[hackerspaces] Inter-Hackerspace Cooperation and Membership

Sean Bonner seanbonner at gmail.com
Tue Jan 12 20:06:40 CET 2010

I have the same experience as Nick and asked those same questions
early on in this discussion, as well as in the other discussion about
cross space memberships and at least among the people polled no one
had ever been turned away or denied.

Because of this I think that a lot of this discussion is trying to fix
a problem which might potentially exist in the future but doesn't
right now, which I don't think is really needed.

That said, hackerspaces working together is something I'm *very*
interested in, which is why I'm actually a registered member of
several spaces in addition to Crash Space in LA which I helped create.
Not that I couldn't get the same results by just stopping in but
because I wanted to be actively involved in, and contributing to the
growth of, several spaces in hopes of really interesting things coming
from spaces working together. But I don't see the need for a formal
structure to do that.

I think the organic, chaotic, things just working out, nature of
hackerspaces is part of what makes them so great and that can be
legislated out of existence which I'd hate to see happen.


On Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 10:56 AM, Nick Farr (hackerspaces.org)
<nick at hackerspaces.org> wrote:
> 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?
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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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