Curious Apes are creating Films, Podcasts, and Articles that can drive a movement
6

patrons

$59
per month

Example Podcast: 
See all of our content here:  CuriousApes.com

Why?!


“Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact. ” -- William S. Burroughs

Originally created as an indie publishing company out of Portland, Oregon, Curious Apes has now become a robust website and event host dedicated to art, articles, poems, prose, and podcasts—all with one main focus in mind:

Humanism.


That's right—all the jokes, all the rants, all the poetic word-smithing—it's all an attempt to add momentum toward a world that's better for all us.

Why? Well... you travel to enough foreign places, read enough books, do enough mushrooms and experience enough vulnerable situations, and eventually you start to realize that we're all in this together, none of us less deserving than any other when it comes to the opportunity to be happy and fulfilled.

That means putting an end to racism, sexism, homophobia, greed, and any other form of indoctrinated thought that stupefies and suppresses freethinking and the sovereign-rights an individual holds over their mind, body, and life. 

Our goals are simple:
  1. Create content that inspires, humors, challenges, and promotes humanism and social equality for all.
  2. Build relationships with people who appreciate such content and/or want to create the same.
Poets, philosophers, thinkers, artists, and creators of all kinds, we want to build a community with you, a channel dedicated to all of us sharing our honest perspectives rather than the cliché, sensationalistic, ego-driven muck of the mainstream.

How?!

We'll do this by examining as deeply and as critically as possible the spectrum from ancient thinkers to future technologies, simultaneously exploring how world events, politics, and current trends are altering the human condition.

While this will often come in the form of a poem, an article, a short story or novel, most frequently we will be delivering such content to you in the form of a weekly podcast—either as interviews, performances, or discussions. There will also be additional private podcasts depending on the reward level you choose, and potentially several additional bonus member podcasts (featuring you) that we'll share with the world at large.


What's in it for you?

Look: We don't want to rip you off. So we've done everything in our power to make sure that your support of our passion and humanism is deeply rewarded and utilized as best as possible. We want to ensure that you're getting every bang for your buck.

And so, at every single reward level, we've overflowed our gift baskets to you with as much thankful goodness as we could reasonably manage—there's no cheap filler here.

And again, because this is first and foremost about community, we've tried to make our rewards actually INVOLVE you, allowing your work and your thoughts to be as integrated as much as possible. This could be anything from you submitting suggestions for our content, providing questions we'll answer in a private podcast, directly adding content to the website, and even appearing on the podcast itself. 
Who is Curious Apes?!

My name is Steven E. Parton . In addition to establishing Curious Apes, I'm a writer, podcaster, philosopher, and a futurist/transhumanist—with an emphasis on humanist.

I have dedicated the past 8 years of life towards studying the human condition and learning how to better it—for both myself and the world at large. During that time, I've studied several branches of psychology(especially Jungian), Alchemy, Hermeticism, Taoism, Buddhism, Chaos Magick, Thelema Magick, Wiccan, parapsychology, and plethora of other fields relating to mysticism and the study of the soul .

I also received a degree in business and computer science with a minor in mathematics (and nearly completed a psychology degree as well), and have taught artificial intelligence,  spent years wrangling with practical applications of neuroscience and quantum physics , and have consistently kept myself as up-to-date as possible on the current trends in technology and the zeitgeist of our times.

Though this is where my passion undoubtedly lies, I'm still forced to partake in the capricious, stressful, and long hours of freelance web-development. Any bit of help you provide gives me the ability to spend less hours grinding away at meaningless work so that I can instead focus more bringing more interesting people and meaningful content to you, our wonderful supporters, at a higher frequency and with higher production value.

But worry not: even if you can't spare some aid, Curious Apes will always be free.


Regular Contributors:

Donovan James is a writer, musician, cat enthusiast and psychonaut. He is still an idealist, despite a ravaging cynicism. He believes that the money and effort allocated to war and fear should be used to feed, shelter, and educate the poor, no human being excluded.  
Tiers
Pledge $2 or more per month
1 patron
A Coffee for Conversations and Creations:

We need fuel to run Curious Apes, and for only the price of a single coffee a month we'll be able to maintain the energy(financially as well!) to keep bringing you all the articles, poems, stories, and podcast we pour our souls into.

