[Noisebridge-discuss] Who do we want to exclude? [Drama]
jwithers at reddagger.org
Wed Apr 10 20:10:05 UTC 2013
On 04/09/2013 11:44 AM, Tom Lowenthal wrote:
> We need to take a look in the mirror and decide what we want to be,
> because we cannot be everything to everyone. If we want to be the
> place that people go to build their next giant robot, livestreaming
> quadcoptor, community project, or enlightening class, we must be a
> place which invites, nurtures, and encourages this. We should strive
> to be the place that provides for that which we value most, and that
> means removing those things which are barriers to these goals.
Tom, I think you have hit on a real point here, and it continues the
discussion we were having a couple of weeks ago on the list. Without
defining what NB is focused on clearly, some things get de facto
excluded. Hardware hacking is one of the casualties for many of us.
That's okay if that is a tradeoff we realize we intentionally are
choosing to make to enable other parts of the community to flourish. And
I think to some degree that conscious choice is present.
But I think it is possibly less a choice in some cases than a lack of
focus or willingness to define the community. I was trying to meet with
a couple of people with a neuro working group for a while. And it was
quite difficult to find space for three people to sit and work on our
project. I don't begrudge the classes or people hacking on projects, but
I have to admit I found it a bit annoying the number of people checking
facebook or in one notable case watching movies and taking up space that
could have been used for education and trading knowledge. We tried a
couple of different nights of the week and have since given up on using
the space for this. Admittedly, due to work schedules and such we were
hitting during prime time.
I don't have a solution to this particularly, and am not really all that
hot about it, since as Danny has pointed out, there are other places to
work and hack in the larger area. But I do think you have hit an
important point that when we don't define our community as much more
than universally inclusive, it does in fact exclude some segments of
people who are trying to hack.
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