[hackerspaces] How to create a steady-state makerspace/hackerspace business model

Al Billings albill at openbuddha.com
Tue Jun 4 19:43:12 CEST 2013

My experience is that this works for a while and people rely on a certain set of volunteers. After a year or more, those volunteers get burned out doing the work for free for everyone and move on (or just quit doing the work). 

Al Billings

On Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM, webmind wrote:

> On 04/06/13 19:35, Al Billings wrote:
> > What do you do when your volunteers burn out and the machines are
> > not all working right because it is no one's job to maintain them?
> > Wait for new members who want to grease and align machines?
> > 
> Do far we have no volunteers burn out, the labour within the space
> seems quite balanced, the usual 80/20 you see in most projects.
> Regarding machines, people maintain them, even without getting paid
> for it, I'm surprised you find this weird. If there are costs made for
> machines to maintain them, usually either we make a pledge and a
> subset of the members pay for it or sometimes just an individual pays
> for it by him/her self.
> w.

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