Now that my own living arrangements are in order — to the extent that’s possible in light of ongoing, accelerating global climate change, decline of American Empire, and demise of the living planet — I would like to help other people more directly than I am able via the blogosphere, email, and telephone. In most cases, I will work for food and a place to lay my head at night. The unusual event involving my booking agent requires modest financial compensation for her time.
I’d like to visit with you on your property, to discuss your ability to thrive in light of the ongoing collapses in the industrial economy and the environment. I will focus on a durable set of living arrangements. Fees vary, depending primarily on three factors, but I’ll never charge a penny if you don’t think I’m worth it:
Similarly, I’d like to speak with you and your group. I will discuss any number of topics with any group you put together. All I require is a soapbox. A few examples of the topics I address can be found on my “Speaking” tab, and a limited selection is available on my YouTube channel. A single presentation from February 2012 in Muskegon, Michigan is embedded below.
1. Location. There are many places I haven’t been. Pick one, and I’ll visit there if you’ll simply pay my expenses.
2. Civility. After a career in academia, I’ve spent far too much time working with jerks. I prefer people who appreciate what I have to offer, and who are kind. Here’s a model, but you need not be a saint to qualify. And you might need to put up with me not being a saint.
3. Seriousness. During the last year, about a hundred people have visited the mud hut to see what we’ve done as they prepare to develop a durable set of living arrangements (updated in July 2012: more than 400 people have visited, at a rate exceeding two per week). Considerably more people have sent email messages seeking advice. I have responded to each visitor and to each message with free, detailed advice because these people clearly are serious. On the other hand, I have little tolerance for people who are in denial about the ongoing collapse of the industrial economy or ongoing global climate change. If you’re serious about changing your life, I’m serious about helping you.
My usual approach is to have you pay air fare and put me up in your spare bedroom. After I leave, you can decide if our time together was worthwhile and, if so, you can send me a check (or not). In any case, I’ll charge considerably less than the handful of other people offering consulting services. Maybe you get what you pay for, and maybe my commitment to a life of service will provide little service to you. But unlike most of the consultants I know and know about, along with my partners at the property I’ve actually developed a durable set of living arrangements, paying particular attention to water, food, body temperature, and community. I know what it takes — down to the details — as well as how to prioritize and avoid costly mistakes.
The notion of economic collapse has gone mainstream. Renowned trends forecaster Gerald Celente claims this is “much bigger” than economic collapse as he predicts “food riots, tax protests, farmer rebellions, student revolts, squatter dig-ins, homeless uprisings, tent cities, ghost malls, general strikes, bossnappings, kidnappings, industrial saboteurs, gang warfare, mob rule, terror” in 2012. In light of the accelerating decline in American Empire as well as the world’s industrial economy, please let me know if you’d like practical advice as you navigate the stormy seas ahead. And even if ongoing collapse isn’t complete soon, I strongly encourage living outside the mainstream.
Feel free to spread the word, and contact me if you’re interested. You can reach me via email at email@example.com, leave me a message at 520.621.5389 (which is merely an answering machine), and Skype me at guy_mcpherson. Alternatively, additional contact information for me is displayed here. I’m always willing to talk on the telephone if you’ll pay for the call, but we’ll have to arrange a date and time to talk because I’m rarely in the vicinity of the telephone at the mud hut. After you connect with me, I will sometimes ask my agent to work out the details regarding events and my travel. She will be compensated for her time.
If you’ve visited the mud hut or communicated with me via other means, feel free to leave a testimonial in the form of a comment. Not that I’m fishing for compliments, you understand. That would be unseemly.
This post, and the underlying idea, were inspired by my friend Cindy Winkelman, an idea-generating phenomenon.