I have at least two unemployed friends, and though they live near by, they're both depressed and won't come to my house to work on a mutually beneficial tech project.
I would like them to learn from myself and I would like to learn from them by means of collaboration that could hopefully lead to a new job for them, since they'd be able to show on their resumes that they are actually doing something, not just sitting around looking for jobs.
When I was last unemployed, I attended a hackerspace (video I made for the now famous Tony BUser who started the hackerspace in Reading), and worked on a project for an old college buddy that was starting his own magazine; eventually my sister got me a job at a magazine, which eventually led to a better more stable position.
I'd like to do the same thing for my two friends that my time at the hackerspace and working with my college buddy afforded me, but I don't know how to motivate them.
I have alot of computer equipment at my house and it's ripe for setting something up.
I've also noticed that it's difficult to get another geek to go in on a project in general unless they are working at a place of employment.
My friends are from sort of a rural area, and when I was unemployed I was living in a city.
How can I motivate these people to work towards something like this so they find gainful employment?