March 21st, 2011

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Net Neutrality for Your Crowdfunding Enjoyment

Here's a wonderful speech explaining how net neutrality is vital to keeping the internet open for crowdfunding creators and audiences.  Lose that and we are likely to be stuck with McFantasy Bookslush and Hollywood Gives Us the Shaft IX.  A corporate-controlled Internet would be run for the private profit of a very few people, in ways that crowd out everyone else's opportunity to do business and enjoy whatever content they want. Link courtesy of my_partner_doug.
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Are you crowdfunding in community?

I'm going to write an article for Communities  magazine on "Crowdfunding: A Communal Business Model."  It will introduce the idea of crowdfunding to an audience that probably includes a lot of people who are already doing some version of this, but don't know it by that name.  I want to raise awareness of crowdfunding as a community-oriented business approach.  The article will cover various kinds of crowdfunding from community-supported agriculture to launching alternative businesses to cyberfunded creativity.  (If you're not familiar with communal living, check out the Intentional Community site or my "Householding" article.)

What I'd like to know from you folks is ...

* Are any of you crowdfunding creators living in an intentional community, shared house, or other communal living situation?
* Are any of you patrons (or for creators, patrons you know of) living in community?
* If you're not living in community now, have you done so in the past and did it affect your creative business approach?
* Do you know of anyone living in community who is interested in any type of crowdfunding, as a creator or patron?
* Have you ever done an event, such as a reading or a house concert, at an intentional community?
* How important is the concept of "community" (whether in person or online) to you?  Why?
* How do your ideals about community influence your creativity and/or patronage?

 Anything else you have to add is also welcome.  I'm hoping to get at least a few good quotes that I can use in the article.  Thanks for your help.
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Continued discussion of why people donate

The discussion on crowdfunding about why people donate to projects has continued to grow.  There are many fascinating ideas out there!  Different people have different models of handling their donations or deciding when to donate.  If you are a creator or donor in crowdfunding, you should read this post, or reread it for the new comments if you already looked last week.
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Monday Update 3-21-11

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:

Ebooks Are Easier
The Right to Bear Arms ... on Campus (89 comments, mostly rational)
Using Dialog
The First Crowdfunded Strip

Check out these cool posts regarding Torn World:
Torn World Muse Fusion This Weekend (includes thumbnails of my writing, and links to 2 poems)
Torn Tongue: Verbs Beginning With "H"
Read "The Sky Rangers" in Torn World
Torn World: Read about Snow-Unicorns

Currently in front of the canon board at Torn World: "Clouds in the Morning," "Cutting Time," "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal," "One-Tick Literature," "On the Rocks," "Words Between Brothers," "One Toy for Three," "Lookbacks," "The Ties We Twine," (fiction) and "The Sugar Mouse" (poetry).  Drafted: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands," "Forbidden Love," "Scars of Stone," and "Like Ash Before the Wind" (fiction) and "Shrine of the Stone Lions," "Steam Power," and "Cage of Hope" (poetry).  In revision at home: "Water Dance."  Currently writing: "From Dark to Bright" and "Raining Kittens" (fiction).


The epic poems "The Truth in the Tower" (a Fiorenza poem) and " Paper, Scissors, Stone" (a Monster House poem) are currently in microfunding.  "The Truth in the Tower" has 13 of 23 verses posted, and the next can be revealed for $1.  "Paper, Scissors, Stone" has 9 of 17 verses funded, and you can have the next one for $2.  One other epic is currently open for sponsorship. "A Periodic Table of Elementals" is ahead of production.  This is science fantasy.

All voting has concluded for the 2011 Rose & Bay Awards, winners have been announced, and certificates are in progress.  Please jaunt over to crowdfunding to read the followup report and discussion.  Your feedback and ideas are invited.