Wisconsin Maker Spaces Offer Reciprocity

MakerPlayce in Mayville and Meetupery in Sussex are teaming up to offer a Reciprocal Benefits Program to their membership. Members of each space enjoy common benefits at each others’ facility including use of the others’ space; access to equipment; and member events.

Online PR News – 26-February-2014 – Mayville, Wisconsin – Mayville, WI – MakerPlayce in Mayville and Meetupery in Sussex are teaming up to offer a Reciprocal Benefits Program to their membership. Members of each space enjoy common benefits at each others’ facility including complimentary use of the others’ space; access to equipment and supplies; and invitations to member events and activities.

MakerPlayce and Meetupery are collaborative spaces in Wisconsin. Both facilities follow the makerspace model of peer learning and knowledge sharing in the form of making, networking, learning, collaborating and mentoring. Both spaces offer community events such as hack-a-thons and other technology-related events and meetups.

MakerPlayce is a family-focused makerspace where members work with textiles, electronics, art, hacking, DIY and specialized learning opportunities for kids. Meetupery is a coworking space offering a suite of business services including a conference room, shared equipment, a business address, training, and networking.

“Both MakerPlayce and Meetupery are about working together collaboratively so partnering in a reciprocal program is a natural progression for us,” said Penny Ross, co-founder of MakerPlayce. “Working together extends our knowledge pool as well as access to a broader range of equipment.”

“Since before opening our doors six months ago, I’ve had the desire to get connected with other members and managers of collaborative workspaces in the Southeastern and Southcentral Wisconsin area.” said Scott Offord, founder of Meetupery. “I think the idea of reciprocation like this will be an inspiration to other spaces and might encourage even more participation.”

Reciprocity isn’t new to coworking spaces like MakerPlayce. Organizations like Coworking.com and CoPass.org allow coworking spaces to enlist in coworking pass programs which allow members of one coworking space to temporarily use other coworking spaces around the world. Of course, terms and conditions vary from space to space, but three days for free is a typical offer.

The Reciprocal Benefits Program offered by MakerPlayce and Meetupery, however, is more robust and inclusive than a simple Coworking Visa. The Reciprocal Benefits Program gives members of each space greater access to knowledge sharing, networking opportunities, supply closets, and equipment all year long. “It also brings about friendly spirit of competition as members from one space ‘challenge’ members from the other. It pushes our creative spirit,” said Ross.

Reciprocity applies to admission to the main facility during normal operating hours. The individual must be a member in good standing with proof of membership. Reciprocity might exclude some equipment or events and activities that require an additional fee.

About MakerPlayce
MakerPlayce is a non-profit space located in Mayville, Wisconsin, following the makerspace model of peer learning and knowledge sharing in the form of making, networking and mentoring. It is a physical space where members work individually as well as collaboratively. MakerPlayce is an opportunity for members to network and connect through creative outlets, peer support, cross learning, shared services and the natural mentoring that takes place when members get together.

About Meetupery
The Meetupery is a workspace in Waukesha County where people with common interests can meet, work, socialize or collaborate. It’s a safe haven for those who like to make things and share ideas. The Meetupery acts as hub for the community by nurturing the creative process and personal or business growth.

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Contact Information
Penny Ross
MakerPlayce
26 South Main
mayville wi, 53050

9206443037