Key Concepts
Definition: Production systems that depend on individual action that is self-selected and decentralized, rather than hierarchically assigned.
- Articulated thoroughly at Yochai Benkler, Coase's Penguin, or Linux and the Nature of the Firm (2002)
- see also wiki-fied version of Wealth of Networks
- A 5-minute video on hackerspaces, featuring Noisebridge.
- A history of hackerspaces collaboratively edited on the Hackerspaces.org wiki.
- In 2008, a group of hackers wrote a book about hackerspaces in 12 days. Hackerspaces: The Beginning
- "Hacking the Spaces" points out the white male-dominated nature of hackerspaces and the need for decolonization.
- Hackerspaces: From Electrical to Cultural Resistance - Analysis of hackerspaces as grounds of cultural resistance.
- Founding a Hackerspace - BA thesis on founding a hackerspace, featuring Hacker Dojo, Noisebridge, NYC Resistor, Sprout & Co, and BUILDS.
 Community Models
Cyberhippietotalism is "a theoretical & practical counter-culture platform, currently establishing a series of European hacker live-in labs-residences."
From their wiki page at hackerspaces.org:
CHT#1 was set up in December 2011 on Lanzarote, Canary Islands, because we (correctly) anticipated it would be a good idea to spend winters in a 20°C, year-long ocean swimming climate. Endless summer!!
CHT#2 will probably be set in either Berlin DE, or Ljubljana SI.
While other hackerspaces are just places to go to "in your spare time" or "after work", CHT overpowers the life-work dichotomy by also being a hip crashpad, and cooking nutritious food.
Kind of like what the hippie communes did, but beyond 1972 this time.
Integrating theory, technology research & development, and artistic tendencies, + living in the middle of all that, we are an "all-in" experimental platform towards futuristic models of men-technology coexistance.
True post-20th century life & social practices.  Getting here, staying here
CHT is an open space for visitors & accepting projects-residents: for a 10€ daily / 300€ monthly contribution you enjoy full subsistence (food+stay, details). Suggested time of stay would be ~ 3 weeks - 3 months.
 Trade School
Trade School is an alternative, self-organized school that runs on barter.
1) Teachers propose classes and ask for barter items from students. For example, if you teach a class about making butter, you might ask students to bring heavy cream, jars, bread, music tips, clothes, vegetables, or help with something like finding an apartment.
2) Students sign up for classes by agreeing to bring a barter item for the teacher.
Organizing Principles - Excellence, Consensus, and Do-ocracy: If you want something done, do it, but remember to be excellent to each other when doing so.
Nuts & Bolts - 501(c)3 educational non-profit, funded through member dues (40$ 'starving hacker' / $80 regular) and donations.
Decision-making Process - "We make official Noisebridge decisions by consensus, which means the willing consent of all of our members. Decisions are made at our weekly meetings, and items proposed for consensus are announced at least a week in advance to give everyone time to hear about them. Members may block by proxy if they are unable to attend or if they wish to block anonymously." via [Noisebridge wiki]
Mission - "Noisebridge is a space for sharing, creation, collaboration, research, development, mentoring, and of course, learning. Noisebridge is also more than a physical space, it's a community with roots extending around the world.
For we're excellent to each other here We rarely ever block We value tools over pre-emptive rules And spurn the key and the lock. — Danny O'Brien, 2010-11-09 general meeting notes
We make stuff. So can you. "
Vision Statement via [Noisebridge wiki]: We provide infrastructure and collaboration opportunities for people interested in programming, hardware hacking, physics, chemistry, mathematics, photography, security, robotics, all kinds of art, and, of course, technology. Through talks, workshops, and projects we encourage knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring.
As a space for artistic collaboration and experimentation, we are open to all types of art - with a special emphasis on the crossover of art and technology. From hardware labs to electronics, cooking, photography, and sound labs, anything that's creative is welcome.
Many interesting things are happening at all times. Sharing is essential to making this work. We believe in starting from a point of respect and trust. We believe it builds a safe community and that this will foster innovation and creation. Our code of conduct is "Be excellent to each other".
Leadership is taken by individual members for specific projects. We call this "sudo leadership" after the *nix command sudo which allows a regular user to do one root-level, or superuser, task. In other words, if you want Noisebridge to do something, start doing it.
Here's some paraphrasing from our bylaws: Through talks, classes, workshops, collaborative projects, and other activities, we want to encourage research, knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring in a safe, clean space. We provide educational spaces for teaching practical skills and theory of technology, science, and art. We provide work space, storage, and other resources for projects related to art, science, and technology that will benefit the individual members' personal growth in their fields of interest, encouraging the individual members to share their projects and knowledge for the betterment of society through art, science and technology. We create, learn, and teach, individually and as a group, inviting members of the community in the San Francisco Bay area and the world. We develop, support the development of, and provide resources for the development of free and open source software and hardware for the benefit of society. We promote collaboration across disciplines for the benefit of cultural, charitable, and scientific causes.
 The Holdout
Organizing Principles - A collective of collectives, one representative from each collective meets regularly for decision-making.
Nuts & Bolts -
Mission - "Our mission is to create a non-hierarchical and anti-authoritarian space where people from various communities can come together to organize, participate in mutual aid, and make personal connections for the purpose of creating social relations free of oppression."
Vision Statement "The Holdout is committed to fighting all forms of hierarchy and oppression including but not limited to the system of Capitalism, white supremacy, racism, ablism, sexism, heteronormativity, ageism, imperialism and authoritarianism. We believe in organizing in a non-hierarchical manner that promotes autonomy, solidarity, grassroots involvement, and the agency of those most affected by each decision. We oppose any state repression of dissent; including surveillance, infiltration, disruption and violence. We are working actively to build relationships and institutions that are based on equality, self-determination, affinity, solidarity, and sustainability."
 Ace Monster Toys
Organizing Principles - "The organization is run by our Officers, appointed by our Board. Board members elected once a year. Officers are appointed by the board. Provisional members voted in once a quarter. Click here for more information on becoming a member." via http://wiki.acemonstertoys.org/FAQ
Nuts & Bolts -
Mission - "Ace Monster Toys is a Hackerspace in the East San Francisco Bay Area dedicated to education, hacking, and maker culture. We are membership based group with regular free open-to-the-public classes and events. We are open to anyone and non-members are welcome."
Vision Statement -