The Permaculture Podcast

    Episode 1315: Green Hacker Spaces with Dr. Wayne Dorband


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    My guest for this episode is Dr. Wayne Dorband, a scientist and entrepreneur in Colorado. Our topic for this episode is his recently opened Green Hacker Space, a location where individuals can come together to make and create sustainable solutions, whether those are personal projects where they need access to specialized equipment, or to prototype something for possible commercial production.

    From conversations with some listeners via email, phone, and twitter, I know you’re looking for more in-depth, technical ways to begin realizing a different future with Permaculture. To take designs and thoughts on a page of how to make something and turn it into reality. What Dr. Dorband is doing here, as I’m fond of saying, provides another model for how to do something different, in an effective, productive way.

    If you would like to reach out to Dr. Dorband and discuss opening a Green Hacker Space in your area, his contact information is:

    E-Mail: waynedorband [at] gmail [dot] com
    Phone: 303-4nine5-3705
    Nourish The Planet
    Green Hacker Space
    Mountain Sky Group


    1. ZackZack
      March 10, 2013    

      Yet another fantastic episode! I hadn’t heard of hacker spaces before, but after hearing your guest describe them, I sure hope it is a model that spreads all over the country. I can envision it filling the master/apprentice role that used to be ubiquitous for maker professions, only this system seems like it can be less formal and can have the synergistic aspect of group work; both great things.

      Great questions, by the way. I listen to a lot of podcasts and believe me, the art of quality interviewing, or rather the lack there of very often ruins otherwise interesting topics and the experience of listening to guests. But you had a seamless, organic flow and asked the critical questions and didn’t get bogged down with trying to prove your own intelligence or knowledge of the subject or with heaping praise on your guest but instead let your intelligence be self-evident in the quality of your questions. It may be a subtle difference, but it is the difference between a suck-up interviewer who shies away from good questions for fear of upsetting a guest, and a true journalist and it is one of many reasons why I will be sticking with this show and sharing it with people I know, so thank you.

    2. Hal HurstHal Hurst
      February 13, 2014    

      As a current townhouse dweller with a past of being able to work out a few projects in a larger space,I have reflected from time to time on the lack of resources available to the next Thomas Edison or Eli Whitney. If the inner city is your home, there just isn’t much space to develop ideas and gadgets- even small ones- with every inch of living space in demand for a multitude of functions.

      The prospect of finding a place where I might be able to go and tinker is a welcome one. I like the comparison made at one point to a health club like 24 hour fitness. Some people need to work out their bodies. Others need to work out their ideas. The prospect of collegiality and cooperation is even better- such work often isolates people and cuts them off from ideas, but this model is a rich environment for a robust design. Would the next Steves (Jobs and Wozniak) have done better in a green hacker space than in their isolated garage? Hard to tell. But I think they would have, and also perhaps spawned a subculture of people to build software and peripherals to enhance it.

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