[Noisebridge-discuss] Sigh -- I'm not helping with Maker Faires this year.

rachel lyra hospodar rachelyra at gmail.com
Mon Apr 2 22:37:48 PDT 2012


I have always contributed to Maker Faire for free, as a labor of love to
the community that Dale and Sherry were clearly working so hard to
build. I am friendly with both of them and do intend to speak with them
about my feelings on this matter.

I value my time very highly and am careful about what projects I choose
to work on.  I have many avenues through which I can reach out to teach
the skills that I have.  I am very careful about what I volunteer for,
and working for free on projects that have sketchy morals is kind of on
my black list.

I think I'll teach classes out of my storefront.  It'll be interesting
to see who I reach by working in North Oakland instead of San Mateo.

>deny you a voice

choosing how, where, and when to use your voice is part of using it.



On 4/2/2012 9:40 PM, Matt Joyce wrote:
> One cautionary concern:
> 
> Companies like boston dynamics, general dynamics, lockheed martin...
> etc snap up the bulk of robotics talent in the college pool today.
> They have the money, they have cool projects, and kids tend not to be
> very good at understanding the opportunities they will have on a
> longer term.  They also have less of a notion as to what consequences
> really are.
> 
> Refusing to participate in Maker Faire will do little to produce an
> incentive to remove those organizations from Make and STEM initiatives
> in general.  It will simply deny you a voice, and that will deny
> children an incentive to look elsewhere for opportunity when the time
> comes for them to choose their path in life.
> 
> That's my concern.  When looking at it from a perspective that is NOT my own.
> 
> -Matt
> 
> On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 9:35 PM, rachel lyra hospodar
> <rachelyra at gmail.com> wrote:
>> how did you find out? i don't see it anywhere in a cursory perusal of
>> their site.  Oreilly donated a bunch of materials to Occupy and I have
>> always really liked working with them :( but i might have to join you in
>> this protest.
>>
>> On 4/2/2012 7:15 PM, Mitch Altman wrote:
>>> It's official. I'm greatly saddened that I won't be able to help at this
>>> year's Maker Faires after they applied for and accepted a grant from DARPA.
>>>
>>> I look forward to working and playing at Maker Faire again, after they
>>> are no longer associated with DARPA.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
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