Being a guest and a host

I’ve been thinking about what the people who attend the cafe should be called. I do think it’s a good idea to have a name for them and it definitely should not be consumers or users and probably not even customers. I think it should be something other than all that.

The spirit that I’m trying to capture is that you don’t *only* go there to get stuff out. You also go there to give something of yourself. If you’re not into giving of yourself, then it’s probably not the place for you to go… today – maybe tomorrow you’ll feel differently, who knows.

I’ve been thinking of us as both guests and hosts. However, perhaps because I’ve been in the land of concatenation where if you don’t have a word for something, you take two existing words and smash them together, I can’t get past guesthost or hostguest, both of which are tricky to say and to understand in English.

It’s not on the critical path :) but I’d be interested to hear any suggestions.

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3 thoughts on “Being a guest and a host”

  1. contributors? nodes? hahaha what about calling the cafe something that lends itself to the name of the people that go there? how you going with itall. have you hatched the plan yet?

  2. Hey this is Emma (the red haired girl from your awesome talk about the cafe idea)!

    collaborators? sounds a bit technical, but I think it certainly coveys the meaning of what is trying to be achieved in that everyone who attends is, by definition, a collaborator…

    Following my stream of consciousness, I looked up synonyms for collaborator and there are some awesome words:

    Henchmen or perhaps we should modernize a little with Henchpeople / henchperson, henchnerd(s), henchgeek(s). Yes, thats the one. Then we could participate in acts of henchgeekery :-).

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