[Noisebridge-discuss] Noisebroke

Danny O'Brien danny at spesh.com
Tue Jan 13 04:42:59 UTC 2015

On Sat, Jan 10, 2015 at 2:13 AM, John Shutt <john.d.shutt at gmail.com> wrote:

> I think we could use a short-term, medium-term, and long-term approach,
> all of which feed into each other.
> *Short-Term*
> Let's throw a party where we charge for drinks and ask for donations at
> the door. This should be good for a few hundred dollars at least and bring
> new people into the space. The Remix and Reboot parties were big successes,
> and I think we could replicate that every month. And unlike a lot of other
> things that are necessary to keep the space going (weekly meetings,
> safe-space working group, security, etc.), throwing a party is FUN.

Judging from the nice things I hear about the space these days, I think
it'd also be an opportunity to attract a bunch of new people into trying
out the space. I'd do something like have a workshop weekend perhaps with a
party at the end of it.

> *Medium-Term*
> Set up a "Hacker at Large" or "Friend of Noisebridge" category of monthly
> donation, for people who want to support the space but don't have any
> inclination to become a member. Right now we don't have an option for those
> people, assuming they exist.

I think the All New Treasurer has my list of Saviours.

> *Long-Term*
> Get more paying members. Building a community takes a while, and building
> the *right* community is even harder. Parties are a good, low-pressure
> way to introduce people to the community, and specialized groups keep them
> involved long enough to understand how the community as a whole works, and
> decide to take a bigger role. Getting Five Minutes of Fame going again
> would be cool, but I don't have the bandwidth to lead that or do it on my
> own. If someone else wants to take the lead, I could pitch in a bit.

I could be tempted! I would like a regular talking gig again, although
maybe we could rethink the format a bit.

> *Okay, So:*
> I'll call a party planning meeting once I'm back from Istanbul if anyone
> wants to help with that. I'll also be around for a weekly meeting to talk
> about how we could make recurring donations more attractive for non-members.
> John
> On Sat, Jan 10, 2015 at 8:55 AM, Torrie Fischer <tdfischer at hackerbots.net>
> wrote:
>> Let's suppose your favorite hackerspace is going broke and might not make
>> rent in a few months. How has this been solved before and what can be done
>> this time?
>> Asking for a friend.
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