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Our current big project is updating and rewriting Noisebridge's [[bylaws]] so that they better represent our ethos.
 
Our current big project is updating and rewriting Noisebridge's [[bylaws]] so that they better represent our ethos.
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A tiny manifesto found in "[http://ramshackleglory.com/paradigm14.pdf Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology]" by David Graeber. This is not the manifesto of the Wonks, but it does warn against things we should avoid.
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The notion of “policy” presumes a state or<br>
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governing apparatus which imposes its will on<br>
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others. “Policy” is the negation of politics; policy is<br>
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by definition something concocted by some form of<br>
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elite, which presumes it knows better than others<br>
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how their affairs are to be conducted. By partici-<br>
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pating in policy debates the very best one can<br>
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achieve is to limit the damage, since the very<br>
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premise is inimical to the idea of people managing<br>
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their own affairs.
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=== Members ===
 
=== Members ===
 
The current members of the Policy Wonks committee are:
 
The current members of the Policy Wonks committee are:
 
 
* [[user:hurtstotouchfire|Kelly]], Noisebridge's [[ Board and Officers | treasurer ]]
 
* [[user:hurtstotouchfire|Kelly]], Noisebridge's [[ Board and Officers | treasurer ]]
 
* [[user:flamsmark|Tom]]
 
* [[user:flamsmark|Tom]]
 
* [[user:snail|Snail]]
 
* [[user:snail|Snail]]
 
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If you want to join the Policy Wonks, please join the [https://www.noisebridge.net/mailman/listinfo/policy mailing list], and introduce yourself. You can watch this page to see when we meet next.
If you want to join the Policy Wonks, please join the [https://www.noisebridge.net/mailman/listinfo/policy mailing list], and introduce yourself.
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== Meetings ==
 
== Meetings ==
Whenever we meet, we fill out an agenda here beforehand. When we're done, we add a summary, and any things that we have to do. When we complete our tasks, we <strike>strike out</strike> those items here.
 
  
=== 05 Feb 2012 ===
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Whenever we meet, we fill out an agenda here beforehand. When we're done, we add a summary, and any things that we have to do. If we don't discuss something on the agenda, we <strike>strike</strike> it out. When we complete our tasks, we <strike>strike out</strike> those items. Incomplete tasks carry over to the next meeting.
Location: Noisebridge, 1330h
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=== 11 Feb 2012 ===
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Location: Noisebridge, Time: 17:30
 
Back-channel: https://pad.riseup.net/p/0OyA0MRFYKtS
 
Back-channel: https://pad.riseup.net/p/0OyA0MRFYKtS
  
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Agenda:
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* discuss hiatus proposals in light of the NB-discuss thread, and discussion at the meeting
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* discuss the by by-laws at https://www.noisebridge.net/index.php?title=Bylaws&oldid=10177
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* agree on our next meeting time/place, post to the front-page, and invite policy@lists
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=== 05 Feb 2012 ===
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Location: Noisebridge, 1445h
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Back-channel: https://pad.riseup.net/p/0OyA0MRFYKtS
 
Agenda:
 
Agenda:
 
* review Utopian by-laws
 
* review Utopian by-laws
* re-discuss hiatus in light of NB's thoughts
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* discuss hiatus in light of NB's thoughts
 
* discuss adopting [[against policy (a tiny manifesto)]] as policywonk's manifesto
 
* discuss adopting [[against policy (a tiny manifesto)]] as policywonk's manifesto
 
* make sure that NB knows about the wonks, especially where and when we meet
 
* make sure that NB knows about the wonks, especially where and when we meet
* wiki templates for board elections & nominations
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* <strike>wiki templates for board elections & nominations</strike>
 
* adjusting the meeting script
 
* adjusting the meeting script
* agree on our next meeting time/place
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* agree on our next meeting time/place, post to the front-page, and invite policy@lists
 
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To-do:
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* Kelly
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** email noisebridge-discuss about hiatus
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** locate the utopian NB bylaws, email to the wonks
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* Tom
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** Add ancient by-laws to empty git repo & link here appropriately
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* Each of us
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** Review at the bylaws at https://www.noisebridge.net/index.php?title=Bylaws&oldid=10177
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** Prepare thoughts/comments on this old proposed by-laws section
  
 
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=== 02 Feb 2012 ===
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Back-channel: https://pad.riseup.net/p/0OyA0MRFYKtS
 
Back-channel: https://pad.riseup.net/p/0OyA0MRFYKtS
 
Dinner was had in advance. Tom & Kelly were present. Snail was unable to attend.
 
Dinner was had in advance. Tom & Kelly were present. Snail was unable to attend.
 
 
Agenda:
 
Agenda:
 
* discuss this week's meeting, & response to proposed revision
 
* discuss this week's meeting, & response to proposed revision
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* <strike>adjusting the meeting script</strike>
 
* <strike>adjusting the meeting script</strike>
 
* agree on our next meeting time/place
 
* agree on our next meeting time/place
 
 
To-do:
 
To-do:
 
* Kelly
 
* Kelly
 
** email noisebridge-discuss about hiatus
 
** email noisebridge-discuss about hiatus
 
** locate the utopian NB bylaws, email to the wonks
 
** locate the utopian NB bylaws, email to the wonks
 
 
=== 18 Jan 2012 ===
 
=== 18 Jan 2012 ===
 
Location: Noisebridge
 
Location: Noisebridge
 
 
Kelly attended remotely. Tom was late because he is a slacker. Snail is the perfect child.
 
Kelly attended remotely. Tom was late because he is a slacker. Snail is the perfect child.
 
