My name is Billy Smith.
I heard about Robin Hood Co-op through Dan, when he was at the London Hackspace. Not a member yet, but joining is on my To-Do list for January.
I'm a musician/engineer.
In terms of music i've been learning violin/fiddle since i was 7 years old, did my first paying gig at 15, and have been playing/jamming/gigging "wherever i happen to be" ever since.
Started studying Northern European weapon styles at 12, add in 17th-19th century folk-dance, learning the empty-handed styles of combat, fire-juggling, fight-choreography for stage, along with a hefty dose of Stanislavski, and this morphed into my own personal flavour of "Total Body Theatre". It's still a work-in-progress.
Playing RPG's, computer games, and studying math, led me into studying simulation-systems/modelling-systems, including a lot of A-Life ecological modelling. Some chewy concepts there.
In terms of engineering, i like making things. Physical things. With my hands. Using the lowest level of technology necessary to get it to work.
This led to all kinds of adventures in technological ideas; Attempting to study Energy Engineering at Napier Poly; Studying Audio Engineering at a teaching studio in Dublin; Designing/building small-scale rehearsal/recording studios; Attempting to study Software Engineering at UEL; Performing Market Analysis for Nortel Networks; Teaching C Programming at an FE college in East London; Contracting and sub-contracting for network installation/maintenance; Self-studying machine-tooling, machine-tool design, and metal-casting at London Hackspace; whilst always trying to create things using the minimum-necessary-energy-cost/minimum-necessary-tech-level approach.
"Efficiency is the intelligent route to laziness."
In terms of Co-operatives, i lived-in/helped-run housing co-ops for 10 years, and, on two different occasions, tried to found housing co-ops. (First one didn't get off the ground, due to being under-capitalised, and losing momentum; Second one failed due to the ridiculous levels of property prices in London.) Currently renting privately, as there are only three child-friendly housing co-ops in London, and they ALL have long waiting lists, and low-tenant turnover.
Currently looking for prospective members to start a chain of Co-operative Grassroots FabLabs, to provide Open-source HardWare to Co-operatives in the Primary Industry sectors.
Which is why i'm here.
Tweet me at @billy74919063