Hamster Kibble top-up update
This is the last day of the Corrente kibble top-up fundraiser. Amazingly, at least to somebody as predisposed to angst as I am, this fundraiser beat the goals ahead of schedule. (I guess Yves was right to call it "modest.") A huge thank you to everyone, because this really takes the edge off.
I had contemplated a second fundraiser based on the site improvements and direction -- this fundraiser just past covered server costs -- but I'm going to push that back to the regular September time, because although I can do site development here, I have a huge critique of Phillip Bobbitt's Shield of Achilles and his concept of "the market state" in mind, and it's taking awhile to complete.
What I have done, instead, is reinstate, with WePay, the subscription buttons that used to exist in PayPal. However, I put the subscriptions on a different basis:
I'd like to see if we can get the Corrente gift economy to the third of three possible levels:
#1: Eight $25 monthly subscriptions ($200) pays for the server infrastructure.
This was the PayPal model, and amount.
#2: Sixteen $25 monthly subscriptions ($400) pay for the server infrastructure and some of lambert's bills ($400).
#3 Thirty two $25 subscriptions ($800) pay for the server, some of lambert's bills, with $400 to be used for some good purpose Correntians decide on. Yes, we can all donate to causes on our own, but I'm guessing that together we will come up with new ideas. Yes, we'd have to bootstrap an online decision-making process, but I think a virtual GA (let's call it) is a good thing to have figured out how to do. Readers?
NOTE "Between level" subscriptions go up a level, e.g. at $600, $200 goes "up" to a cause, not "down" to bills.
I honestly think that #3 would be a real achievement. If we recall, one of the weaknesses of Occupy General assemblies is that the required people to be physically present. It would seem that a virtual decision making process would be the answer to this. But can such a thing be achieved, with all the issues of online identity and behavior? I'm guessing yes, but something "real" has to be at stake to prove this....