New Space Commitee
Meeting date: 01/28/2014
This meeting was a specially scheduled Committee meeting, only because we didn't have the time set at least 30 days in advance. It started about 1:01pm
Other contributors: Jher
One idea was to have more membership meetings, and fewer board meetings.This might get more members involved.
Talked with Jher from the UofO about how best to pitch our application for the Wayne Morse Center grant.
In the grant application information, they focus a lot on New Media. Jher wants us to know that new media specifically includes material digitalization and maker spaces. Weston took a class on new media and talked about user engagement. All media interfaces deal with the material world. This is the crux of what maker spaces are about. The the digital world requires materialization to even exist. Weston says recently NPR had a piece on our world becoming more and more digital, "everyone must learn how to code" or else... EMS should should be a clearing house of info and tools to help people cope, do outreach, Teach!
UofO Science library has a 3D printer now which shows this is the direction media is going. Media is intertwined with Democracy. Democracy is supported by digital infrastructure.
Ben asked about sustainability, UofO is big on sustainability. EMS supports sustainability at several levels:
(and James, we used as many curse words (not written down, sorry) as we could so you would have felt right at home)
Buzzwords and phrases we can use:
Talking about first impressions and how we present ourselves We rather walk into a laboratory than a garage. So how can we be seen as not a garage? We want a nice clean backdrop with a minimum of clutter. The physical embodies the aesthetic, we need to be viewed as an orchestra of tools and composers busily working on artful compositions, or conductors orchestrating a masterpiece.
Talking about re-branding and maybe changing the logo. Mentioned that the leaders of the Maker space movement are becoming co-opted by big business is this good or bad, and how do we feel about that?
Ben left at 14:02 for family stuff.
Possible References for our Grant app:
Cognitive liberty goes hand in hand with open source. If your cognitive extensions are proprietary then it limits your cognitive freedom.
Digital literacy teaches consumers to become pro-sumers by teaching them how to code and how to materialize.
Give people media literacy to be empowered to overcome technological unknowns.
Bringing physicality back to the digital.
EMS needs a 3D scanner!
How we are part of a much larger maker community? If we can answer this we can get much more bang for our advertising buck so to speak.
Here is a feel good video that Jher feels frames our conversation: http://vimeo.com/78788086
Some others: http://opensourceecology.org/videos.php
Great meeting! Wished more people could have shown up for it.
adjournment at threeish...
-- ClifCox - 13 Jan 2014