Tom Allen

is creating tales of adventure in the Caucasus & Armenia

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I’m looking for fifty or so of my closest supporters to join me on a new type of journey.

It’s unlike anything I’ve ever tried before, and it has to do with the very foundations of my work as a ‘self-unemployed creative nomad’.

If you’ve got a few minutes, will you allow me to elaborate?

What I'm Doing

I'm launching a Patreon campaign. It has one simple aim: to fund my ongoing work as an explorer and storyteller, and to give my closest supporters a way to engage intimately with what I do.

The key word here is ‘ongoing’. You may remember I used Kickstarter to crowdfund previous projects (the book of Janapar and the two films of Karun and Nowhere Is A Place). I asked for a one-off pledge, lots of you pledged, I made the thing, and you all got a copy when it was done.

This time is different. Patreon is the best-known platform for what has become known as ‘micro-patronage’. By this model, I’ll ask you to make a small but recurring pledge; you’ll pledge (or not); I’ll work on my projects over time; you'll join me on the way and get first access to of everything that results.

Why I'm Doing It

For around 10 years I was beholden to nobody in what I did with my time. ‘Self-unemployed’, I decided to call myself. I went places – ultimately – for fun, and I wrote books and made films about what happened. To do so, I paid my own way; I worked, saved, and spent, like the rest of us.

Then in 2015 the Transcaucasian Trail idea came along and took over. I’d stumbled upon a way to take my exploration skills and storytelling experience and put them to use for the greater good.

The RGS and Land Rover got me out of the starting blocks. Local donors in the Caucasus funded a few pilot projects. But I've now been volunteering my time, unpaid, for three years, and the sources of income I've used to sustain myself are drying up.

This has had a couple of negative side-effects. Firstly, by no longer having financial independence, I’ve become beholden to other people and their priorities and projects. It’s dragging me into a role I never wanted to play, stopping me from spending time doing what I’m good at, and ultimately turning me into a project manager.

Secondly, it’s putting a cage around what I can express. I want to be able to tell freely and impartially the stories that come out of my work, as I always have, and to the people who want to hear them (i.e. you, my readers and supporters), rather than being stifled by how my opinions might affect the image of ‘the organisation’ or ‘the brand’ or ‘the stakeholders’ or 'the donors'. More or less every day, something happens that I want to tell people about. But I can't, because it wouldn't serve the needs of 'the project'.

The Benefits of Becoming a Micro-patron

This campaign is about regaining my independence, and, in doing so, becoming once again an effective explorer and storyteller with an audience for all the gritty details of the stories that come out of having chosen this kind of life.

By becoming a micro-patron, you'll get an insider view on all of this. No details will be spared. Stuff I wouldn't otherwise be able to mention will – finally – get a private audience. It'll be a kind of rolling, digital version of sitting round the campfire spilling secrets and telling tales of adventure. In other words, I'll try my best to paint the real picture, rather than the polished, de-personalised public version.

Eventually, tangible things come out of what I do. A detailed map of a new region; an ebook; a trail guide. Whatever I make during your time with me, you'll get it before anyone else does.

So that's what you'll be supporting – and getting in return. Guides and publications to help people like explore the part of the world I know best, and the stories of how those finished products came to be.

How It Works

To do all of this will, at a bare minimum, cost £500 per month, averaged out over the course of a year, and taking into account a few contributions from other sources. This, then, is my modest goal for recruiting the first group of close supporters.

In other words, I can find 50 people to throw £10 a month into the pot by the deadline (one weekly coffee, for those who like to measure donations in terms of caffeinated beverages), then we’ll be pretty much good to go.

Keen to give this a go with me? You can cancel your pledge at any time, and it'll only go forward if we meet the goal before the deadline, so there's zero risk and you're not locked into anything.

Likewise, if it isn't working out for me, I can close down the campaign at my end. I see 2019 as a 'trial year', at the end of which we can all decide if it's working out. What do you say?
Tiers
Patron
$13 or more per month

A £10 (~$13) or more monthly donation will make you the patron of a modern-day explorer


Aside from sounding really cool when you tell people about it, you'll join the core of supporters who are on the inside of what I do. You'll get regular updates from the field when there are stories to tell, and a digital copy of everything I write, film and publish from now on.

Wealthy Patron
$26 or more per month only 20 left

A £20 (~$26) or more monthly donation will upgrade you to the status of wealthy patron of a modern-day explorer.


In addition to all of the benefits of the £10/$13 reward tier, you'll also a receive signed physical copy of everything I publish from now on.


(Please make sure you enter your shipping address correctly.)

