[hackerspaces] Governance questions

charlie wallace charlie at finitemonkeys.com
Wed Oct 16 23:44:35 CEST 2013

1) one space, with various levels of ties to other spaces, sometimes
people from other spaces come by to use equipment, sometimes we send
potential members, and we do collab works.

2) don't have a board.

3) never put that much thought into it, its a place provided for
people to hang out and
do stuff, use equipment, socialise, etc. we're one of the spaces that
focuses less on boards and org, paperwork, that type of thing.

4) more that sponsorships and donations are a hindrance to everything
else. echoing what Matt at nycresistor said its rare to find a sponsor
with zero strings attached, we often do things that a lot of sponsors
would be "ermagherd hackers" about.

I go back and forth on it, but usually we just end up self funding
things and dreaming of zero strings attached sponsorship.  But we
muddle through regardless.

Hopefully one day we'll get a donation of a cool industrial robot arm
that'd be cool. HINT HINT.

On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 2:11 PM, Randall G. Arnold
<randall.arnold at texrat.net> wrote:
> Sorry to be so active on the list today... but one of my recent questions
> about operating philosophies is still an issue and I'm looking for data.
> For those of you run as nonprofits, I'm hoping you can answer some questions
> for me:
> 1) Is your foundation tied specifically to a space, or operating in support
> of one or more spaces in an area?
> 2) How are your Board members elected/selected?
> 3) What are your thoughts on your connection to the Make community-- are you
> a representative body?  Corporate-styled authority? Separate but supporting?
> 4) If you take a bottom-up, grassroots, community-first approach to
> governance, have you found that to be a hindrance for sponsorships and
> donations?
> Thanks to any and all respondents.
> Randy
> Tarrant Makers
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