Election 2015 Ballot

UPDATE: Voting is now open; if you haven’t recieved an email and think you should have, or can’t access the poll, contact membership@farsetlabs.org.uk to double check your membership status.

Our nomination period is up and voting will open shortly (emails will be sent to all current members eligible to vote) and in the meantime, you can peruse your options below, consisting of the nominee name and pitch:

1. Pip Shea


Farset Labs is extra_ordinary. It breaks the mould and defies the ‘wisdom’ of incumbent structures through community building and collaboration. It offers an alternative for those of us who lurk in various guises on the creative technology spectrum: a place where we can practice, with autonomy, among an inspired and diverse community. I would like to become a director to help sustain this special space, and to contribute to its emergent practices and identity.

I have been a member since early 2014, and for the last couple of years I have been researching hacker/maker culture. I have a good understanding of the practices of Farset and how it is situated in a broader global context.

Specifically, I would like to offer my energy to the following areas:

  • technology education and kids
  • measuring social impact
  • funding for social technology projects
  • participatory governance and ethics
  • membership drives
  • sharing Farset’s stories (its projects and practices) with the wider world
  • getting a laser cutter!!!

I want to become more involved in Farset Labs as I am passionate about grassroots making. During the 2000s – in Australia – I worked in community development as an artist, producer, and manager on projects that focused on net art, aerosol art, and large-scale outdoor projections. In 2010, I turned my hand to research to investigate ethical internet practices in the community arts field. I then worked as a research assistant at various universities in various incarnations. My research broadly explores digital cultures and philosophies of technology. I’m currently writing two book chapters about maker culture, and assembling a hacking/making/crafting bibliography on Zotero.

Other projects on the boil include: designing interactive tools with the QUB School of Psychology; editing an open access journal; and, making an art project that explores block chains and distributed databases through geometry. Ongoing interests include: appropriate technology, critical making, and food phreaking.

If you feel you need a little more info about me, it can be found at pipshea.net



2. RON


ReOpen Nominations

Ron does nothing, and means we open up nominations again.

The Directors assert that this election, odd as it is, satisfy the Director Appointment Rules as set up in the Operations Manual and ratified by Town Hall Consent from March 2014.

Welcome a New Director of Farset Labs and Some Parting Thoughts from an Old One

Presidential letter on Resolute desk
A passed note from Incumbent to Incoming.

With my imminent departure for Nicaragua looming, I have the immense honour of welcoming Conor Robinson as our new incoming director, having been voted-in by the community. Conor, congratulations and welcome to the fray. I did a little air-punch when I saw that Conor had registered for election. Now Farset is getting an upgrade: replacing its most aged part with a new, faster, more functional one.

I have for years referred to myself as a “wannabe geek” to avoid anyone thinking that I actually know how to do anything technical. And, well, Conor’s one of those guys who does. But directing an experimental organisation like ours needs much more than tech credentials, and I think Conor brings the full set of tools to the table. He’s calm, friendly, organised (or at least he looks like he is because he’s always carrying a notebook!), and damn smart.

As Conor steps-up, I am stepping, well, kinda sideways. Quite a way actually. 8,341.14km in fact. I hope you will forgive my self-indulgence at taking this opportunity not only say hello to our new director, but also to offer some thoughts from a parting one. You know, like the private note the old president traditionally leaves for the new one… except it’s public. And not in the White House. And probably not as useful.
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