[hackerspaces] Dear hackerspaces, bad news

Florencia Edwards floev22 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 16 18:32:32 CET 2014

hahaha what's a clusterfuck?

2014-03-16 13:30 GMT-04:00 matt <matt at nycresistor.com>:

> IMHO Your space sounds like a clusterfuck.
> On Sun, Mar 16, 2014 at 1:22 PM, Florencia Edwards <floev22 at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Hello everybody, this week without being expected, they told us that are
>> going to fire half of our team. Our makerspace unfortunately, is a company.
>> We were all working paid with a symbolic wage, so we were sort of
>> volunteers also, but the space is really huge, an ex factory in a really
>> expensive neighborhood so we weren't making enough from memberships to
>> afford rent, less wages.  . The owner , who has been absent the last 7
>> months or so, wants to make an inversion in the space, machines, materials
>> for artists to make decorations. He prefers to invert in the space than in
>> the people who've been working because they love the community, who've been
>> underpaid working extra hours because they just love being there, which
>> makes me really sad, but I understand the circumstances are hard.
>> Now it's going to be sort of self administrated by the members, they are
>> going to have keys like in other spaces. Here where we live people don't
>> have the culture of doing stuff by themselves and respecting someone else's
>> space. They need someone watching them, telling them what to do... Maybe
>> this will be a good change, so members can lear how to take care of the
>> space.
>> Also they want to administrate projects,  in the makerspace for big
>> companies and brands that want to have new ways of communication and are
>> willing to pay big. And they will hire in this case experts to make the
>> projects in the makerspace. Like a sort of incubator.
>> We also use to have scholarships for people who were ex staff, who do
>> stuff like taking care of the space, or workshops, but he said that if
>> people are not working in a cool project "maker style", they won't be able
>> to keep coming to the space. This means they haven't offered the staff that
>> was fired memberships to work on their stuff or to keep being part of the
>> community.
>> This is our new reality, we don't know what to make of it, we are in
>> shock, and I would love to hear your opinions.
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