[hackerspaces] Introduction from Western Australia

tetsu yatsu tetsuharu at gmail.com
Thu Oct 1 18:28:22 CEST 2009

Our most recent idea was to contact surplus stores. They're the people
DIY'ers get their random neat stuff from so great for finding new members,
great to advertise, your existence also supports their market, so the
business models really fit. They might even donate stuff/money, who knows.

You're an organization now :). You can finally talk to other organizations
:). I say... get a list of all businesses within a 30 mile radius, and sift
through that for ideas.

On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 12:20 PM, john arclight <arclight at gmail.com> wrote:

> Offer a class, have parties, put together a nice "donation jar" atht
> everyone can see.  Work out some sort of scheme whereby you have a small
> core of dedicated rent-payers who are reliable and can consistently make
> rent even if membership doesn't increase right away or someone flakes.
> Also, try to start saving for 1-2 months of "rainy day" fund money.
> Arclight
> On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 12:55 AM, Tilman Frosch <til at das-labor.org> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Am Donnerstag, den 01.10.2009, 14:49 +0800 schrieb David Cake:
>> >       We'd love ideas from other hackerspaces, particularly for
>> > fundraising, membership drives, and good ideas for rules to run the
>> > actual physical space.
>> 1) Offer talks frequently. Invite people, who do interesting stuff, to
>> give a talk. Surprise your visitors with quality. Workshops are great,
>> too, but you will have additional costs in advance, depending on what
>> you do.
>> Let everybody use every tool, if the person knows how to and handles
>> your stuff with care. If somebody does not know to do $thing, show
>> him/her how to do it.
>> Just make sure people know that your hackerspace needs their (financial)
>> support if they want to keep what they started to enjoy (think tools,
>> people with similar interests etc.)
>> 2) host meetings of local groups with similar interests (linux user
>> groups etc.)
>> 3) have a 'drink for donation' scheme (and make sure people know what
>> they are expected to donate) or sell drinks (softdrinks; the highly
>> caffeinated stuff your target audience enjoys). Make sure your visitors
>> know that this keeps your space running.
>> As everybody needs to drink this is kind of a usage-based fee. People
>> who use the space more often will drink more and thus pay a higher fee.
>> This is roughly how it worked for us in the beginning. We had one talk
>> per week, every Tuesday, for about 1.5 years. Quality varied, of course,
>> but the average seemed high enough that people were surprised they could
>> get this for free.
>> HTH
>> Til
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