Sorry I kind of went into silent running after the announcements,
thanks to everyone who spread the word on twitter.
I just wanted to drop a few bullet points I hoped we could cover
tonight, in the interest of moving towards preparing for and acquiring
a space. I'm probably over-thinking this, so don't consider it an
agenda, just some questions I'm using to guide my thinking.
* Activities - this one's simple, what do you want to do, what do you
hope to see other people doing in/with/around/because of the space?
* Purpose - why should node exist and why should it help you do those
things? I'd suggest our purpose (the purpose of the founders,
specifically) is less to do their own thing, and more to support the
infrastructure so that *everyone* can do their own thing. Unselfish-
selfishness. One question that I found to help change the way I think
about the space is, do I think it's _fun_ to create (to do what we
hope to do), or _important_?
* Groups - who should we reach out to, what kind of organizations
would find a space like this useful?
* Success - how will we measure our success?
* Form - what form should the organization take? from corporate
|----------------------| off the books. If we never officially
incorporate (apply for non-profit status), that would be fine with me,
but I don't know this kind of thing works.
* Startup Cost - money and time. This is a frontier activity, starting
a hackerspace in Baltimore. It may be uncomfortable being the first
ones in. I'd like to talk a bit about expected level of commitment for
founders (time and $) and ongoing membership models.
* Space - the biggie. We're supposedly gathering around this idea
because we want the space, but where, when, how, how much?
That's all, I'll be taking notes tonight and will probably open up a
new thread once we're done meeting.