Goals
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£500 per month (~$650) will cover the basic costs of my work in the Caucasus. It'll give me an equipment budget, feed me & any volunteers I bring along, get me where I need to go, and pay a few subscriptions and bills. In other words, it'll allow me to do what I do best: explore, publish, repeat.
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I’m looking for fifty or so of my closest supporters to join me on a new type of journey.

It’s unlike anything I’ve ever tried before, and it has to do with the very foundations of my work as a ‘self-unemployed creative nomad’.

If you’ve got a few minutes, will you allow me to elaborate?

What I'm Doing

I'm launching a Patreon campaign. It has one simple aim: to fund my ongoing work as an explorer and storyteller, and to give my closest supporters a way to engage intimately with what I do.

The key word here is ‘ongoing’. You may remember I used Kickstarter to crowdfund previous projects (the book of Janapar and the two films of Karun and Nowhere Is A Place). I asked for a one-off pledge, lots of you pledged, I made the thing, and you all got a copy when it was done.

This time is different. Patreon is the best-known platform for what has become known as ‘micro-patronage’. By this model, I’ll ask you to make a small but recurring pledge; you’ll pledge (or not); I’ll work on my projects over time; you'll join me on the way and get first access to of everything that results.

Why I'm Doing It

For around 10 years I was beholden to nobody in what I did with my time. ‘Self-unemployed’, I decided to call myself. I went places – ultimately – for fun, and I wrote books and made films about what happened. To do so, I paid my own way; I worked, saved, and spent, like the rest of us.

Then in 2015 the Transcaucasian Trail idea came along and took over. I’d stumbled upon a way to take my exploration skills and storytelling experience and put them to use for the greater good.

The RGS and Land Rover got me out of the starting blocks. Local donors in the Caucasus funded a few pilot projects. But I've now been volunteering my time, unpaid, for three years, and the sources of income I've used to sustain myself are drying up.

This has had a couple of negative side-effects. Firstly, by no longer having financial independence, I’ve become beholden to other people and their priorities and projects. It’s dragging me into a role I never wanted to play, stopping me from spending time doing what I’m good at, and ultimately turning me into a project manager.

Secondly, it’s putting a cage around what I can express. I want to be able to tell freely and impartially the stories that come out of my work, as I always have, and to the people who want to hear them (i.e. you, my readers and supporters), rather than being stifled by how my opinions might affect the image of ‘the organisation’ or ‘the brand’ or ‘the stakeholders’ or 'the donors'. More or less every day, something happens that I want to tell people about. But I can't, because it wouldn't serve the needs of 'the project'.

The Benefits of Becoming a Micro-patron

This campaign is about regaining my independence, and, in doing so, becoming once again an effective explorer and storyteller with an audience for all the gritty details of the stories that come out of having chosen this kind of life.

By becoming a micro-patron, you'll get an insider view on all of this. No details will be spared. Stuff I wouldn't otherwise be able to mention will – finally – get a private audience. It'll be a kind of rolling, digital version of sitting round the campfire spilling secrets and telling tales of adventure. In other words, I'll try my best to paint the real picture, rather than the polished, de-personalised public version.

Eventually, tangible things come out of what I do. A detailed map of a new region; an ebook; a trail guide. Whatever I make during your time with me, you'll get it before anyone else does.

So that's what you'll be supporting – and getting in return. Guides and publications to help people like explore the part of the world I know best, and the stories of how those finished products came to be.

How It Works

To do all of this will, at a bare minimum, cost £500 per month, averaged out over the course of a year, and taking into account a few contributions from other sources. This, then, is my modest goal for recruiting the first group of close supporters.

In other words, I can find 50 people to throw £10 a month into the pot by the deadline (one weekly coffee, for those who like to measure donations in terms of caffeinated beverages), then we’ll be pretty much good to go.

Keen to give this a go with me? You can cancel your pledge at any time, and it'll only go forward if we meet the goal before the deadline, so there's zero risk and you're not locked into anything.

Likewise, if it isn't working out for me, I can close down the campaign at my end. I see 2019 as a 'trial year', at the end of which we can all decide if it's working out. What do you say?

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Tiers
Patron
$13 or more per month

A £10 (~$13) or more monthly donation will make you the patron of a modern-day explorer


Aside from sounding really cool when you tell people about it, you'll join the core of supporters who are on the inside of what I do. You'll get regular updates from the field when there are stories to tell, and a digital copy of everything I write, film and publish from now on.

Wealthy Patron
$26 or more per month only 20 left

A £20 (~$26) or more monthly donation will upgrade you to the status of wealthy patron of a modern-day explorer.


In addition to all of the benefits of the £10/$13 reward tier, you'll also a receive signed physical copy of everything I publish from now on.


(Please make sure you enter your shipping address correctly.)