Meeting Notes 2017 02 28

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These are the notes from the The XXXth Meeting of Noisebridge. Date: FIXME THE DATE HERE Note-taker: FIXME YOUR NAME HERE; Moderators: FIXME THEIR NAME HERE.

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

Meeting Summary[edit]


  • Announcements:
  • Finances:
  • New members:
  • New philanthropists:
  • Consensus Items:
  • Discussion Items:


Noisebridge is a 501c3 nonprofit that provides a space for creation, collaboration, and learning about technology and creative projects. Noisebridge provides space, power tools, and infrastructure to help the public learn new skills and create cool things. Noisebridge continues to exist through and depends entirely on membership fees and donations. Our code of conduct is 'Be excellent to each other'."

  • Introduce any experimental or unusual moderation techniques that may be using during the meeting like: direct responses, limited speaking time, orderless stack, &c.
  • Round of introductions (remember, announcements come later):
    • 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 - Physicist
  • Kelly - second time here
  • brian - Took python and love to sew
  • Lisa - From taiwan! First time and has heard about it for years
  • Justin - Heard about it for a year
  • Corey - Hi I'm coreyfro. I like to teach and robot
  • Eva - Poland - Studies in SF - Decided to jump in to computers after being history person
  • CJ - Crypto
  • jeremy - Software stuff - Macbook to Linux, YAY!
  • Matt - Generative Art
  • Mitch - Cofounder from 2007 - Jet setting hackerspace hacker
  • Chris - SLA 3D printer Stuff
  • Osman - 1 week - physical interaction design
  • Lewis - 2nd time - stats! EE! Yay hardware! Break and make
  • Jason - 2nd time - building cool stuff
  • Ben - 3rd time - Hacking wikipedia - code stuff
  • Mischief - write c and dwarfs
  • Evan - Meet cool people
  • Jonas - never member here, but helped found space, floats around exotic hackerspaces.. likes ESPs.
  • Matt - I like all the things! VR and Web VR
  • Marta - Came to check it out
  • Hallie - didn't hear
  • Mattew love the atmosphere
  • Scott - Type A doooooooood
  • Milo - still doesn't have projects

Short announcements and events[edit]

  • Cool new projects? Something you'd like people to know? Say now, but keep it short! One or two sentences please!
  • Any happenings at the space of which members should be made aware.
  • Don't hog everyone's time since we all just want to hack!

CJ sez - techqueria - Monthly meetups - Thursday march 23rd 7 to 9 - Microsoft - yammer sf

Mitch sez - Wednesday is Dorkbot with food and drink and 3 20minute presentations - starts at 7pm

Ben sez - March 29th wikipedia meetup

Jonas sez - Future of programming - Thursday 7:30

Mitch sez - Saturdary March 18th - 1 to 4:30 - Arduino for total newbies

Safe Space[edit]

Note: This section is experimental. We discussed it at Meeting_Notes_2016_06_28. We're going to try it for the next meeting, and see how it goes, and then discuss in the discussion section how it went, and how we'd like to tweak it.

Noisebridge is a safe space. Invite a volunteer to describe what that means.

Some specific points you might prompt the group to touch on, if it doesn't happen naturally:

  • What to do if you feel uncomfortable.
  • Noisebridge strives to be radically inclusive. What does that mean?
  • Noisebridge has an antiharassment policy. What does that mean?

Don't want people to experience unwanted attention - Be excellent to each other - Be aware of subject matter of conversations around others


Invite a knowledgable volunteer to describe who can participate at Noisebridge, including:

  • Describe how to get an rfid key for the door system
  • Describe how to get access to slack

Guests - If you let someone in, you are responcible for them. Welcome them, introduce, give tour, high five All peeps - Share the culture - not just skills but also ideas, tours, stewardship General Participant - follow the one rule... ITS JUST THAT EASY! - 11am to 11pm - Clipper Card Philanthrothingy - Don't have to be rich - pay dues, small - 24hour excess! Closing the space - Wikipage to read and understand - may need to manage people -


  • Invite a knowledgeable volunteer to describe Philantropy, and the application process.
  • Read off any names from the binder for the past month. Any applicants must have their sponsor present to vouch for them.
  • If there are no objections, they're a philanthropist! Their pledge should be handed over to the Secretary posthaste, after which their token will be updated to give them the 24/7 access they've earned(?)

Membership Binder [edit]

  • Invite a knowledgeable volunteer to describe membership, and the application process.

Being a member of Noisebridge is not like being a member of a gym or your local chess club. Anyone can come to Noisebridge to hack and learn: you don't need to be a member for that. At Noisebridge, membership is something different: it means taking responsibility and committing to help to maintain, improve, and govern Noisebridge. As a member of Noisebridge, you don't just come here to hack and learn, you actively work to improve what you see around you, help to deal with problems, and make this community and space better than it is today.

  • Read off any names from the binder for the past month. Mark down a check or other indicator on every open application to keep track of how many weeks they've been read out.
  • Anyone eligible to join this week should
    • introduce themselves,
    • answer any questions members may have for them, then
    • leave the area in search of gifts (traditionally beer and a lime, or cookies) for the rest of the group.
  • The rest of the meeting should reach consensus on whether they may join.
  • Remember to applaud new members when they return.

Everyone is welcome and can take as much reposiblilty as they like To become a member, two people must vouch for you Must carry the same reposiblilties as Philanthropists but more

Members get 24hour access Members get full concensus Members are invested in seeing Noisebridge succeed.

Membership gives you a bunch of reposiblilty but

Miloh is up for memebership, fourth week. Miloh you need to be here to be memberized!

Mitch - You do not need to be a member, to do anything at noisebridge, and the only thing it let you get invovle in consenuship process.

Financial Report[edit]

Mitch - Want to raise money to buy building, and not be at the demand of SF rent prices Noisebridge Group how to make $1M to noisebridge


  • 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.

Just do it!!! The one rule applies... Talk to people present and get small 'c' consensus

If you can tell someone objects but doesn't express it, speak with them and make sure a tact is negotiated.

Big C Concensus - for financial - big decisions - Membership

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.)

Proposals for next week [edit]

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


Longer discussion items belong here. This is the last part of the meeting so that people can break off and continue their discussion afterwards.

Discussion Items[edit]

Someone was added to the 86 page on the wiki. Weekly Survey CJ sez - Is there an application process for teaching a class? - Get students - don't block other people's events.

How do people network with other noisebrdige peeps? Slack is a great way

End of Meeting[edit]

  1. Return the membership binder to its rightful location.
  2. Discuss any items for which there was not time during the meeting.
  3. Enjoy the company of your fellow hacker, robot, or robothacker.

Note taker posts the notes[edit]

  1. Clean and tidy the meeting notes including removing all these really verbose instructions.
  2. Fill out the short summary at the top listing just announcements, consensus items, discussion topics, and names of new members and philanthropists.
  3. Copy paste the notes to the next meeting page. (They will become Last meeting at midnight.)
  4. Email the meeting summary to Noisebridge Discuss and Noisebridge Announce lists.
  5. CC on the email and if there are new members and philanthropists.
  6. Edit the Current Consensus Items if anything is proposed for consensus next week.
  7. Edit the Consensus Items History if anything was reached consensus or failed to reach consensus this week.

Fun things to do after[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.