nansegroup

Were an international consulting team devoted to open-source values and developing sustainable, grassroots infrastructure.

We apologise for the spreadsheet; all these spaces will soon be placed on a global map with wiki-editable pages. For more useful information, we recommend downloading the spreadsheet and sorting them by category, location, etc.

Here is our compiled list of 6000+ innovation spaces from around the world

Were actively seeking partners to create and manage these maps, so please email us at

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Here are some resources that were created from ourdiscussionat Chaos Communication Camp 2015.

How To : Sustainability of Innovation spaces

Enabling Hacker exchange programs for Innovation spaces

Cultural and Legal Experiences of Hacker spaces

We are a group of Makers and Hackers from around the globe.

Anna Waldman-BrownAnna consults with theFab Lab networkand grassroots innovators across 50+ countries to foster creative problem-solving and sustainable development. She researches large-scale, local manufacturing at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy and MIT.

Paul AnandPaul is the founder of Biotz Intelligent Technologies, the creator of Indias first 3D printer. Paul is involved with maker communities across India and is setting up a fab lab in Kerala.

Chinmayi S KChinmayi is a digital humanitarian with a deep interest in the culture of hacking. She is the Global Co-ordinator atRandom Hacks of Kindness.She is the community head at The Bachchao Project an open source tech initiative to fight gender based violence.

Juliet WanyiriJuliet Wanyiri is an engineer and designer, and founded Foondi Workshops to leverage local, bottom-up innovation. She is also a Stanford FabLearn Fellow, and runs community-based, collaborative workshops on design thinking, product design and appropriate technologies.

Bilal GhalibBy facilitating the development of Hackerspaces in the Middle East, Bilal connects open source, rapid prototyping technologies and most importantly passionate people who will together make tomorrow better.

Martin RestrepoMartin Restrepo is a specialist in transmedia for education and mobile learning and founder of Appiario, a network of local innovation centers for communities and schools. His company Editacuja uses technology to integrate communities and schools, training a new generation of teachers and empowering digital content creators.

Gabriela AgustiniGabriela promotes collaborations between Global South innovators while spreading maker culture throughout Brazil. She is the founder and director of Olabi, an innovation hub in Rio de Janeiro, and co-author of the bookBottom Upabout social innovation and peripheries.

Albie BrownAlbie is a software engineer who has collaborated with Fab Labs across India and Ghana. He works out of a newborn hackerspace in Rhode Island as the founder of Spotter, a startup that allows people to rent out their driveways as hourly parking.

Ananse is the folkloric Spider, keeper of stories and a notable trickster.He had always been clever, but he wanted to make sure he was the absolute cleverest so one day, he set out and collected all the worlds knowledge.He put this knowledge in a great ceramic pot.To keep the hoard safe, he decided to place his pot atop the tallest tree in the savannah. He roped the pot around his belly, and attempted to climb up the tree. But his eight little legs couldnt fit around the wide pot, and he didnt get very far. He struggled for a few hours before his daughter came along and stared at him curiously. Father, asked the young spider, why didnt you tie that pot to your back?

Ananse thought about his daughters advice. He wondered why he hadnt come up with the idea himself, given that he had all the worlds knowledge tied to his belly. Then, he realized that having a great pot full of wisdom is different from putting that knowledge into practice. Ananse grew angry and threw his pot onto the ground where it scattered into thousands of pieces and let all the contained knowledge escape back into the world. And thats why, today, knowledge is available for everyone to collect for themselves.

For more Ananse stories, we recommendchecking out Wikipedia