Dermot here - one of the Directors at South London Makerspace (SLMS)
I’m going to be attending CtrlShift in May, from Wednesday 8th. It’s ‘an emergency summit for change’, focused on collaborative organisations
I’m interested in how our spaces and members can be part of the solutions to the many pressing climate and environmental issues facing us all, and am attending with my SLMS directors’ hat on
I want to raise two general questions for your consideration:
- Getting approval to represent the HSF
- Funding for such things…
1. Getting approval to represent the HSF
It would be great/better to be there representing the wider Hack/Makerspace world – it also feels that there’s a case for HSF to be at the table: so was wondering how others feel and how I might go about getting the nod for that?
2. Funding for such things…
I’ll be self-funding the ticket, travel, accommodation, meals…and of course going in my own my time…I’m happy enough to do this, but I’m aware that most other people attending will be there representing their organisations, and will be being funded to do so.
I think many of us have found ourselves in these situations when representing Makerspaces at conferences, talks and other events: looking around and realising everyone else is ‘at work’?
The convention that we do all we do for free heavily favours people with either healthy personal funds, or very supportive employers, or jobs where we can somehow build a website without the boss noticing. Being a freelancer means I personally don’t tick any of those boxes…but there’s people far worse off than me
So if there was HSF funding available that would help greatly. Lack of funding won’t stop me attending, but I think it’s worth thinking about as a group for future events where representation would be of value
For clarity: funding is absolutely not a condition for representing our ‘movement’ – I’m going anyway – I just thought I’d raise the question at the same time. And I believe it’s important generally: many people put themselves to financial hardship to support these labours of love, and would have an easier time if the burden was lightened here and there
Let me know what you think