I was chatting with people from Irish spaces at Maker Faire on the weekend, and they raised the question of whether they’re still meant to be involved with the Foundation as it’s now the “UK Hackspace Foundation”. We have always included the Irish spaces in our map, and we also now have one listed space on Guernsey, which is not part of the UK.
The “UK” in the name was meant to disambiguate it from the old Hackspace Foundation (now known as London Hackspace Ltd), rather than as anything geographically explicit. There is nothing in our constitution which restricts us to the UK.
I think we should represent our neighbouring English-speaking islands (as long as they want us to!), and borders are silly. So, I propose the following:
- We change the operating name of the organisation to “Hackspace Foundation”, which removes the clumsy “UK” (we can keep the company name the same for the moment)
- Our remit should be changed to promote and support spaces in “The UK, Crown dependencies, and Ireland”