Meeting Notes 2023 06 13

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These are the notes from the The 728th Meeting of Noisebridge.

Date: 2023_06_13

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Note-takers: Mark

Moderators: Mark

Meeting Summary[edit | edit source]


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

Introductions[edit | edit source]

Mark - Games, Stewardship Michael - currently working on VR game, formerly robotics, CV. Came looking for a cool place to get some work done! Amir/AJ - VR dev with Michael, programmer by trade Andrew - member from back in the day. MechE, manufacturing Cynthia - haven't been around much the last few years, sarted in 2010 tho. Research medical topics for people. Pablo - been in the bay for about 5 years - I like to donate 3D printing stuff, been using the sewing equipment! JD - teach laser training and power tool safety and such. maker of all sorts of stuff! June - noisebridger for last year or so. Music, DJing stuff, hacking electronics, renewable energy stuff. Elan - like wiki, robots, and non-profit infrastructure projects TJ - robotics, AI Loren - rack things! started an infra meetup. See #meetup-infra in discord, or meetup online for times.

Short announcements and events[edit | edit source]

More of a reminder really. Sunday Streets Valencia st is July 30th. We need to get a group together to put a booth together! Check sunday-streets channel in discord if you want to help out!

Also an event called "Open Sauce" July 14-16th or something. Maker and science Youtubers expo. Noisebridge signed up for a booth there as well, and thus needs volunteers for that as well. Message @Arity or @Pyconaut on Discord! or check #open-sauce channel

ML interview questions meetup by Suhyun (sponsored by @culteejen) starting on July 9. DM @culteejen or @Suhyun if you want to help out with the event

Queer design workshop in electronics room on Saturday

Excellence[edit | edit source]

Our One Rule is to Be Excellent to Each Other. (Reviewed on first Tuesday of month only)

What does that mean? Please see our page on excellence!

What does Excellence mean?

Seems that excellence is a concept that relates to how we treate eachother in and out of the space, and how we treat the space itself. Going above and beyond just "being respectful" - its about making the space better than you found it each time and responding to others with generosity, kindness and respect.

Aiming for perfection, where you land is excellence.

I will add that it also refers to a certain set of practice for handling conflicts. See Conflict Resolution page on the wiki as well for guidelines and most excellent practices!

Remember: You aren't the one who defines your own actions as excellent.

Anti-Harassment Policy & Community Standards of Excellence[edit | edit source]

Noisebridge has an Anti-Harassment Policy Everyone is expected to follow the Anti-Harassment Policy, please familiarize yourself with it.) TWO MINUTES MAX

Guilds[edit | edit source]

  • What are guilds - briefly describe (much like the previous section on "Excellence")

Organized groups around topics or equipment like Sewing, Electronics and Gaming. Help to educate folks on best practices on using equipment.

New Members/Associate Members[edit | edit source]

What are they? Is anyone trying to become a Member or Associate Member? If not move on. No long discussions.

Membership is not required to be present at Noisebridge or use any equipment. Two levels of membership, capital M Members are responsible for the community.

TMoney - has been coming for a while, since the old space. wants to get more involved nowadays.

No one objects to TMoney - you are now an associate member!

JD is applying for Membership

Got lots o' sponsors, has been a good-standing member before.

3. 2. 1. No one blocks. Congrats JD!

Financial Report (first Tuesday of month only)[edit | edit source]

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

  • Monthly revenue, expenses. Big projects. Big fundraising events. Reserves in bank.
  • Any other details by those participating in handling our financials
  • The latest financial reports from the treasurer are available at

Spending Needs[edit | edit source]

Gotta spend money on XYZ (i.e. Gate, wiring etc.). WHO CAN SIGN THE CHECK OR LEND THE CREDIT CARD!?!?! It doesn't matter if we agree to do something and it can’t be paid for.

Fundraising Update[edit | edit source]

How's it all going

Big C Consensus Items[edit | edit source]

Nobody likes 3 hour meetings, only explain if people ask.

Consensus Items [edit | edit source]

Only for talking about Big C consensus items, small c consensus items should be discussed with people at the space at the time of the change/new item.

Discussion[edit | edit source]

== Discussion Item 1 == access control/ keys, deadbolts and fire escape

Currently maintaining the very easily exploitable entry at the gate. Intentional because the payphone gets vandalized a lot lately. There is currently a somewhat widely distributed key that opens the space and the back door and we don't necessarily know who all has it. We are currently also collating the list of members and validating their status. Also working on a deadbolt for the front door.

The challenge is going to be unlocking the front door in the AM if you don't have a key to this deadbolt.

Separate issue of the fire exit door being potentially exploitable as well.

L - in priority order of things I want to see fixed. 1. Front Gate + Phone lock 2. set up a ping for the fire escape being opened

Mark - I suggest we deadbolt it at night, and have a scheduled person to undeadbolt each morning.

== Discussion Item 2 ==working groups to review policies around asking to leave/ 86, due process &tc.

Some discussion about "no trespassing" signs, someone tells anecdote about cops letting trespassers go because of a lack of one. Weird.

JD - big reason for this is to kind of have a way to propose changes and work on them in a small-c fashion, thus allowing for comment and discussion asynchronously without taking up too much of the main meeting time on these issues.

== Discussion Item 3 == Cleaning/Stewardship - Music room cleanup and the future of that space

Mark proposes closing the space at certain times and being open only to "permitted stewards". Chain of custody if you are invited to participate in this cleanup session but not a Member. How do we make the process of identifying these people easy?

Do-ocractically creating a schedule proposed. TJ says that flopped because it's hard to engender commitment.

Discussion of the state of the music room- empty bottles, trash left around. Further discussion to be had in the stewards channel on discord.

Kudos / To Dos

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Kudos to JD for becoming a Member and for handling access control hardware stuff!

Kudos to [name redacted] individual who handled an unwelcome visitor today excellently.

Do-ocratic Task Board[edit | edit source]

Participation also means doing stuff to contribute to the space. Propose new tasks or pick some tasks from Github, from what needs to be done around you, or whatever, and see if someone will sign up to work on that task. Anyone can sign up and it's a great way to show you are contributing!

End of Meeting[edit | edit source]

Note taker posts the notes[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
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  • CC on the email and 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.