Apparently on one of the sites it’s still advertised. I’ve shown people round, had 8 last week including a couple of members who just made the cut but had yet to properly visit and grab tags.
Ahh…probably on google calendar…which shows up on website
Will fix now
So @members we’re still having lovely curious visitors call by on Wednesday evenings
So for the moment we still need hosts
You do have the added task of breaking it to them that we’ve paused membership – however please encourage them to go to the website and join the ‘membership newsletter’ mailing list, so we can keep them informed of developments
The membership cap was never intended as a permanent thing, but we do need some weeks to get used to the current situation, and decide how to move forward
Also, make clear that they’re ALWAYS welcome to come and play (albeit, not with the machines per se) on open days / events.
I escorted 4 visitors around last night (2 per time) and I now appreciate how rewarding and exhausting it can be, even for a whistle stop tour.
Rewarding partly because I always learn something interesting and one guy last night was from a Netherlands makerspace.
Exhausting partly because they obviously want to chat with other members and I assume I need to stay with them whilst in the space, especially in the workshops?
I assume there’s guidance for such things which I’ve conveniently avoided?
Thanks for doing this
Yes, there’s a guide…but sounds like you handled it well
Part of the host’s role is to get guests interacting with members, but also to check that members are still able to get on with their projects
Fine to leave visitors chatting in the clean room, best not to in other areas - we should probably add that to the guide
Thanks I’m glad I sort of guessed it right then.
The Netherlands visitor has visited several maker-type spaces and was especially impressed by the compactness of SLMS. He said they’ll use the inspiration to tidy their space up
Is there a ‘review’ site for maker-type spaces?
There is this which has worldwide spaces
Wow 2000+ including inactive and planned.
Imagine the combined wealth of knowledge, skills, tools and buying power
I’ve updated that page, sorry been a long time since I last edited it.
Oh Hello old thread!
So…As many of you know: we’ve started signing up new members again
We’ve emailed the first 50 randomised names from our ‘membership mailing list’ and already had a bunch of new sign-ups
Tonight we’re holding an open evening!
It’s not public right now – anyone who turns up has likely signed up or is making their mind up
Let’s make sure the places is tidy enough, and as welcoming as ever
Someone get the kettle on!
We also need some signs…
From the sounds of it this needs a new name, rather than open evening its more like a new members evening?
It’s a mix – some people understandably want to see the Space before signing up
Was nice today have guests again!
It’s Open Evening* again this Wednesday and we need a host or two
*semi-Open Evening – we’re not advertising these publicly yet, so people turning up are mainly from our ‘membership mailing list’, and have either joined recently or are considering it and coming down to visit first
Thanks to @platinumnqueen22 for stepping up to the open evening challenge, and doing a bunch of cleaning/tidying up – everyone should emulate this fine figure of a member!
We need you!
With the incoming stream of lovely new members we’re reinstating Open Evenings – a little under the radar at first: they’re being publicised to anyone who signed up to our membership mailing list over the months since we closed memberships
This means most people turning up will have been offered a membership place, although we expect some passing trade (if this happens make sure to get email addresses from those interested to join)
It also means we need members to host open evenings – it’s actually fun, and you get to show off our fantastic Space
What can you do to make this all work?
- host or co-host an open evening, sign-up here, the hosting guide is here
- make sure the Space looks good if your using it on open evening
- if you’re a tech, then leave out a sample of what can be done in your area – this makes the hosts job much easier: the difference between explaining what a laser cutter does, and showing a laser cut box, for example!
@peter_hellyer is Hosting this Wednesday – this is an ideal opportunity to learn the ropes at his side if you’ve never hosted before!
We’ve planned laser induction for tommorow before the open evenings were announced…Hope it’s okay.
Not a problem – any spaces left? Can’t see it on Discourse, and new members have been asking