[hackerspaces] Inter-Hackerspace Cooperation and Membership

Nick Farr (hackerspaces.org) nick at hackerspaces.org
Tue Jan 12 19:56:27 CET 2010

For the *moment*, I'm going to have to side with Enki on this one.
However, more data is necessary.

I consider myself fortunate that I've been welcomed by every
hackerspace I've visited.  In cases where I didn't have a direct
friendship with another hackerspace, I was introduced by a friend
before my visit and have always been received very warmly.

I know many others have had similar experiences, but this may not be
universal.  So I ask:

1) Has anyone here been refused access or admission to another hackerspace?
2) Has anyone here been unable to reach a friend or contact at another
hackerspace they've wanted to visit?
3) Has anyone visited a fellow hackerspace and been refused privileges
normally available to members?

Perhaps understanding the limitations of the current system (i.e.
informal introductions) would help shape a more effective proposal
for...dare I say it, Hackerspaces 2.0?

Nick Farr / http://nickfarr.org / 8B13F204
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On Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 13:37, Paul Bohm <paul at boehm.org> wrote:
> guys, why is it suddenly a good idea to solve the potential problems
> of a potential future with complicated rules and inter-hackerspace
> contracts?
> i'm still on the don't try to fix problems that don't exist page!
> if you're about to travel, having your friends introduce you to their
> friends in other cities and countries is the way to go.
> no one's gonna be friendly to you because of some international
> bilateral contract, no matter how many pages long, but because you're
> cool, and your friends have introduced you to us as being cool.
> On Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 9:01 AM, Bryan Bishop <kanzure at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 9:12 AM,  <quemener.yves at free.fr> wrote:
>>> ----- "Koen Martens" <gmc at sonologic.nl> a écrit :
>>>> I also don't think the money will be just given away to the
>>>> participating hackerspaces (although in the proposal, if all
>>>> hackerspaces decide to do this, that's ok). I think of it more as a
>>>> fund for common resources. Maybe collective insurance for example, or bulk
>>>> buying of components or tools to get discounts.
>>> Why not having a per-project approach ? I mean some projects interest some hackerspaces more than others. The more security-inclined hackerspace will see less interest in sharing the cost of a milling machine in a fab lab than sharing costs to have a group discount to a security conference (that mechanical fab geeks will be less interested in). Why risk having endless debates about the utility of a project that interest only half of the members when one could have a more flexible approach ?
>> Hi all. I'm new around these parts and would like to see what others
>> think about per-project organization across hackerspaces. I'm not
>> saying I'm for it or against it, but just that I'd like to see some
>> more discussion on that idea, rather than cross-membership policies.
>> :-) Ready, set..
>> - Bryan
>> http://heybryan.org/
>> 1 512 203 0507
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