[hackerspaces] hackerspace demographics
Edward L Platt
ed at elplatt.com
Thu Jan 17 16:05:58 CET 2013
Matt, it sounds like we mostly agree on things. Yes, core values are
important. Yes, outreach is important. Cool. There's just one point that
I want to reiterate and clarify.
Newcomers who perceive themselves as different are likely to self-select
out, even if they *do* share your core values, and even if no one is trying
to exclude them. This has the effect of disproportionately pushing away
valuable members who don't match a group's demographics or other
This is why I've always been a fan of Nate B's universal greeting to anyone
who comes in the door at i3: "Welcome to i3! What do you make?" We greet
newcomers with an enthusiastic welcome, as well as an enthusiastic,
open-ended, and inclusive statement of our main core value.
Edward L. Platt
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