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These are the notes from the The XXXth Meeting of Noisebridge.

Date: February 16th 2021

Previous Meeting

Next Meeting

Note-taker: x, pyc, tj, +

Moderators: x

Meetings are at 7p

Meeting Summary[edit]


  • Fundraising Update
  • Announcements:
  • Finances:
  • New members:
  • New philanthropists:
  • Consensus Items:
  • Discussion Items:


  • TJ - Whiteboarding tomorrow and 5MoF Friday
  • Cory
  • Dan aka Evil Dan
  • X - Space & Shuttle h4x0r
  • James - Helps with nb infra, lifes good! hi();
  • Tyler - flying by to throw in some financials
  • steiny
  • gwen interested in HAM
  • Morgan - neurotechx, neurofedora and brainz
  • Pyconaut- doing VR, watching anime.



Our One Rule is to Be Excellent to Each Other.

(What does that mean? How does the Anti-Harassment Policy fit into this? Are we SURE we know what being Excellent is? This is an important and fundamental conversation at Noisebridge, so let's give it like 120 seconds.)


Everyone at Noisebridge is a participant at Noisebridge.

(What does that mean? How do you get a door key? Access to Slack, Discuss, etc?)


A Philanthropist at Noisebridge has earned enough trust from the community to open and close the space.

(What does that mean? What do we expect from Philanthropists? How do you become one? etc)

Membership Binder [edit]

Membership in Noisebridge entails community Trust in Consensus.

(What does that mean? What do we expect from Members? How do you become a Member? etc)

Financial Report[edit]

Anarchist societies under a capitalist state need money to survive and thrive, yo.

  • Funds in bank:
   Balance 2/16/2020                        

Cash 327,191.71 67.32% Crypto 158,839.56 32.68% 3.2 coins Total 486,031.27 100.00%

Fundraising Update[edit]

How's it all going


Consensus is how the Noisebridge Membership may change how Noisebridge works.

(How does Consensus work? What types of things are good for formal Consensus? What is small-c consensus? What is a "block"?)

Proposals from last week [edit]

(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 [edit]

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


Discussion Item 1[edit]

SF Made updates Recap, updates on whats up so far, wants to put down specifics on what we are asking and how we efficiently communicate it.

Any new ideas this week on specific asks?

Generally have talked about woodshop and metal shop, sf made particularly interested in supporting manufacturing and industrial aspects of spaces and businesses.

Cory & nthmost will collaborate on Thursday/Saturday hack sessions

Are their fees or how does this work? They will provide a free initial consulation, and can talk about building a relationship beyond that.

Human Made also has experience with working with sf made.

For legal doc's and office comm templates talk to X for Secretary things

Can explore additional potential revenue channels or support, particularly with city around vocational programs

Talking about different ways classes can be done without having to charge, and potentially provide more resources and volunteers.

Noisebridge isn't typically organized, howwever thigns get organized and happen all the time

Discussion VHS[edit]

News from VHS Things going hunky-dory up north

Outreach--Point of contact at NB? Making outreach committee, getting this organized at VHS

VHS would have recs for SF Made application


Discussion NeuroTech & Hacking[edit]

Discussion Item Financial Planning[edit]

  • Budgets
  • Investments
  • Fiscal Sponshorship

TJ- How can we manage our funds in a better way so thhat we can more easily use it

X- would be great if we did annual reports and actually looking back on whhat we spent money on.

X- noisebridge owns it's accounts, our current secratary, treasurer, president and board has offical access to our accounts, and can deligate access to other people.

Dan- Was there an interest in allowing for noisebridge to do more fiscal sponsorship.

X- Would like to hear more about what others think about doing fiscal sponsorship.

Corey talking about different ways fiscal sponsorships can be done


X - Announcing development of Consensus for a fiscal sponsorship project of in the greater bay area

Pyconaut- Doing more Fiscal sponsorship would be great. I was thinking about seeing if NeuroTechX SF.

