[Noisebridge-discuss] [Drama] Fwd: [Noisebridge-announce] Important Noisebridge Procedural Changes

Dana dana-lists at sonic.net
Wed Mar 26 14:59:42 UTC 2014


I've seen a co-op and several non-profits fail up close, this looks like 
end-stage, not a turn around.

Noisebridge is broken, but I'm skeptical that these actions will fix it. 
Instead I foresee more acrimonious squabbles, a further hollowed out 
membership and community, a space even less capable of supporting 
itself.

In wake of mentioned failures I've thought long and hard about how 
things might have happened differently. I honestly don't know if any of 
those orgs could turn around, I'm not sure if Noisebridge can, but I 
think I did learn how a board-driven reboot might be more likely to 
succeed:

Find proposals with large community buy in, expedite them (I can think 
of half a dozen that have been floating around NB). Be open and 
transparent about your actions and process; do solicit and consider some 
feedback before you implement changes. Err on the side of caution, but 
recalibrate as necessary. Rebuild the organization in a way that 
reflects the good in the values and culture, not as something entirely 
different.

I feel like I'm watching a bad re-run. So long discuss :-/



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