[hackerspaces] Abbenay hackspace building status

Robert Ward robert.t.ward at gmail.com
Sat Dec 26 19:08:06 CET 2009

I think this may be one of those cultural differences that people are  
always talking about.  Forgive me if I make incorrect wide sweeping  

I can tell you that in the US, people focus on what's good and right  
for an individual; in cases like this, it's what's good and right for  
the landowner.  It seems like in other countries they have begun to  
move on to placing more importance on what's good for the society as a  
whole.  I'm not trying to make a value judgement as to which is  
better, just that it's a difference.

It is somewhat reflective in the laws of the countries, but I believe  
it is noticeable more in the attitudes of the people.  For example,  
when implementing the idea of starting a hackerspace, Deech and I  
( and a lot of others ), started a corporation, searched out rental  
property, drew up bylaws and a constitution, set up a bank account,  
and even started looking for partners in local businesses.  Over  
there, they simply move into an empty building that isn't being used  
for anything, and go to town.

Just to reiterate again, I'm not trying to say that either way is  
better, but I think this may be a hurdle that those of us trying to  
bridge hacker communities around the world may have to deal with.

Anyone want to tell me that I'm a stupid American who knows nothing  
about other cultures?


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