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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Weapons Of Reason: A Beautiful Book Tackling Global Issues

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Do you ever struggle to understand the complexity of the world around you? Right now, are you worried about how Covid will affect climate issues, and how climate issues are exacerbated by inequality, and about how the people in power aren’t planning to make the world more equal anytime soon?

Well, we are, and so six years ago we launched Weapons of Reason — our own publishing project to help us better understand the world, and in turn help others understand it too.

Why did we do it? Well, it’s just what we do. We are magazine makers with 15 years of experience. We launched Little White Lies magazine in the UK. We’ve published magazines for Google, Participant Media and The World Economic Forum. And we created the book Curious Iconic Craft, that explained everything we’d learned from a decade of making magazines, and launched it right here on Kickstarter. We understand how to communicate in print, but we didn’t necessarily understand the complexity of the world.

So we made a plan. Over six years and eight issues, Weapons of Reason would take a deep dive into eight broad topics central to the state of the world: environment, population, health, society, sustenance, technology, economics and conflict.

In six years we have produced over 120 stories and 150,000 words written by experts, academics and journalists from across the globe, with the expressed goal of exploring how these eight subjects intersect with each other, and what exactly that means.

Bringing all of this material together, Weapons of Reason will update and re-publish key stories from across our eight issues, before analyzing them and exploring what we have identified as the common theme at the heart of the world’s most pressing problems, short term thinking in global leadership.

Short-term thinking is at the heart of the challenges facing the melting arctic, the social issues that beset our exploding megacities, the crisis of loneliness in modern society, the dominance of corporations over our lives, the ecological damage inflicted by industrial agriculture, the discrimination inherent in our developing technology and the unequal distribution of wealth between and within nations. Short-term thinking prevents action on the most complex challenges facing the world.

As of November 12th, this project has raised $17,000 of their $16,533 goal.  This project has 17 days left to raise as much as it can.  For a pledge of $7, you will get one ebook.  For a pledge of $20, you will get one book.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/humanafterall/weapons-of-reason?