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

john lunger justj1915 at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 16 23:43:12 CEST 2013

I think it is great when individuals from these places come down and utilize the space but it is another thing if the institutions take over and run the show. Can they make their own hackerspace up at their school? 

Out of curiosity how is hackerspaces education different than institutional education? I see the main difference is peer mentorship and definitely more hands on and individualized. 


 From: Florencia Edwards <floev22 at gmail.com>
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Subject: [hackerspaces] Is making alliances with education institutions good	for a hacekrspace?

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?

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