[hackerspaces] Inter-Hackerspace Cooperation and Membership

Paul Bohm paul at boehm.org
Fri Jan 8 03:55:55 CET 2010

honestly, i personally grok the implicitness of the structures within
and around these spaces.

for a while i was in the "let's create a formal hs.org organization
and do stuff, we could achieve so much more" camp, but talking to ppl
i realized that the [imho] coolest hackerspaces have the least rules
and formal structures, and are guided mostly by the values encoded
within their group/community and social feedback.

i now think the same is true of hackerspaces.org and
inter-hackerspaces relations: as little structure as possible, and
mostly just shared values, feedback and respect and friendship earned
through action.

so in summary, i think formalizing this would fall under the
don't-fix-what-ain't-broken rule, but don't let that discourage you
from giving it a try!


On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 5:26 PM, Deech <deech at ninjacow.net> wrote:
> No, I don't think anyone has ever been denied access.
> This isn't about really enabling access, I think that's sort of
> already there. I think it's more about sort of "officially" saying,
> "Hey! You're welcome here! We accept you as one of our own! Gooble
> Gobble" secret handshakes all around and that sort of thing.
> There's a lot of unspoken friendly, and that's great. I just wanted to
> bring it out in the open and make it spoken friendly.
> Know what I mean? :)
>  I think there's a certain type of people in the community
> that grok the openness of it. OTOH, I think there are a certain type
> of people that need a written invitation to understand they are
> welcome.
> That's why I started this conversation.
> Also, it'd be cool to put a list on the website and say something to
> the effect of "These are our family! Membership here gains you
> membership there." But I wouldn't want to presume to say that unless
> that group has specifically agreed to that.
> -Deech
> On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 6:50 PM, Sean Bonner <seanbonner at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 4:40 PM, Deech <deech at ninjacow.net> wrote:
>>> but it seems
>>> like it'd be a good community thing for the groups with spaces to
>>> offer access for visiting hackers.
>> ...
>>> What does everyone else think?
>> I'm curious, have you ever been denied access to a hackerspace? I ask
>> because in the 3 years or so that I've been visiting spaces all over
>> the world not only have I never been turned away but I've always been
>> welcomed with open arms. So I'm just wondering if there's a need for
>> this, or if it's already happening unofficially.
>> I know at Crash Space anyone from any other hackerspace is already
>> more than welcome to hang out here while they are in town..
>> -s
>> --
>> Sean Bonner
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