[hackerspaces] hackerspaces on resumes

Al Jigong Billings albill at openbuddha.com
Tue Jan 24 22:26:43 CET 2012

Funny, as a member of the board of directors and president of Ace
Monster Toys, I list it on my linkedin profile and my resume and call it
a "hackerspace." It seems dishonest otherwise since that's what it is.


On 1/24/12 1:20 PM, Sam Ley wrote:
> I don't put it on my paper resume, but my Linked In profile does list
> me as a "Founder" of the Phoenix Asylum co-op. We don't really self
> describe as a hackerspace (though we are very similar), so my
> description doesn't mention the word "hackerspace". Here is what I wrote:
> "Founding Member of the Phoenix Asylum, a not-for-profit artist
> cooperative in Boulder, CO. Phoenix Asylum rents studio space to local
> artists, hosts gallery openings, and serves as a hub for the local
> underground art community."
> While I think you can debate endlessly about using the word
> Hackerspace or not, personally I would not use that term, but describe
> it in more "familiar" terminology. Once I engage someone in individual
> communication I get a lot more open about terminology though, since I
> can detect and head-off any misunderstandings that might arise.
> One of the most important aspects of business involves finding
> opportunities that are new and unique (like hackerspaces), building
> teams (like hackerspaces do), raising money and budgeting operations
> (like in a hackerspace) and being confident in your decisions even if
> they may seem odd or unpopular to some (like running a hackerspace). I
> think the managerial experience is great, and worth touting publicly -
> and my current employers were excited to hear about my experiences and
> skills related to the Asylum.
> This is a new career world - people are often expected to have
> "non-career careers" and many businesses have learned the adage, "If
> you want something done - ask a busy person." People with many
> interests and non-work activities tend to be the smartest and most
> driven people around (even if you have to let them off early every so
> often because of a water leak at their workshop).

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