We're getting close!! We need to work on the last pre-sign-off line(s) to solidify this thing.
I'm happy to suggest as a final draft for everything except the second-to-last section. SCRIPT: 1. Things like software, music, journalism, and research *can* be public goods, freely used and shared by *everyone*. 2. But instead, publishers typically add restrictions in order to secure funding. 3. Meanwhile, projects releasing their work under free and open terms struggle. 4. To address this dilemma, we developed a new fundraising method we call crowd**matching**. 5. Rather than donate alone, you pledge to make a monthly contribution of 1 cent for every 10 patrons who give to the same project with you. 6. 1,000 patrons donating $1 is $1,000, but with 5,000 patrons at just $5 each, a project would receive $25,000 a month! 7. ??? [see notes below; something mentioning budget (probably vague, just giving idea that you can learn more reading the how-it-works page) and emphasizing the positive qualities of the system as a whole] 8. Join Snowdrift.coop today, and help clear the path to a free and open future! --- Aaron's thoughts on 7: * goal: an inspiring and informative vision of the system overall * must mention budget * avoid vague claims, buzzwords, marketing-speak in favor of factual informative content * the vision can emphasize any of: * pledging to many projects * only donating much to those that have buy-in from others / those projects "people value most" (consensus, avoiding fragmentation / a few successful projects is better than many failing ones) * a budget where projects that get *too* popular get cut off * no time here but ideal impression of how this mediates runaway growth, and a popular project doesn't *directly* cause the drop of another project * you have control to stay on-board with a super popular project by either (A) dropping others or (B) increasing your budget * you can observe over time to favor those projects that make the most impact (accountability) * your pledges are part of inviting others to pledge * providing sustainable, reliable salaries to project teams * we only have time for some of these things * "directs your budget to most-valued" ideas are misleading in that it only applies *before* hitting your limit. At your limit, projects that get popular will be dropped first. * To ensure people have a clear sense of budget or at least open questions and not misunderstandings, these are the implications to avoid: * wrong: you always give your whole budget * wrong: you can always keep donating without passing your limit (effectively reneging on the matching pledge) * wrong: you can set a different budget for each project * we have at most about 15 seconds for whatever best compromise of these things we can achieve
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