As much as possible I offer my work as a gift. I put it online without a pay wall of any kind. My events are generally by donation as well, and online course contributions are self-determined at the time you register for each. I also keep the site clean of advertising. (I feel that advertising suggests "In the end, this is all about making money," and implants wariness and resistance in the reader.)
This means we rely on voluntary financial support to maintain this site. If you have the financial means, your recurring gift or one-time donation (using the form below) is welcome. Otherwise, see below for other ways to support this work.
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More Beautiful World Action Team
“Charles, your work is only reaching a fraction of its natural audience. There’s so much more you could be doing on social media. Let us help you.”
Such was the heartfelt, generous offer. Unfortunately, when we sat down to implement the ideas, most of them felt icky. I was unwilling to do things that felt markety or inauthentic. Even the terminology felt off – the audience. Page views. Reach. Newsletter. Followers. Not to be the word police, but somehow these obscure the reality that these are real human beings out there. And a lot of us are sick of being marketed to, manipulated, blasted with emails, offered images, treated as a list, an audience, a consumer, a customer.
“So I thought, instead of paying mega-corporations,
why not ask my allies to help out?”
I am reluctant to tweak my site to appeal to algorithms, and I am reluctant to pay Internet mega-corporations to bring my messages to people I don’t know. I don’t want to advertise to strangers. I want people to find out about my work because someone who knows them tells them about it. That is what social media is for, actually, but today it has become pay-to-play. Facebook and Twitter suppress your postings unless you pay them. My posts reach a fraction of the people they once did. This is not due to censorship, it is due to monetization.
So I thought, instead of paying mega-corporations, why not ask my allies to help out? There must be people who would be willing to spend 5 or 10 minutes once in a while to repost, retweet, forward, and like – counteracting the suppression by the centralized powers. I know a lot of you do this anyway, mostly in a random, haphazard way. It would be more effective if we organize.
In the future, the need for allies of this kind might become even stronger. I’ve been taking notice of the spread of censorship on the Internet. It started with right-wing hate sites, then spread to (so-called) conspiracy sites, then to anti-war political sites, and most recently, to alternative health sites that advocate things like holistic cancer therapies or voice doubt about vaccine safety. Google and Facebook give more weight to “reputable” sources (establishment media). Wikipedia labels as pseudoscience therapies I use myself and have seen deliver dramatic results. Friends and allies have been shadowbanned from Google and other platforms and their characters assassinated on Wikipedia. One was even locked out of Mailchimp.
“I want to engage my readers
in a way that doesn’t depend on centralized institutions.”
While a lot of what is demoted in search algorithms as fake news or conspiracy theory is indeed junk, the same net catches a lot of solid information that simply deviates from establishment narratives. Since much of what I say indeed deviates as well, I want to prepare for various kinds of subtle or overt censorship.
I want to engage my readers in a way that doesn’t depend on centralized institutions. I want it to be person-to-person. Its not to say “Don’t use Twitter. Don’t use Facebook.” It is to understand that we cannot rely on them. We might need to switch again and again as each promising new platform eventually gets coopted.
This is where the idea of a More Beautiful World Action Team comes in. It is to remedy the shortcomings of social media and, potentially, overcome the censorship and bias overtaking search engines and social media platforms.
Probably some of you are already on the action team without being asked, simply by sharing many of the things I’ve offered. In fact we did launch it a few months ago, but didn’t really announce it.
For now, I intend the MBW Action Team to help spread new essays, courses, interviews, and other things that I am passionate about, acting on key leverage points. In the future, I might canvass the Action Team and see if there is interest in other forms of activism for a More Beautiful World (a world built on the story of interbeing), again acting on key leverage points. Not partisan politics, but rather those things invisible to partisan politics.
What this entails: Every now and then you will receive an email requesting you to take some kind of action in support of a new creation or initiative. In some weeks there could be 2-3 requests; other times, there could be a stretch of a couple weeks with no requests.
Thanks for considering this, and I hope you will join us!