[hackerspaces] OT: Edinburgh

Nick Farr (hackerspaces.org) nick at hackerspaces.org
Sat Sep 4 17:37:58 CEST 2010

On Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 13:30, Far McKon <farmckon at gmail.com> wrote:

> OT:
> I'm curious/interested about the non-hackerspace spaces on the website
> too. I wish they were labeled better, or flagged somehow.

I agree, but I believe we have to be *very careful* as to how to distinguish
spaces that are not "Non-Profit, Member-Run" Hackerspaces.

I dropped by the Metrix Create:Space in Seattle on my Club-Mate run.  There
tools, people working on kits, folks chatting about future projects, some
gamers, a big selection of books, a massive lathe under construction, drinks
for sale, etc.  The only thing separating it from other hackerspaces I know
was a friendly hacker behind a cash register.

Drawing an arbitrary line saying what's "core" and "non-core" betrays the
ethic of openness and inclusiveness that I believe we aspouse as a

Could we instead try to identify and classify the various hackerspaces that
have emerged?  Perhaps identify criteria like commercial/non-commercial,
membership forms, etc.?  Maybe do a whole foursquare badge thing out of it..

I've been meaning to revisit the theory of the models I had been working on,
and perhaps this is as good an opportunity as ever.  Thoughts?

Nick Farr
nick at hackerspaces.org
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