Basically, I am a songwriter who wants to produce my songs and collaborate with other artists. But because I’m a bit of a big picture thinker, I also want to use the opportunity to experiment with a more democratic means of economic development through digital transactions and, hopefully, help to usher in the Revolution of Wisdom. I’m also a writer, actor, video producer, and artistic activist.

Photo by Rob Gardner
Photo by Rob Gardner

Although I am gifted in a number of talents, this year, after nearly a half century of trying to use the tendencies of my Attention Deficit Disorder to help make me a renaissance man, I determined that my highest gift is as a songwriter. The first reason is because I’m pretty prolific at it, but also for the medium’s ability to reach the grandest audience and to be used as an experiment in what I call ABC Squared Economics. Because, I want to fully invest in the art of my life, it has been my near lifelong compulsion to produce and distribute my work in a better way than the imbalanced and antiquated methodologies currently in use.

Nearly a decade ago, I challenged myself to live for a year without the use of money, a time I used as a bit of a reset for the life I was creating and the way in which I was creating it. Feeling the need to further release myself from notions that I don’t believe are working very well for me or the world anymore, in 2012, I went through the U.S. Declaration of Independence paragraph by paragraph, and since it seemed as if Thomas Jefferson had been writing about the current U.S. government instead of King George, I wrote my own Declaration of Independence, declaring my personal sovereignty as the Autonomous Nation of Stevetopia. Obviously, it is a bit of a challenge to declare your sovereignty from an organization that has theoretical control over the land on which you were born and on which you intend to stay, so I am developing my borders and boundaries as I go.

But more important than my borders or boundaries is the Stevetopian economic system, ABC Squared Economics. The basic idea is that every person is comprised of a heart, a mind, a body, and a spirit, similarly to how nature is comprised of water, air, earth, and fire, and so we participate in the world by living out those essences through our artistry, business, citizenry, and community. As such, in the Stevetopian system of ABC Squared Economics, all economic development is designed to be channeled toward its required purpose in creating a well-balanced, prosperous, and resilient society of vibrance, innovation, sustainability, and stewardship.

Stevetopia’s most valuable exports are songs, so that is where the campaign for its sovereignty begins. For those inclined to support the continued development of the Autonomous Nation of Stevetopia, there are a variety of tiers that offer various benefits and participation in roles like a Song Supporter at only 1$ a month, a World Changer at 21$ a month, a Goodwill Ambassador at 88$ a month, or a Trail Blazer at 444$ a month.

Although songs are the predominant export of Stevetopia, continued economic development will also allow for the artistic expansion into video and podcast production, book publication, theatrical performances like Will Rogers Revived and Seamus O’Day and the Irish Way, and interactive art installations likeThe Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path

If you would like to partner with the Autonomous Nation of Stevetopia in trying something different and unique, and if you want to hear some great songs, please subscribe and lend your support.