Input from Makeshift members and community members has inspired the group to develop some of their most enticing elements. “The first time we held a meeting in Brooklyn we invited people to throw suggestions our way—the tool lending library that is the subject of our Kickstarter came out of that discussion, actually,” says [cofounder, Rena] Tom. “We listen carefully and encourage people who want to learn this or that skill to also consider teaching something. This means that people are interacting constructively around topics they care about.”
There will also be office hours in the building for members to ask business and legal questions pertaining to their endeavors and after hours lectures. “Mixed in with the suggestions and wishes from our members we also develop programming, so this mix of member-driven desires and ‘benevolent dictatorship’ helps us keep a good balance,” Tom says.
We covered Makeshift‘s initial Kickstarter, for its tool library, which closes on Halloween.