Bringing the Noisebridge community together to resolve interpersonal and intergroup disagreements.
The goal of the Community Working Group is to attempt to solve social conflicts BEFORE they boil over into "drama".
We'd like to see people as individuals worthy of continued participation in Noisebridge, even when they make mistakes. We believe that misunderstandings happen, and that no one is perfect. We believe that the vast majority of people have good intentions and really just want to hack!
We also believe that harassment is a serious problem and not to be taken lightly. So while some disagreements may be treated as minor interpersonal misunderstandings, some should be referred out to another group specifically set up to handle harassment. (User:flamsmark is working on this group)
Finally, we agree that certain behaviors -- particularly sleeping in the space and drug use -- can endanger our relationship with our landlord and jeopardize our lease. We hope to be able to refer individuals to local hostels, clinics, and shelters to assist them, rather than having them use Noisebridge as a halfway house or having Noisebridge throw them out.
Working Group Members
.....need moar members
Working Group Meetings
schedule goes here, also links to meeting notes
Possible CWG Projects
- making a New Member Packet containing info about processes, participation, etc, and probably stickers or something too
- MORE STUFF
Possible CWG Scenarios
- hosting a dialog between people who think the kitchen promotes the use of Noisebridge as a homeless shelter versus people who use the kitchen responsibly.
- addressing problematic behavior on the part of individuals and considering whether they should be referred to a separate mediation/harassment group.
NOT in the CWG's purview
ensuring clean/safe facilities (bathrooms, basically, but maybe kitchen)
kitchen rebuild (content/process) (kitchen existing as a separate issue could work for us. if we minimize the "dishes and pots" aspect of the kitchen, and set it up to facilitate hacking type stuff like molecular gastronomy, and add a dishwasher, it could get better)
refactoring consensus process and decision negotiation (consensus is not a monolithic model, and its also complex and mutable, kinda like agile/scrum methodology. participants in it should be informed and prepared.) http://web.mit.edu/publicdisputes/practice/cbh_ch1.html
refactoring the redshirts role and implementation
separate mailing list(s) for members only, and for the working group
hosting for services (where, who pays, etc)
rainbow grocery's consensus and conflict mediation workshop
outreach/help/services for the disadvantaged/dwelling-impaired (THIS IS IMPORTANT, sure we are not a homeless shelter but our structure and openness cause us to be a vector for this demographic. i think it behooves us as an organization and as people to address this in an empathic and controlled manner.)