As a cultural thing I’d like us to be more compassionate and less judgemental.
This is a hack erspace, and if people don’t feel they can try stuff out, help with things, do things wrong, make a mess of things - all without undue judgement - then we’re letting ourselves down. This applies both to physical spaces and in our online chats. Often I think this judgement is unintentional or perceived. We all have plenty of shortcomings and insecurities and personally speaking, having to have a guard up makes me do the projects I can at home instead, which makes me wonder if I want my membership still. I’m aware there’s been times where I’ve been judgemental, that was wrong of me, it’s an easy mistake that I’d like to check myself on.
Coming in to learn should be what we’re all about. Knowing the community will be compassionate when you make a mistake is a large part of hackerspace culture, as well as being fun, safe, and nurturing.
Some examples of what I’d like us to aim for:
- Coming across wrong in a message and knowing that instead of people blowing up there will be a polite discussion to clear the air
- Making a mess of something and knowing that it isn’t being transferred as a judgement of you or your ability. As a leisure activity, it’s possible there’s a lot on someones mind.
- Appreciating the knowledge and skills you have, so when you meet someone who doesn’t have them, you are humbled instead of getting elitist.
- If you mess something up and find it funny - share it! Other people might learn from it. And you making a mistake isn’t a reflection on you.
Interested to hear if this is felt by anyone else.
We have to make sure our culture continually stays healthy.