As brilliant, energetic and totally cool as I am, I can’t do this by myself. I need your help.
I need you to read my posts, comment on my ideas and tell me where I’ve goofed. I need your wisdom, philosophy, personal code of morality and theology. I need your suggestions for people to interview and articles and books to read. When you see a relevant link on the Web, let me know.
I suspect that I’ll also need your encouragement when I feel lost and want to give up. And I need one more thing. I honestly hate to ask for this, but I’m going to take a deep breath and do it: I need your financial help.
As I post this, I have zero funding for this project.
I make my living as a freelance writer and editor. I have no other source of income and no spouse or partner to pay my way. I need financial support to do the research and travel to the places I need to go to get answers. I need to pay for video equipment and a new audio recorder, and I need funding to pay my mortgage and buy food while I’m pursuing this quest.
I intend to apply for grants and other support to help pay for this work. (I’m researching grant sources right now, and suggestions will be thoroughly welcomed.) I intend to write articles and take on speaking engagements, and collect whatever fees I can from those activities. I’ll also seek a book contract.
But the publishing industry is in disarray. Magazines are flailing about with no clear sense of direction, and their freelance budgets are plunging. And perhaps even worse, if this project were under contract at this moment, I might have to bow down to a publisher’s priorities.
If I can build an audience before I go to a publisher, and if I can show that the audience supports me financially, then this expedition can stay honest. The answers you and I discover won’t have to be trimmed down, prettied up or forced into a box marked “commercially viable.”
And so, here I am with my virtual hat in hand, asking for your help. A donation of $35, $50, $100 or more will make The Goodness Project possible.
Will you help me in my quest? Will you make a donation, and will you do that today?
Thank you so much!