Meeting Notes 2017 09 19
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These are the notes from the The XXXth Meeting of Noisebridge. Date: FIXME THE DATE HERE Note-taker: FIXME YOUR NAME HERE; Moderators: FIXME THEIR NAME HERE. One or two bullet points of high-level meeting summary. Meeting Summary FIXME FILL OUT AT END OF MEETING AND SEND TO MAILING LIST TLDR what happened at the meeting: Announcements: Finances: New members: New philanthropists: Consensus Items: Discussion Items:
Introductions Invite a knowledgeable volunteer to explain what Noisebridge is about: 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): Names: Henner, Jen, Adam, Daniel, Rob, Elias, James, Tal, Zach, J, Alex Short announcements and events We just celebreated out 10 year aniversary Next thing will be the 100 year aniversary Safe Space
We discussed what being a safe space at nb means
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 Philanthropists Invite a knowledgeable volunteer to describe Philantropy, 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(?) 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.
Those how open the door to allows others into the space are responsible for ensuring that their presence is up to the standards of NB in terms of excelenceness towards others.
... when they come in, give them a tour, ... make sure they are familiure with the space.
like membership, close and dear to our hearts.... know each other enough that if [a new member] is going to block on a big C vote, it's important that they're going to be exelant about things...
Financial Report Funds in bank:Financial Report - September 19, 2017 Noisebridge has $84,761.46 in the bank. _Breakdown:_ $45,343.19 in the general fund, which is just over nine months of regular expenses. $28,220.29 for Noisetor $6,336.72 in the equipment fund $2,597.95 in the Thomas J. Shutt Memorial Foundation $1,412.96 in the broadcast fund $475.35 in the laser maintenance fund $375 from Friends of the Public Library to reimburse Circuit Hacking Mondays for kits Notes: This running total takes into account Noisetor’s donations since September 16th and their 5% contribution to the general fund for fiscal sponsorship. Noisetor (See the bulletpoints at the bottom of http://noisetor.net/finances/#summary): Any other details by those participating in handling our financials Consensus 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. 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.)t
Concensus Proposals Zach: Allocationg a small portion of nb funds for parts for the elevator, $400 per year. This would give people working to improve the space to not have a financial burden placed on them.
Discussion Elevator Zach: A bunch of people have been working on the elevator. I worked with Henner and a bunch of other people, and I updated the wiki. I'm still looking for help doing additional repairs. Wiki has ideas for additional improvements. Henner: There is one gate on the street side that is missing some segments. The button downstairs needs to be fixed. Zach: I have been comming here on wed, and circuit hacking mondays. Incase anybody wants to help. Accasability to the space Zach: There is some work to be done. I updated the accasibility page on the wiki. It would be really greate if nb had more things avaliable for people with disabilities to come into the space. We don't have tactile or audio aids for people comming into the space. We also don't have bars in the bathroom, which are required by ada. I think it's very achievable for the space. Zach: We should also have a meeting/event to educate others around disability, and little things that can be done to improve weelchair accassability in the space. There are some spaces that aren't ever going to be accessable, but some spaces could be easily improved. J: I def think there should be something around it. We should start a nice simple page Henner: I think we should have an event of some sort, were we discuss things that can be improved. And talk about the needs or disabled people. Then we can do-icraticly work to solve these problems. Guided by the people who need these changes. Even people who just come here for a week, this is a project that they could help work on at the space, and th ey can just do it.
J: If anybody wants to put up an event, you can talk to us on slack and we'll set things in the NB meetup calander (excelence towards others required).
Zach: Noisebridge is one of the most accessable spaces I know in sf. J: Slack is a thing. People who spend a lot of time in the space are welcome to ask around to get access to slack. Tons of channels, Field trips, infosec, random, etc.
If any important discussion happens, it should be happening after forward progress is made during consensus. End of Meeting Return the membership binder to its rightful location. Discuss any items for which there was not time during the meeting. Enjoy the company of your fellow hacker, robot, or robothacker. Note taker posts the notes Clean and tidy the meeting notes including removing all these really verbose instructions. Fill out the short summary at the top listing just announcements, consensus items, discussion topics, and names of new members and philanthropists. Copy paste the notes to the next meeting page. (They will become Last meeting at midnight.) Email the meeting summary to Noisebridge Discuss and Noisebridge Announce lists. CC on the email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org if there are new members and philanthropists. Edit the Current Consensus Items if anything is proposed for consensus next week. 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.