Meeting Notes 2014 04 08

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These are the notes from the The 308th Meeting of Noisebridge. Note-taker: Kevin ; Moderator: Jarrod.

  • One or two bullet points of high-level meeting summary.

Short announcements and events[edit]

  • Matt's looking for knowledge about MIDI controllers
  • _ doing chain mail and looking for knowledge about San Francisco 1966
  • Lock cylander is fully operational
  • Working groups spinning up - Community working group - getting people talking, Teachers working group FractalWorkingGroup CommunityWorkingGroup
  • Drinks and food - please circulate
  • Saturday, 4/19, Speaker: Stanly Lunetta + cool workshops NoiseHack
  • Thursday, 4/10 at 7PM, Johnny, Mitch and others will be templating working groups at Noisebridge
  • Noisebridge picknic at Saturday, 13:00 Dolores Park

Membership Binder [edit]

  • <<name>>, <<week>>
  • Hepestus, 4+
  • Kate K., 4+
  • Qbit, 4+
  • Xavier, 1

Financial Report[edit]

Consensus items[edit]

Proposals from last week [edit]

(Add any items which pass or are blocked to the Consensus Items History page.)

Publish Member List[edit]

The proposal is in a weird state - It's on current consensus items and also consensus items history pages
20 minutes prior to the meeting where consensus happended James wrote Tom to block the proposal
James and Tom had some mutually agreeable amendments to the proposal and an email conversation
Tom did not intend to publish the list for at least three months
It's good to publish the list, but there are better ways
Needs language regarding identity
What information will be shared?
We need a central place to share concerns with proposals

Suggested Changes:
Only council members have access to published list

Publishing the member list was blocked and is off the table until concerns are addressed. No one present at the meeting wants to pick this up.

Blocked with suggestions for moving forward[edit]

Meta-concern about asking

Revoke Tom's Council Privs[edit]

Should some interim ban happen?
If Tom loses council privs, he needs sponsorship to be at Noisebridge
Should Tom need a sponsor to be at Noisebridge in the interroom?
Discussion in Tom's absence ensues
Airing of concerns:
Bottleneck to new members
Misuse of consensus
Revoking sponsorships on wiki
Rewriting consensus history
Blocking Link's initial proposal
Incident with Milo:
"I could not tell you the exact date that the incident occurred between
Tom and my son but I do remember it was on a Sunday. There were
witnesses but they were all Tom's D&D buddies and I did not personally
witness the entire event.

Here is what happened to the best of my memory. Tom and his friends
were in church for the D&D wife was gone to go get food. I was
in the 3d printing area working on a project. I was allowing Milo to
indulge his curiosity and wander the space freely so long as he checked
in every 15 minutes. While working on a project I heard Tom yelling.
I hadn't seen Milo for 15 minutes so I went to find him and make sure
he was not doing anything too dangerous. I walked through the space
looking for Milo since i didn't know where he was at the time. When I
rounded the corner into Church I see Tom holding my son by the wrist
and snatching paper coins out of his hand. He was yelling about there
being one missing and my son was saying he only picked up two. I
collected my son, told him never to go around that person ever again
and asked him what happened. He told me that he picked up two coins from
the table to see them and accidentally dropped them. He said Tom
exploded and grabbed his arm. I asked Milo if it hurt when Tom grabbed
him and he (Milo) told me it did. Then I told my wife who
had just returned from getting food. And we left the space after
gathering my things."

Madelynn will email Tom requesting he refrain from coming to Noisebridge until he can come to a Tuesday meeting

Madelynn agrees to be point person for reporting incidents of harassment

Blocked until Tom can be at a Tuesday meeting[edit]

Proposals for next week [edit]

(Add any new items for consensus to the Current Consensus Items page.)

Discussion Notes[edit]

Community Working Groups[edit]

Anyone can participate
Groups decentralize power while defusing personalities
Concerns with perceived legitimacy?
Perceived legitimacy comes from repeatedly doing excellent things that benefit the space
Discussions should happened at Noisebridge
Important to bring consensus to broader audience after making decisions in working groups
Spread out conversations about topics to off-load the Tuesday meeting
Get people talking who wouldn't otherwise talk
Concerned about communication between workings groups and the broader community
Working groups can have (optional) report backs at Tuesday meetings just like the financial report
Is Noisebridge large enough to warrant working groups?
Engage people to be a community to make things less confrontational and encourage effective communication, regardless of scale
Working groups will have the ability to experiment with structure
Meetings should be announced and/or on the calendar

Role of the Board of Directors[edit]

Two members of the BoD, Al and Ari, have resigned
Should we hold an election? Should the board appoint 2 new members? Should a new board be nominated through consensus?
Members were denied a vote by the Secretary
The election was not legitimate
Roles and responsbilities of the BoD could be discussed by a working group
How do concerns with Tom interact with Tom's participation on the BoD?
A new election would be for all 5 BoD positions
The goal of an election is consensus via approval voting
Consensus could appoint 2 new board members in lieu of a second election
There should be an election and the board should appoint new people in the interim
Knowledge transfer, coordinating brain dumps/sharings key
Newsletter, blog, workshops, 5mof, report backs,

Brainstorm on responsibilities of the BoD:
BoD as Noisebridge's interface to legal obligations
BoD as responsible for throwing quarterly parties
BoD as responsible for securing and/or signing off on applications for funding (grants, etc..)

2014 BoD election V2 should conclude in 90 days[edit]

Details need to be worked out


  • John
  • Kevin
  • Chris
  • James
  • JC
  • Matt
  • Matt
  • Dan
  • Eva
  • Naomi
  • Madelynn
  • Johny
  • Jamie
  • Adrienn
  • Daravinne
  • Jim
  • Matthew
  • Amit
  • Jarrod

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