2019-09-07 Election

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The nomination window is now closed.

The election will start on the 7th September this year and it will run for 7 days. All members, no matter how remote, will be able to vote.

The election will take place electronically using OpaVote.

Our returning officer for this election is James Fowkes, who will set up and handle the OpaVote system for the election.

You will receive an individual voting email to your HMS registered email address.

There is one position open following the resignation of James Adams, and the following members have put themselves forward to be trustees.

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Dominic Morrow
I’ve had a very long relationship to the Nottingham Hackspace. It has been in parts the greatest, the most stressful, the most heart warming and sometimes most frustrating organisations I’ve been involved with. On the 13th February 2010 I decided to setup a meetup.com page, to find the others, those with the same desire and interest in setting up a hackspace in Nottingham.

Hackspace and the maker movement have dominated much that has happened in my life over the last 10 years. In 2014 I became self-employed and started selling CO2 laser cutters, I continue to run a company providing support and servicing on this equipment. Through my relationship to Nottingham Hackspace I’ve been lucky enough to develop a wide network of contacts from the hackerspace and maker world, as part of the UK Hackspace Foundation, EMF Camp, as a Maker Faire producer and as part of the crew in at the flagship Maker Faire in the Bay Area and New York. I continue to have an obsession with shared workspaces and the maker movement through my blog and podcast, bricolage.run

Much has changed since those early days on meetup.com in 2010. The founders would have hardly believed that we’d have an organisation with a membership nearing 700, and an alumni of many hundreds more having been involved with Nottinghack over the decade. They’d have been floored by a monthly turnover of about £5k and would have been impressed by one of the best collections of democratised tooling and workspaces anywhere on the planet.

I wish to stand as a trustee again. I know at times I’ve had a difficult even controversial relationship to the space. Maybe I’ve not always been as involved as much as I feel I should have been. But I feel it is the time for me to return. I want to honour the spirit of the idea we had 10 years ago...

“...to create a place where people could come together, pool their resources and knowledge, find space to create and have access to better tools than they could afford alone.”

Organisations that thrive, grow. When they grow they get growing pains. Processes and group beliefs and behaviours that work for 100 people don’t always work for 1000 people. Today, I see a space on the brink. A space sometimes confused as to what its for and what the idea is. A community that is ready to understand itself better and ask itself some questions, to ready itself for the next 10 years of successful operation. I see the many passionate members for whom the hackspace means so much ready to give freely of their time for the idea.

It’s a regret of mine, that sometimes my previous terms as trustee ended in drama, partly of my own making partly as a result of the stresses of an ill defined role and a growing group. I’ve certainly been guilty of cynicism, been overly critical at time and occasionally allowed my passions for the space to spill out into my interactions with members. Whilst I intend to remain human, I would like to think I’ve grown. As well as the experience I can bring I intend to also bring a new calmness and maturity to my time as trustee. A listening ear and a seeing eye, though I’ll never shy away from addressing injustice and a compromise of the ideals that I believe bring this community together.

For me, the key issues are not recruiting more and more members. I want to move away from member numbers as a success indicator and as the only imagined route to finance stability. Our space is awesome, with nearly 700 paying members, outreach and engagement is higher than ever. If we aim to make a better space for our 700 members, a space that 700 could not do without, then word of mouth alone will spread the idea we are sharing and we’ll have people eager to join our community. I propose that we measure success on the stories our members bring us about the positive engagements and outcomes the space has helped them to achieve. That trustees measure success on good interactions between members, through empowerment that allows members to organise small communities within our larger group and in enabling more people to engage with the space through robust systems and processes, diminishing the emotional labour and stresses experienced by the most engaged members of our community.

I would like to start a conversation around what membership means, what it means to be engaged with the space. To reduce the friction of debate and bikeshedding in our meetings and for us to spend no more time fretting that some members are choosing not to engage with the politics and strategy of the space. Recognising that each member has a different relationship to the space and celebrating it.

When I see the space today I see people of all ages and backgrounds, truly local people and those from around the city, working together in service of an idea, an idea that is bigger than themselves. The idea that we can can come together as a community to create a social workspace with few gatekeepers, where we can all find respect, banish loneliness and create spaces to make stuff. I am proud to be a part of that.

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Dom Marshall
Hi, I'm Dominic Marshall, like many of you i'm a creative. I have over 30 years experience building, making designing and creating. I run my own small business offering architectural design and build services.within many areas. I have worked as prop maker in theatres, designing everything from a jug, public monuments and both large and small residential architectural schemes. I love what I do.

First discovering Hackspace last year after meeting a very talented individual, Laura, she put me onto Hackspace and what a great space. It is a perfect platform for creatives to meet, make, play, develop and create. I really appreciate the benifits of having become a member and encourage others to do so at every opportunity. I want this space to be better and believe becoming a trustee will help me, help you, make this a more inclusive and accessible space for all users both now and going forward.

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Andrew Armstrong
I'm Andrew Armstrong and have been a member of the hackspace for around 8 years, where I've got all manner of projects done from costumes to crafts to laser cutter work to electronics to woodworking. I've seen the space grow from 2011 when HS 2.0 was fairly new and without even the laser cutter, to the huge space it is now.

I'm passionate about the space as evidenced by my calls for information and action on the recent rent increases. The space is a miracle of what mass donations can do and is an incredible resource that I've extensively used myself. I feel I have the time to invest in a time-consuming trustee role and the drive to commit wholly to it. I feel the space can survive and thrive and want to help with that as closely as possible.

I would bring to a trustee role long-term experience of the hackspace through many phases of its lifetime. I have previously ran the Resources Team, done numerous wiki edits (especially for our lovely LaserCut software), and in the past have done laser training, membership tours and helping at major events in and outside the space. Currently I am starting to get into coding for HMS and restarting wiki edits. I also have attended every EMF camp so far, and hope to drum up interest in EMF 2020 which should be brilliant (July 24-26th 2020 apparently, mark your calendars!).

If elected as a trustee I hope bring a focus and regular feedback to members on the clear short and long term financial difficulties and sustainability, and take a solid look at the long term planning of the space - what active and inactive members want focus on, and how it is organised and funded - such as staircases, and downstairs plumbing and toilets which may now need donations or grants to get in place but would improve the space massively. However priority number one is keeping the space open for members.