World Vasectomy Day

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Jonathan Stack
New York City, New York
United States
4 Team Members

Thank you to everyone who has pledged - we couldn’t have made it this far without you.  

We haven’t raised all we had hoped for, but the truth is, we’ve achieved much more than we imagined was possible and along the way, we’ve been building the very 'crowd' we need to make World Vasectomy Day on 18 October 2013 a fantastic success.  

The campaign on Indiegogo has finished but the project is still welcoming donations at and  

So come on over and visit us - the more funds we continue to raise the more countries we can sign up to participate in the inaugural World Vasectomy Day!

Our goal

With your help, we aim to raise enough money to make the first ever World Vasectomy Day a hugely successful global event. Our goal is to raise awareness about the environmental impact of rising population on the planet, men’s role in family planning and vasectomy as a solution to prevent unintended pregnancies.


What is World Vasectomy Day?

On October 18, 2013 men all over the world, whose families are complete, will dedicate their vasectomy to Planet Earth in a world-first vasectomy-athon to launch the inaugural World Vasectomy Day (WVD).

1,000 men in 25 countries will take the ultimate snip to show they care about the growing strain that population is placing on the planet’s resources, their families and themselves.

For more information:


World Vasectomy Day Logo


Why World Vasectomy Day?

WVD is a chance for men all over the world to make a very personal choice that has a profoundly public impact on our present and our future. We are asking men who do not want more children to join forces to shoulder the burden of family planning and in so doing, fight for their family, their community, their country and our planet.

WVD will be a world-class knowledge-sharing forum addressing critical science related issues within the context of a highly innovative and ambitious multiplatform public event. But we need YOUR HELP to get there.


What will happen on World Vasectomy Day?

Vasectomies performed: The world’s most prolific vasectomist, Dr Doug Stein will perform vasectomies in front of an audience at the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) – Australia’s national science hub – to launch the inaugural World Vasectomy Day.

Dr Stein

Streamed live: The event will be the world’s first live-streamed vasectomy-athon. Dr Stein will field questions from both the live Adelaide audience and an international online audience.

Discussion: There will be a gathering of diverse thought leaders including population expert and author of The Population Bomb Professor Paul Ehrlich who will weigh in on the social, political, cultural and ethical issues raised by the event and Dr Stein’s mission to save the planet… one vasectomy at a time.

Multiple locations around the globe: While Dr Stein performs vasectomies live from the RiAus in an unorthodox ‘operating theater’, doctors around the world will also perform vasectomies, connected to the event via Skype and social media platforms.


What we’ve achieved so far

The good news is we’ve already accomplished an enormous amount so far to lay the foundations for making WVD a reality:

We've made a film: Our documentary film about Dr Doug Stein - THE VASECTOMIST is now complete after four years of devotion and will premiere in October as a part of WVD celebrations. 

We've got doctors: Vasectomy doctors around the world are signing up for WVD, eager to participate and commit their services to the cause. 

We've got speakers: We are rallying some of the smartest people in the world to come together to lead the conversation.

We've got webisodes: We’ve already made 21 webisodes that you can find on the homepage of our website to take you on the journey from where this project began through the experiences and realisations of both Doug and Jonathan, as well as learn a heck of a lot about vasectomies along the way.

We've got many of the logistics figured out: The venue, the partnerships, the date!

We just need some funds to pull it all off...


So here’s where you come in

We urgently need to raise another $50,000 to help us cover the costs of the human and physical resources required to make WVD happen. Your support will help us achieve:

Marketing and publicity including online marketing through social media to build our global audience.

Logistics support on the ground in each participating country.

Design and build of the WVD interactive website for online streaming.

Production and postproduction of another 10 webisodes covering the lead up to and realisation of WVD (shooting and editing).


What you get

Take a look at the right hand column and you’ll find we have all sorts of rewards for our contributors. We want to show our gratitude and appreciation to the community behind this cause by offering you things like DVDs, T-shirts, film screenings including Q & A with Jonathan and Doug, vasectomies (having a vasectomy is a serious decision, please read the fine print*), conversations, film project consultations with Jonathan, and even a short film made to order!




How did this all start?

World Vasectomy Day is the creation of Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jonathan Stack, who while setting out to tell his own story about getting a vasectomy, met legendary Florida-based urologist Dr Doug Stein and together, ended up making a film about population on the planet – THE VASECTOMIST. But it didn’t stop there. The journey inspired them to create a movement to raise global awareness of: the dangers an ever-increasing population has on the planet’s finite resources; and vasectomy as a viable solution to prevent unintended pregnancies.


Who are we?

Jonathan Stack

Coproduction partners New York-based Gabriel Films founded by Jonathan Stack, and Sydney-based Smith&Nasht founded by Simon Nasht, are companies focused on social issue storytelling. We have come together to create a new conversation about population and consumption, by asking men to take a very personal action to change the world. We believe that: vasectomy should be readily available to all men; it is the best option for men whose families are complete; it is the fair thing to do for our women and the right thing to do for our planet. And by eliminating fears of unintended pregnancies, it can even make your sex life better!

We know that talking about fertility is difficult. The consequence of denial is unacceptable. The good news – although we are the cause behind each challenge we face, we are also the solution.


Thank you!

We are deeply grateful for any support you can offer and value each and every one of your contributions equally; in whatever way you can support us. If you’re interested in what we’re doing and want to help us raise awareness through World Vasectomy Day, there are many ways you can contribute to help us build the community such as:

LIKE our Facebook page

FOLLOW us on Twitter

VISIT our website and SUBSCRIBE to our Campaign News to be the first to hear how we’re doing.

TELL YOUR FRIENDS - to join the conversation about population and our impact on the planet!

Thank you so much. We can’t achieve our goals without you!



