Conflict Resolution

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Suggestions for members of the greater Noisebridge community who are having problematic interactions in or relating to Noisebridge

Personal Confrontation:

Is someone bothering you? Talk to them about it.

Get Support:

Did that not work? Or are you afraid? Ask someone else around the space who you like and/or trust. Maybe they can come along with you to talk to them, or talk to them as your proxy.


Did that not work? We will make a mediation page, where people can sign up to act as mediators. You should ask one of the people on it to help you mediate your conflict. They can actively mediate a discussion between you and the person with whom you are having conflict, or talk to that individual as your proxy.

Mindfulness towards Escalation:

At this point, the Mediator (and indeed everyone involved) should start to tactfully ask around and find out if this is an isolated conflict or a more generalized problem in the community. Most personal problems at Noisebridge can be resolved through a series of mediated discussions. If mediation is unsuccessful, the Mediator may suggest that you bring your problem to meeting level for discussion.


Before a problem with an individual is brought to group level, someone must step forward to act as an advocate for the individual, even if they are widely disliked. It is easy for conflict to make people act in ways that they later regret, and plenty of people are willing to act as an advocate at group level (see mediator volunteer page).

Discussing personal conflicts at group level is rarely necessary, but a supportive group environment committed to discussion and de-escalation can help defuse a problematic situation, or assess if more attention to the situation is warranted. If you try to follow these suggestions, that would be totally excellent.