The first person to source $1,000,000 on Kickstarter

Amanda Palmer was the first person to source $1,000,000 on Kickstarter to fund the production of an album and tour.

She pioneered a new approach to getting funding: “Just ask for help!”

In this TED talk she explains how in her early years as a performing artist she learned how to ask for help and gracefully receive it.  As her reputation grew as a founder of the Dresden Dolls she became jaded by the expectations of her record label who were not interested in album sales less than 100,000 despite the fanatical base of music lovers that flocked to her gigs around the world.  She reckoned that she could make a living if she could get just 20,000 fans to give her a few bucks a year each.

She has gone on to co-found, continue to tour to a supremely loyal fanbase which ‘couch surfing’ in the rooms of kindly fans in exchange for a song or two.  Her touring lodging and food expenses are essentially zero…

Amanda has recently had a baby with her partner Neil Gaiman (yes that Neil Gaiman!)


Brian Wernham has more than 30 years’ experience in adaptive change program leadership. He has worked at the National Audit Office drafting reports for the Public Accounts Committee and has extensive international hands-on delivery leadership experience in USA, UK, Canada, Hong Kong, Germany and offshore in Bangalore. Brian is a Board member of the Association for Project Management (£10m/year). He is a Fellow of the APM and also the BCS with an MBA from Henley Management College and is a Chartered Engineer. He has presented at the US Federal DigitalGov University and is a Director of a large consulting organisation based in London. He is an offshore Yachtmaster and keen off-piste skier, where adaptive planning approaches are essential life-saving skills.