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Thanks for Supporting Our Crowdfunding Campaign

By Katherine Dodds On July 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Our crowdfunding campaign has now closed, and we want to say a final thank you to you all! Our total came to $36,195 plus 2.591 Bitcoin. We're very pleased with this response and are committed to using these resources to create a pay-it-forward model to get The Corporation to 1,000 schools.

In the coming weeks, we'll be delivering on the gift-perks we promised. We're working on the final credits right now and also some avatars that will be featured in the downloadable poster (maybe posters) so watch for them!

A special thanks to Mukund Menda our community producer who, along with our anonymous donor, doubled a lot of your dollars. We're also thrilled that Inter Pares, Rabble.ca, and VIFF came on board as community partners during our push, and we'll be featuring their logos in the new cut of the film.

We also want to thank all the fine folks at dana.io, a fee-free mindful giving site for artists and activists. As one of their inaugural campaigns, together we've been experimenting in what an alternative crowdfunding platform could look like. Note that dana.io's start-up funding has been in Bitcoin, which is one of the reasons we had a final cryptocurrency push to both collect and promote the alternative economy.

Now our campaign will gear up to do what is really our main focus: gift the new cut of the film to educators. So please teachers, sign up for the free educational download which will launch in the fall.

Our incessant crowdfunding pleas are over, but we will still gratefully take your money if you want to help us get to our $50,000 goal. ;) The more support we get, the more we can provide extras and tools, and strengthen a network of educators who want to showcase the impact the film can have on the next generation.

Of course I would be remiss if I did not thank the filmmakers - Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan. You gave a long life to this film through your depth of analysis, consummate storytelling skills, and trademark blend of intellect and humour. We are still at it 10 years later because of your film. And it's not over yet!

A final special thank you for a gift to us from Joel Bakan and the fantastic Rebecca Jenkins whose jazz performance made our Secret Supper a night to long be remembered! And of course, Mark Achbar has been a behind-the-scenes (and behind-the-mask) force all along this journey.

More thank you's will be coming, enshrined on our website and in the film credits.

Onwards!
Kat for the entire grassroots team at Hello Cool World - Sandy, Terry, Bella, David, Atef & Colette

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Katherine Dodds AKA "Kat" is the founder of  HelloCoolWorld.com, the grassroots team behind The Corporation, and is featured in a "Grassroots Marketing" segment on The Corporation DVD set. She is dedicated to harnessing the power of the film to rein in corporate abuse through the development of the Campaign 4 Corporate Harm Reduction.

Insights from the Crowd. Your Surveys Inspired Our Funding Goal!

By Sandy Haksi On June 02, 2014 | 0 Comments

We asked for your feedback to help shape our crowdfunding campaign and you delivered! We were inspired by the surveys we received from supporters going all the way back to The Corporation's launch 10 years ago, to new fans picked up on Netflix and beyond.

"I BEG FRIENDS AND FAMILY--even strangers--to watch this film! I feel like people must see it to understand how change and recovery is possible."

"NOW MORE THAN EVER, people need to understand how and why corporations work the way they do. Our very lives depend on it."

We heard a lot of calls to reach the next generation, with many educators sharing their stories about the transformative effect the film has had on their students. Many of you would love to see new videos and materials to raise awareness, and told us repeatedly how The Corporation was the wake-up call that motivated them to action. This led to us wanting to offer the film FREE to 1,000 schools, as well as make it affordable for activists and communities to use in the fight against corporate power.

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Sandy is part of The Corporation's grassroots team and has been working on the film's outreach efforts since 2003.

Gearing up for our 10 Year Campaign!

By Katherine Dodds On April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

IF WE CAN CHANGE THE CORPORATION WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!
THE CORPORATION
has been stunning audiences with its revelations of an out of control business model that mandates the pursuit of profit without regard for anything, or anyone, else.

A decade since the film first launched - its' message is more relevant than ever. Join HelloCoolWorld and the makers of The Corporation as we prepare for a 10th Anniversary year of organizing, action and dialogue.

