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You are here: > News > Posted November 15, 2014

Tale of Two Crowdfunding Campaigns

David Haack describes two, similar campaigns: Kevin Hinchey's film about Wilhelm Reich and Patrick Flanagan's Neurophone.

Note: The Neurophone campaign is on a new beta "infinite" schedule with no end date. By the end of their campaign as scheduled, they had raised nearly $400k; and are still accepting pre-orders for the Neurophone there.

Wilhelm Reich documentary project
being pursued by Kevin Hinchey.

by David Haack
for Pure Energy Systems News
Friday November 14, 2014

I have been following two crowdfunder campaigns with more than passing interest. One has been launched by Patrick Flanagan (aka Nickola Tesla) [Neurophone], and the other by Kevin Hinchey. Both have rather large goals as to the amount of money they want to raise. Patrick's goal was $100,000, while Kevin's was $168,500. Both are quite similar situations when one looks deeper into the history of each man. Patrick's case is a history of Nikola having had much of his work stolen or destroyed in his lifetime. Kevin's story is about Wilhelm Reich and how our government confiscated or destroyed much of his work. Both stories might remind us of what another genius by the name of Eric Dollard went through. Similar experience for Eric of having labs, notes, and devices he built either stolen or destroyed.

But that is where the similarities end. Patrick's was through Indiegogo, while Kevin's was through Kickstarter. Patrick's campaign was a flexible funded one where he will receive whatever is pledged (minus the fees for sponsoring it). Kevin's campaign, on the other hand is fixed funding. That means he either reaches his goal or he gets none of the money. The reason for that is that if he doesn't reach his goal, he can't go ahead with the documentary. And that would be a sad conclusion for those of us who do not want to see the work of these geniuses destroyed and to not be available to the public. There are advantages to both the donor and the recipient with this sort of fixed funding. The donor won't have anything taken from his account if it is a no-go and the recipient is able to avoid the hassle of not having to refund all those donations. But, the price to pay is a heftier fee if the campaign is a success.

As I went to write this article, Patrick's campaign was down to 7 hours to go and he was closing in on 4 times the amount he was shooting for, while Kevin's is down to 7 days to go and still about $45,000 short. I certainly don't begrudge Patrick his huge success in his campaign, but I am both impressed and dismayed by what I am seeing with Kevin's campaign. On the one hand, he is already about 75 % toward his goal, which is a lot of money. And making any film requires huge outlays of cash. This is actually peanuts as far as costs to make a film. What I am dismayed about is the idea that a really important treasure trove of researched facts could end up in the ash-heap of history for the shortage of a few percent of Kevin's goal. I would like to not see that happen.

If you feel at all like I do, that geniuses like Tesla, Dollard, and Reich should not be allowed to be suppressed and destroyed by the powers that be, in order to keep the public at large uninformed, then I urge you to go to Kevin's campaign and see if it be a cause you might want to support.

As I went back to these campaigns to check some facts, I noticed that the 7 days is now down to 6, so Kevin is down to crunch time. If enough donors step up to make it really close, I'm sure someone will see to it that it gets funded. If he can reach the phase 1 goal, I feel that the story will eventually reach the public somehow. 


Sterling's memo: we just arranged the following show today for

December 4, 2014 - Sharσn Wyeth of Neimology with Patrick Flanagan who remembers his life as Nikola Tesla - Sharσn, our guest from October 7, who wrote: "Know the Name, Know the Person" will talk about the letters that form the names "Patrick Gillis Flanagan" and "Nikola Tesla". 

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