Phidippus Project

is creating a Living Documentary of Unexpected Relationships

1

patron

$2

per month
Decades of wars, billions of dollars, and millions of lives are affected by unchangeable minds and irrational “isms”. Millions of hours are lost each day in conflicting opinions. But minds seldom change.

Genifer changes minds every day.

Genifer Livingston Spider is having a mind-changing impact on a surprisingly large audience. She is one of many such relationships springing out of the Phidippus Project.

What is unique about Genifer is not only her seeming awareness of intent, it is her reciprocal curiosity.  It is her evident recognition of the part of me that recognizes her. People are witnessing these behaviors and changing their minds.


In my exploration of a creature I once mistakenly feared, I have come to learn of this one unique species and its remarkable sensory capacity to perceive, solve, explore, and experiment.

But the most important value of all has been the process of self discovery in the relationship. To enable the growth of another being, rather than seek to squash such potential has become an exercise in how to regard all relationships.

Genifer has become my own personal modern parable. And an opportunity to show another being the best of ourselves and the world around us.

Her continuing series has value beyond entertainment. It provides an ongoing interaction and example for others to follow in creating such a relationship for themselves. 


I am teaching Genifer everything I can about everything that peaks her interest. In this ongoing process, I am learning more about myself than I could have imagined. 

Cognition, interpretation, cooperation, or even communication...? Who knows? Maybe it is all imagined? If nothing else, let imagination inspire. It is a beautiful story either way.
Tiers
One Dollar Tip Jar
$1 or more per month
A buck a month in the tip jar is just a way to say thanks for any value you've found in the Phidippus Project. 
Three Dollar Tip Jar
$3 or more per month
A bit more of a thank you. Perhaps you've received value, had a door opened or learned something new?  There is no charge or fee to stick around, but we do play for tips. 
Friendship Dues
$5 or more per month
This is where I ask my friends to give a little back. Perhaps you've been given work, equipment, capital, or other gifts of value when times were tight for you. Whether a gesture of kindness, or returning a favor, your $5 monthly patronage will provide gas money to keep us fueled and moving forward. 
The Ophelia Project - Mortality
$5 or more per month
Phidippus lives are just too short. And too few make it it to their first molt. Ophelia's owner has been documenting causes of mortality and exploring ways to extend lifespan. Support Ophelia's ongoing project here with a few bucks a month in her tip jar. :-)
Founding 100
$10 or more per month only 99 left
Limited to the first hundred founders. Your $10 month places you among the original founders of the Phidippus Project. You'll be known as one of those who was around at the beginning. You'll be recognized in print and subsequent credits as one who made it possible. 
Whispering Giant
$25 or more per month only 10 left
Whispering Giants are those who really want to take on a supporting role by acquiring a Phidippus of their own and contributing to the documentary. Whispering Giants will receive a Phidippus Starter Kit and ongoing instructions on how to create a personal GDP with the help of your tiny partner. 
The Invertabratarium - a Solar Greenhouse Enclosure
$50 or more per month only 100 left
For breeders and dedicated Phidippus owners, a high-tech shed/greenhouse. More than an enclosure, this structure may provide food, clean air and water, and even uses thermal technologies to heat and cool itself and possibly your home. Upon completion of the final prototype, you'll receive complete plans for your own self-sustaining structure and optional Phidippus hangout.  
Small Business Sponsor
$100 or more per month only 5 left
Own a pet shop, bug store, or other pet service supply business. We'll credit your business with your logo and promote items from your business at educational and trade-show events. 
Goals
$2 of $500 per month
Genifer's first goal is to see if this works at all. What is valuable at $500 is a release of market data of views, reach, geography and demography. At the $500 mark, select relevant statistics from highlighted pages and groups within the Phidippus Project will be made available to participating patrons. Jumping Spiders are an exploding market for those producing supplies, accessories, and enclosures. This is the basic market research you'll want to review if you are seeing the value in this new market. 
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Decades of wars, billions of dollars, and millions of lives are affected by unchangeable minds and irrational “isms”. Millions of hours are lost each day in conflicting opinions. But minds seldom change.

Genifer changes minds every day.

Genifer Livingston Spider is having a mind-changing impact on a surprisingly large audience. She is one of many such relationships springing out of the Phidippus Project.

What is unique about Genifer is not only her seeming awareness of intent, it is her reciprocal curiosity.  It is her evident recognition of the part of me that recognizes her. People are witnessing these behaviors and changing their minds.


In my exploration of a creature I once mistakenly feared, I have come to learn of this one unique species and its remarkable sensory capacity to perceive, solve, explore, and experiment.

But the most important value of all has been the process of self discovery in the relationship. To enable the growth of another being, rather than seek to squash such potential has become an exercise in how to regard all relationships.

Genifer has become my own personal modern parable. And an opportunity to show another being the best of ourselves and the world around us.

Her continuing series has value beyond entertainment. It provides an ongoing interaction and example for others to follow in creating such a relationship for themselves. 


I am teaching Genifer everything I can about everything that peaks her interest. In this ongoing process, I am learning more about myself than I could have imagined. 

Cognition, interpretation, cooperation, or even communication...? Who knows? Maybe it is all imagined? If nothing else, let imagination inspire. It is a beautiful story either way.

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Tiers
One Dollar Tip Jar
$1 or more per month
A buck a month in the tip jar is just a way to say thanks for any value you've found in the Phidippus Project. 
Three Dollar Tip Jar
$3 or more per month
A bit more of a thank you. Perhaps you've received value, had a door opened or learned something new?  There is no charge or fee to stick around, but we do play for tips. 
Friendship Dues
$5 or more per month
This is where I ask my friends to give a little back. Perhaps you've been given work, equipment, capital, or other gifts of value when times were tight for you. Whether a gesture of kindness, or returning a favor, your $5 monthly patronage will provide gas money to keep us fueled and moving forward. 
The Ophelia Project - Mortality
$5 or more per month
Phidippus lives are just too short. And too few make it it to their first molt. Ophelia's owner has been documenting causes of mortality and exploring ways to extend lifespan. Support Ophelia's ongoing project here with a few bucks a month in her tip jar. :-)
Founding 100
$10 or more per month only 99 left
Limited to the first hundred founders. Your $10 month places you among the original founders of the Phidippus Project. You'll be known as one of those who was around at the beginning. You'll be recognized in print and subsequent credits as one who made it possible. 
Whispering Giant
$25 or more per month only 10 left
Whispering Giants are those who really want to take on a supporting role by acquiring a Phidippus of their own and contributing to the documentary. Whispering Giants will receive a Phidippus Starter Kit and ongoing instructions on how to create a personal GDP with the help of your tiny partner. 
The Invertabratarium - a Solar Greenhouse Enclosure
$50 or more per month only 100 left
For breeders and dedicated Phidippus owners, a high-tech shed/greenhouse. More than an enclosure, this structure may provide food, clean air and water, and even uses thermal technologies to heat and cool itself and possibly your home. Upon completion of the final prototype, you'll receive complete plans for your own self-sustaining structure and optional Phidippus hangout.  
Small Business Sponsor
$100 or more per month only 5 left
Own a pet shop, bug store, or other pet service supply business. We'll credit your business with your logo and promote items from your business at educational and trade-show events.