Fwd: Glasgow Makerspace

Will Nelson wnelson at cmdcore.net
Tue Nov 14 07:21:13 UTC 2017

Hi all,

Following up on the below, if you're interested, there's a Glasgow Makers and Hardware Hackers meeting tonight at the Mitchell Library. Topic looks to be about the unholy fusion of Arduinos and Kinects. There's likely to be a lot of after talk discussion regarding the Maker/Hacker space as well.


With Regards,

On 09/11/2017 16:56, William Nelson via Scottish wrote:
> Hey everyone,
> Just thought I'd share this on the LUG list due to the interest I know
> exists in this section of Glasgow regarding Maker/Hacker spaces. Looks
> like another section of interested people are moving on this subject,
> may be worth getting together, see what can be done/come of it.
> --
>   William Nelson
>   wnelson at cmdcore.net
> ----- Original message -----
> From: Glasgow Makers <glasgowmakersgroup at gmail.com>
> To:  Will Nelson <wnelson at cmdcore.net>
> Subject: Glasgow Makerspace
> Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2017 23:18:42 +0000
> Hi everyone,
>                     First of all thanks for everyone getting back to me.
>                     It's great to have so much interest in helping set a
>                     space like this up. Just want to mention my vision
>                     for a place like this so we can make sure we're all
>                     on the same page before we go any further. I'd like
>                     a place like a traditional hackerspace following the
>                     guidelines on hackerspaces.org.
> Some of the main things I'm thinking of:
> - It will be a community run space. There's no one in charge. All
>   decisions will be made together.- To pay for rent and other bills I'd be looking at a membership fee.
>   I'd want this to be as low as possible. Weekly open evenings that are
>   free to all could be available to attract more members. We could also
>   offer workshops free for members but at a cost for non members.- Makerspaces aren't a good business model so I'm not looking to make
>   money here and I'd expect people to be involved in running it doing so
>   on a voluntary basis. Hopefully, benefits will come in other ways like
>   lower membership fees or maybe even free.- The place would have 24 hour access to members with keys. Initially
>   only available to us as we're helping set the place up.- Once the place was established we could trust more people with keys
>   (this sounds a bit of a risk but hasn't caused problems in other
>   hackerspaces) meaning there would be less work for us and it would
>   eventually run itself, just being a space we could all use. The way
>   TOG do it in Dublin is members are on probation for the first 3 months
>   and after that they are trusted with a key so could implement a
>   similar measure here.- Funding wise I don't want to take a property we wouldn't be in
>   complete control of, like a university space. I want us to run
>   everything and not be controlled by others. Same thing when it comes
>   to funding. Wouldn't say no to some but not if it controlled the way
>   we ran it in anyway.
> Like I said in my first point though I want it to be a community so if
> there's any points there you really disagree with it's definitely up
> for discussion. I'm not trying to be in charge just trying to get the
> ball rolling.
> If you're still keen to be involved the next step is for us all to meet
> up to discuss ideas. I've set up a doodle poll[1] to try and find a time
> that would suit everyone (I've selfishly only added the dates I'm
> available and missed out weekends but if weekends are best for people
> please let me know).
> I'd also like to get the conversation going somewhere a bit better than
> an email chain. Do people have any preferences? I was thinking Slack and
> was thinking of setting up a project somewhere like Asana or Trello.
> Again does anyone have any preferences for a project management tool?
> As always let me know if you have any questions.
> Thanks,
> Martin
> Links:
>   1. https://doodle.com/poll/xzskws7qv6cn5bwg

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