[hackerspaces] Spark 181 – Mitch Altman says hackers could raise $10mil

Mitch Altman maltman23 at hotmail.com
Thu May 10 08:39:44 CEST 2012

It might have been easier with MAKE and Maker Faire in on the action.  And with the extra-awesome goal of helping schools through hands-on learning.  


But I think if we have a clear goal that is directly helpful for lots of kids, and a plan to get to that goal, then there are lots of people at hackerspaces (and our friends, and friends of friends) who are willing to help raise money to make it happen.


There's also Kaufman Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, as well as others.


If there's a serious goal and plan, then let's consider how to get it funded.



> Date: Wed, 9 May 2012 19:29:19 -0700 
> From: albill at openbuddha.com 
> To: discuss at lists.hackerspaces.org 
> Subject: Re: [hackerspaces] Spark 181 – Mitch Altman says hackers could 
> raise $10mil 
> I would suggest courting the Gates Foundation and other nonprofit 
> foundations with an education focus for this sort of money. 
> -- 
> Al Jigong Billings 
> http://www.openbuddha.com 
> On Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 6:03 PM, Jerry Isdale wrote: 
> This installment of Spark (#181) has interviews with both Dale 
> Dougherty and Mitch Altman (separately). 
> It Mitch's interview he states that the hacker community could easily 
> raise $10mil outside of government funding to create the equivalent of 
> the DARPA funded Makerspace.com<http://Makerspace.com> project. 
> http://www.cbc.ca/spark/2012/05/spark-181-may-6-9-2012/ 
> Ok. Lets do that. 
> Where can we get funding? 
> Goal is $10mil to be spent over, say 5 years? 
> Perhaps starting at $500k for initial year startup/planning and ramping 
> up over time as more 'schools' are created. 
> Perhaps the schools would teach basic maker/hacker skills along with 
> flipped classes in basic curriculum (history, writing/literature, math, 
> etc.)- eg Khan Academy style videos watched 'at home' and 
> discussion/practice sessions done 'in school'. 
> The flipped style is already very well suited to shop/programming 
> topics of the maker/hacker community. 
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