Skepticon V – the largest free skeptics conference in the USA – starts on Friday 9th November, in Springield, MO. Last year I spoke on a panel – an atheist death panel, no less – at Skepticon IV. It was my first experience of Skepticon, and it was amazing. I was hugely inspired by the speakers, learnt a lot, and was amazed at the capability of the organizers to put on such a huge conference – more than 1,000 people! – and keeping it entirely free. But this year the conference has moved to a larger venue, and they need your help. To keep this great and important event free they need donations, and have asked for them in this charming letter. Read it, then go to this link to donate, then come to Skepticon next week! See you there!
Dear Internet,Let me start by first saying that I love ALL of your faces. I do.
So, as you may have heard, Skepticon is happening soon and I am so excited! WOOO!
But, here’s the thing. There’s a catch. I know, I know–there is always a catch, but this one is pretty important. Skepticon is in a bit of a tough spot. This year, we had to secure a bigger venue, and that means that it’s more expensive to put on.
If I had all the money in the world, I would put on Skepticon for free every year, but sadly (both for me and the world) that is not the case. We need donations to keep Skepticon running, especially now as we are faced with a larger obstacle than we had originally thought.
Every time I express my worry about Skepticon’s financial situation, I am faced with comments about we ‘should just start charging.’ I won’t lie to you all, doing that would make things much easier financially. If everyone who came to Skepticon gave us $5, we would easily be able to fund ourselves.
But we won’t start doing that. Ever. As far as I am concerned, as long as all of you continue to believe in and support us, then we are willing to put in the work to make this event free to attend. We want any and everyone who can make it out to Springfield freaking’ Missouri to be able to be here with us.
We want you here. We want this event to happen. We need your help.
Hearts and kisses,