Open Evening Hosts - Always Needed!


(Daniel Sikar) #628

I’ll try to bring my latest make the IOT Trike:


(Chanelle) #629

yay…it worked then!


(Daniel Sikar) #630

itdidindeed.com!!!


(Daniel Sikar) #631

@dermot I will have to pull out of open evening hosting duties sorry feeling a bit under the weather. @laurent_muchacho sorry to drop you in it.


(laurent_muchacho) #632

I’m on my way just grabbing food


(Dermot Jones) #633

@members the rota needs you! Open Evening Rota

We’ve had a great run of sign ups to host over the last six weeks, but now the calendar is empty. So here I am back to nag/cajole…

We’re really hoping some of our female members will step forward to host or co-host: the consensus is that this is more welcoming for female guests and more likely to lead to new female members joining.

We have a very good guide on how to host, plus you will bring your own uniqueness to what is a fun and engaging evening.

It’s worth running around the space to check where everything is too.

As always if anyone wants to do an activity or show n tell, then that always enriches the evening.


(JK) #634

Am happy to do next week :slight_smile:


(Dermot Jones) #635

Thanks Jackie!

Now we need someone for tomorrow night’s Open Evening!


(Dermot Jones) #636

Giving this a bump. We are now officially looking for a hero to step up and host tonight’s Open Evening.


(Dermot Jones) #637

One final push on this. Are you available to show off our beautiful space tonight to our maker-curious guests?


(Dermot Jones) #638

My turn to be the hero!

A very good night. About 15 guests! 4:1 male to female split roughly.

A spread of interests, but much centred on the wood shop. Some very knowledgeable guests: I got them to explain some of the equipment. Felt like quite a few sign-ups among them. But hard to tell of course.

P.S. we need to replace the cafetiere, unless anyone knows where the one I donated went to?

And a new combination padlock for the green bin…now the home to much donated rubbish…


(Dermot Jones) #639

@jackiekeane is our host tonight, join her if you want to learn the ropes of hosting an open evening.

And folks please have a look at your diaries and considered hosting an open evening: it’s fun and rewarding.

Think on this: we have approx 200 members – if everyone hosted just once on rotation we’d only do one evening each every four years…


(Tom Newsom) #640

Note: I dropped by on my way home but forgot to turn the lights off, which is why they’re still on.


(JK) #641

Note: forgot to bring out the bag of rubbish that’s now by the bin, sorry guys n gals!

No guests tonight, whether the weather? Good to meet new members in the space and big thanks to @Kostas for doing woodshop paperwork with @joeatkin2.

Got home early :slight_smile:


(JK) #642

Hoping to move out of London b4 then!


(Dermot Jones) #643

No guests? It’s so unpredictable!!! 15+ last week.

Open Evening is a strange beast…


(PaulY) #644

i think it was on the members meeting agenda to discuss strategies around member numbers. was there any discussion about that? have the minutes from that meeting been published yet? where any conclusions reached? was there any talk about running the open evenings less frequently?


(Dermot Jones) #645

In essence:

  • member numbers to be reviewed at next meeting

  • hard to know what numbers we can handle without working facilities: we don’t know at what point the wood workshop will be overwhelmed because it’s not in use yet. This kind if thing makes discussion of ideal numbers pretty academic.

  • running open evening less frequently was mentioned. Going with weekly for time being

  • notes from meeting? Thanks for the reminder. Tomorrow at the latest.


(JK) #646

It’s a sidestep from Open Evening but the minutes of the meeting are good to see, as it’s a month to month meeting, the minutes are best shared a week or 2 after to the members.

To be fair @directors are busy busy bees and if help is needed to transcribe/etc., then there are many qualified and skilled members who I’m sure would be happy contribute.

A big shout out to those who are able to provide their skills and knowledge to grow Maker Space!


(Dermot Jones) #647

Me again!

Looking for hosts to host upcoming open evenings – starting with this Wednesday.

Particularly encouraging female members to step forward and host: we were averaging approx 2.5:1 ratio of male to female signups going up to Christmas, but recently it’s been about 8:1. We don’t have any information on why this happened. However the feedback has always been that if prospective female members see others like themselves in the space they will be more likely to feel at home with us.

Hosting is a fun way to support the Makerspace: and it’s not a tough job – we have a comprehensive guide to doing it. Plus the people who come to visit always bring their infectious curiosity.

I’m giving this an @members to spice it up a bit