Thursday, February 5, 2009

TT 27 - The Lecture List

This needs a bit of explaining. At our regular book study, we got talking about who was a Big Name in our Faith Community - What if any Pagan author would "we" pay $100 to hear lecture for 2 hours. They had to be living. They have to be Pagan. We have to be willing to pay - not get in for free, or work the door for a discount - we're talking value proposition here.

It's nothing to pay $100 to go to a rock concert for a Big Name - or more if you want primo seats. There are "think-tank" days like The Power Within where you pay the money and hear a day's worth of 90 minute speakers promoting their individual philosophies.

I can think of a few people in the business community I'd pull out the Visa Card for in the range of $50-$100 bucks - Stephen Lewis - the current President - Seth Godin (heard him) - Mitch Joel (heard him) - Anthony Robbins (heard him) - Pierre Rabhi - Al Gore - President Clinton (heard him) - and a lot of the people I'd really like to hear lecture are dead ... so that's not going to happen (but will be a list another day).

So - here are the 13 Pagan people I'd pay some serious bank to hear speak. The problem with making a list like this is a) the definitin of "pagan" - does Pierre Rabhi count? no? and b) you KNOW that I'll wake up screaming in the middle of the night because I forgot someone important... its gonna happen.

I'd pay $100 to hear a 2 hour lecture by:
  1. Ronald Hutton
  2. Dahm the Bard
  3. Phillip Hesselton
  4. Lon Milo Duquette
  5. Phillip Carr Gomm
  6. Emma Restall Orr
  7. Isaac Bonewits
Pagans I'd pay $50 to hear them speak for two hours
  1. Z Budapest
  2. Gus DeZerega
  3. Selena Fox
  4. Judy Harrow
  5. Thorn Coyle
  6. Nicholas Mann
There are a whole laundry list at the $25 mark. Finally, in a perfect world - the ultimate lecture tours:

Honorable Mention: Brendan Meyers - Canadian Druid Author and Bard - I'll stand you a $50 bar tab to hear you talk and hear you sing for an evening - hoping to talk to you soon. Same offer applies to you, too Ms. Rabinovich. It would be great to swap stories and songs - and make dots!!!

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  1. Awh, I'm not on your list, sad! :-P

  2. Aw Shivian - you'd be #1 on the "ARTISTS" I'd pay money to hear speak! LOVE your work - for those not familiar - visit and dive right in!