[hackerspaces] Another registry?

Don Ankney dankney at hackerco.de
Sat Feb 11 03:11:35 CET 2012

I think "for insurance reasons" is a polite way for some of us to turn kids
away at the door. Though BLR has one underage community member who attends
with an appropriate guardian, we're essentially an adult space. Originally,
this was intentional. Since there hasn't been any discussion about it in a
long time, I assume it still is.

There's nothing wrong with spaces that are interesting in driving cultural
change through teaching kids about science and technology. I think that sort
of engagement is vital to our culture, but so is writing poetry. It doesn't
mean that either is something I'm personally interested in investing my time
and energy in. Frankly, if we started targeting high-school kids for
outreach, I'd be moving on to find or found another space.

So, when some people say "no kids" and cite insurance reasons, the message
may be more about "no kids" than about a liability issue that needs to be
solved. The diversity between Hackerspaces is one of the strengths of the
movement, I think. Everyone can find a space that is aligned with their
personal interests and goals.

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Subject: Re: [hackerspaces] Another registry?

On 02/09/2012 04:59 AM, Willow Brugh wrote:
> If the main issue with bringing in minors is that of insurance, what 
> would go into making our own insurance co-op? Because being an 
> insurance agent is what I always wanted to be when I grew up...

I don't think this is actually a big issue; it's clearly a big _fear_ but I
think that the fear isn't really rational. Some people make it out to be a
huge concern but the insurance isn't impossible. I'd love to see some
insurance quotes from people who made a "no kids" or "fewer kids"
rather than "whatever" based on insurance issues.

All the best,
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