IRL (Part I): Community Spaces

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COMMUNITY HUBS

Community hubs are, at their core, places where communities with common values and interests can gather and collaborate to learn, teach, work, share, and help each other. In general, these places bring people together to offer a range of activities, programs, and services.

FABLABS

“Fablab” is an abbreviation for “fabrication laboratory”, a trademarked makerspace where different types of tools and machinery are available to people interested in designing and creating objects. As someone who was fortunate to get to know several fablabs in different countries, I can assure you the way these communities introduce themselves on their website is not merely a collection of neat words put together by a marketing team:

HACKERSPACES

Similarly to Fablabs — but even more on the OSS, DIY side of things — Hackerspaces (also known as hackspaces and hacklabs) are, as stated on hackerspaces.org, “community-operated physical places, where people share their interest in tinkering with technology, meet and work on their projects, and learn from each other”. In sum, they are community hubs for those interested in computers, gadgets, science, digital art, etc.

COMMUNITY HUBS AUSTRALIA

Community Hubs Australia is a governmental program that supports more than 70 spaces around the country, where migrant and refugee families, particularly mothers with young children, go to connect, share, and learn. Those hubs bridge the gap between migrants and the wider community, connecting women with schools, with each other, and with organizations that can provide health, education, and settlement support ♥️

AKASHA HUBS

AKASHA Hub Barcelona
The building that used to house Holon-000, The Spaceship — where Ethereum was born.

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