Every Friday evening at the Makerspace is a “drop by for a beer or whatever” session – it’s a really good way for people who are doing interesting things to meet other people who are also doing interesting things – because when skills and perspectives intersect, the combination is a lot more dynamic and interesting than the sum of its parts. Shit happens.
Anyway, during various conversations etc, I mentioned a couple of bits from a couple of videos, and having watched them again today, I thought I’d post them here… because we keep getting asked to do interviews, and we haven’t really got our heads around what we want to say yet – but these two videos are kindof relevant.
One is from Vinay Gupta… and is to do with Open Source… everything… cogently describing why/how it can massively alleviate not only the amount of suffering and death in the world, but also our exploding population… because the one thing that seems to be strongly coupled with population-growth, is child-mortality-rate. Counter intuitive (from a tabloidesque level of reasoning) but apparently true. Faith in numbers.
Anyhoo… this may (or may not) be what this makerspace winds up engaging with – but this is what we care about (and we care a lot)… we have a bias towards saving the world. It’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it. We’re activists… I think everyone is these days, but the Makerspace is specifically a piece of activism.
The other video is Douglas Rushkoff who speaks (initially) on the nature of transparency… this is entirely what we’re about… not through any lofty set of beliefs, or worthy mission-statements… but because there isn’t a clear divide between the makerspace and its “customers”. What we are is more like a network of contractors/freelancers and micro-businesses… or people who aren’t businesses at all, but are just doing interesting stuff… and people who aren’t even people, but are machines or plants. The Cloud. We’re a symbiote. We’re an environment. We’ve got to be.
This makes for a very open model… which possibly ought not come as any surprise, because we live on the internet, and the divide between “work and non-work” is non-existent.
And this is one of our ambitions I guess… to give this freedom from “work” to other people… to act as a kind of micro-business incubator, for people who have passions that they would otherwise be unable to pursue. When your passion becomes the filter through which you see the world, opportunities come out of nowhere, work stops being work, and “what you do” becomes “who you are”. Ponoko did this for me – and now we’re aiming to do it for other people.
Anyway – Douglas Rushkoff: