The Cross Roads
Today’s post is a bit more of a diary, behind the scenes, right from the heart post. The intention with the blog, was and is to write a free book about hackerspaces, how to think about them, how to approach some of the challenges of founding and running them and particularly the emotional labour around groups sharing workshop space.
Over the last 8 years or so I’ve been fairly obsessed with this.. with the hackerspace movement, or the maker movement or whatever it is. Professionally that has meant creating and running companies which sought to help people get a good laser cutter. But so much more of it has been unpaid and voluntary.
I find myself at a cross roads.
Which way to turn. Where to go next. I think many of us find ourselves here at about this time of life. The race you thought you were running seems only to have been with yourself. The finish line is no longer worth slogging pell-mell towards. You’re not even sure what you were trying to do.
More and more I’ve come to realise that hackerspaces, specifically hackspace and the hackspace foundation here in the UK will, for the foreseeable future, be for those with the means to sustain an interest in it, whilst having the flexibility of workload and spare income to engage with it. I’ve had notions of trying to make servitude to the hackerspace community my career, but in order to do that I need an income. I don’t mean to profit from it or to be rich. Just a way to have a living wage.
So to continue with my focus on Hackerspaces, it seems I must have work that sustains my ability to be an amateur within the movement. If I would seek to change the attitudes of the movement towards a more sustainable, life-balanced approach, surely I can only do that from within? There are gatekeepers. There are always gatekeepers.
I don’t really know what this post is about. Good luck to you all.
Today’s thumbnail is the derelict gates of an old steel mill where people thought they were doing something significant until the billionaire who owned it closed it because he wasn’t making money any more and the world had changed. Now they want to turn it into executive houses and shops so another billionaire can make just a little more money and yes, I know you can’t see the thumbnail when you’re on a phone.