[hackerspaces] National Fab Lab Network Act of 2010 (111-HR6003)
MathArt at Emsh.CalArts.edu
Thu Sep 23 21:40:44 CEST 2010
To a certain extent, you have to trust your representatives -- it is the
nature of *representative* democracy.
Of course, it's about money. I see the HackerSpace I co-founded
http://www.makerspaceu.org as an
informal incubator for radical product design. Believe me, non-profit
funding is a LOT more benign than
Small Business Administration's demands for idiotic prediction of
unsustainable growth or what a Venture
Capitalist will take from your hard-born creativity.
Here are the most stringent restrictions I see in the bill:
> NFLN shall
> > examine the ability of the organization to supply a physical location
> > for the lab, their */financial ability to pay for sufficient staff to
> > operate the lab and train its users/*, an ability to engage the local
> > community or other sufficient user base, and an awareness of those
> > long term obligations.
It's a bit of a catch-22, since the availability of funding through the
proposed NFLN depends on the applicant meeting these criteria.
Other than that, I don't see anything objectionable in the bill as
-Stewart Dickson, Communications and Technology Commissioner (1998-2002)
City of Calabasas, CA 91302
On 9/23/10 2:04 PM, David Powell wrote:
> When I think of Fab Lab I think of the commercial version of a
> Hackerspace. Although it would be non-profit would it also be
> inexpensive? I'm all for creating a network of Hackerspaces. But I
> don't feel educated enough to write congressmen in support of this
> bill. I don't think know the people behind the bill. How can I be sure
> they have my best interest in mind and are not trying to make 7 figure
> living through this "non-profit" like many do in other non-profits in
> our country. How can I be sure this is really about the science and
> technology and not about money? I would need to be better educated
> before making a decision.
> On Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 2:56 PM, Chris Weiss <cweiss at gmail.com
> <mailto:cweiss at gmail.com>> wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 1:52 PM, Rose White <rose at yarnivore.com
> <mailto:rose at yarnivore.com>> wrote:
> > This is brilliant! Writing to the subcommittee members to say
> "Hey, I
> > support this!" would be a good thing to do, especially if you're
> in the
> > district that any of them is in.
> additionally, making them aware that grass-roots "fab labs" already
> exist in their areas will help a lot.
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