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Steve : physicist/software developer, interested in ML stuff
Steve : physicist/software developer, interested in ML stuff
Christina: Data scientist. Hoping to becom a philanthropist
Christina: Data scientist. Hoping to becom a philanthropist
Joe: Circuit machine/laser cutter/etc
Joe: Circuit machine/laser cutter/etc

Revision as of 20:36, 23 March 2017

These are the notes from the The 452nd Meeting of Noisebridge. Date: March 21, 2016 Note-taker: Roger; Moderators: Steve.

  • Discussing the goals of Fiscal Sponsorship
  • 3 new philanthropists!

Meeting Summary

TLDR what happened at the meeting:

  • Announcements: 5 Minutes of Fame! Also I completely botched an announcement about Gray Area.
  • Finances:
  • New members: None.
  • New philanthropists: Nick Pessaro, Joe, Christina Zhou
  • Consensus Items: None.
  • Discussion Items: Improving Noisebridge's social media presence, pondering Noisecoin, discussing fiscal sponsorship.


Noisebridge is a 501c3 nonprofit that provides a space for creation, collaboration, and learning about technology and creative projects. Noisebridge provides space, power tools, and infrastructure to help the public learn new skills and create cool things. Noisebridge continues to exist through and depends entirely on membership fees and donations. Our code of conduct is 'Be excellent to each other'."

  • Introduce any experimental or unusual moderation techniques that may be using during the meeting like: direct responses, limited speaking time, orderless stack, &c.
  • Round of introductions (remember, announcements come later):
    • What's your name
    • What do you do
    • What do you maintain at Noisebridge?
    • if you are new: how did you hear about Noisebridge?

Steve : physicist/software developer, interested in ML stuff

Christina: Data scientist. Hoping to becom a philanthropist Joe: Circuit machine/laser cutter/etc Manish: Programmer, comes here to hack and talk to poeople about cool shit Drew: ☭☭☭☭Communist☭☭☭☭, distrtibuted system-ist Ryan: Gamebridge and other projects Liza: New! Checking it out. Working on a PhD in Neuroscience Carla: Designer, intersted in ???? Andrew: Welder, cloud architect, works with electric stuffed animals X?: Working on googly eyes X?: Working on the book scanner. Calling attention to an East Bay hackerspace trying to Milo: Working on moveable dnd action figures X?: Third day here... doing a bunch of things Alex: Gamebridge. We teach game development/writing/music every week. We're looking to show off our games tonight. Diego: Musician. Came here for songbridge, stayed for the weirdness J: Making blinkenlights go on and off. Big on education. Natalie: Also in education. Lizzie: Security and audio electronics. I built a guitar amp. Nick: I light stuff up Alondo: Hacking on antipoverty stuff Roger: Taking notes Shireen: Worked in education, building an app in react native. Send Help. X? Patrick: Blinky Lights. Here to learn more about software. Joey: Learning electronics, and pretty much anything in the space. Osman: Drawing stuff with code Tara: Building a platform called Rainstick to put secondary skills to use Garrett: Graphics stuff Tara (short a): Blaze: Building a spaceship Jervon: Accountant by day, functional programmer by night. Jeremy: Software stuff. Also haskell. Getting linux onto things. Rafael: Here to hangout and use the cool resources. Hacking on old thinkpads.

Short announcements and events

  • Cool new projects? Something you'd like people to know? Say now, but keep it short! One or two sentences please!
  • Any happenings at the space of which members should be made aware.
  • Don't hog everyone's time since we all just want to hack!

X?: I have a meetup at X?. Also we have a show at Gray Area. Steve is super hype.

J: If you guys ever want to teach/run an event/etc or need help doing it, come to me for help. My email address is tman66@gmail.com .

X?: Bandgenie (my company) is all about bringing in people to listen to local music. I'm doing market research. Take my survey!

Lizzie: 5 Minutes of Fame. Every thursday. 5 minute talks about cool stuff!

Safe Space

Note: This section is experimental. We discussed it at Meeting_Notes_2016_06_28. We're going to try it for the next meeting, and see how it goes, and then discuss in the discussion section how it went, and how we'd like to tweak it.

Noisebridge is a safe space. Invite a volunteer to describe what that means.

Some specific points you might prompt the group to touch on, if it doesn't happen naturally:

  • What to do if you feel uncomfortable.
  • Noisebridge strives to be radically inclusive. What does that mean?
  • Noisebridge has an antiharassment policy. What does that mean?

