From Berlin to Baghdad: Bilal Ghalib on Hacker Space Ethos

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
On the Roof Top
avatar Bilal Ghalib
Overlooking Friedrichshain

At the height of the hacker space movement in 2008, technology enthusiasts around the world were busy creating spaces for co-working, experimenting, and learning.. among other things. Many of the design layouts and organizing methods they were using came from the established hacker spaces in places like Berlin, Hamburg and San Francisco.  In those days, not unlike today, there was a lot of talk about what cool machines and gadgets a space should have, not to mention strategies for attracting and keeping membership. Of course methods that work in Berlin may not necessarily work in Baghdad, which is an issue today’s guest has been tackling for the past few years. Beyond cultural differences, as an organizer and fascilitator of co-working and hacker spaces throughout the world, Bilal Ghalib believes there is a fundamental re-evaluation needed in the quest to make creative spaces for people, a new way of thinking that goes beyond having cool devices or making things and instead focuses more on community and the idea supporting one another.


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