[hackerspaces] Inter-Hackerspace Cooperation and Membership

Paul Bohm paul at boehm.org
Wed Jan 13 00:40:27 CET 2010

in regard to c-base you have to understand that they intentionally
have that members/non-members separation in a 8000 sq feet location.
most of the space is available to the public, but they have good
reasons to keep their backstage closed especially during a congress.

the only way you can get past that is by getting to know members, or
by getting someone they know well enough to introduce you, and then
have them give you a tour.

i understand that it's annoying, but there's no shortcut to this. they
wouldn't be able to let you backstage even with a piece of paper in


On Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 3:08 PM, Olle Jonsson <olle.jonsson at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 1) Has anyone here been refused access or admission to another hackerspace?
> [snip]
>> "Well, we are not a Zoo and do not peak around the corner, that's Private"
> +1 with precisely that experience. I thought that door might lead to a
> lavatory, but was promptly guided out. "Members only."
> Openness is quite difficult. Here is a little reflection on that:
> Tonight, we had a super-success with people just pouring in, like a
> quiet rock concert, to see a RepRap in action. Standing room only. A
> short talk was done (over when I arrived).
> Most of the people left after the demo was concluded. I didn't get to
> shake many new hands, we didn't really create a "social space" where
> people should do something (say, introduce themselves, and tell the
> world a new idea, or write their email address down on a list, or
> donate in a box). There is a lesson in there, to be learned, I guess.
> To the new people, none of us regulars were approachable, we didn't
> look any different from the rest of the visitors. No badges, no
> special hats.
> -O
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