Theory about hackerspaces comes from various disciplinary traditions and cuts across methodological and theoretical traditions. The following is therefore a loose and evolving set of links that reflect the diversity of interest in hackerspaces loosely organized from micro (individual) to macro concerns.
- Governance -- how to organize a flat organization.
- Learning theory - how can the activities in hackerspaces be seen as learning?
- Rafi Santo's hacker literacies video article
- Critical making
- Beth Kolko runs a program called "hackademia"
- Jentery Sayers tinker-centric pedagogies
- Critical theory and cultures of hackerspaces - what are are the intersections between hackerspaces and shared culture (F/OSS, hacker culture, etc.)? How do they relate to larger political and economic issues?
- Kostakis et al. examine the production and governance mechanisms of hackerspaces.
- Silvia Lindtner focuses on "shanzhai" production in a Chinese context
- Maxigas wrote about the history of hackerspaces and hacklabs
- Johan Söderberg has written extensively about the politics behind the free software and open hardware movements
- Andrew Schrock on learning & shared culture UCLA's InterActions journal
- Denisa Kera on DIYbio and hackerspaces in Asia
- Hackerspaces defined on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackerspace
- "Hacking the Spaces" by Johannes Grenzfurthner/Frank Apunkt Schneider http://www.monochrom.at/hacking-the-spaces/
- "Respect the Past, Examine the Present, Build the Future" by Nick Farr http://hackerspaces.org/blog/2009/08/25/respect-the-past-examine-the-present-build-the-future/
- "The Rights and Obligations of Hackerspace Members" by Nick Farr http://hackerspaces.org/blog/2009/08/19/rights-and-obligations-of-hackerspace-members/
- Design Patterns
- The Hacker Ethic defined on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker_ethic
- Scientific (more or less) approach to Hackerspaces by Jarkko Moilanen http://blog.ossoil.com/category/hackerspace/
- "Exploring 'hackerspaces' as new contexts for informal learning" (prospectus) by David Raison http://david.raison.lu/hackerspaces_online.pdf
- "Hacker, Makers and Teachers," a series of blog posts looking at collective identity, community, and peer learning in hackerspaces by Andrew Schrock http://andrewrschrock.wordpress.com/tag/hackerspaces/
There's a dedicated mailing-list on that topic: http://lists.hackerspaces.org/mailman/listinfo/theory
- Mitch Altman: The Hackerspace Movement - http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Mitch-Altman-at-TEDxBrussels
- Dale Dougherty: We are makers - http://www.ted.com/talks/dale_dougherty_we_are_makers.html