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== About Policy Wonks ==
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= 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 [[Meetings|weekly meetings]].
 
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 [[Meetings|weekly meetings]].
  
Our current big project is updating and rewriting Noisebridge's [[bylaws]] so that they better represent our ethos.
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== Members ==
 
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=== Members ===
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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]]
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* [[user:snail|Snail]], a facist [[Board and Officers | board member]]
* [[user:snail|Snail]]
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* [[user:flamsmark|Tom]], he's just this guy, you know.
  
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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If you want to join the Policy Wonks help us out, or keep us honest, 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; we also send iCal-style invites to the mailing list, and post our next meeting on the [Noisebridge#Upcoming_Events front page].
  
== Meetings ==
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= 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.
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=== 02 Feb 2012 ===
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This page contains the agenda for the next meeting of the Wonks, and the tasks that we have to do by then. If you have something to add to the agenda, please do so here. Previous meeting agendas, tasks, and notes are at [[Policy/Past_Meetings]]. We use [https://pad.riseup.net/p/0OyA0MRFYKtS a Riseup etherpad] as a back-channel during meetings.
Location: Noisebridge, dinner served. 5:30pm
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Agenda:
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== Next Meeting ==
* discuss this week's meeting, & response to proposed revision
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March 5 2012, 1930h; Noisebridge, Turing Meeting Room
* re-discuss hiatus in light of NB's thoughts
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* review Utopian by-laws
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* discuss adopting [[against policy (a tiny manifesto)]] as policywonk's manifesto
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* agree on our next meeting time/place
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=== 18 Jan 2012 ===
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Attendees:
Location: Noisebridge
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Kelly attended remotely. Tom was late because he is a slacker. Snail is the perfect child.
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Agreed items:
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Administriva:
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* Agree who is going to edit the wiki pages.
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* Copy this agenda to the [https://pad.riseup.net/p/0OyA0MRFYKtS etherpad] for group contribution.
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* Agree on our next meeting time/place, post to the  [Noisebridge#Upcoming_Events front page] and NB calendar, and invite  policy@lists.
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* Note the attendees of this meeting.
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* Note any items of agreement.
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* Add any proposed consensus items to next week's meeting notes.
  
 
Agenda:
 
Agenda:
* discuss last night's meeting's response to proposed membership revisions
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* Review proposed philosophies
* discuss any other items that were referred to us at last night's meeting
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* plan revising the by-laws
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* agree on our next meeting time/place
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To-do:
 
To-do:
* Kelly:
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* Kelly: describe harm-minimization bylaws
** locate the utopian NB bylaws, email to the wonks
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* Snail: describe hands-off bylaws
** get original hiatus consensus from Mitch etc
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* Tom: describe utopian by-laws
* Tom to follow up on mailing list creation
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=== 16 Jan 2012 ===
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= Not a Manifesto =
Location: Phone
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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.
  
Agenda:
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<blockquote>
* membership expiry
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The notion of “policy” presumes a state or<br>
* comittee meta-conversation
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governing apparatus which imposes its will on<br>
* <strike>planning by-laws revision</strike>
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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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</blockquote>
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= Projects =
  
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].
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==By-Laws==
  
To Do items:
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Our current big project is updating and rewriting Noisebridge's [[bylaws]] so that they better represent our ethos. We have a [https://github.com/flamsmark/nb-bylaws 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.
*<strike>Create a mailing list</strike>
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*<strike>Add content to this wiki page</strike>
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*<strike>Create [[Membership Binder]] and [[Dues Sponsorship]] wiki pages</strike>
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**<strike>Add photo to [[Membership Binder]]</strike>
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Latest revision as of 11:40, 28 July 2012

Contents

[edit] 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.

[edit] Members

The current members of the Policy Wonks committee are:

If you want to join the Policy Wonks help us out, or keep us honest, please join the mailing list, and introduce yourself. You can watch this page to see when we meet next; we also send iCal-style invites to the mailing list, and post our next meeting on the [Noisebridge#Upcoming_Events front page].

[edit] Meetings

This page contains the agenda for the next meeting of the Wonks, and the tasks that we have to do by then. If you have something to add to the agenda, please do so here. Previous meeting agendas, tasks, and notes are at Policy/Past_Meetings. We use a Riseup etherpad as a back-channel during meetings.

[edit] Next Meeting

March 5 2012, 1930h; Noisebridge, Turing Meeting Room

Attendees:

Agreed items:

Administriva:

  • Agree who is going to edit the wiki pages.
  • Copy this agenda to the etherpad for group contribution.
  • Agree on our next meeting time/place, post to the [Noisebridge#Upcoming_Events front page] and NB calendar, and invite policy@lists.
  • Note the attendees of this meeting.
  • Note any items of agreement.
  • Add any proposed consensus items to next week's meeting notes.

Agenda:

  • Review proposed philosophies

To-do:

  • Kelly: describe harm-minimization bylaws
  • Snail: describe hands-off bylaws
  • Tom: describe utopian by-laws

[edit] 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.

[edit] Projects

[edit] 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.

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