work & play = freespace
“Freespace is the commons. It’s people from the SROs and the startups, kindergarteners and adults,” said 33-year-old co-founder Mike Zuckerman, who has worked at Yahoo and Yerdle. “That biodiversity creates true innovation.”
Realizing that their use of the warehouse might drum up interest among potential tech tenants, Stolowitz ultimately agreed to rent the space for the month of June to the young entrepreneurs – for $1 – after getting a letter from Parker.
Soon, Zuckerman posted on his Facebook page that he got a warehouse for $1, and that if anyone wanted to come, it was theirs, but first he needed help cleaning it up. To his surprise, dozens of people came.
The organizers don’t call themselves activists.
“We’re civic hackers – if you define hacking like I do, ‘problem solving in a semi-urgent way,’ ” Fitzgibbons said. “But we’re not hacking at computers, we’re hacking the government.”
The pop-up community center will close at the end of the month, but organizers hope to open up a similar place in a more permanent location this fall. Already, some fans of the warehouse have offered free use of their space.
“The alpha prototype is over,” said Zuckerman. “Now we regroup and relaunch. Hacking is about rapid prototyping.”