Patreon is something like the better-known Kickstarter and Indiegogo -- a "crowdfunding" site, but unlike those two, which tend to be used to support single-product projects, Patreon allows people to contribute per product (in this case, per video), making it ideal for artists, musicians, cartoonists, podcasters, video-content-producers -- even for philosophers.
You get to donate in order to see more of what you like -- and you get to hold the content-producer to a schedule. If they produce, they get donations. If they slack off, and don't produce, they don't get donations until they get it in gear. (I think you can tell that this is the model I prefer!)
Even better, using Patreon for donations allows me -- or rather spurs me -- to create some "rewards" for supporters. Here's a few examples:
- access to my Patreon-only Half Hour Hegel feed
- a personalized Thank You note from me
- participation in online monthly Q& A sessions
- a copy of the Phenomenology of Spirit, signed with a personal note from me (to use as we proceed through the work)
- one-hour online philosophy Tutoring Sessions -
- the opportunity to select Classical Theme Music for videos covering one section of the Phenomenology
- a 1-Day Intensive On-Location Workshop on Hegel, led by me
I'm in the process of creating something new with this series -- an entirely online, video commentary covering the entirety of Hegel's Phenomenology. After just a year, it's helped hundreds of people study this thinker and this work. These videos are likely to exist on the internet as a digital resource for decades.
So, if you'd like to play some role in supporting the ongoing development of an innovative educational resource providing a common intellectual good for generations to come -- and you'd like to get some personal rewards out of it to sweeten the deal -- here is the opportunity!