Alex: When you are at noisebridge, you are always allowed to assert your own personal space and boundaries. Be respectful of someone's boundaries. If someone's working on something, they have the right to their own space/time/concentration. If you are uncomfortable with someone being here, you can ask them to leave. If you do not feel comfortable asking someone to leave, you can ask someone who is here often to help you out. J: Once you've stepped foot in Noisebridge, you should feel empowered to say something if you see something wrong. Tara: Would it be better if we had a code word?


Invite a knowledgable volunteer to describe who can participate at Noisebridge, including:

  • Describe how to get an rfid key for the door system
  • Describe how to get access to slack

Steve: This space is open to the public 11-10 (except special occasions). If a member feels comfortable with you getting into the space without ringing the doorbell, they can give you an RFID token. We ask for a $5 donation.

Slack access is granted to people who are physically present at the space.

What happens if someone rings the doorbell? Anyone with a keycard can let them in if they feel comforable being responsible for that person.


  • Invite a knowledgeable volunteer to describe Philanthropy, and the application process.
  • Read off any names from the binder for the past month. Any applicants must have their sponsor present to vouch for them.
  • If there are no objections, they're a philanthropist! Their pledge should be handed over to the Secretary posthaste, after which their token will be updated to give them the 24/7 access they've earned(?)

Alex: Noisebridge needs money. You don't have to be a philanthropist to donate, but philanthropists contribute regularly, and get 24-hour access. If a member feels comfortable sponsoring you, you can be a sustaining part of the space.

Monthly Donations are $80, or $40 for a starving hacker rate. If you are a googooolor or a facebook, you know what to do. If you're barely making it in this ever so harsh city, you also know what to do.

Up for philanthropy: Nick Pessaro (Sponsored by J) - "I like long walks on the beach, sunsets, and I help out with circuit hacking mondays. Also purple is #FAKENEWS". No objections. Joe (Sponsored by J) - "I wanna learn more about all the different areas and teaching people. I found out about NB through Circuit Hacking Mondays". No objections. Christina Zhou (Sponsored by J) - "I've worked with a lot of different parts of Noisebridge. Happy to help other people out." No objections.

Membership Binder

  • Invite a knowledgeable volunteer to describe membership, and the application process.

Being a member of Noisebridge is not like being a member of a gym or your local chess club. Anyone can come to Noisebridge to hack and learn: you don't need to be a member for that. At Noisebridge, membership is something different: it means taking responsibility and committing to help to maintain, improve, and govern Noisebridge. As a member of Noisebridge, you don't just come here to hack and learn, you actively work to improve what you see around you, help to deal with problems, and make this community and space better than it is today.

  • Read off any names from the binder for the past month. Mark down a check or other indicator on every open application to keep track of how many weeks they've been read out.
  • Anyone eligible to join this week should
    • introduce themselves,
    • answer any questions members may have for them, then
    • leave the area in search of gifts (traditionally beer and a lime, or cookies) for the rest of the group.
  • The rest of the meeting should reach consensus on whether they may join.
  • Remember to applaud new members when they return.

J: Membership at Noisebridge is not like a Gym membership. We take membership seriously. It is something like a relationship. It takes time to get to know us, and time for us to get to know you.

Membership only gives you responsibility and a dreading feeling of regret the ability to participate in the consensus process.

In order to become a member, you invoke the old gods fill out a form, get sponsored by two members, and your name is read out for 4 meetings. On the 4th meeting, we grill you and if there are no objections, you become a member.

No peeps up for membership.

Financial Report

  • Funds in bank:We have $85,411.54 in the bank. $7,552.33 is for the equipment fund. Around $30K is for Noisetor.$315.34 is saved for laser repair.
  • Noisetor (See the bulletpoints at the bottom of http://noisetor.net/finances/#summary):
  • Any other details by those participating in handling our financials

(John, our treasurer, is AFK) We have money. Give us more money. https://donate.noisebridge.net We need more money so that we can buy the building. We have 10 months of rent. This is good, but could always be better.


  • invite a knowledgeable volunteer to give a brief primer on consensus process
  • It is important that everyone in attendance understands at least:
    • Blocking with verbalized principled objections.
    • Why we use consensus over other approaches to decision making.
    • How consensus isn't a legislative process
    • Why consensus isn't applicable to some things like conflict resolution, resolution of time sinks, and the like.

