Uploaded on Nov 25, 2011
Linking and Launching Earth-Based Hackerspaces
Our mission is to provide financial and organizational support to open communities in shared physical spaces who use innovative methods and technology in hands-on education. We'll speak to the global community about the progress in America.
Hacker and maker spaces are where people go to teach and learn their passions. Even as each space typically shares a common set of values -- transparency, hands-on, collaboration -- they are all tremendously different in terms of structure, funding sources, and sustainability. While a huge movement to create new hacker and maker spaces has been catalyzed in the United States, in part because of the Hackerspace Design Patterns release from the 2007 CCCamp, the sustainability of these spaces and the movement they represent is far from certain.
The School Factory, a non-profit organization that formed an early American hackerspace/makerspace called Bucketworks in 2002, has been extrapolating the models and values of these spaces into programming that helps communities understand and take advantage of potential in the maker and hacker movements. Banding together, four established spaces have launched the Space Federation, which provides a sharing of best practices and fiscal infrastructure amongst each other and to interested communities. By linking our resources we are able to help other facilitators launch and sustain their own spaces. Resources take the form of fiscal sponsorship, a governance and taxation support model for donations that gives these spaces non-profit status without the overhead and delays of supporting their own legal status. Guidelines and programming that help spaces build healthy community by connecting their members on a personal level are also a focus. This is not a franchising of spaces but a celebration of individuation while ensuring the administrivia which often kills spaces is taken care of efficiently and effectively.
Speaker: James Carlson, willowbl00
Event: Chaos Communication Camp 2011 (CCCamp 2011) of the Chaos Computer Club [CCC]
Location: Luftfahrtmuseum Finowfurt, Museumstr. 1, 16244 Schorfheide near Berlin, Germany
Start: 10.08.2011 18:00:00 +02:00