 
Agenda:
 
Agenda:
 
* discuss last night's meeting's response to proposed membership revisions
 
* discuss last night's meeting's response to proposed membership revisions
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* plan revising the by-laws
 
* plan revising the by-laws
 
* agree on our next meeting time/place
 
* agree on our next meeting time/place
 
 
To-do:
 
To-do:
 
* Kelly:
 
* Kelly:
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** <strike>get original hiatus consensus from Mitch etc</strike>
 
** <strike>get original hiatus consensus from Mitch etc</strike>
 
* <strike>Tom to follow up on mailing list creation</strike>
 
* <strike>Tom to follow up on mailing list creation</strike>
 
 
=== 16 Jan 2012 ===
 
=== 16 Jan 2012 ===
 
Location: Phone
 
Location: Phone
 
 
Agenda:
 
Agenda:
 
* membership expiry
 
* membership expiry
 
* comittee meta-conversation
 
* comittee meta-conversation
 
* <strike>planning by-laws revision</strike>
 
* <strike>planning by-laws revision</strike>
 
 
The inaugural meeting of the Policy Wonks resulted in a revised version of [https://www.noisebridge.net/index.php?title=Talk:Membership&oldid=22687 Membership], which will require several [https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Meeting_Notes_2012_01_17#Discussion_Items consensus items].
 
The inaugural meeting of the Policy Wonks resulted in a revised version of [https://www.noisebridge.net/index.php?title=Talk:Membership&oldid=22687 Membership], which will require several [https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Meeting_Notes_2012_01_17#Discussion_Items consensus items].
 
 
To Do items:
 
To Do items:
 
*<strike>Create a mailing list</strike>
 
*<strike>Create a mailing list</strike>

Revision as of 18:22, 5 February 2012

Contents

About Policy Wonks

The Policy Wonks are a Noisebridge committee dedicated to greasing the wheels of Noisebridge's vast administration, and cutting through red tape. We're here to tidy up policy matters, and make Noisebridge's structure easier to understand and navigate. We're the secret cabal that does this tedious work in the shadows so that you don't have to put up with it at weekly meetings.

Our current big project is updating and rewriting Noisebridge's bylaws so that they better represent our ethos.


A tiny manifesto found in "Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology" by David Graeber. This is not the manifesto of the Wonks, but it does warn against things we should avoid.

The notion of “policy” presumes a state or
governing apparatus which imposes its will on
others. “Policy” is the negation of politics; policy is
by definition something concocted by some form of
elite, which presumes it knows better than others
how their affairs are to be conducted. By partici-
pating in policy debates the very best one can
achieve is to limit the damage, since the very
premise is inimical to the idea of people managing
their own affairs.

Members

The current members of the Policy Wonks committee are:

If you want to join the Policy Wonks, please join the mailing list, and introduce yourself. You can watch this page to see when we meet next.

Meetings

Whenever we meet, we fill out an agenda here beforehand. When we're done, we add a summary, and any things that we have to do. If we don't discuss something on the agenda, we strike it out. When we complete our tasks, we strike out those items. Incomplete tasks carry over to the next meeting.

11 Feb 2012

Location: Noisebridge, Time: 17:30 Back-channel: https://pad.riseup.net/p/0OyA0MRFYKtS

Agenda:


05 Feb 2012

Location: Noisebridge, 1445h Back-channel: https://pad.riseup.net/p/0OyA0MRFYKtS Agenda:

  • review Utopian by-laws
  • discuss hiatus in light of NB's thoughts
  • discuss adopting against policy (a tiny manifesto) as policywonk's manifesto
  • make sure that NB knows about the wonks, especially where and when we meet
  • wiki templates for board elections & nominations
  • adjusting the meeting script
  • agree on our next meeting time/place, post to the front-page, and invite policy@lists

To-do:

  • Kelly
    • email noisebridge-discuss about hiatus
    • locate the utopian NB bylaws, email to the wonks
  • Tom
    • Add ancient by-laws to empty git repo & link here appropriately
  • Each of us

02 Feb 2012

Location: Noisebridge 19:30 Back-channel: https://pad.riseup.net/p/0OyA0MRFYKtS Dinner was had in advance. Tom & Kelly were present. Snail was unable to attend. Agenda:

  • discuss this week's meeting, & response to proposed revision
    • update the membership page to reflect NB's consensus
    • re-discuss hiatus in light of NB's thoughts
  • review Utopian by-laws
  • discuss adopting against policy (a tiny manifesto) as policywonk's manifesto
  • make sure that NB knows about the wonks, especially where and when we meet
  • wiki templates for board elections & nominations
  • adjusting the meeting script
  • agree on our next meeting time/place

To-do:

  • Kelly
    • email noisebridge-discuss about hiatus
    • locate the utopian NB bylaws, email to the wonks

18 Jan 2012

Location: Noisebridge Kelly attended remotely. Tom was late because he is a slacker. Snail is the perfect child. Agenda:

  • discuss last night's meeting's response to proposed membership revisions
  • discuss any other items that were referred to us at last night's meeting
  • plan revising the by-laws
  • agree on our next meeting time/place

To-do:

  • Kelly:
    • locate the utopian NB bylaws, email to the wonks
    • get original hiatus consensus from Mitch etc
  • Tom to follow up on mailing list creation

16 Jan 2012

Location: Phone Agenda:

  • membership expiry
  • comittee meta-conversation
  • planning by-laws revision

The inaugural meeting of the Policy Wonks resulted in a revised version of Membership, which will require several consensus items. To Do items:

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