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The Make-a-Space Kit

If you're looking to start a collaborative space in your community--a hackerspace, makerspace, or co-working space--this guide can help you get the process started. For the detailed project plan, see https://atrium.schoolfactory.org/spacekit/home
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James Carlson

on 25 January 2016

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Transcript of The Make-a-Space Kit

Host an Interest Session
Get the Word Out
POSTER
Looking for Waukesha Area Makers!

Are you a dreamer, an inventor, skilled craftsperson, engineer, or artist who could benefit from a workshop or meeting space to tinker and develop your ideas or products?

Do you wish you had access to a wide variety of specialized tools but can't afford to buy them, or can't justify the expense for only a project or two?

Do you learn best from hands-on experience, and value practical knowledge and skill that can be used immediately?

Do you yearn for the company of other makers to collaborate with and learn from?

Are you interested in supporting a local community of makers and innovators who will create new job opportunities and boost economic growth?

If your answer is yes, join us in building a creative community and opening a new maker space, and we need your help, advice, and passion! Don't miss this exciting opportunity to participate in the formation and guidance of our group! We'll be meeting at Martha Merrell's Books & Cafe on the second Sunday of every month, at 2:00-3:00pm.
CRAIGSLIST
Looking for Waukesha Area Makers!

Are you a dreamer, an inventor, skilled craftsperson, engineer, or artist who could benefit from a workshop or meeting space to tinker and develop your ideas or products?

Do you wish you had access to a wide variety of specialized tools but can't afford to buy them, or can't justify the expense for only a project or two?

Do you learn best from hands-on experience, and value practical knowledge and skill that can be used immediately?

Do you yearn for the company of other makers to collaborate with and learn from?

Are you interested in supporting a local community of makers and innovators who will create new job opportunities and boost economic growth?

If your answer is yes, join us in building a creative community and opening a new maker space, and we need your help, advice, and passion! Don't miss this exciting opportunity to participate in the formation and guidance of our group! We'll be meeting at Martha Merrell's Books & Cafe on the second Sunday of every month, at 2:00-3:00pm.
LETTER
Looking for Waukesha Area Makers!

Are you a dreamer, an inventor, skilled craftsperson, engineer, or artist who could benefit from a workshop or meeting space to tinker and develop your ideas or products?

Do you wish you had access to a wide variety of specialized tools but can't afford to buy them, or can't justify the expense for only a project or two?

Do you learn best from hands-on experience, and value practical knowledge and skill that can be used immediately?

Do you yearn for the company of other makers to collaborate with and learn from?

Are you interested in supporting a local community of makers and innovators who will create new job opportunities and boost economic growth?

If your answer is yes, join us in building a creative community and opening a new maker space, and we need your help, advice, and passion! Don't miss this exciting opportunity to participate in the formation and guidance of our group! We'll be meeting at Martha Merrell's Books & Cafe on the second Sunday of every month, at 2:00-3:00pm.
Google Form tied to a spreadsheet
People can register and sign in
What is your name?
What do you make?
How do we reach you?
How did you hear about this?
https://atrium.schoolfactory.org/springcity
Host a Planning Session
Plan a Field Trip
Makerfaire, other spaces, etc.
Talk about the seven dimensions
Come up with a simple task for each
Ask people to commit to doing a simple task
Plan the next planning session
Feel free to use OpenAtrium
barrelofmakers.org
Find Stakeholders
Host a Hackerspace Meetup
Make a graph of interests
Align interests to broader community
Align interests to internal community
Community Meeting
DISCOVERY
Incorporate?
Review your discovery information
Decide: Are we doing this?
If so, incorporate!
Form your founding team
Learn about your community
Review your lease, budget, and finances
Decide: Sign the lease?
If so, SIGN and continue!
Hold public interest meeting
Begin researching resources (funding, locations, etc.)
FORMATION
Determine & implement funding model
Research & select location
Setup bank accounts
Form legal container
SPACE PREPARATION
Setup usability
structure
Make the space legal
Setup utilities
Polish the space
Determine membership structure
Communication & marketing setup
Administrative setup
Assemble
administrative team
ACTIVATION
Outreach: Community outreach and collaboration
Promote opening day
Community: Promote space, expand membership, and build community
Resources: Pursue funding opportunities, maintain financial integrity
Environment: Refine physical space and operations
Make-a-Space Kit
14-16 months
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license:

Timeline and overview to forming a sustainable collaborative space in your local community
CC / Attrib
Governance: Develop board resources, succession plan, policies & procedures
Experiences: Evaluate and nurture internal and external experiences of the space
Equipment: Continue to develop the physical offerings of the space
FOREVERMORE
QUESTIONS TO EXPLORE:

What does your community need? What else is happening?
Who will be your next leaders?
What could you outsource?


Continue all activities listed in Activation phase
Create system for documentation
Opening Day!
Locate?
Board Transition
Optimum Outreach
Number of members causes 10x as many strangers to visit the space
Transition from Founding Board to new board members
Financial Stability
6 months of operating expenses in bank account
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