[hackerspaces] The world needs makerspaces?
ben at generik.ca
Wed Nov 15 20:58:14 CET 2017
I think the community is as important to a hackerspace's well-being as
the building and tools -- in fact I would submit that's what makes a
hackerspace as opposed to just a community workshop or co-working
environment... or a TechShop.
You also need a good source of (volunteer) labour and people who are
passionate to keep the community going (and by association -- the space
alongside it). Paying staff to do the same may be the smart thing to do
to keep people accountable to their commitments... but only if you can
I never really considered TechShop as part of the same ballpark as NFP
spaces, but it was an excellent resource for advanced tools and
training. They will be missed.
On 2017-11-15 2:19 PM, Edward L Platt wrote:
> One of the most important questions, which I remember discussing with
> Jim Newton and Dale Dougherty shortly before TechShop Detroit opened,
> is whether the space is primarily about the tools or about the
> community. Community without tools is still useful, but less so the
> other way around. Community takes less money to maintain, but more
> work, although if you do it right, that work can be fun and meaningful
> for members.
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> Discuss at lists.hackerspaces.org
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