A Hackerspace is self-organized place.
Leadership is taken by individual members for specific projects. If you want to do something, start doing it.
Being a member of a Hackerspace is not like being a member of a gym or your local chess club. Anyone can come to Hackerspace to hack and learn: you don’t need to be a member for that. At Hackerspace, membership is something different: it means taking responsibility and committing to help to maintain, improve, and govern Hackerspace. As a member of Hackerspace, you don’t just come here to hack and learn, you actively work to improve what you see around you, help to deal with problems, and make this community better than it is today.
Cost of membership
There is no cost of membership! Everyone can join the place as free user, so it means that he can join projects, workshops and any kind of activities that does not involve in some extra expense for the hackerspace, e.g. if he needs some equipments or materials not available in the hackerspace, then he should provide by himself the needed equipments or materials; or he can submit an official request that will be evaluated by the members during the periodic weekly meetings.
- Guest: come hangout, limited number of tools, buy materials
- Friend: a person who helps with time, effort, possibly money
- Mentors: people who have expertise that they want to share
- Sponsor: companies, province, or individuals who donate money or equipment
At the least, membership means paying a monthly subscription. This gives the member reduced rates for all activities and purchases. However, membership also gives the right to participative in respect of governance, time, weekly meetings, projects, workshops and maintenance of the hackerspace. Moreover, the hackerspace is as much about the exchange of ideas, friendship, community and knowledge as it is about hacking or making.
Two types of membership
- Member: He takes the responsibility to subscribe a small periodic donation (e.g. 20€/yy) or to contribute in the organization and the maintenance of the Hackerspace. He can use storage space, check out tools, buy material with discount, allowed to introduce ideas, votes to support different options.
- Co-founder: He got more responsibilities than a member. He subscribe a significant monthly donation, have final votes to proceed with member ideas, contributes time. Meets every week in an open meeting to discuss the topics on the agenda and takes decisions.
How to be a member
It has to come from you! It is up to you to decide to be a member.
There are two ways to ask to be a member:
- two members will recommends you because they know your “value”;
- you will submit a request of membership that will be taken in account regarding what you did for the community during the time (e.g. your participation in projects, seminars, weekly meetings).
In any case, you’ve to support yourself showing the reasons why you want to became a member. It is up to the members then to decide about your request.