[hackerspaces] Is making alliances with education institutions good for a hacekrspace?

Florencia Edwards floev22 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 16 22:02:16 CEST 2013


2013/10/16 Randall G. Arnold <randall.arnold at texrat.net>

> **
>  I can't say all of our experiences have been great.  University
> bureaucracy has gotten in the way of our efforts, too.  Very frustrating.
> Typical scenario:
>  Me: I would like to connect your students with creative opportunities. We
> have equipment, resources, etc... just need an introduction to your
> students.
>  College outreach officer: sounds like a lot of work for us.
>  *sigh*
> On October 16, 2013 at 2:44 PM Ben Brown <ben at generik.ca> wrote:
> Kwartzlab has tried to work with other local organizations, with varying
> results. We've tried to partner up with one of our local university for
> events, but their ridiculously bureaucratic nature has prevented us every
> time. At this point, I have no plans to try anything else with them.
> That said, we have partnered up with local grassroots arts and technology
> organizations for various events/causes to great success. We've also
> leveraged this community participation/recognition for an arts grant that
> bought us our laser cutter in 2010, and a provincial equipment grant from
> the Ontario Trillium Fund (provides no-strings-attached money to
> non-profits).
> We don't affiliate with organizations that have strings attached. We don't
> allow outside organizations to steer our space and it's future. We would
> not accept large donations or equipment from outside organizations in
> return for administrative control of our space. We remain independent.
> Ben
>  On 10/16/2013 1:52 PM, Florencia Edwards wrote:
>  I wanted to ask you what you guys think about this. At our hackerspace
> people who manage it are trying to make some strategic alliances with
> universities, schools, culture centers... But I think it's not good. A
> hackerspace is an alternative to this institutions and methods of
> education. Making an alliance only makes this institutions try to use the
> hackerspace their way (they have more power), trying to preasure us to
> adapt to their methods of education, what their students need, special
> workshops... I don't know. Maybe I'm wrong, . I love everyone to know about
> a makerspace or hackerspace and to come here to explore, but this
> institutions have a way of imposing or forcing things...
>  Do any of you have experience with school or collages, are they good? Can
> you give me some advice?
>  Cheers all
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