Another post from us up north!
At VHS we’re at a critical juncture–we are growing into our new, larger space, and with that the original “computer hacker” core has become a tiny part of the rest of the hackers hacking on things like wood, metal, fabric etc. We now have to decide what kind of a space to brand ourselves as to the public–hackerspace, hackspace, makerspace, community workshop?
With this comes the discussion of what it means to be a hacker. I think it’s a loose term like “artist,” but generally coalesces around a set of core values.
Some of the things being considered right now seem particularly against what I’ve observed as the hackerspace ethos. For example recording video footage at the space seems like it would never fly at Noisebridge, but is being seriously considered here. Other aspects of VHS however do seem like Noisebridge, as we consider ourselves a do-ocracy and believe in being excellent to each other.
We may decide we are more of a makerspace or community workshop, but I thought I would reach out here to get your thoughts on what values we should support if we want to become a more prominent player within the self-labeled “hackerspace” ecosystem.