Meeting Notes 2015 06 23

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These are the notes from the The 363rd Meeting of Noisebridge. Note-taker: Kevin & Patrick; Moderators: Steve.

  • Note Taker: Kevin & Patrick
  • Moderator: Steve


  • Noisebridge has ~$21,000 in funds in the bank.
  • The Philanthropist consensus item is consensed.


    • What's your name
    • What do you do
    • What do you maintain at Noisebridge?
    • if you are new: how did you hear about Noisebridge?
  • Steve - theorhetical physicist
  • Patrick - Software engineer interested cryptography, digital rights, law, hacking the library @ Noisebridge
  • Miles - Coming from Brazil.
  • Mary - Trying to come more recently. Trying to become a member. Needs two sponsers.
  • Frank - Engineering and physics. Did some things with design companies. Interested in wireless data communications.
  • Dave - PhD in math. Working in startups, then burned out and came back to noisebridge to refresh and hack
  • Maria - Native SF! Here to get into State to get a BA, an autodictac in fashion, metal work, design. Giving care to the sewing area. Making quilts to sell to donate profits to Nisebridge
  • Kevin - cohosting neurohacking on Wednesday nights for a long time. Neuroscience. Interested in security.
  • Alison - Running the Library Freedom Project event here next week. Teaching librarians how to use crypto to defend your rights!
  • Greg - Been here since `86. coming to NB for a few years. hacing here is awesome
  • Dan - Been hacking here for a few years with neurohackers
  • Jade - Hacking w/ neurohackers
  • Simon - Moved here from Philly two weeks ago. Interested in the neurohacking group. ME / EE
  • Dan - Visiting from the east coast. Wanted to come here for years! Excited to finally be here! Almost a librarian. Really excited to meet everyone!
  • Will - New here! Appreciate being around positive minds
  • Ari - First time here. Found noisebridge through northbot. Work for, the foundational side of Google. want to share something with yo ufolks later
  • Kelly - Software and Hardware engineer. Hacking on augmented reality. Been here several times.
  • Alex - Teach game development. want to learn about that? come here after the meeting!

Short announcements and events[edit]

  • Frank - SDR meeting tomorrow (June 24) @ 6:30PM
  • Steve - Noisebridge philanthropy. Want to get more people here late night in the space. c-base has no lights during nights, looks great and we should do that here at night.
  • Ari - this year focussing on organizations helping people with disabilities. Would like to have a hackathon about assistive technologies. Bring in makers, hackers, engineers and need-knowers. Would like to organize something here in San Francisco, possibly at Noisebridge. What interest exists?
  • Alison - Digital Rights in Libraries Un/Conference. Next Monday and Tuesday, free and open to all, 1:00 - 7:00PM, talking about privacy, censorship, digitial rights activism. Party Tuesday night after.
  • Patrick - Free everything Unconference coming in October. Free software and free culture needs representation in SF. Hack the planet for the greater good!
  • Maria - compost (green bin) is NOT picked up on Friday. Knitting bombing and graffiti, seeking people!
  • Dan - Friday 5pm SFPL event. Come learn abuot all the public libraries do for you! Come with mail and an ID to sign up for a library card! Bunch of librarians coming by afterwards.

Membership Binder [edit]

  • Patrick explains membership
  • Meredith - Needs two sponsors. Week 4+, Meredith considers waiting some more time to get to know more folks.
  • Trent Robins - Two sponsors. Torrie and Patrick. Week 4. Will attend July 7th.

Financial Report[edit]

  • Funds in bank: ~$30,637 in checking
  • Noisetor (See the bulletpoints at the bottom of $9,850
  • Any other details by those participating in handling our financials
    • Talk to Patrick for more information on employer matching donations.

Consensus and Discussion[edit]

  • invite a knowledgeable volunteer to give a brief primer on consensus process
  • It is important that everyone in attendance understands at least:
    • Blocking with verbalized principled objections.
    • Why we use consensus over other approaches to decision making.
    • How consensus isn't a legislative process
    • Why consensus isn't applicable to some things like conflict resolution, resolution of time sinks, and the like.

Proposals from last week [edit]

(Add any items which are consensed upon or someone has raised a principle objection for to the Consensus Items History page.)


  • Kevin - Why in proposal is the secretary the only person adding/removing RFID tokens?
  • Patrick - This is for simplicity. In reality the responsibility will be delegated to many.
  • Patrick - Channeling inner Rubin.. Pledge is a really good thing. Affirms the anti-harrassment policy and other unspoken expectations of participants at Noisebridge. Generates another revenue stream for Noisebridge.
  • Kevin - Feel it might be a good idea to wait. Big change and only 3-4 members in good standing at the meeting.
  • Steve - Was discussed last week. Is a big change. Don't know how the number of members presents relates to passing a proposal. Agree that members should all be informed what's going on. This has been up for three weeks. It's the responsibility of NB members to keep informed.
  • Miles - Idea to fill the void of giving up access to everybody. Everyone knows who has access.
  • Patrick - This was up for consensus last week. Was frozen. No alterations made. Have not heard alternate proposals or amendments. Would be happy to see it go through.
  • Alex - Only visible changes since last week are finalization to pledge. In a form that's ready to go. No changes to the rules, cleaner and better written now.
  • Kevin - Why does this require consensus?
  • Patrick - Codifies access. Wide ranging change that effects membership. Members will be required to sign the pledge.
  • Alex - more or less how membership at CBase works. Start donation ==> recognition and access before becoming a permenent member.
  • Dan - was at the meeting last week, been thinking about a lot of the details. I'm glad to see this come up for consensus. Represents some sense of confidence that consensus is a process worth going though. Give people a chance to voice their concerns. Last week had the discussion about waiting. This is worth giving a try. A lot depends on implementation. I cannot see anything to change. Hoping that as this is implemented sticking points will be addressed through doacracy or consensus.
  • Dan - I recently became a member of high76 in Philly. We have a "dismember" $15/month. You come on open nights, and have access to mailing list and other things. It's a way to get more recurring donations.
  • Kevin - It's both a way to raise money and codify access control.
  • Danny - Would anyone need to sign this that doesn't know about it?
  • Patrick - I believe anyone who needs to sign this would be aware of it
  • Kevin - What would happen if a member refuses to sign the pledge?
  • Patrick - I think that would be controversial as it's kinda the expecations of being a member but written down
  • Dan - I think the sticking point is having to clear house at 10pm.
  • Patrick - There is no expectation or requirement to clear house at 10pm, only that if you are the last 24/7 person out after 10pm that you close the space.
  • Maria - I recently started coming back to noisebridge. People are excercising autonomy in this already.
  • Steve - RE: a current member refusing to sign this, do we revoke their membership. Absolutely not. You're still a member.
  • Kevin - I'll stand aside if folks feel ready to do this tonight.
  • Dan - Would be good to revisit in 3-6 months.
  • Patrick - This is perfectally experimental.

So consensed[edit]

Proposals for next week [edit]

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

Discussion Items[edit]

If any important discussion happens, it should be happening after forward progress is made during consensus.

End of Meeting[edit]

  • Reprise of the Hackernationale. [This is anarchy - we do what the wiki says!]
  • PGP Key Signing could happen now (if it doesn't happen before any given Meeting). Ask others around the space or check the list to see who wants in on the action.
  • Return the membership binder to its rightful location.
  • Clean and tidy the meeting notes including removing all these really verbose instructions, then save them to the wiki.
  • Send a summary of the meeting notes to the discussion list.
  • Enjoy the company of your fellow hacker, robot, or robothacker.
  • Discuss any items for which there was not time during the meeting.