[hackerspaces] Working on setting up my space

Far McKon farmckon at gmail.com
Thu Oct 22 21:39:08 CEST 2009

re: Seth.
>it makes me very uncomfortable whenever one person defines what a
hackerspace is or isn't.

I get your point, but I also think that the local centric definition can
destroy a community/group/movement.  The 'green' movement is currently
getting watered down to the point of being meaningless.  In part, that is
because they don't have a clear sense of what 'green' is and what it isn't,
and they can't exclude.  A company that sells baby-killers that packages
their products in 1% recycled cardboard claim 'green' while others do not.
Same thing with 'Orgranic' foods and 'humane' raised meat-foods.  Religions
especially suffer the plauge of 'are you part of us or not'  continually
splintering and then re-syncing.

I'm interested in your thoughts on that problem, and how to avoid hijacking
and watering down an idea/movement that uses the 'it's anything you want it
to be' approach.

I'm also interested in who/why stopped participating over what discussion.
And why they choose to simply leave, rather than begin a discussion and
maybe teach some folks some new ideas, or talk things out?

My viewpoint:
I would like to clarify what are key elements of a hackerspace-ness . I
think it would be awesome for us as hackerspace-leadership to hash something
out. I don't think we can force the idea on anyone, but it would be good to
have a central concept we agree to, which makes it clear what our common
ground is. Something along the lines of the Rochale Principles* for

I'm thinking something like  (still open for tons of
"There as as many hackerspaces and hackerspace structures as there are stars
in the mikyway. But there is always a shared core of identiy and goals that
eacn of these spaces agree upon. We (the undersigned spaces and groups)
welcome and recognize as a hackerspace any group or community whose goals
and actions meet at least 5 of the 6 core concepts of a hackerspace.

The core concepts of a hackerspace:
1) Owned and Run by it's members in a spirit of equality
2) is a nonprofit orgnization, and open to the outside world on a
(semi)regular basis
3) Shares tools, equipment and ideas without discrimination
4) A strong emphasis on technology and invention
5) Has shared space (or is working on a space) as a center of the community
6) A strong spirit of invention and science, based on trial, error, and
freely sharing information

As agreed to by the following spaces and groups, on the date of XXXXX

What do you folks thing? I'm interested in any/all feedback, especially
fleshing out a robust and flexible definition of a hackerspace that all (or
at least a large number) of us can agree to, and to better express our
ideals to the outside world.

as always, hack on,
- Far McKon

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rochdale_Principles

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