[hackerspaces] How to create a steady-state makerspace/hackerspace business model
webmind at puscii.nl
Tue Jun 4 19:54:45 CEST 2013
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On 04/06/13 19:43, Al Billings wrote:
> 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).
So then it didn't work out to have a hackerspace for that long in
those cases. It really doesn't say much about hackerspaces in general,
you can't oversimplify them like that.
If you don't have a large diversity and flow of members contributing,
sure the hackerspace might not last so long, but then you have a
hackerspace for a little while and try it differently.
But if you start paying people to maintain it, where is the line
between a top-down fablab and a hackerspace?
If the hackerspace is not run by the hackers, why would it still be a
Looking at the article btw, I do not know of any hackerspaces which
fill in any of those categories. I'm not too familiar with
makerspaces, but I guess they are quite different from hackerspaces if
the article's "common types" are supposed to be an accurate
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