Um. I think we need to have a re-think about the organisational structure of the Hackspace.
This is not a criticism of anyone currently, or formerly, in charge of running the hackspace.
Currently we don’t really have a structure, and I think the organisation is weaker because of this.
A mixture of the bystander effect, and nobody having specific roles means that nobody is taking responsibility for anything, and nobody knows who is in charge of anything. In fact, nobody is currently in charge of anything.
Say, for example, that I fancied putting on a ‘painting’ workshop. At the moment I have no idea who I’d talk to about that. Would I have to tell a board member? Would I just announce it? I have no idea. I don’t even know who the board members are.
If we had an “events manager” who was the central point of contact, it would be much easier to organise events. They wouldn’t have to actively do everything - they could always form an ‘events team’, or delegate to someone else, but they’d be a central point of contact for all events-related things.
Also, I’m sure that there are numerous people who’d be up for organising, say, trips to other hackspaces or maker-faires, but because they feel they don’t have the responsibility they don’t do it. Again, this wouldn’t stop other people organising events - it would just mean that there was a definite person who co-ordinated everything events-wise.
Likewise for website/social media. I spotted a mistake on the website and didn’t know who to contact about it. I asked on Telegram, and the answer was pretty much “various people - ish”. If we had a web/social media person, I’d know immediately who to contact. Again they wouldn’t have to do everything themselves - they could have a team of people to actually do twitter/facebook/website/whatever. I’m sure that there are people who’d be up for writing content or running the facebook page, but currently who do they get in contact about it? I have no idea, and I’m sure other members are the same.
Also, a central web contact would mean someone could just send news etc. to the web/media person and know that it would get put out through all channels.
Another thing would be PR. Currently, there is no reason why anyone would contact, say, newspapers or websites with anything the hackspace does. But if we had a PR manager, who didn’t mind doing this from time to time (or asking other people to do it), it would benefit the hackspace no end.
This is just a bit of a brain-dump on my part.
Obviously this would need proper thought about what roles were needed and how it should all work. But I know that other organisations I’m involved with are either small enough that one or two people can be point-of-contact for everything, or they have a proper organisational structure in place. We as a hackspace used to be the former - I think we need to move into being the latter.