[Noisebridge-discuss] a couple of things from the meeting today, on consensus and time

Dana dana-lists at sonic.net
Wed Jan 8 07:38:31 UTC 2014


I'm putting this idea out there as people seemed intrigued by it at the 
meeting! This is the consensus process we used when I lived in a large 
housing cooperative (~30 people at any given time), which I don't think 
is terribly uncommon:

We had weekly meetings and managed by consensus similar to Noisebridge. 
Agree, stand-aside, block. Three stand-asides or a block (uncommon) 
stopped a proposal from moving forward.

When an issue could not find resolution (meaning it was brought up 
multiple times and blocked) it would come up at a quarterly membership 
meeting, where it would require a 75% super majority to pass. In the 
several years I lived there this happened only 3 or 4 times, the vast 
majority of contentious issues were resolved before coming to a vote.

(I also think if NB adopts something like this, it's worth looking at 
the membership process and possibly erasing the distinction between 
members and associate members.)


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