*The Legal Stuff
If you choose the Have Your Own Vasectomy perk, you must be a consenting adult. You will be required to undergo standard counselling and assessment procedures and follow-up treatment. Dr Stein will have complete discretion to determine if the procedure should go ahead, and the schedule of the procedure. If for any reason he should decide not to proceed, you will be refunded your contribution.

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  • $1USD
    One foot at a time…

    It just so happens that Dr Doug Stein, our fearless vasectomist, is climbing a mountain this summer. Yep, he’s is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro on August 11th to place a World Vasectomy Day banner at the summit. To support his ascent we’re asking people for a one dollar donation per foot of the climb. You can contribute as many of the 19,341 ‘feet’ as you want. To show our gratitude, we'll give you a special thank you by name on Facebook. Every dollar you give, gets us closer to our goal.

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  • $10USD
    Hands up for the planet

    By pledging even a few dollars towards this campaign you'll be showing the world that you believe it is important to have a global discussion about issues facing our planet and men's role in family planning. To show our gratitude, we'll give you a special thank you by name on Facebook.

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  • $25USD
    Watch our film THE VASECTOMIST

    Find out more about how population is affecting the planet and how vasectomies can help by watching our film. For $25, in addition to a special thank you by name on Facebook you can also watch our film online. THE VASECTOMIST is our documentary about Dr Doug Stein and his efforts to save the planet, one vasectomy at a time.

    25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $50USD
    Own the limited edition DVD

    We believe in putting the story in the hands of the community. Watch THE VASECTOMIST film wherever, whenever you like with a limited edition DVD signed by the directors Jonathan Stack and Saralena Weinfield, and by Dr Doug Stein himself. To show our gratitude we'll give you a special thank you by name on Facebook.

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  • $100USD
    Be a Human Billboard

    Dr Doug Stein believes in billboards to get the message out and we think he’s right. So here’s your chance to show your support and be proud - and take the message to the street! Advocate that you care about population and the planet and men's role in family planning by wearing a World Vasectomy Day T-shirt. We'll also send you the DVD and give you a special thank you by name on Facebook.

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $250USD
    World Vasectomy Day Champion

    As well as sending you the DVD and T-shirt, we want you to be personally involved as a World Vasectomy Day Ambassador. Dr Doug Stein will give you a special Ambassador shout out as you watch the live stream.

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  • $250USD
    Talk the talk

    As well as sending you the DVD and T-shirt, for this contribution, we want to thank you personally. So we're offering you a half hour Skype conversation with Jonathan Stack – you know, the two-time Oscar-nominated and Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning documentary filmmaker! Talk about whatever you want whether it be population on the planet, filmmaking, basketball. “I’ve got a lot of anecdotes and while this might sound serious, I’ve been told I could do stand up comedy”

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $500USD
    Have your own vasectomy

    A special thank you by name on Facebook plus (this one’s our personal favourite) - the “putting your money where your mouth is” option. Wait for it… you get a vasectomy done by Dr Doug Stein himself in Florida! We can attest that he’s the best and what’s more… it’s very sunny in Florida. Vasectomy vacation anyone? Doug is volunteering his time and resources but you’ll need to get yourself there and put yourself up. Having a vasectomy is a serious decision, please read the fine print*

    1 out of 20 claimed
  • $500USD
    Be a Sponsor

    As well as sending you the DVD and T-shirt, for this contribution, your company or organisation will be acknowledged as an official sponsor of World Vasectomy Day. Your hyperlinked logo will appear on the official sponsors page of our website, as well as during the WVD live webcast.

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  • $1,000USD
    Get together on the Big Screen

    A special thank you by name on Facebook plus a chance to hold a private screening of our film THE VASECTOMIST, anywhere you like with a post-screening Q and A with either Dr Doug Stein or Jonathan Stack via Skype or in person if you screen in Tampa or New York. Invite friends; sell tickets, keep the money for your organisation or donate the money to World Vasectomy Day. We promise an evening you won’t forget.

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  • $1,500USD
    Be mentored by Jonathan Stack

    A special thank you by name on Facebook plus a documentary project consultancy deluxe package with Jonathan Stack. Jonathan has mentored many young filmmakers. He can help you too. He’ll do your budget, write a draft of your proposal and help you come up with a finance plan.

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  • $2,500USD
    Come hang with us on WVD

    A special thank you by name on Facebook plus VIP double pass tickets to the Australian premiere of THE VASECTOMIST and VIP double pass tickets to the World Vasectomy Day event and exclusive dinner with the directors, producers and Dr Doug Stein. Airfares and accommodation not included.

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $5,000USD
    A mission in your name

    How about sponsoring one of Dr Stein’s international vasectomy missions. Think about it. Your efforts would help lower the world’s carbon footprint. And of course, your contribution will be gratefully acknowledged on WVD.

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  • $10,000USD
    Learn the Art of Vasectomy

    Want to be the next Dr Doug Stein? An invitation for qualified physicians to come to Florida to train with the master himself. Doug has provided expert training to more than 40 doctors around the world. His philosophy is to learn by doing, so here's your opportunity to spend two intensive days shadowing Dr Stein training on at least eight volunteers to arm you with the tools of the trade to perfect the Art of Vasectomy! US domestic return flights to Florida and two nights accommodation included.

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  • $50,000USD
    Jonathan will make you a film

    We’ll say it again, two-time Oscar-nominated and Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning documentary filmmaker Jonathan Stack will make you a 20 minute film on any theme or issue you can imagine (preferably a direct flight away from NYC). And if your NGO is looking to build awareness and raise money, or if your company is in need of a new promotional video - then this reward is a steal. Plus you’ll get to hang with Jonathan which is an adventure in itself.

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