[hackerspaces] Establishing hackerspace and getting people actively involved

Paul Bohm paul at boehm.org
Mon May 10 21:41:43 CEST 2010

didn't see anyone say "build it and they will come"

if you create something you own, don't expect anyone else to work on
it for free.

if you create something of value + an intentional power/ownership
vacuum however, what you get is a commons and if they hear about it
(make sure they do!), they might come.

the more control you keep within the group (instead of in specific
individuals like you), the more engaged and qualified the group that
you can attract will be.

On Mon, May 10, 2010 at 6:25 AM, Sara Gould <sajego at alum.rit.edu> wrote:
> I'm wondering if anyone else has used a model of starting a
> hackerspace as a business (successfully or not).  Some of you have
> said, essentially, "if you build it they will come".  So it almost
> makes sense to take your savings and bootstrap to rent a space and get
> some stuff in there to attract members. Then charge the membership fee
> that's needed to cover the space expenses and your personal expenses.
> I don't think you'd get rich, and when the space takes off justifying
> it as for-profit might be tricky, but it's a way to get started maybe
> it's not risky as it sounds, especially if you can get a flexible
> lease.
> Just my 2 cents... been thinking on these lines since November so I'd
> be curious what anyone else has to say.
> Sara
> On Mon, May 10, 2010 at 9:19 AM, Tim Krabec <tkrabec at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'd like to say don't get discouraged.  I've been working on Hak-it for a
>> long time (1st post on the website was July 17, 2008 ).  Since then I've
>> been trying to gather some support get community members interested, etc.
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