[hackerspaces] B Corporations? Re: 501c3 and hackerspaces in the US

Mark Janssen-Rosenbluth dreamingforward at gmail.com
Fri Jul 6 01:58:48 CEST 2012

Given the current economic system of the US, my opinion is that the B Corp
is the best option for registering a hackerspace.  It doesn't have the
charity stigma of a non-profit, nor the obligation to shareholders for
profit generation -- it can just create value to the community.

The main issue for hackerspaces though probably isn't its legal status as
much as convincing the establishment of its viability as a new, sustainable
model (although I think regsitering as a B Corp, you will get the benefit
of group representation).  See also the answer on Quora.com:  "What are the
best practices developing for hackerspaces?" and bcorporation.net.



On Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM, Charles Paul <charles.paul at gmail.com> wrote:

> Do people on this list have opinions?
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Charles Paul <charles.paul at pixt.com>
> Louisiana recently passed a b corporation (Public Benefit Corporation) act:
> http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=809858
> A hackerspace could qualify to provide public benefit as it applies to
> category (e) of §1803 A.10
> (e)  Promoting the arts, sciences, or advancement of knowledge.
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