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Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. Crowdfunding is a form of crowdsourcing and of alternative finance. In 2015, it was estimated that worldwide over US$34 billion was raised this way.

Although similar concepts can also be executed through mail-order subscriptions, benefit events, and other methods, the term crowdfunding refers to Internet-mediated registries. This modern crowdfunding model is generally based on three types of actors: the project initiator who proposes the idea and/or project to be funded, individuals or groups who support the idea, and a moderating organization (the “platform”) that brings the parties together to launch the idea.

Crowdfunding has been used to fund a wide range for-profit entrepreneurial ventures such as artistic and creative projects, medical expenses, travel, or community-oriented social entrepreneurship projects.



adding this page this day:

Alan Levine ☠ (@cogdog) tweeted at 7:39 PM on Fri, Dec 08, 2017:
It’s the same old Fat 2% Head / Poor 98% long tail curve. No One Makes Living on Patreon

2% – The percentage of Patreon creators who earn more than the federal minimum wage through the site, according to public earnings data.


been adding things to amanda‘s page on patreon ness.. ie:

Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) tweeted at 4:53 PM on Sun, Oct 15, 2017:
about to write/record another new song using the patreon. for this next batch of songs, i’m releasing the results to patrons only. JOIN

selling self.. shouldn’t have to happen


exactly. and this is what you get when art meets capitalism. INSANITY.


When I worked at a gallery people would get SO upset with me over the prices like? Don’t buy it if it upsets you so much?

insanity.. that we keep playing this made up money game..

we now have the means to not.. we have the means to facil curiosity.. rather than measuretransactions/art/us..

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way

on mother:

Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) tweeted at 4:23 AM – 16 Nov 2017 :

{thread}. this is about a lot of things, so bear with me. first of all, i’ve never seen a more overwhelmingly emotional & respectful high-five reaction & from my community for *anything* i’ve made. so thank you. but something is really freaking me out: (

in my entire career, i’ve never heard such silence from the press. a few of my personal allies covered this video (thanks @xeni and @hollycara) but despite doing my usual press-release to the US and UK the day this video came out, the non-response has been deafening…

…and i’m like: is it me? is it the video scaring people? are there really no journalists anymore, like some of my writer friends have been telling me? is it really possible to make a project so massive and not even get a mention from a single music blog? it’s so WEIRD…

and i find myself thinking: what if i didn’t have the patreon? i would be FUCKED. i have never believed more than NOW that my community is becoming the Media Itself and that i have to turn my fragile-ego-self away from the idea that the press is going to validate my hard work…

…and how ironic, given my vide & all of trump’s hatred of the Fake News Media. but maybe it’s like the death of anything dear. maybe we have to collectively grieve the death of Old Media and celebrate whatever is taking its place, and make that thing work.

in closing: facebook is strangling my reach, the media won’t alert you, i’m not on a record label. so if you want to support me, there is only one channel left to assure i can still work and connect and survive, and it’s the patreon. please, join.

so if over 11k isn’t enough.. then this won’t be for everyone.. there’s got to be a nother way.. where anyone/everyone can do their thing.. and not spend energy asking for support.. thinking it’s time to take that leap .. now.. for (blank)’s sake

Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) tweeted at 5:55 AM – 16 Nov 2017 :

to the 100+ people who have joined my patreon since the video came out: thank you from the bottom of my heart. it means everything to me.

Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) tweeted at 5:58 AM – 16 Nov 2017 :

there’s one solution: revolt & find new channels of communication. they planned this. artists/musicians/writers have worked for years to amass these communication networks & FB has simply waited to cash in & capitalize. not their fault. profits first. but we don’t have to play.

perhaps we don’t have to play the money game at all.. a nother way

Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) tweeted at 5:58 AM – 16 Nov 2017 :

thank you. it’s going to be more and more important as the internet becomes less free.

Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) tweeted at 5:45 AM – 17 Nov 2017 :

yeah…it’s not a tip if there isn’t a minimum wage underneath. it’s more like the minimum wage, actually. do you ask people to patreon you w/o patreon ing them back..
and then.. same song second verse english accent little but worse

Replying to @amandapalmer

It’s kinda funny, because if the average Joe has to make a choice between giving AFP a donation or one to me, he will pick me. Because it’s assumed that I need it more. So their big earners will leave. Then the smaller ones, because we follow the big boys.


i do have quite a few people say “i am leaving you because it seems like you have enough dough and i’m gonna go support the smaller artists” in my exit surveys. which is GREAT. crowdfunding should be transparent and democratic. i applaud those people. they’re getting it.


had added early to crowdsourcing page:

MIT Media Lab (@medialab) tweeted at 2:35 PM – 29 Oct 2017 :

The crowd funds only “what the crowd wants to fund.” @AnnaMinton cites @CivicMIT alum @rodrigodavies on crowdfunding

Civic crowdfunding is privatisation masquerading as democracy

Truly representative decision making may not be as easy as marrying populism with entrepreneurial get-up-and-go.

outsourcing decisions about what should be funded to a populist conception of “the public”, where those with the funds set the agenda.

consensus.. decision making.. et al.. there’s a nother way

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way





via Quinn Norton

Quinnsplainer ‘ ; DROP TABLE altright_users (@quinnnorton) tweeted at 5:15 AM – 13 Dec 2017 :

A post, in which I reflect on @Patreon , but also crowdfunding, and my own career. (

TLDR: If you can’t afford to support me on Patreon, please don’t. There’s lots of other great ways to support me, and the best way is creating a community of hope alongside me. 

What I had on Gittip, then Patreon, was choice. I could choose what I did, do whatever I found worthy, and then I’d find out if you found it worthy too. That was new. I responded by having a small nervous breakdown and not doing anything for a while. This is a theme that re-occurs with some regularity in my career. I don’t even have the sense to feel ashamed about it. It’s just a thing that’s true.

happens ie: when kids let out of school to unschool .. they call it detox

norton productivity law

.. our job is to reinvent community.. to reinvent the self in a way that lets us build a healthy society.

If you want to support what I’m trying to do in the world, money helps, It helps a lot! But it’s the second best way to help. The best is to write or record or take notes on the new problems of human society in this century; to discuss questions and ideas about who we are in the world and who we should become. ..To develop an imagination big enough to make the future. To get things wrong, to iterate, to converse, to forgive, to teach, to choose.

a nother way


Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) tweeted at 8:02 AM – 15 Jan 2018 :

Crowdfunding for medical costs is turning health-care into a reality-TV competition


panhandle\ing ness

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