Villages in the Sky: DIY World Change

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Help us win the G4C May 14, 2010

Filed under: Fundraising,getting involved — villagesinthesky @ 9:58 pm

(Sara) It seems like deciding to delay has been rather fateful for the festival.  A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by a representative of the Grant 4 Change.  The G4C is an online granting program run by Nau clothing company.  They seek organizations and individuals creating change within the scope of their own mission statement and this year that means sustainable design.  Anyone can be nominated and submit their project, but the G4C courts five “seed” nominees–projects they are particularly impressed or excited by and showcase them on their website before the application process is open.  And this year, we are one of their seed nominees.

Which means we need to mobilize all of our friends and supporters–and their friends and second cousins–to vote for VIS by June 20th.  You can go right now to: www.tinyurl.com/G4CVIS and click on the “vote/share” tab to support our nomination for the 10,000$ grant.

This is an important opportunity not only to raise money, but to promote what we’re doing with the festival.  While we’re outreaching for votes, we will be exposing new people to the project and our vision.  Who knows what could come of this: maybe 10,000 dollars to support our work, maybe five new awesome allies, maybe new people who want to attend in 2011.  You can help us find out!

is an online granting program run by Nau clothing company.  They seek organizations and individuals creating change within the scope of their mission statement: this year that means sustainable design.  Anyone can be nominated and submit their project, but the G4C courts five “seed” nominees–organizations they are particularly impressed or excited by, and have them apply early and showcased on their website before the application process is open.  This year Villages in the Sky is one of their seed nominees.
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Pressure Drop – Delaying the festival May 9, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — villagesinthesky @ 11:01 am

(Paxus)  “Realistic” is a curse word in my house.  It is what is used to stop people from following their dreams, from opposing things which seem unstoppable (like nuclear power plants) and to get people to conform to restrictive social norms.

This is an ambitious project, but there are lines which are too far.  When we start  burning out our people or the goals become more important than the spirit, it is time to step back and re-assess.  When we looked at where we were and where we wanted to be by June 1st, we decided we needed to change the plans, it was too much too soon.

In a series of charged meetings with our advisors and a bunch of phone calls we decided to delay the start of the festival, til at least the fall.  [Summer events on this site are simply too hot to consider].  We made this choice just before Sara’s birthday and it was one of the better presents we could give her i think.

One of the factors was that we had not raised enuf money to buy the minimal number of things we needed.  And almost miraculously, right after we decided to slow down, te first real outside money came in.  But we did not second guess our choice.

A smaller crew will continue to work on the site, and we are still planning on getting up the dance floor in the next couple of weeks (the pole barn and first zip line are basically completed now).

For those who were planning on coming in a month, our apologies and request to keep watching this space as the new evolved project shapes itself.

For those who want to come to build up camp, do be in touch we will be working thru May on construction and organizing and we still need your help.

We are not being realistic, we are just shifting gears.

almost completed Pole barn