With the benefit of hindsight, this was a bit of a silly move. We
didn't realise how vast an undertaking London Hackspace would be, and
it's clear now that we wouldn't want our company directly involved
with any other hackerspaces. Hackerspaces should be autonomous, both
to limit their risk and to govern themselves independently.
The Hackspace Foundation has acted as a central point to distribute
some small grants (notably from the Guardian) to the UK hackerspace
community, but there's increasingly a conflict of interest with this
money living in a bank account which mainly serves the London
Hackspace. There's also confusion that the company which runs the
London Hackspace is called the Hackspace Foundation.
So, firstly, we'd like to propose to rename the Hackspace Foundation
to London Hackspace Ltd. This will resolve any confusion as to who's
getting subscribers' money, stop people getting confused about why we
don't have "Ltd." in our name (don't ask) and hopefully stop our
landlord calling us "Hackspace Foundations".
Secondly, and more excitingly, we'd like to form a new unincorporated
association called the Hackspace Foundation. This association will
receive all unpaid grant money from London Hackspace, and act as a
central point for collecting new grants. This association will consist
of representatives from all UK hackerspaces, who will be able to vote
on how money is distributed.
We'd like to encourage all UK hackerspaces who are making a surplus to
donate a small amount yearly to the new Hackspace Foundation - we can
then use this money to help growing or struggling hackerspaces.
We are the UK Hackerspaces, we do not forgive, we do not forget, we do
not pay attention to warranty stickers..
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As to the idea of a funding distribution body, properly constituted, it
can only make things better all round. Proper targeting of donors cash
will encourage further giving and support in kind. Perhaps the proposed
association could also act as a clearing house for surplus equipment and
On Mon, 18 Apr 2011 22:13:44 +0100, Russ Garrett <ru...@garrett.co.uk>
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I agree, it's unfortunate, but two explicitly new names is going to make
things a lot less confusing. It could be something overly nationalistic,
like "British Hackspaces", though I'm not sure what the reserved company
name rules say about that.
One other thought, that I assume Russ has already had, is getting the
national umbrella organisation to be a charity - there's a bit of
overhead there, but there's potential for things like gift aid and
people judging us instantly will have a better impression.
There's quite a bit of legal overhead, though, from what I recall - I
have a friend who helps run a small one, and I seem to remember various
tales of annoying problems with the government and/or suppliers.
I agree. In fact, I think the name "UK Hackerspaces" might be better -
I'm not really a fan of the name "Hackspace" as a general description.
Do you have a proposed timescale for this?
Is this something you want the community involved in initially
organising (seems there is a fair amount of things that need to be
decided and implemented)?
There's no particular hurry. If we want to retain the name then we'll
probably have to wait until we've finished renaming the existing
company, which may be some time.
> Is this something you want the community involved in initially
> organising (seems there is a fair amount of things that need to be
> decided and implemented)?
It's not a huge amount of work and I'm happy sorting most of it out
myself. If I need anyone's help I'll ask :)
The Hackspace Foundation is no more, we are now London Hackspace Ltd.
We also passed a resolution last at our AGM last night:
1. That the directors are authorised to create a new organisation for
the benefit of all UK hackerspaces.
2. That any assets held by the company for the benefit of all UK
hackerspaces be transferred to the above organisation.
So I'm going to get on that shortly.
I think people do need to be educated about what it is, and it makes
me happy that the word Hack is still in the name. I often get asked
and it always gets all the more interesting the further into the
discussion we get. I have always found that people leave with a happy
glow about the word, and never seem to remember ad go on to say that
they have a (for example) knitting hackcircle or something along those
Very happy and congratulations Russ on getting the name, and to
everyone on our new naming - when's the party for this?