During the week I stumbled across a great write up of an awesome looking place called TechShop. Which is a fully featured work shop where you can buy day passes, monthlies or annual membership. If you haven't heard of this place, go and read the write up.
We so need one of these in Wellington. I've occasionally been tempted to sign up to a woodworking night course just so I can use the workshop.
A few of us at Catalyst had a little chat about what would be involved. Currently the list is:
Great! And I'm sure we'll need one of Vik's machines.
There are several warehousey places around wellington CBD that get leased out for not much money. There used to be one across the street from Te Papa, and one on the continuation of Tasman Street. There's a great warehouse-turned-artstudio on Wright street.
I came across all that because different friends had workshops in them.
There's some stuff on trademe realstate if you search for warehouse in the commercial properties for lease in wellington @ about 2K per month.
I'd be into something like this if you need co-conspirators
I don't think step 3 should be as emphasized. You might well get a better overall thing out of making it not-for-profit...
Think about it: cheaper access allowing more people, more machines/etc to access, the list of benefits making it nfp would go on as long as your imagination - and it would make it a bigger better place
Yeah, you're right about point 3. I was just trying to point out that while we'd talked about it being a good idea we hadn't moved much further on.
You can't have too many people with membership, otherwise you could run into issues if it is too successful, if people can't access the workspace because it is always packed that leads onto negative publicity. As long as it can continue to be scaled up (having workshops in multiple areas?) then that would be okay.