Hacking hackerspaces

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Sudo Room is an open, non-hierarchical, collaborative community of humans, including tech developers, citizen scientists, activists, artists--and all combinations in between and beyond!--who are interested in and working towards social change. Our goal is to create the first inclusive, dedicated hackerspace in downtown Oakland, to share ideas and projects in citizen science, digital citizenship and literacy, environmental sustainability, community engagement, and self-government.

Sudo Room is committed to access, empowerment, transparency, and public/social good. Sudoers have a great diversity of interests and we emphasize respect and solidarity among ourselves and with others.

Membership includes 24/7 access to the space with a personal access method, for example code and/or rfid.

   Unanimous consent

Non-members can use the space as much as they want when other members are present, but cannot access the space when no members are there and have to leave when the last member leaves.

   Discussion, mostly vibe-y

To empower members to deal with problematic non-members, non-members can be thrown out at any time by a member if that members feels that the non-member is being a problem, _unless_ some other member present in the space is willing to vouch for the non-member as a guest. Non-members being asked to leave must be told that they can further discuss the incident at a Wednesday meeting or on the mailing list.

   Discussion: Some way of logging the incident? 

SYNHAK Akron: We exist as a free public resource. If you have an idea that needs realized, it can happen at SYNHAK.

Hackerspace Santa Barbara: After having tools stolen by a guest, they made it so that a guest has to leave when the last member does for the night. I went with my sleeping bag down the street a ways.

Would be even better if I had a treehouse

Hackerspace: Minimum requirements: via Meeting notes

   BART is close by�
   Disability / wheelchair access�
   Vehicle parking (motor and human-powered) is possible.�
   Sink (at least one, but preferably outside of bathroom)�
   Late access (preferably 24 hour)�
   Ability to make some noise (at least event noise)�
   Security and privacy�
       e.g. not a hallway or shared access with other tenants we don't know.�
   Landlord must either support the idea or be agnostic
   Month-to-month lease preferable

Minimal Vulnerabilities

  • Building Insurance in place
  • Liability insurance procured if necessary

There might be only a few lies and exagerrations. Is space free? Anonymous: Not one fuck will be given.