Darryl: "Little c" consensus - asking around if you want to make a change to the space Lizzie: "Big C" Consensus - a huge undertaking for an irreversible change to the space. J: Generally, consensus is not necessary if the space is healthy. Unless it's legal or financial, consensus is rare

Steve: Members have the ability to block people who are tripping balls from burning down the space. Also other things.

Proposals from last week

(Add any items which are consensed upon or someone has raised a principle objection for to the Consensus Items History page.)


Proposals for next week

(Add any new items for consensus to the Current Consensus Items page.)



Longer discussion items belong here. This is the last part of the meeting so that people can break off and continue their discussion afterwards.

Alex: We have some VR stuff. If you want to help expanding the VR capabilities of the space, come and see us.

Ryan: Who is interested in funning the kiln off of an arduino? This sounds awesome (and also peak noisebridge tbh) , and I need more control for a specific project I'm doing. Lizzie: Trent is working on this. Ryan: I'd also be able to teach people about things like lost-wax casting, light pressure aluminum casting, etc.

Joey: Trying to improve Noisebridge's social media presence, and improve community participation. Things like having events. More 5mof stuff on Youtube? Looking for PR-capable volunteers and enabling participation. Natalie: If we can schedule Mary Poppins saying stuff, we can schedule tweets as well. Joey: I want some more authentic community input. Jeremy: We have #socialmedia on slack, check it out!

Ryan: Last week we got a 360° video camera donated to us. This is pretty awesome. This is an opportunity to produce more content.

J: We need human power to run all of these things. Talk to me, talk to Jeremy, etc.

X?: I'd be more than happy to help with ed stuff.

Carla: I had the idea to run an ICO (releasing a virtual coin). I got connected with Victoria. We had a thing called noisecoin, but it's dead (the tech is out of date). There are all these wierd altcoins/shitcoins. Can we do something similar/better? Noisecoin is built off of Ripple.

J: Let's discus fiscal sponsorship. Fiscal sponsorship is a way for Noisebridge to help educational/community projects get financial backing (ie tax deductability for corp donations). There are many ways to describe the makeup of fiscal sponsorship, scope, and if possible, an exit. Tara: Do we need fiscal sponsorship to get things like city permits? Natalie: Anyone could fill out the grant and designate the money for Noisebridge (and it's up to NB to accept/reject it). Jervon: Noisebridge also has the fiduciary responsibility to fulfill the terms of the grant. If something goes south, Noisebridge will be liable. Andrew: Grants can be stringent with their terms. J: 85-90% of the money will go to the cause. But the issue is that accounting is a lot of work. If we get $100k, $10-15k of that will go to Noisebridge, and if need be we can hire accountants and do stuff like that to keep everything cool.

Kevin: East Bay Hackerspace "Liberating Ourselves Locally", a QTPoC-run space, has their landlord selling the building. This is a great opportunity to buy. Visit their crowdfund page https://www.youcaring.com/thetenantsandthecommunity-773671

Daniel: I found the youtube video with a person skating around. I'm happy to have found the space.

Discussion Items

If any important discussion happens, it should be happening after forward progress is made during consensus.

End of Meeting

  1. Return the membership binder to its rightful location.
  2. Discuss any items for which there was not time during the meeting.
  3. Enjoy the company of your fellow hacker, robot, or robothacker.

Note taker posts the notes

  1. Clean and tidy the meeting notes including removing all these really verbose instructions.
  2. Fill out the short summary at the top listing just announcements, consensus items, discussion topics, and names of new members and philanthropists.
  3. Copy paste the notes to the next meeting page. (They will become Last meeting at midnight.)
  4. Email the meeting summary to Noisebridge Discuss and Noisebridge Announce lists.
  5. CC on the email treasurer@noisebridge.net and secretary@noisebridge.net if there are new members and philanthropists.
  6. Edit the Current Consensus Items if anything is proposed for consensus next week.
  7. Edit the Consensus Items History if anything was reached consensus or failed to reach consensus this week.

Fun things to do after

  • Reprise of the Hackernationale. [This is anarchy - we do what the wiki says!]
  • PGP Key Signing could happen now (if it doesn't happen before any given Meeting). Ask others around the space or check the list to see who wants in on the action.