[hackerspaces] Failing/failed hackerspaces

Colin Keigher general at keyboardcowboy.ca
Fri Apr 4 22:37:45 CEST 2014

It has become a homeless shelter with arduinos so to speak.

On 04/04/2014 13:33, Crawford Comeaux wrote:
> What's the issue with Noisebridge? What's fundamentally different 
> about it now than from what it used to be?
> On Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 3:24 PM, Rubin Abdi <rubin at starset.net 
> <mailto:rubin at starset.net>> wrote:
>     In my humble opinion, a failed hackerspace is one that hasn't been
>     able
>     to provide a space or community to share knowledge between people (or
>     for people to simply learn new things). If a physical space lasted
>     for a
>     week but 1 person was able to learn something new and interesting
>     out of
>     it, that space would be considered a success in my eyes.
>     There is no rule that says a space must continue to always exist.
>     However there is the notion of personal failure in putting time and
>     energy into creating a space, only to see it burn to the ground
>     shortly
>     there after.
>     I would not consider Noisebridge a failure. It had some golden years
>     doing what many of us saw was act like a very robust an anarchistic
>     hacker space. It's however evolved and changed, is something else now.
>     Some would say it's not a hacker space, other say it is. The one thing
>     we can all agree on however is that people still use the space for
>     knowledge share and learning.
>     The majority of founding members since have moved on or away.
>     Noisebridge now is a self-sustaining hacker space organism, a very
>     complicated one, particularly the sort that has predictable cycles if
>     you know what to look for.
>     Noisebridge is not an outlier or an exception to any rules, it simply
>     happened to be the one where a bunch of loud internet people
>     gravitated
>     towards.
>     --
>     Rubin
>     rubin at starset.net <mailto:rubin at starset.net>
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