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Typically when someone wants to do or change something big at Noisebridge, they bring it up at a meeting and it goes through our Consensus Process. Most of the time many of us just don't want to be troubled with spending a week figuring out if everyone is ok with a small or mundane thing, and so there's Do-ocracy. Do-ocracy tends to work just as long as our only rule is followed, to be excellent to each other.

Do-ocracy: If you want something done, do it, but remember to be excellent to each other when doing so.

An important part of being excellent is documenting your change. Write a note on Noisebridge's Slack, on the discuss mailing list, or leave a note on what you do-ocratically did. Contact numbers are especially important if you want people to contact you about the change. The biggest challenge in a do-acracy is not reversal, but ascertaining (and taking) responsibility.

Use Cases

The Short Version

  1. Dick asks around if anyone would feel negative about the bike shed being pink. No one does.
  2. Dick paints the bike shed pink.

The Being Excellent To Each Other Version

  1. Dick paints the bike shed pink.
  2. Jane becomes unhappy about the fact that the bike shed she helped build is now pink.
  3. Jane politely engages Dick in discussion about why he thought this was ok. Dick realized that other people he shares the space with have feelings too.
  4. Jane and Dick decide to repaint the bike shed blue.


  • Do-ocracy works most of the time. When it doesn't, it sort of sucks.
  • Write a note (with your name or nym) saying what you did.
  • If someone nicely asks you to change something back, be nice back and just change it back.
  • If someone's being a dick to you about something you've changed, be nice and just change it back. If you must cry about it only do so after you've restored things.
  • When Do-Ocracy means Consent.

This document is part of the Noisebridge Manual
Infrastructure - Things we do - The Prologue - Getting along - Day to Day operations - Staying in touch - Lore - Inner Mechanizations - Visitors and Guests - Ask to leave
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