Meeting Notes 2018 01 02

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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:


Paul Velasquez David Finberge - ex techshop(3 times) Osman Koc - VR design Mark - Video maker, wants to make video game library Silver - Fashion, sewing Michah - Event organizer Dave (calligraphy, print maker, interested in stereo microscope

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's your preferred pronoun?
    • What do you do?
    • What do you maintain at Noisebridge?
    • if you are new: how did you hear about Noisebridge?

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!

Mark : 301 howard st. SF Indie game Mini Expo. Showing off Bay Area game developers. Silver: Sewing leather Jan 8th. It’s already full but come Paul:Silk Screen class on the 15

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?


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

Some people gets offered access easier than others, so it kinda feels unfair. David: Maybe there is a way to take advantage of this time (referring to techshop being closed and noisebridge looking ofr a new space) to market the place more to get more donations Silver: No ones asking me anything about my background or asking lfor money, so now I wanna contribute more

Mark: You just have to be here physically to get to know people more, which can take upto around couple weeks to make friedns and be welcomed to the part of the community


  • 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(?)

Paul: its someone who has 24h access and follows the rules and be excellent Silver: Making sure everything is safe while closing Mark: you have to fill in this form and have a member sponsor/voucher you, then you have to be present in the next meeting. Paul: does anyone know how to lose your pholantropy? Letting someone in thats is terrible, breaking thew guidelines and the safe space policy. Mark: Youre responsible for anyone you let in.

Paul: We have currently 3 philantropist applications. Paul, Silver and Micah is dope. Osman is here, he has been sponsored by Darryl. Silvers car was broken into :( Mark: We have autonomous666 in the binder, is this someones handle?

Lee is in da house to sign! He has a fancy pen.

Paul and Silver and Micah are now philanthropists!

Osman's application has been filed in Dec 6th, so he's now a philantrpist!

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.

Financial Report[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.)

Proposals for next week [edit]

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

Mitch: we try to use little c concensus as much as possible, big C concensus is something that would cost a significant amount of money or would change the way nb is. just follow our one rule: be excellent to each other! So for concensus process a discuss keeps happeneing til everyone is ahppy enought il the proposal moves forward, and everyone agrees. Concensus block only is there as a last resort, its important to be there if things get out of hand or emotional. Blocking, means that in good conciousness you can not be a part of nb if that thing discuss continues. So um, the one exceptiona s we've seen w the membership process any member w good standing but its much better to work things out.

No new consensus items!


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

Trying to figure out if there is an way to sign up for event for laser cuter. I'd talk to both Ruth and Darryl, or Kelly. Find out these people, you can find their contact via wiki. Go there find their info and get in touch with them.

Reservations are really tricky thing to work around here.

Everything is debateable, thats one of the cool things about NB.

Discussion Items[edit]

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

Mitch: No lease after August, no space after august, we need to come up with a plan. We need to really start making things happen.

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.