[hackerspaces] Abbenay hackspace building status

Deech djmestel at gmail.com
Sun Dec 27 06:10:10 CET 2009

It is probably true that there is a differing cultural view here,  
which is why I tried to phrase the question politely.

So, in this instance, did they establish improvements or meet whatever  
local laws?

-Yeah, I'm an iPhone nerd now.

On Dec 26, 2009, at 12:08 PM, Robert Ward <robert.t.ward at gmail.com>  

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