On the website for his new Open & Closed Project, Joe Clark writes,
The Open & Closed Project is a research project headquartered in Toronto. Our main goal is to write a set of standards for the four fields of accessible media – captioning, audio description, subtitling, and dubbing. We’ll develop those standards through research and evidence-gathering. Where research or evidence is missing on a certain topic, we’ll carry it out ourselves.
He needs $7million Canadian to fund the project. In order to raise this funding, Joe’s on a micropatronage drive to fund his food, water and central heating while he raises that huge sum:
My donation goal (the amount I am trying to raise) is a convenient $7,777, which, apart from being a lucky number, will keep me afloat at a subsistence level for four months … You’ll keep me afloat for four months while I try to put the money together. You’ll buy time for me to raise the money; you won’t be funding the Project itself.
I’ve promised a small amount to Joe, and urge you to do the same, for three reasons:
- The research needs doing.
- It’s my belief that there’s no-one able to do this who’s as tenacious as Joe.
- At least you know he won’t be blowing the money on booze, fags and Charlie.