  • Our deepest thanks. There truly are not enough kind words created to tell you how thankful we are that you are willing to help support our passion.
  • Access to private patron-only post and discussions. Strike up a conversation with us and your fellow Curious Apes about anything that's been on your mind. And keep your eyes out for invites to private, spontaneously live feeds where you can engage us in live discussion.
  • Twitter Followers. We're not much for being “followers,” but in this case we're willing to make an exception. Let's cultivate a thought-space together!

Pledge $5 or more per month
1 patron
A Monthly Pint for Poetry, Prose, and Podcasts:

Okay, so we're a getting bit more adult about our beverages now. Often our goal here at CuriousApes is to make you feel like you're just enjoying a round at the pub with a friend, discussing the universe and life and the infinite myriad of aspects in between. If you get this round, we'll put our savings towards your entertainment. Cheers!

  • All ebook content released will find its way to you upon release: ( right away you'll get a free ebook copy of debut work: “Hello, World” & “Saudade”, including newly released short-stories “GOLEM” and “Fire & Oil”.
  • Suggest Topics for the show / Suggest Articles for the Website. We'll take all suggestions, pool 'em together, and open it up to a poll for you Pint Purchasers to vote on. The winning content gets made!
  • Free Entry to all Curious Apes events (We're based in Portland, Oregon)
  • Journal Access: A lot of times the best thing to do with a pint is sit alone, listen to some music, and journal. You'll get access to these meandering thoughts, as well as other show notes and misc creations that don't make it past the cutting room floor.    

Pledge $10 or more per month
2 patrons
A few drinks in and all of the sudden we're getting intimate:

Listen, this is basically our 3rd date. We've had coffee, we've shared some pints, now it's time to get to know each other a bit more. We want to whisper sweet nothings into your ears and we're now comfortable enough to start answering those personal questions of yours. Are you ready to take it to that next level? We are.

  • Your name will appear at the end of each video podcast as a thank you for your substantial support.
  • You'll receive the audiobooks for all written works converted.
  • Directors Cut / Bonus Cutting Room Floor content: Whenever we have bloopers or content that doesn't make the final cuts, you'll get access to them as a monthly collection.
  • Gain Access to a private, patreon-only Q&A podcast once a month.
  • Submit a question to our monthly Q&A podcast. We will pull randomly from the 10$ support questions to add to the guaranteed 20$ questions.    
Pledge $20 or more per month
1 patron
Feeling that personal touch:

We want you to have that tactile bliss of paper in your hands. And just so you know how much we care, we want to give you something no one else will ever have: a personal note and signature addressed specifically to you inside every book we make.

  • You'll receive personalized, signed copies of all past and future printed books ( Including Saudade and Hello, World) Only available for domestic shipping.
  • Submit a question that we guarantee will be answered in the patreon-only monthly Q&A podcast. 
 

Pledge $30 or more per month
0 patrons
Taking our relationship to the next level:

  • Receive an invite to one of our monthly 30 min-long, private patron hangouts that will be shared with public (with all shenanigans and wisdom included). We will divide all patrons at this level into smaller groups to increase intimacy (expect 5 – 15 people on average)
  • Curious Apes T-Shirt 
Pledge $40 or more per month
0 patrons
Do you want to, I don't know, maybe move in together? 

  • Contribute Content Directly to Curious Apes.com. That's right. All Patreon members who pay 40$ or more per month will be able to directly contribute content to a Patreon Creations Page that will be featured directly on CuriousApes.com. Note: No content that is purposefully inflammatory or hateful will be tolerated.

Pledge $50 or more per month
0 of 20 patrons
I think we may need to talk about commitment... 
  • 1 on 1 Video Chat: Once a month, we'll do a private, ~15min video chat just with you to discuss projects you're working on, things you're curious about, or just to shoot the shit. 
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 of 4 patrons
Meet the family:  
  • Join us for a Patron Panel Podcast: Appear as a guest on the Curious Apes Podcast during our monthly hour-long "Patron Panel.” This is an opportunity for a much more personal experience and a greater sharing of ideas. *We reserve the right to deny anyone from appearing on the show, and ending their segment at any time if intentions seem inappropriate *
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 of 5 patrons
Commissioned Poem:
  • A commissioned poem on a topic or theme of your choice, just for you. 
Pledge $300 or more per month
0 of 2 patrons
Commissioned Article:
  • A commissioned article ( 750 - 2500 words ) on a topic or theme of your choice.
Pledge $350 or more per month
0 of 2 patrons
Commissioned Story :
  • A commissioned short story (1500 - 5000 words) on a topic or theme of your choice. *We reserve copyrights* 

Example Podcast: 
See all of our content here:  CuriousApes.com

Why?!


“Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact. ” -- William S. Burroughs

Originally created as an indie publishing company out of Portland, Oregon, Curious Apes has now become a robust website and event host dedicated to art, articles, poems, prose, and podcasts—all with one main focus in mind:

Humanism.


That's right—all the jokes, all the rants, all the poetic word-smithing—it's all an attempt to add momentum toward a world that's better for all us.

Why? Well... you travel to enough foreign places, read enough books, do enough mushrooms and experience enough vulnerable situations, and eventually you start to realize that we're all in this together, none of us less deserving than any other when it comes to the opportunity to be happy and fulfilled.

That means putting an end to racism, sexism, homophobia, greed, and any other form of indoctrinated thought that stupefies and suppresses freethinking and the sovereign-rights an individual holds over their mind, body, and life. 

Our goals are simple:
  1. Create content that inspires, humors, challenges, and promotes humanism and social equality for all.
  2. Build relationships with people who appreciate such content and/or want to create the same.
Poets, philosophers, thinkers, artists, and creators of all kinds, we want to build a community with you, a channel dedicated to all of us sharing our honest perspectives rather than the cliché, sensationalistic, ego-driven muck of the mainstream.

How?!

We'll do this by examining as deeply and as critically as possible the spectrum from ancient thinkers to future technologies, simultaneously exploring how world events, politics, and current trends are altering the human condition.

While this will often come in the form of a poem, an article, a short story or novel, most frequently we will be delivering such content to you in the form of a weekly podcast—either as interviews, performances, or discussions. There will also be additional private podcasts depending on the reward level you choose, and potentially several additional bonus member podcasts (featuring you) that we'll share with the world at large.


What's in it for you?

Look: We don't want to rip you off. So we've done everything in our power to make sure that your support of our passion and humanism is deeply rewarded and utilized as best as possible. We want to ensure that you're getting every bang for your buck.

And so, at every single reward level, we've overflowed our gift baskets to you with as much thankful goodness as we could reasonably manage—there's no cheap filler here.

And again, because this is first and foremost about community, we've tried to make our rewards actually INVOLVE you, allowing your work and your thoughts to be as integrated as much as possible. This could be anything from you submitting suggestions for our content, providing questions we'll answer in a private podcast, directly adding content to the website, and even appearing on the podcast itself. 
Who is Curious Apes?!

My name is Steven E. Parton . In addition to establishing Curious Apes, I'm a writer, podcaster, philosopher, and a futurist/transhumanist—with an emphasis on humanist.

I have dedicated the past 8 years of life towards studying the human condition and learning how to better it—for both myself and the world at large. During that time, I've studied several branches of psychology(especially Jungian), Alchemy, Hermeticism, Taoism, Buddhism, Chaos Magick, Thelema Magick, Wiccan, parapsychology, and plethora of other fields relating to mysticism and the study of the soul .

I also received a degree in business and computer science with a minor in mathematics (and nearly completed a psychology degree as well), and have taught artificial intelligence,  spent years wrangling with practical applications of neuroscience and quantum physics , and have consistently kept myself as up-to-date as possible on the current trends in technology and the zeitgeist of our times.

Though this is where my passion undoubtedly lies, I'm still forced to partake in the capricious, stressful, and long hours of freelance web-development. Any bit of help you provide gives me the ability to spend less hours grinding away at meaningless work so that I can instead focus more bringing more interesting people and meaningful content to you, our wonderful supporters, at a higher frequency and with higher production value.

But worry not: even if you can't spare some aid, Curious Apes will always be free.


Regular Contributors:

Donovan James is a writer, musician, cat enthusiast and psychonaut. He is still an idealist, despite a ravaging cynicism. He believes that the money and effort allocated to war and fear should be used to feed, shelter, and educate the poor, no human being excluded.  

Recent posts by Curious Apes

Tiers
Pledge $2 or more per month
1 patron
A Coffee for Conversations and Creations:

We need fuel to run Curious Apes, and for only the price of a single coffee a month we'll be able to maintain the energy(financially as well!) to keep bringing you all the articles, poems, stories, and podcast we pour our souls into.

