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

Ryan Rix ry at n.rix.si
Thu Jun 6 09:25:42 CEST 2013

Yeah, that's how heatsync does things, it's a really nice model. I think we 
should adopt something similar at AMT ;)

On Tue 4 June 2013 11:20:05 Al Billings wrote:
> I like this idea and I could see using "zones" to help organize things and
> to get people to step up.
> > One of the things Freeside does is promote ownership of an area (we call
> > them zones and the people who run them zone captains, or space
> > commanders) in order to motivate volunteers.  For some individuals, being
> > able to arrange, modify, or improve an area is a rewarding experience. 
> > As a direct result of creating the zone concept, a metal shop, CNC area,
> > woodshop, HAM radio station, biolab, media lab, 3DP area, and electronics
> > zone appeared.  They don't all have consistent zone captains, but they
> > each serve as a good rally point for our member interests.
> > 
> > That is primarily what motivates me - unless you're extremely lucky (and
> > it is luck - talent, intelligence, or political skills don't matter)
> > working in a typical American corporate setting means you don't have
> > autonomy over the products of your work or the conditions of your work. 
> > A hackerspace, on the other hand, is a blank canvas to draw out the
> > collective sum expression of member interests with very few restrictions.
> >  At least at Freeside, we try to encourage space modification and we
> > resoundingly say, "Yes!" whenever a member wants to alter the
> > surroundings.  It's only "guided" in the sense of having a concept of
> > zones - ultimately all the decisions about the space come from the
> > membership.
Ryan Rix
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