • Sun, Jan 04, 2009 - 03:38pm

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 There are many things that could be changed about the Crash Course. Each of us may have points we want stressed more or more information added. The best thing about the CC is that less is more.  Add links with more information for those who are intersted and eager for more. Otherwise keep it as short as you can.

 As to the "What is a Trillion", I loved the vertical stack. My God, it was into the outer atmosphere!! Yes, a quick example to what it could buy would be great too.

 Here is what a friend of mine said about the CC after I suggested he check it out:

Wow.

I’m through 14 chapters and blown away. He’s done exactly the work I’ve
been trying to do. So far there isn’t much new to me (he’s preaching to
the choir) but his presentation is excellently distilled and, I think,
very persuasive.

Keep up the good work. Trust your instincts.

 

Kate

 

 

  • Thu, Jan 08, 2009 - 08:57pm

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Minor suggestion, perhaps not relevant to the this thread, but . . .
On another thread relating to business cards, I wrote about the importance of “perceived value”.

The MSRP on the back of the current DVD is $10.00

I realize that you don’t want anyone selling these for more than $5 (I’m giving the 100 I ordered away) but regardless, I think the price should be increased somewhere from $20.00 to $35.00

Any more than that (example: $50.00) and I think people would naturally suspect some funny business–“Why is this person giving me something that cost $50 for free?”–but I think a small bump in advertised price would greatly increased the perceived value of the product.

Again, just my $0.02!

  • Thu, Jan 08, 2009 - 10:10pm

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Chris,

This is an off-the-cuff thought to your query as to what to include as a giveaway in addition to V2. I would suggest a baseball cap (everyone loves hats) that says on the front "Ask Me About The Crash Course." Maybe a Brigade volunteer knows a discount hat supplier,otherwise, may not be worth the expense.

 

SG

 

 

  • Sat, Jan 10, 2009 - 12:15am

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Hey, Chris. I was actually working on a similar material, but It seems like you’ve beat me to it. Awesome job. I wonder if you would be interested in me updating graphics and animations? I would not mind doing that for the new version of DVD, since we are on the same page.  Currently, I work as a motion graphics and VFX supervisor… so I can go through these fairly fast without altering the content.  I can just use the background tracks for audio.

As far as suggestions…  I would also encourage you to explain the recent events, otherwise people will be confused about the perceived (current) results and effects of the crisis. Things like, why the oil prices currently went down, and why dollar strengthened? Why we have not experienced hyperinflation domestically as of yet and etc?

Please let me know if interested. I think you should be able to get to my contact info.

 

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