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* Agree on our next meeting time/place, post to the front-page, and invite policy@lists
 
* Agree on our next meeting time/place, post to the front-page, and invite policy@lists
* Potential consensus item: empower NB's denizense to do-ocratically kick people out, pending mediation.
 
 
* Tom reports on minimization of the bylaws
 
* Tom reports on minimization of the bylaws
 
* Kelly reports on CA public benefit law
 
* Kelly reports on CA public benefit law
 
* Discuss modifications to the by-laws
 
* Discuss modifications to the by-laws
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* Potential consensus item: empower NB's denizense to do-ocratically kick people out, pending mediation.
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* Potential consensus proposal: it is not excellent to admit someone to Noisebridge unless you are willing to take responsibility for their actions here
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** Could be NB's consensus, could not: either way, may stoke thought about this during the meeting rather than in the nb-discuss echo-chamber
  
 
To-do [by this meeting]
 
To-do [by this meeting]

Revision as of 12:26, 15 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.

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, but we also send iCal-style invites to the mailing list.

Not a Manifesto

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.

Projects

By-Laws

Our current big project is updating and rewriting Noisebridge's bylaws so that they better represent our ethos. We have a GitHub repository for managing the changes that we're going to propose. If you'd like to help us out, please file issues, fork the repo, and send us pull requests! If you don't know how to use Git or GitHub, please read the man pages, ask one of use directly, or email the list.

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. We use a Riseup etherpad as a back-channel during meetings.

16 Feb 2012

Location: Noisebridge, Time: 1730h

Agenda:

  • Agree on our next meeting time/place, post to the front-page, and invite policy@lists
  • Tom reports on minimization of the bylaws
  • Kelly reports on CA public benefit law
  • Discuss modifications to the by-laws
  • Potential consensus item: empower NB's denizense to do-ocratically kick people out, pending mediation.
  • Potential consensus proposal: it is not excellent to admit someone to Noisebridge unless you are willing to take responsibility for their actions here
    • Could be NB's consensus, could not: either way, may stoke thought about this during the meeting rather than in the nb-discuss echo-chamber

To-do [by this meeting]


11 Feb 2012

Location: Noisebridge, Time: 17:30

Agenda:

05 Feb 2012

Location: Noisebridge, 1445h 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:

02 Feb 2012

Location: Noisebridge 19:30 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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