[hackerspaces] how to deal with tired staff, with hackespaces blues

Joshua Pritt ramgarden at gmail.com
Tue Jan 21 14:57:47 CET 2014

What kind of work are you doing?  I've always thought of a hackerspace as a
bunch of volunteers anyway. If anyone sees the trash can overflowing just
take it out. If you see a giant pile of dirt or something on the floor
sweep it up.  Then once a month or every third month hold a clean up day on
a Saturday and everyone pitches in on a pizza and soda. The other bit of
work would be running the space which is usually handled by the treasurer
and president and secretary and facilities committee. These positions are
elected by the members every quarter or semi annually.  This way someone
who doesn't want to our doesn't have the time to run the place can let
someone else do it. Of course there has to be someone to nominate
themselves for each position and they know they are doing it for free so
they have to really want to see the space continue to grow and thrive. I'm
not sure how that would work if everyone has this survivor attitude...

On Jan 21, 2014 8:45 AM, "Florencia Edwards" <floev22 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear hackerspaces, how do you deal with a tired staff. I'm one of them,
it seems like we work work work, and every day there are less members, less
people willing to give something back to the space and  we get the feeling
that the majority just wants to take and doesn't share , wants discounts,
and  to get  free materials but they never give anything to anyone. There
are  people that think we are millionaires and want to take part of the cut
any way they can.
> Here where we are from people don't trust each other, they are like
survivors, try to get what they need and than they escape.
> And in fact, we are losing money every month. As staff we are badly paid,
we are more sort of  volunteers, we can't get through the month with what
we win. I work here at the space full time, than i get home and i keep
working , I can't afford lunch anymore . We can sense that the whole staff
is tired and in a bad mood, and the more time it passes it's worse. And I
wish I could see more people happy with this, changing, wanting to share,
wanting to make a community... But sometimes it feels like a illusion
> Any advice, or just share our pain hehe, we should make hackerspaces
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