[Noisebridge-discuss] The image we have to other hackerspaces and society as a whole

Danny O'Brien danny at spesh.com
Tue Oct 8 03:11:23 UTC 2013

Oh, God.

I (finally) burned out at Noisebridge a few months back, and haven't
really been up to getting re-involved. But I'll be back in town in
time for 5MOF. I guess I've got enough blood platelets left for one
more really hard wall/forehead interaction event.


On Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 10:27 AM, Ronald Cotoni <setient at gmail.com> wrote:
> Anyone want to meetup and talk through the problems?
> On Sat, Oct 5, 2013 at 8:11 PM, Romy at snowyla.com <romy at snowyla.com> wrote:
>> Wow that article is pretty negative. I hope it isn't as bad but maybe I'm
>> just oblivious....
>> I've had bad sexism issues in other hackerspaces and in the tech community
>> but I have had a generally good time at noisebridge .. I feel like the space
>> has more feminists than most tech spaces ... It's as nice as sudoroom!
>> I hope we can solve these issues but noisebridge is a lot more female
>> friendly than a lot of other startup and tech spaces. Tech is pretty sexist
>> sometimes but noisebridge is a place where people at least discuss feminism
>> and sexism. I've been told countless times that there is no sexism in time
>> ...
>> Sent from my iPad
>> On Oct 4, 2013, at 6:24 PM, Ronald Cotoni <setient at gmail.com> wrote:
>> http://uptownalmanac.com/2013/10/claims-sexism-and-sexual-assault-plague-noisebridge-hackerspace
>> With articles like this we have a massively negative image, as we should
>> for not adequately dealing with these issues.  I know we have all these
>> people who don't want things to change but do you want more articles like
>> this?  Do you want noisebridge to be the laughing stock (it is now) of all
>> the hackerspaces in the world and giving a bad name to hackerspaces.  Do you
>> want hackerspace to become dirty like the word "hacker"?  Lets actually come
>> up with creative and GOOD solutions to fix this permanently and make
>> noisebridge a safe place.  We can do it in TWO WEEKS (for consensus).   Lets
>> do it!  Too bad I am not a member.   Ah well.
>> Some suggestions would be to have membership actually have some sort of
>> duties to the community.  Now this doesn't have to be a rule but you know,
>> to be excellent to your community would be to set a good example for
>> everyone else around the space.  Being present and making sure everyone
>> feels safe.  Have some pride in your hackerspace and help to keep it safe.
>> I try to do this whenever I am in the space even though I am not a member.
>> Anyone else have ideas?
>> --
>> Ronald Cotoni
>> Systems Engineer
> --
> Ronald Cotoni
> Systems Engineer
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