[hackerspaces] Who currently has the best, most functional hackerspace model?

Christopher Agocs chris at agocs.org
Tue Jul 5 18:23:01 CEST 2016

dosman, I'd love to see your exit interview questionnaire. Could you send
it to me?

On Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 11:20 AM, dosman <dosman at packetsniffers.org> wrote:

> A couple things to consider on this specific topic. My experience is that
> things go slower than desired on most hackerspace projects, but they do
> happen as there is time+demand, you just have to be ok with that. If people
> want to get involved and help they will, if no one wants to do the work
> then it’s left to the few that do the work as they have time. Lots of
> administrative stuff was done by me because it saved me tons of time in the
> long-run (invoicing automation, nag email automation, membership processing
> automation, etc). Unless it’s causing a serious detriment to the group I
> don’t worry about timelines for most projects though. Exceptions would be
> things like physically moving spaces and other urgent matters that affect
> all members.
> As for member churn, we have a google questionnaire form that
> automatically goes out when memberships end. Most people for our group
> leave for lack of free time to use their memberships, moving away, etc. but
> sometimes we do get good feedback that something was wrong we didn’t know
> about. I have another questionnaire i am about to deploy to new members
> after they have joined for a few months to get a fresh angle we might be
> missing. But I’m a survey and spreadsheet nerd, so that’s my desire.
> Thanks,
> -dosman
> > On Jul 5, 2016, at 8:25 AM, Shirley Hicks <shirley at velochicdesign.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > We’ve adopted as many of the hackerspace patterns as possible, but are a
> bit hung up reaching long-term financial sustainability due to member
> churn. The space we selected to start in required a lot of work and it has
> burned some members out. Given our community, we also have a shortage of
> members with some of the key skills that make setting up systems (IT,
> business) go faster, so that has taken some time. Getting there now.
> >
> > We’re also dealing with some  in-group/outgroup issues - mainly between
> those who’ve been trained in other environments to work tightly as a group
> (HAM, emergency ops, military) and those who have not.
> >
> >>
> > — Shirley
> > RMM, Birmingham, AL
> >
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