[hackerspaces] What form of organization does your hackerspace use?

strages strages at gmail.com
Mon Oct 5 20:09:19 CEST 2009

Makers Local 256 is a non-profit 501c3 and would be considered "the
membership" based, but I guess started out as "the board" based since the
board is the original 10 members (changing soon given new bylaws and
elections).  We don't have a set dues rate but instead rely on how we
started.  The original 10 pledged a monthly donation that they could afford
and we found a space that fit within that budget.  We decided that extending
this to new membership was a good idea and so we don't have to turn away
someone who might offer a lot but might not have a lot of money.  A monthly
pledge doesn't have to be monetary but does fall under board discretion to
ensure that said pledge benefits the space.

Makers Local 256

On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 12:29 PM, Nick Farr (hackerspaces.org) <
nick at hackerspaces.org> wrote:

> http://blog.hackerspaces.org/2009/09/13/hackerspaces-and-money-five-approaches/
> To help spaces review various forms of organization, I've come up with a
> loose framework of five different styles of spaces that I've observed:
>    1. Anarchy <http://blog.hackerspaces.org/#anarchy>
>    2. The Angels <http://blog.hackerspaces.org/#angels>
>    3. The Owner <http://blog.hackerspaces.org/#owner>
>    4. The Board <http://blog.hackerspaces.org/#board>
>    5. The Membership <http://blog.hackerspaces.org/#membership>
> I suspect that most spaces fall into the "Membership" category, but I'm
> most curious about spaces that take on a different form that might more
> closely fit into one of the other four categories.
> To that end, which category do you think your space falls under and what
> are the advantages and disadvantages of it?  Hopefully I can gather enough
> input to make better informed posts on alternative forms of hackerspace
> organization.
> Thanks!
> Nick Farr / http://nickfarr.org
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