Meeting Notes 2020 04 21

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These are the notes from the The 574th Meeting of Noisebridge.

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Date: 4-21-2020


Pre-Meeting Moderator: Ryan


Meeting Summary[edit]

FILL OUT AT END OF MEETING AND SEND TO MAILING LIST One or two bullet points of high-level meeting summary. TLDR what happened at the meeting:

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


All the definitions and boilerplate stuff related to to new people


Our One Rule is to Be Excellent to Each Other.

(What does that mean? How does the Anti-Harassment Policy fit into this? Are we SURE we know what being Excellent is? This is an important and fundamental conversation at Noisebridge, so let's give it like 120 seconds.)

Excellence is about caring for yourself, others, the space, and the communiity, it is about calling out when you see something wrong, and being availble to help others. Being eccelent can be doing things like taking out the trash, fixing a broken machine, cleaning up one of thhe areas, etc. As long as you follow the one rule, you will be welcome at noisebridge. We also have a Strict antiharrasment pollicy, so if you are making people feel harrased through your actions, you will be asked to leave.


Everyone at Noisebridge is a participant at Noisebridge.

(What does that mean? How do you get a door key? Access to Slack, Discuss, etc?)

There are many ways to participate at noisebridge, this includes taking a class, teaching a class, giving a presentations, using our equiptment, etc. You can also do just about any project since we run on do-ocracy. But ifyouthink that action or project might disturbe others, please go through small c concensus and ask the communiity before you take any actions.

Once you come by for a bit and gain some trust from the community, you can ask for a 30 day access token which will get you in the noisebridge door from 10am to 11pm for 30 days (then it needs to be renewed).

You can also participate ddigitally through our different online systems-- noisebridge slack noisebridge discuss noisebridge wiki noisebridge meetup

Philanthropist definition[edit]

A Philanthropist at Noisebridge has earned enough trust from the community to open and close the space.

(What does that mean? What do we expect from Philanthropists? How do you become one? etc)

once you come by for a while and have a lot of trust from the community, people might start asking if you want to become a philanthropist (you can also apply right away if you think the benefits are worth it).

Membership Definition[edit]

Membership in Noisebridge entails community Trust in Consensus.

(What does that mean? What do we expect from Members? How do you become a Member? etc)

Big M Members are different from just being a member of the community, this is the highest trust level of the noisebridge community, it means that everyone in thhe communiity trusts that you would make good decisions about how noisebridge can move forward. This is an annoying bureocratic level of trust, as the only theoretical benefit is that you get to block big C concensus items, and vote on who we place on our board. To become one, you need to go through a four week process, where you fill out a membership form sponsored by two big M members. You bring it to a tuesday meeting where it is submitted your membership will be discussed at that meeting, then at the next tuesday meeting your

Consensus definition[edit]

Consensus is how the Noisebridge Membership may change how Noisebridge works.

(How does Consensus work? What types of things are good for formal Consensus? What is small-c consensus? What is a "block"?)

Big C concensus is the process by which action are taken at noisebridge that are to big, to expensive, or to criticaal to be donne by small c concensus. THese are things like Moving, spending a lot of money, or doing legal burocratic garbage. This is a two week+ process where an item is propsed one week (if possible you should already have the item posted in draft concensus items, and the binder). At that meeting it will be discussed for a while, then the next week it will be discussed again , and at the end of the second meeting it will be discussed again, and if people feel comfident, it will be broughh up for concencus, and if no big M member does not block any of the

Guilds Definition[edit]

Guilds are how groups at noisebridge organize. (What is a guild? How do you join one? etc) Guilds are groups at noisebridge that rally around a common interest. Any group can create a guild by writing a Charter AND maintaining the group according to the metaguild guidelines:

Main Meeting[edit]


Write in your own introduction.

Ryan (He/him)- Doing VR, doing lots of random stuff.

Short announcements and events[edit]

Write in any short announcements you have. 60-second description per item in bulletpoint.

Next wednesday will be a late 5mof (I did not remember the days correctly)

New Philanthropists[edit]

You should have written in your name, etc.


New Members[edit]

You should have written in your name, etc.


Financial Report[edit]

Anarchist societies under a capitalist state need money to survive and thrive, yo.

  • Funds in bank: 173k cash

98k crypto 273k total 36% crypto to cash

Fundraising Update[edit]

How's it all going


GuildMaster's Report[edit]

What is the current state of structural organization at Noisebridge? MetaGuild is preparing their charter and is interested in your input at

  • What guilds are active? (Read the active guilds from Guilds wiki page)

    • (For each guild mentioned, ask if guild rep is present for a brief status update)
  • Would you like to join or start a guild? Checkout our guidelines or contact MetaGuild for help.


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.) Waiting for Consensus on the item from last week, re: special building improvement decisions.

Proposals for next week [edit]

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



Discussion Item 1[edit]


   We essentially held a metaguild meeting, and discussed updates to the Discuss forum and how to do stuff with it and connecting it to our other forums/warez.
   we need to back up the main forum server.  and if posible gest a secnd newer server.  
   Tyler: What are our servers fees?

what forwards exist for our emails,

also how many people do we pay for services?

we pay about 220 dollars to "io co-op". What exactly

our current server hosts a lot of services and is not even close to

the new server that james wants would be about 18 dollars a month (it is absolutly worth it). But would need 3 years of pay up front.

we want to do this so that we can update a large number of

Discussion Item 2[edit]

check slack #new-space

just got new redline to 272 landlord this morning, waiting for reaction

we only have a few potential

1 setting the start date to 30 days after lifting of shelter in place

2 15k tenent improvment cap (would allow us to do most improvments under 15k without athorization)

3 Should we get a zoning verification letter from city. Problem is that it takes 6 months or so, so we probably would get this after we start the lease. And if our use is non conforming (based on letter) we can break our lease with 30 days notice.

we have diligent zoning research from lawyers and others, so we are somewhat confident we would fit this new space.

don't ask for trouble

End of Meeting[edit]