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These are the notes from the The XXXth Meeting of Noisebridge.

  • Date: 11-10-2020
  • Note-taker: Pyconaut
  • Moderators:

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:



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 community, it is about calling out when you see something wrong, and being available to help others. Being excellent can be doing things like taking out the trash, fixing a broken machine, cleaning up one of the areas, etc. As long as you follow the one rule, you will be welcome at noisebridge. We also have a Strict antiharassment policy, so if you are making people feel harassed 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 presentation, using our equipment, etc. You can also do just about any project since we run on do-ocracy. But if you think that the action or project might disturb others, please go through small c consensus and ask the community 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 then needs to be renewed). You can also participate digitally through our different online systems- 
noisebridge meetup-

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:

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). A philathropist is the next trust level after daytime access (30 day token) usually in escalating participation. You get 24/7 access during non plague times, pay some money (40 to 80 dollars amonth), you must know how to open and close the space, give tours, and introduce new people to the space. We want you to be able to help more people be able to access the space, and be excellent! To apply you get a big M Member to sponsor you, then you fill out a Plilanthropy pledge and read all the associated materials, then you come to a tuesday meeting to submit the application. During that meeting you will be questioned for a bit, and then if no one objectas to you being a philanthropist, you will become one.

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 the community 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 membership is discussed again and if it gets to concensus, you will be asked to leave the room while the members present decide if they want to block you or not, if no Member blocks your membership application you become a Member. For the next two weeks any big M member can retroactivly block your membership for any reason. If you get blocked figure out why, fix the issue and then reapply at a later time.


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"?)

concensus is the process by which things that can't be done through basic do-ocracy (things that affect others in the space.) It has two flavors, small c and big C. Small c concensus is the process where things that might cause slight issues in the space (events, big projects, moving rooms, etc), you just talk with the community before doing things. Big C concensus is the process by which action are taken at noisebridge that are too big, too expensive, or too critical to be done by small c concensus. These are things like Moving, spending a lot of money, or doing legal bureucratic 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 if people feel confident, it will be brought up for concencus, and if no big M member blocks the consensus item it passes and becomes a Consensed item.




Pyconaut- He/ him- excited for new VR stuff, doing Aaron Swartz day stuff, and nerotech stuff Relay- He/ him- Play arround with free and open source stuff, fixed some book scanner code. Tiffany- She/ her- used to host free code camp and some sewing nights at noisebridge Sasha- pretty new to noisebridge, interested in learnign about what hacking is and improving security, blue and white. Works for husing non profit Dan- I am a green hacker, been at noisebrige about 8 years, been lossely invoved withh noisebridge neurhacking wednesday nights. Gwen- She- working on portable tiny homes housing (100 to 200 sqft). X- is silent Iceaax- He him- trying to set up octoprint for upstairs printers. Does robotics and been doing game dev stuff. Graphic design, and programming

Short announcements and events[edit]

60-second description per item in bulletpoint.

Pyconaut- This weekend is Aaron Swartz Day Hackathon 2020. We're doing it on the web. We'll be streaming live on YouTube and Facebook, and possibly Twitch if I can get that working. Speakers are starting at 12pm PST, and go till about 4pm. Afterwards will be just hacking on stuff and watching Chelsea Manning's Twitch stream. I'm going to be one of the people speaking at the event. My talk is "Privacy and Security in the XR Future." (Extended reality!)

Relay: Do you have to be signed in to watch?

Pyconaut: Not for YouTube, but probably will have to be logged in to watch on Facebook.

Pyconaut- I will be doing the backup recording and stream from noisebridge, but will be working on noisebridge stuff when not streaming.

Dan: FYI, you CANNOT just drop in at Noisebridge (physical space) at any time. You can come to work ON Noisebridge though.

Pyconaut: most people don't want to come in anyways. It has been sparcely populated lately.

Dan: please come watch our meeeting virtually

Pyconaut- A Noisebridge friend of mine has just about finished their project. They're hoping to set up some secure communication threads at Noisebridge. See Github below:

Pyconaut: Another communication project I'm a part of is also getting close to being finished. It's called CelSol. It's a LORA communication network that can be built out at very low cost.

Relay: Solar powered?

Pyconaut: Yeah! Also pretty easy to power.

Pyconaut: Actually the Github isn't public yet, but I should be building a couple nodes for it at Noisebridge within the next few months as well. Getting things like that up and running before we open would be nice.

X: 5 Minutes of Fame - 3rd Thursdays of the month. We're trying to figure out how to have them more regularly. 5MoF is a series of lightning talks. Check

Also I've been building out HAMBridge. Anyone who wants to become a technician can take this 35-question test, and get a HAM license if they pass.

New Philanthropists[edit]


New Members[edit]


Financial Report[edit]

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

  • Funds in bank:
   Finance update for tonight's meeting:

Price of BTC is really helping us out! And it's probably about time to sell some more since we're well over our 20% threshhold again. Cash: 234,915 BTC: 95,726 Total: 330,641

Pyconaut- As Bitcoin is well over 20% I agree with selling some again on the same schedual as before.

X- Bring to discussion

Fundraising Update[edit]

How's it all going

Pyconaut-Nothing much but might ask in discussion

GuildMaster's Report[edit]

What is the current state of structural organization at Noisebridge?

  • 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.

No metaguild at meeting


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.)



