[hackerspaces] Next steps -

Yves Quemener quemener.yves at free.fr
Sun Apr 14 20:45:19 CEST 2013

> which involves admitting that none of us
> knows the perfect answer - and come up with a solution that most think
> will work

I am not sure if this will qualify as 1. or 2. but I still don't understand
the problem you are trying to solve. I think I read all the messages in
this discussion, and I only identified three things that could be solved by
a central entity :

A. centralization of legal resources (for which countries?)
B. giving a Goal, an Aim and an Inspiration to the hackerspaces of the world.
C. Give a sens of unity to the movement.

There has been other proposals, but all the other I have seen can be or are
currently solved by independent projects that it makes sense to rely on.

More importantly, I see no task that any hackerspace would be willing to
give money for, except maybe the legal help, but then again, the EFF may be
a safer bet if you are in US. IF you are targeting hackerspaces outside US,
are you ready to cover all the legal systems out there?

B. requires a charismatic leader or a strong driver in an awesome project.
This is a pre-requisite, you have to have it first before making a
foundation or council.

C. is actually doable without funds but has been attempted before. It could
take the shape of a charter (maybe a modular one, a la creative commons?),
that hackerspaces agree or not to follow. Fablabs actually have this sort
of things.

On 14/04/13 17:12, Sean Bonner wrote:
> The way I see it we have two choices at this point.
> 1. We decide to work together - which involves admitting that none of us
> knows the perfect answer - and come up with a solution that most think will
> work (I'm aware there is no way to ever make everyone happy) and try to
> create a resource that is valuable to people interested in starting
> hackerspaces as well as valuable to people already involved with them.
> ~or~
> 2. We continue being snarky and bashing/insulting each other.
> I'm cool with either option. While I think there's massive potential for a
> shared resource and I point people to the hackerspace patterns all the
> time, my hackerspaces won't live or die based on anything that happens on
> hackerspaces.org <http://hackerspaces.org>, one of the benefits of a
> decentralized system such as this. And I have over 9000 hours of trolling
> experience so I can just sit around laughing in everyones faces too. Either
> way.
> -s
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