A former member of Pumping Station One (https://wiki.pumpingstationone.org) mentioned to me that they had a good space policy, the “Tidy Space Policy.” A little searching shows that other hackspaces make use of it as well:
Here’s a excerpt:
What is TidySpace?
The TidySpace policy is designed to make the “space” in “hackerspace” easier for everyone to use. It introduces a visual system of marking and tagging to indicate when something is out of place, and gives people tools to help keep things orderly. It relies on participation from every member, but is administered by area hosts and officers. It is, of course, to be executed alongside the Pumping Station: One Membership Agreement and the overarching rule: “be excellent to each other.”
- A hackspace is divided into Areas (soldering stations, metal shop, wood shop, laser cutter, etc)
- Worktables in Areas must always be kept clear
- Hosts monitor a specific Area with the assistance of Deputies
- Members request Parking Permits for items from hosts
- Items found in areas can be issued Parking Tickets by Hosts or Deputies
- Members can issue Parking Requests if Hosts are not available
- Items in violation of Passes or Tickets go to “Limbo”
- Limbo is storage in which anything is fair game, and is periodically cleaned out
- Items can not be brought to the hackspace to be placed directly in Limbo
What interests me about this is that it delegates decision making to folks who are active in their respective areas, and reduces the bystander effect where folks aren’t sure where things should go.
I’d love to hear feedback from the VHS community if this is a viable approach to making the space more usable.