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

Florencia Edwards floev22 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 21 15:06:45 CET 2014

It's a different culture here. We have people in charge of coordinating
workshops, of putting in a spreadsheet who are attending, another preson in
charge of buying workshop materials, a person a in charge of the community
to make blogposts, and general posts informing workshops and memberships to
people out there who aren't member  and coordinating the general forum. A
person in charge of content layout. This is the staff. The members are just
doing their own projects, they don't have time for doing stuff for the
makerspece. Where I live, people are not even used to wash their own
dishes, we wash a lot for them

And since rent is not cheap, we can't make memberships free or just a
"donate what you can"  thing

2014/1/21 Joshua Pritt <ramgarden at gmail.com>

> 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
> blues.
> >
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