  • Our deepest thanks. There truly are not enough kind words created to tell you how thankful we are that you are willing to help support our passion.
  • Access to private patron-only post and discussions. Strike up a conversation with us and your fellow Curious Apes about anything that's been on your mind. And keep your eyes out for invites to private, spontaneously live feeds where you can engage us in live discussion.
  • Twitter Followers. We're not much for being “followers,” but in this case we're willing to make an exception. Let's cultivate a thought-space together!

Pledge $5 or more per month
1 patron
A Monthly Pint for Poetry, Prose, and Podcasts:

Okay, so we're a getting bit more adult about our beverages now. Often our goal here at CuriousApes is to make you feel like you're just enjoying a round at the pub with a friend, discussing the universe and life and the infinite myriad of aspects in between. If you get this round, we'll put our savings towards your entertainment. Cheers!

  • All ebook content released will find its way to you upon release: ( right away you'll get a free ebook copy of debut work: “Hello, World” & “Saudade”, including newly released short-stories “GOLEM” and “Fire & Oil”.
  • Suggest Topics for the show / Suggest Articles for the Website. We'll take all suggestions, pool 'em together, and open it up to a poll for you Pint Purchasers to vote on. The winning content gets made!
  • Free Entry to all Curious Apes events (We're based in Portland, Oregon)
  • Journal Access: A lot of times the best thing to do with a pint is sit alone, listen to some music, and journal. You'll get access to these meandering thoughts, as well as other show notes and misc creations that don't make it past the cutting room floor.    

Pledge $10 or more per month
2 patrons
A few drinks in and all of the sudden we're getting intimate:

Listen, this is basically our 3rd date. We've had coffee, we've shared some pints, now it's time to get to know each other a bit more. We want to whisper sweet nothings into your ears and we're now comfortable enough to start answering those personal questions of yours. Are you ready to take it to that next level? We are.

  • Your name will appear at the end of each video podcast as a thank you for your substantial support.
  • You'll receive the audiobooks for all written works converted.
  • Directors Cut / Bonus Cutting Room Floor content: Whenever we have bloopers or content that doesn't make the final cuts, you'll get access to them as a monthly collection.
  • Gain Access to a private, patreon-only Q&A podcast once a month.
  • Submit a question to our monthly Q&A podcast. We will pull randomly from the 10$ support questions to add to the guaranteed 20$ questions.    
Pledge $20 or more per month
1 patron
Feeling that personal touch:

We want you to have that tactile bliss of paper in your hands. And just so you know how much we care, we want to give you something no one else will ever have: a personal note and signature addressed specifically to you inside every book we make.

  • You'll receive personalized, signed copies of all past and future printed books ( Including Saudade and Hello, World) Only available for domestic shipping.
  • Submit a question that we guarantee will be answered in the patreon-only monthly Q&A podcast. 
 

Pledge $30 or more per month
0 patrons
Taking our relationship to the next level:

  • Receive an invite to one of our monthly 30 min-long, private patron hangouts that will be shared with public (with all shenanigans and wisdom included). We will divide all patrons at this level into smaller groups to increase intimacy (expect 5 – 15 people on average)
  • Curious Apes T-Shirt 
Pledge $40 or more per month
0 patrons
Do you want to, I don't know, maybe move in together? 

  • Contribute Content Directly to Curious Apes.com. That's right. All Patreon members who pay 40$ or more per month will be able to directly contribute content to a Patreon Creations Page that will be featured directly on CuriousApes.com. Note: No content that is purposefully inflammatory or hateful will be tolerated.

Pledge $50 or more per month
0 of 20 patrons
I think we may need to talk about commitment... 
  • 1 on 1 Video Chat: Once a month, we'll do a private, ~15min video chat just with you to discuss projects you're working on, things you're curious about, or just to shoot the shit. 
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 of 4 patrons
Meet the family:  
  • Join us for a Patron Panel Podcast: Appear as a guest on the Curious Apes Podcast during our monthly hour-long "Patron Panel.” This is an opportunity for a much more personal experience and a greater sharing of ideas. *We reserve the right to deny anyone from appearing on the show, and ending their segment at any time if intentions seem inappropriate *
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 of 5 patrons
Commissioned Poem:
  • A commissioned poem on a topic or theme of your choice, just for you. 
Pledge $300 or more per month
0 of 2 patrons
Commissioned Article:
  • A commissioned article ( 750 - 2500 words ) on a topic or theme of your choice.
Pledge $350 or more per month
0 of 2 patrons
Commissioned Story :
  • A commissioned short story (1500 - 5000 words) on a topic or theme of your choice. *We reserve copyrights*