A decade ago we had a grassroots hit on our hands, and thousands of people from hundreds of organizations and citizens groups rallied to help us spread the word– but now, in a post 2008, and even post-Occupy world, with Bakan at work on a second book wondering if we are all psychopath’s now – it’s time to gear up again – because we’re not done yet!  We need to re-write corporate charters, revive democracy, and revolt against the profit motive at any cost. Our planet is at stake.

We’re calling on activists to join us in a year of organizing, dialogue and actions. In May we are launching a crowd-funding campaign to rebuild our Corporation web-site in a media-rich magazine format with outreach tools to engage with our allies in the fight against corporate power.

We need you to help us fundraise and to spread the word.

We are preparing to launch a Crowdfunding campaign mid-May 2014 to rebuld this site as a media-rich magazine format portal to projets we and our allies launch, as well as to build outreach tools for activists to use. You can donate now.

And if your are in Vancouver May 26 - SAVE THE DATE! Tickets available now on Eventbrite.

VANCOUVER SCREENING!

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Ten Years - Why It Still Matters

By David Ng On January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Corporation film is officially 10 years old! What a great decade it has been, and it has been especially fun connecting with people all over the world who are interested in transforming the role of corporations in the world.

On January 16th, 2014 - on the 10th birthday of the theatrical premiere and release of the film - we had a small party in Vancouver with some Corporation Film friends and fans to start a dialogue about how we might be able connect with movements around the world who are interested in collaborating to do some work together. We'll be cutting more 'micro-docs' from the interviews we did, including more about Corporation co-creator and author Joel Bakan's new project! Stay tuned...

We are interested in connecting with all Corporation fans who want to join in on our year of organizing, dialogue, and actions!  Check out our vlog about why the film is still relevant, and send in your own comments or videos!

Sign up to volunteer, and we will be in touch with you about how you can help.  We can also help you organize a screening in your community - send us an email (info@hellocoolworld.com)!

We're not done yet, but we need your help to make this anniversary year a game-changer.

Join us!

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David Ng is a Hello Cool World veteran with experience going back a decade. David first worked with us when he was just 14 years old as a participant in the youth advisory group for the sexual health education program Condomania. Now an accomplished videographer passionate about the issues of gender and power, he is currently on sabbatical in South Africa while he pursues a Masters in Gender Studies with a focus on international developme

OWS & ACT UP Demand Wall Street Ante Up

By Jennifer Slattery On April 16, 2012 | 1 Comments

One of our volunteers, Jennifer Slattery, is heading back to the Occupy Wall Street site in New York and will be reporting live via twitter. Check back frequently to see what is going on at #OWS! There will be a LIVE "Occupy Your Future" twitter feed where you will be able to see what is happening on the ground at #OWS.

ACT UP X OCCUPYAfter a long winter, it's time to go back to Wall St. for this activist. And I am very excited about the first action I will be attending this Spring: 

To commemorate its 25th anniversary, ACT UP (the activist group that took on AIDS issues in the 80's) will team up with Occupy Wall Street to hold a massive demonstration and march on Wall Street. Why Wall Street? Because the corruption of the corporate class has a ripple effect throughout our society that goes far beyond jobs, and debt. The crisis they cause leads to human suffering. On Wednesday, April 25 we will gather at City Hall and march on Wall Street. Act Up, in many ways, served as a model for the Occupy movement's leaderless, non-violent, and creative, direct action tactics. It is an honor to not only carry on their fight, but to have them stand beside us, and teach us from within our own ranks. 

When I first arrived at Liberty Square six months ago, reporters asked me what real solutions I personally wanted to be achieved by protesting. My answer, repeatedly, was the need for a Financial Transaction Tax. None of the reporters ever printed my answer, instead running the same lie over and over for months: no one at Occupy has any ideas, no solutions. That was a lie, and I know because I heard many others talking about the same thing. We never stopped talking about it, and the media may choose to ignore us, but we will only get louder. A "Financial Speculation Tax" (Fi.S.T.) on Wall Street will be our rallying cry with Act Up on the 25th.

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Jennifer Slattery is a dedicated human rights activist, former private investigator, and a member of the Occupy Movement. She lives in NY, and would be happy to answer any and all questions you might have: occupierjenvs@gmail.com

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