[hackerspaces] In Support of Abbenay HackSpace

Hellekin O. Wolf (/tmp/lab) hellekin at hackerspaces.org
Tue Sep 29 19:00:19 CEST 2009

On Tue 2009-09-29 at 18:26:48 +0200, Philippe Langlois wrote:
> Don't be!
> I'm impressed by the quality of the mail and timeliness! :)
> best,
> Phil
*** Thank you Phil :)

I attached a corrected version for publication on the hackerspaces blog.


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From: "Hellekin O. Wolf (/tmp/lab)" <hellekin at hackerspaces.org>
To: Fredrik Winberg <fredrik.winberg at cementa.se>
Subject: [hackerspaces] In Support of Abbenay HackSpace
Organization: http://hackerspaces.org/

Dear Sir,

I'm aware that one of your premises in Stockholm is being squatted by a
group called AK4, of Anarchist affiliation. Although that may sound
antagonist to your principles and ethics, or even paradoxical, I urge you to
consider the following arguments in support of their action.

Abbenay HackSpace is a HackerSpace[1], an ad-hoc, associative, civil &
public laboratory where advanced techniques and off-bounds concepts are
researched and transformed into technologies, where people join forces,
resources and brain-power to explore issues that would otherwise be ignored
for the lack of immediate (or obvious) profitability or the lack of
mainstream attention.

Such research and development includes electronic devices, next-generation
tools and software, self-fabrication workshops, etc. Recent examples include
robotic self-replicating builders, operational drones, pollution monitoring
solutions, even advanced pattern knitting that could benefit from your
Biteam 3D printing technology.

Although their methods are questionable, please consider what benefits you
and your fellow citizens could enjoy from having such a dedicated team of
goofy researchers in your capital city. Beyond the obvious press coverage
from the place being squatted, you would be surprised of how productive and
ingenious these people can be, and how shaking and beneficial such an
endeavor can be for the local community.

Hackerspaces fill the gap and setup bridges between academic knowledge and
corporate research, between the scientist and the artist, between engineers
and the public. They can help discover new talents and seed innovation.

Many successful hackerspace venues abound around the world, such as the
Metalab[2] in Vienna, the C-Base[3] in Berlin, HacDC[4] in Washington DC or
/tmp/lab[5] in Paris. They attract highly skilled people in many technology
or art-related fields, as well as a public audience eager to learn about
technology. Workshops are held regularly in such places, and open to anyone,
from kids to retired people, to share know-how and techno-savvy culture with
the community. From computer programming to electronic devices soldering,
from machine design to space exploration, hackerspaces help the people catch
up with technological acceleration and lead the way towards a comprehensive
and open society.

Please, mister Winberg, give the Abbenay HackSpace a chance to demonstrate
what kind of talents the Swedish hacker community can deploy with an
adequate venue and focus. Hackers are dedicated people, they respond to a
creative impulse and a drive to seek and build knowledge. Hereby you can
make history by granting them a space for a couple of years: this is an
island of another way through the world, that won't harm anyone but give a
chance to see things differently.

I thank you, mister Winberg, for your attention and generosity,


[1] http://hackerspaces.org/
[2] http://metalab.at/
[3] http://www.c-base.org/
[4] http://hacdc.org/
[5] http://www.tmplab.org/

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