Crypto selling Events and space in general fundraising (if time)

Discussion Item 1[edit]

Crypto selling

feb 28

Every quarter we asses our ratio and if crypto is over 20% of our total monetary assets we sell the equivelant of the remainder value to cash. We will not buy crypto to maintain the the time of assessment the amount of money in crypto that would have to be sold to make the ratio 20% will be broken into a monetary value for selloff that would take the equivelant of 2 months to sell off. Last time it was .75 of a bitcoin. any other forms of crypto are converted to bitcoin. there have been discussions of swapping to a stable coin.

as the price of bitcoin fluctuates during the selloff period. We will extend or shorten the selloff period until we get to 20% and wait for the next quarter to access.

A stablecoin option would give us another investment that we sell to get to 20%, but it would not have the chance of losing value in the way bitcoin can.

Dan: enough about crypto

Discussion Item 2[edit]

Events and the space in general

Dan- We should not have any event in the space, I might be at noisebridge for the meeting, but am working on the space while here.

The edge in my voice is a worry about the safety issue. SF is doing just ok, but the mission is a highly elivated risk area. It is one of the worst in SF. Noisebridge has no reason to be open without the stuff set up in place. We have no proper precautions set up.

We need to spend time building the new space. We can not have any event iin the space. Noisebridge is closed.

Pyconaut: I agree with not having events. But also, how do we get people in the space to work on stuff? People have been nagging about finding a way for them to work on the space without being able to be in the space. I'm trying to get people in the space to work on the space. I streamed anime in the space on Halloween to attract people to work on the space.

X: I don't think you need to make it an event. We're just looking for 1-2 volunteers at a time. Dan and I can help introduce them to the space and facilitate productivity. I suggest connecting with one person to get them in here instead of making an event-like thing.

Dan: Did you get any work done on Halloween? I call B.S. Halloween is a super COVID spreader day.

Pyconaut: We hadn't tried anything like that before. It didn't work, so I won't do it again. Not many people came to work. Just some people came to drop off donations. It was so much time to set up the streaming out front, that it wasn't really worth it. Other than doing a 3am virtual tour, it didn't help at all, I agree.

X: I was talking about doing something on Halloween for a few weeks, but no one expressed interest in coming out to work on Halloween, so Dan and I didn't come out. The driveway/outdoor space is definitely key in getting us up and back to normal-ish.

Pyconaut: I'm sorry I tried to call the Aaron Swartz Day thing as an event. I just wanted to give an update about it at the space, and maybe give a tour.

X: I think it'd be good to virtually virtually give a tour, and not be at the space. Maybe pre-record a tour a few days before.

Pyconaut: Since it's not an event, I'll be the only one at the space. Unless someone wants to come help clean.

Dan: Can I say a few words about expectations and managaging them? I'm saying, if you're claiming you'll work for 10 hours at the space, I would say actually work for 10 hours and then tell us about it afterwards. A lot of people will say they're going to do something and end up doing something different... People can come and work on the space, it's that simple. You don't have to incentivize them. The idea of having a "party" and have fun and do work, it's not safe and not fun for the people who are here to really do work.

Pyconaut: I've been flakey. I shouldn't have set myself with lofty goals to pressure people to work in the space on certain days, and seeing no one responding so I decided not to go in. I need to be better about believing people will be at NB, or that I can do stuff alone without hurting myself or breaking anything. I don't feel comfortable working at the space without someone who moved the space there as well because I'm worried I'll move something that people put a lot of work into setting up.

Dan: I appreciate that. I'm drawing a hard line, but it's not up to me. I'm just here to observe and advise. I urge people to be careful.

Pyconaut: I think we don't have enough alcohol wipes. We have some gloves, and touchless cleaning supplies. I think we need to ask what they want at NB that would make them feel safe in coming to help out. For me, if every room had disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer, I would feel a bit safer about using tables and moving things around the space. Or if we make gloves more accessible around the space. How far do we want people to have to walk to get paper towels or throw something away?

X: We talked about using one of the desks in the electronics room. You could have one desk as a streaming desk and another as your work table, with santizer there. Something like that could help make maintained areas for people to use.

Pyconaut: Yes.

X: Also, this is our first meeting where we're officially moved out of 2169 Mission. And now we can focus on moving in to 272 Capp. Thank you to everyone who came out! Also, Dan here has been busting his ass over the last few weeks.

Pyconaut: Yes, Dan's been amazing. Dan, you're very fun to work with.

Pyconaut: What areas of the space need work?

Dan: From the front gate, to the rollup door... Start at the front and work backwards

X: any stuff that makes better use of the front outdoor area

X to Pyconaut - Work on the electronics room

Pyconaut: Who was working on the 3D printer stuff?

X: David Lopez got a lot of work on getting them working, and getting the ... machines in good shape. No one's been doing any regular maintainence on them since then.

Pyconaut: I noticed they're strewn on the floor instead of the shelves.

X: I think the back room shelf is for the 3D printers, and I'm also bringing a few downstairs.

Thank you Dan for sweeping the floor and clearing the wood.

Pyconaut- I will make a discuss post for what we need donated for safety and build out, as well as what types of volunteers we need.

Curcite hacking monday

discuss what we want to do one week, and then build it the next week.

How will we distribute the kits.

droping off the kits would probably be easiest.

LoRa Kits could be a fun project

Also a oakland fried is making some esp32 modular kits for learning programming

End of Meeting[edit]