From the first time I visited a Hackerspace, I knew that I had to do everything I could to get Hackerspaces everywhere. I first experienced Hackerspace C-Base in Berlin, before there was an NYC Resistor, a Noisebridge, or a HacDC. I came back to the United States and found community with like minds – and then I co-founded Washington’s first Hackerspace HacDC ...Another wonderful human, Jenny Ryan, has created some great content documenting the development of sudo room (the Librarians of the hackerspace scene!). Her article, Hacking the Commons: How to Start a Hackerspace, tells the story of how a group of DIYers worked together to create what is now an active and thriving hackerspace in downtown Oakland, California. Sudo room members take notes collaboratively at their weekly meetings (using Etherpad Lite) and document their process and projects extensively on their wiki. Lastly, there is the foundational document that has inspired and helped hundreds of hacekrspaces bloom. The Hackerspace Design Pattern PDF. This document and the accompanying talk have made concrete 10 years of hackerspace development in Europe. We can learn a lot from their experience. Now we need to create the American Design Patterns, and start documenting the development of the Middle Eastern Design Patterns! Here's a talk by Willow Bl00 and James Carlson at the Chaos Communication Congress in 2011 about hackerspaces, the challenges they face and the opportunities they have available to them in terms of new libraries, "new schools," new businesses, and new communities: Hope this is helpful for all those people looking to start hackerspaces around the world. Remember: Reach out, we love you! +BG Add more links in the comments if you know great hackerspace development resources out there!
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