[hackerspaces] distributed space?

charlie wallace charlie at finitemonkeys.com
Mon Jul 7 21:46:39 CEST 2014

I've been thinking about something similar to this as well this
weekend, I wanted to do a CNC conversion on a G0704 which requires you
to have a big enough CNC  already. i thought it'd be nice to be able
to setup something where people with different types of equipment or
skillsets would be willing to trade or make parts in exchange.

i'd been thinking of it outside of a geographical area, doing it by
mail. I realise its a tough thing to do, since people get burnt out
and everyone will want to use the awesome machine/skillset all the
time. Personally i'm ok with helping people out, but i realise not
everyone is and that there are people who'll take advantage, so barter
system can be setup that will at least go partway to dealing with the
help vampires/

I'm lucky that i have a lot of good spaces in the region, but i'm not
so lucky on free time, the travel time will use up my free time.

On Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM, Brett Dikeman <brett.dikeman at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I live in a neighborhood in Boston where there's about zero space
> available. Problems: many rentable spaces are ludicrously expensive to
> the point where the financial models don't work, or they're way too
> large to launch without it being a really big, expensive gamble. There
> is very little non-retail commercial space; even less industrial
> space.
> Also, as noted in other discussions, a lot of potential uses aren't
> compatible without good isolation from each other (metalworking,
> woodworking, electronics, coding, etc.)
> It occurred to me that there could be different spaces around the
> neighborhood that are all part of the same organization/community.
> Only for the sake of clarification of the larger concept (I don't want
> to get bogged down in nitpicking around these specific examples):
> maybe someone has a detached garage that they're OK with people doing
> metalworking in, we're able to find a one-room office good for
> electronics/coding/administration, the local craft shop wouldn't mind
> donating or sub-leasing a back office or some space in their basement
> for textile work, etc.
> Are there any groups who have tried this, successfully or not? My
> immediate thought it is that there's need to be a strong focus on
> community building to make up for the lack of one common room/space
> (such as providing tools for people to share/see what others in the
> group are working on, rotating a regular community meeting through the
> different spaces, encouraging each space's users to host "open house"
> sessions, etc.)
> Thanks for your thoughts!
> Brett
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