Second stop in our tour of (bio)hackerspaces in North America: the creative community of Sudo Room, Oakland, California. Marc Juul is a co-founder of this hackerspace, but not only… Let’s discover a little more about this prolific hacker and his philosophy.
Could you introduce yourself?
My name is Marc Juul. I co-founded hackerspaces in Denmark and California, including Labitat, BiologiGaragen, Sudo Room and Counter Culture Labs. I spend most of my waking time hacking on various projects relating to decentralization, open/commons culture, nature and social justice. My current focus is on co-creating People’s Open Network, a free and open community wifi network in Oakland, California.
What does hacking represent for you?
Hacking is a way of thinking. Hacking teaches us to appreciate the world in terms of systems and patterns, natural or artificial. Systems and patterns that can be analyzed and understood, then re-purposed and re-structured into shapes that are ethically or aesthetically either more pleasing or more desirable. Hacking teaches us to appreciate the inherent beauty of open access and free collaboration. It teaches us to scorn barriers to access or restrictions to human curiosity and communication as ugly smears on the work of art that is humanity’s full potential.
What do you expect from a hackerspace?
A hackerspace should be a place where communities work to actively deconstruct and hack not just technology, but society, culture and the way organizations and spaces are run. A hackerspace should challenge prevailing notions of centralized control, top-down organization and rules-based governance. It should be a place where digital open/commons culture bleeds over into physical reality and becomes the free sharing and co-creation of tools, space, skills and ideas. A hackerspace should be a seed for the spread of the global movement of hackers building alternatives to the broken systems of power that govern our lives.
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