[Noisebridge-discuss] better tech for making decisions (other hackerspaces encouraged to comment!)

Naomi Most pnaomi at gmail.com
Wed Apr 2 17:22:03 UTC 2014

One strong discussion topic that came up at the meeting tonight was
the idea of finding a better technology for discussion and
decision-making than the one we have now.

The technology we use now is meeting up at one specific time and
place, with very little discussed beforehand.  The limitations of this

* strongly advantages the viewpoints of people who have more free time.

* has demonstrably disenfranchised those who have wanted to use
"proxy" methods to voice their views.

So rather than talk about a new voting method, which would entail the
same above problems, we talked about ways to get greater participation
before a meeting, where all interested parties could participate in
the discussion topics that interest them.  Such a technology would
have the following features:

* Internal to Noisebridge (so, NOT the nb-discuss list).

* Secure (reasonably protected from surveillance by unwanted parties)

* Conducive to discussion -- bonus points for enabling
compartmentalized discussions (e.g. using collaboration software like
Github, Slack, others...)

* Accessible via as many forms of technology as possible (that's a
tough one... maybe we compromise at "you can participate via consoles
at the NB space")

Ideas surfaced such as:

* setting up a separate mailing list specifically for discussions
between members / associate members /
whatever-we-call-people-these-days, with approval needed to join the
list and very "active moderation"

* building a technology to our needs.

* finding some other technology that already embodies the structure
and accessibility we want.

I know some hackerspaces have their own bespoke tech for
decisionmaking, and I'd like to see it profiled in this thread -- its
advantages, limitations, and how well it's been working so far.


Naomi Theora Most
naomi at nthmost.com

skype: nthmost


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