Taylor Walker, co-founder of Earth Encounters, has created a game intended to spark meaningful discussions about real problems and is raising money on Kickstarter. Recently, I caught up with Taylor to learn more about the effort; here’s what he told me:
What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?
We created a platform to promote meaning conversation on important issues that impact communities across our nation. Too often issues that impact us are briefly featured in the media only to be replaced by the next news cycle when a further attention to that issue could generate important actions at the community level where the most good can be done.
How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?
We are at 37% of our first target of $15,000. This was accomplished in the first five days of a 30 day campaign. We have several levels of funding goals. Level one simply defers some of the costs to create molds and custom game pieces. Because ours is not a copy of any prior game everything we do is a first time project. We have different quality standards at every step.
Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?
A better question would be whom are we not trying to help. We say that because anyone, starting around sixteen and older, will surely learn something they did not know before playing Earth Encounters.What they learn will not be trivia, rather something that will help them as they go forward in life. It might seem simple but challenge the next person you meet to describe the difference in symptoms for heart attacks for men and women. Keep a record of the number of correct answers you get. Not knowing the answer could cost a life. Our goal is to save that life through having fun playing a game.
What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?
Our rewards are many from limited edition prints of graphics created for the kickstarter, a calendar, custom game pieces, Earth Encounters games, participation in developing game cards, and lunch.
Check out the campaign: