[hackerspaces] Abbenay hackspace building status
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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