X- fiscal sponsorship Big C- Consensus item talk

June 2016

Noisebridge can serve as a fiscal sponsor for projects led by members of the Noisebridge community, accepting grant money and donations to our bank account and passing it along to the leaders of the projects, who will not be considered employees of Noisebridge. All projects must be led by people who contribute or have contributed to the Noisebridge community in a meaningful way. Projects must be in line with Noisebridge’s mission to promote and encourage technical, scientific, and artistic skills through individual projects, social collaboration, and education. Projects that have a military purpose or police purpose, or intend to seek funding from any branch of the military or police, will not be accepted. Project leaders must be comfortable with the Noisebridge community knowing how much money their project has on hand, since it will be read out at weekly meetings during the treasurer’s report. We should subject project proposals to rigorous controls and close scrutiny, similar to membership applications. Every project proposed for fiscal sponsorship must be submitted for full Capital-C Consensus, with an executive summary posted online, and any member can block consensus without needing to propose an alternative. New projects are expected to have specific time limits on the length of their fiscal sponsorship, such as six months to a year, at which point project managers must get consensus to extend fiscal sponsorship. Projects such as Noisetor which have been found to be successful over long periods may seek indefinite fiscal sponsorship. Projects that violate Noisebridge's mission, accept military or police funding, spend money directly on political campaigns, operate as a for-profit enterprise, embezzle funds, or threaten Noisebridge's 501(c)(3) status will have their fiscal sponsorship automatically revoked. Fiscal sponsorship can also be revoked by consensus of the membership, excluding participants and recipients. The administrative fee charged by Noisebridge for acting as a fiscal sponsor will be 5% of all money raised through donations and grants, the same rate charged to Noisetor, the first and so far only outside project fiscally sponsored by Noisebridge. This is the low end of what nonprofits charge for fiscal sponsorship and is intended to cover extra overhead costs Noisebridge is taking on. Noisebridge does not have any paid staff and does not intend to hire any. We may, however, need to pay for additional legal and accounting services from contractors, which should be covered by the 5% administrative fee. Recipients of grant money and donations through fiscal sponsorship may be legally considered contractors of Noisebridge, depending on the amount of money raised and how it is used. Any money left over from the 5% administrative fee after paying for legal and accounting services will go into Noisebridge’s general fund.

pyconaut- looks like Rougelike did not go through Big C concensus for it's fiscal sponsorship.

Carl - Fiscal sponsorship of Satellite NB locations?

X- Can Carl arrange a report to give to noisebridge to see about doing this?

Pyconaut- Once a few of these get done, we can come up with a document on the wiki to help people figure out if they can get fiscal sponsorship.

Pyconaut - on budgets / investments, what are people's thoughts on creating official budgets for projects / organizations.

Tj- We could create mini grant's for projects. Where projects get proposed, and we can discuss putting money to them, or create budgets for them. We do want to be careful as once rent starts going, we will not be earning the same ammount we are spending.

pyconaut- would we want to limit the price that people can propose.

TJ- We can easialy creat cost list and BOM list, then to create blanket statments, where people might not be as efficient. It is good to leave open for bigger projects for the future.

Pyconaut- how do we keep personal bias out of thhese funding opertunities (would Big C concensus really work.)

Tj- maybe at first, we can do Big C, but that might not work down the line.

TJ- equiptment should be seperate from projects.

Pyconaut- how can we do similar for equiptment that would be to expensive for the 50% reimburment equiptment fund.

TJ- problem with equipment is buying nice stuff and having it break. Have people be accountable for certain equiptment, as it can be expensive to repair.

Pyconaut- yep, getting people to feel responsible for taking care of equipppment, and hold them

TJ- Maybe the peson who proposed the item would be responsible for taking care of that equiptment (though noisebridge will pay for repairs). But how can we keep that equipment accessable, and not put to much pressure on the person who proposed it.

Pyconaut- Having guilds both propose and take care of equiptment could make it a lot easier.

TJ- we definitly need more discussion on this. Finance WG on slack and discuss would be a great place to start.

Compliments to the trankription'ists

We are good, it's 21:02, meeting concludes

we are noisebridge

hackitorium returns to normally scheduled 24/7 hack all teh things!

End of Meeting[edit]