[hackerspaces] Hackerspaces Re:Foundation (Was Re: Abuse Of Power)

Matt Joyce matt at nycresistor.com
Sat Apr 13 21:29:22 CEST 2013

Benefits of a foundation are fundamentally 2 fold.  Shared Resources, and
Risk Diversification.

This is just off the top of my head, we can probably do better.

Shared Resources:

Common Standards in APIs
Deployment of Software Resources for Spaces
Centralized Hard Resource ( maybe at some point offering a national
shapeways style fabrication for US, and an EU shapeways for EU kids.  pcb
fab... asic fab... )
Bargaining for better rates on insurance

Risk Diversification:

Legal Shields
Single point of contact for integration with EFF and other important orgs
An organization that can track and respond to issues that affect many
spaces or several
Single point of contact and legal stewardship for large investments /

Just some off the top of my head thinking.


On Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM, Mark Janssen <dreamingforward at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM, hellekin <hellekin at hackerspaces.org>
> wrote:
> > The main concern, as you nailed it, is available spare time, and the
> > lack of regular concerted action. These things come and go. Priorities
> > change. Efforts fade into oblivion. Without a clear pattern,
> > cooperation only occur at the margins. Of course we can always do better.
> >
> > For my tiny part, I'm saddened with the uselessness of the
> > Hackerspaces planet. There was a brief interest in it a few months
> > ago, but instead of working together on making it right, it forked
> > into two moribund projects. The solution seems pretty simple: have the
> > planet automated from the entries in the wiki.
> >
> > I'm not sure though, that incorporating a foundation would help bring
> > attention back. I'm not sure either it wouldn't. Thought?
> Dude, I'm going to tell you exactly what you need to do.  You're going
> to have to trust me which I know is about impossible, but the whole
> movement is on the verge of death.
> Implement the paper version of this:
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lwEjIWAbirDmkeaboq7a0Dr9oBRgpBqwIeyUUod8quE/edit?usp=sharing
> This is a very sophisticated self-organizing system that will allow a
> hackerspace to gather the momentum it needs to continue.  You can read
> more about it here:  pangaia.sourceforge.net.  It is not in the public
> domain, I'm giving it only to hackerspaces.
> Please write or call if you  have questions....
> mar|cos
> somewhere in the boundless
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