Next Gen DVD (v2.0) – Soliciting your feedback and advice
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
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.
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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.
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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?
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.
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.
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!
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:
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,
Keep up the good work. Trust your instincts.
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!
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.
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.