[hackerspaces] Another registry?

Jacob Rosenthal jjrosent at heatsynclabs.org
Sat Feb 11 03:22:32 CET 2012

I would say at HeatSync (Will and I's space) there are no kids. If
they act like adults we treat them like adults and expect them to act
that way no matter the age. They grind, weld, drill. Someday soon
probably the'll mill and lathe. Also of note, we don't hold back
language or anything else when 'kids' are in the space. Their parents
and them need to be able to handle the community the same as anyone
else in the space. So far this has filtered our young hacker presence

On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 7:11 PM, Don Ankney <dankney at hackerco.de> wrote:
> 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.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces+dankney=hackerco.de at lists.hackerspaces.org
> [mailto:discuss-bounces+dankney=hackerco.de at lists.hackerspaces.org] On
> Behalf Of Jacob Appelbaum
> Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2012 3:52 PM
> To: discuss at lists.hackerspaces.org
> 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,
> Jacob
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Jacob Rosenthal
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