Monday, September 17, 2012

Announcing the ASMR Kickstarter Funding Project

The topic has cropped up from time to time in various places. I’ve talked about it on the blog briefly once or twice in the past, and it was brought up on the Facebook group earlier on in the year, too. The research team has deliberated over the subject for a while now as well.

ASMR Research and Support needs funding, chiefly for its research project. For the time being this is all independent. So we’re working on getting a platform up where people can donate to our cause and they will receive benefits from doing so, from being credited for donating, being the first to receive information and updates on research (first access) to receiving media packages, and possibly being allowed to participate as a laboratory volunteer – this will all be dependant on community funding in the future.

We’re looking at Kickstarter to help us with funding efforts, and Ryan, our multimedia specialist, has been tasked with coming up with ideas for the media packages or gifts talked about just now – these would include stickers, T-shirts, trigger video compilations, and more. We would would also like to get other people on board to help with the creation of the media packages. So if you are an artist or musician, and wish to collaborate on this project or at least want to know more about what’s involved, then you can contact me (my contact details are listed on my contacts page) or Envelope at temporcanary at gmail dot com (I broke the link intentionally to prevent harvesting by those spammers out there). Artists should be willing to donate their work as part of the gift tiers, as the funds received will go towards the research project, and we all ready have to factor in the potential cost of shipping the benefits to future donators.

We also need people with experience in EEG, MRI, and other lab work who can help us draft the project charter, which is the quote for funding we need, and the design of the research project.

So people who want to see progress on research will have to put something in to get something out. It won’t be obligatory for anybody to do so, but those who donate will have the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping things along. This model of funding might not be permanent – we one day would like to receive a research grant from a medical or scientific institution to continue research, but we need a research portfolio – something to show them in the mean time – so we can be taken seriously and stand a better chance when that day comes.

I’d just like to take the time to say thank you to everybody in the community, no matter where you are or which sites you participate on, for your continued support and participation. Look at how far we’ve come in such a relatively short amount of time, and just think how far we can still go. The power lies with you! We can and we will do it!

I'd also just like to add in response to a concern raised by an individual that we will look in to a worthwhile cause or charity of some sort that we can donate funds to in the case that funds we receive are beyond what we need for the research project. We are not looking to personally profit from this, rest assured.

4 comments:

  1. I just found this whole phenomenon thanks to a Facebook share by a friend. I am so delighted that this community exists! As a certified massage therapist with a special interest in stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, I think that ASMR research is a very important endeavor. I've had this sensation all my life, and I think it is very healing, and should be promoted and encouraged! I imagine that there will be some blowback from the more puritanical elements of society, since after all, this is about pleasure. But those people forget how profoundly beneficial pleasurable experiences are to one's health. Thanks so much for this blog... and let me know where I can go to donate!

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  2. I have had this sensation my whole life, it is triggered by many things and I'm finding now I can do it on my own. I think it is related to being an empath / more right brained.

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  3. Hi im a huge ASMR support person for the last 12 years or so.

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  4. Im a huge ASMR supporter. And have experienced this for the last 13-14 years or so. And am glad to find out people like me. I think human race is on a verge of bio-electric evolution.

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