[Noisebridge-discuss] Meeting Notes Jan 3, 2017

John Shutt john.d.shutt at gmail.com
Wed Jan 4 23:17:53 UTC 2017


Hey everybody,

To clarify about that consensus proposal, the suggestion is that Noisebridge fiscally sponsor <https://noisebridge.net/wiki/Meeting_Notes_2016_09_13> a nonprofit investigative journalism project that I would raise money for independently. The fundraising goal is ~$50K, with a 5% donation to Noisebridge for fiscal sponsorship, which would work out to an extra $2,500 in the general fund—no Noisebridge money would go towards the project.

Here’s the full text of the proposal:

The Bay Area is in the midst of massive change. Whether it is the rising political power of technology companies, the fundamental reshaping of the city through construction, or the evolving stance of the region towards the federal government, understanding San Francisco and its surroundings is a key part of understanding the broader political environment we live in. In the midst of this, the region is lacking nimble, well-resourced journalistic efforts to expose the political mechanics going on below the surface of these changes, and bring detailed coverage to a broader audience. 

In 2017, we are seeking to raise money to try a small experiment in community-supported journalism. San Francisco All City (SFAC) is envisioned as a muckraking publisher focused on the intricacies of Bay Area politics, a book club with its own dedicated investigative journalism unit, and a force for increased transparency and reform in local government, all wrapped into one. 

Noisebridge will act as a fiscal sponsor for SFAC, directed by John Shutt, for a six month trial period starting in February 2017. SFAC plans to raise $54,000 and donate $2,500 for fiscal sponsorship. SFAC will donate 5% of any additional money raised to Noisebridge's general fund. SFAC may seek consensus to renew fiscal sponsorship at the end of the six month trial if things go well.

SFAC plans to purchase film and audio recording equipment and hardware for video editing, and may seek a separate consensus proposal for a matching grant from the equipment fund, in which case the equipment would live at Noisebridge and be available for general use by the community.

Hit me up at this email address or at jds at riseup.net if you want to talk about this proposal in particular or about the vision of Noisebridge-style fiscal sponsorship in general.

Best,
John
> On Jan 4, 2017, at 3:03 PM, Naomi Most <pnaomi at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Greetings, electric-types,
> 
> Last night we held a normal-type meeting, as I was given this as an option along with something else I couldn't understand.
> 
> A wild consensus proposal appeared!  I think it was a ground-type proposal.
> 
> TLDR what happened at the meeting:
> 
> Announcements: Cypherpunk Saturday this weekend. New CNC machine coming in. So many Mac Minis! (lots more)
> Finances: seem legit
> New members: nope
> New philanthropists: Nathan
> Consensus Items: NB Fiscal Sponsorship 50K to John Shutt for Investigative Journalism?
> Discussion Items: Google Analytics on noisebridge.net <http://noisebridge.net/>? Really?
> 
> A round of max potions to everyone!
> 
> Cheers,
> Naomi
> 
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