Engine of More: the 3rd place
A hackerspace should be a 3rd place, the concept of a 3rd place is that there should be different social environments, the 1st place is the home, for family and private socialisation with ones most inner social group, the 2nd place is the work place, where professional relationships develop. 3rd places are typically churches, pubs or coffee shops.
A hackerspace can be a 3rd place.
Much has been written about the idea of a 3rd place, especially around coffee culture. For me the ideal hackerspace would be as bright and airy, as aesthetically pleasing, as pleasant a space to be in as my favourite coffee shop. In fact why not have a fully functional coffee shop, or something close to it in your hackerspace?
Today’s thumbnail is Blend in Nottingham’s Sneinton Market one of my favourite 3rd places.