Meeting Notes 2023 01 24

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These are the notes from the The 709th Meeting of Noisebridge.

Date: 2023_01_24

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Moderators: Claus


Claus hacks on the planet JLB hardware stuff Anya learning to code Farley Hosts free code camp on Sundays. Come on sundays! We talk about learning to code. Collin works with lasser cutter new. John does woodshop stuff, making boxes, and things. Keen - Software guy, working on a simple game. Trav Based in vermont, comes off and on for 10 years, hacking in the sewing area Maggie learning to code, likes making stuff, like lamps. Adriel - Plan shows, does music stuff. Moof - Does music stuff, talk to me if you wanna do music stuff, in the discord.

Short announcements and events[edit]

JLB wants $150 from petty cash to stock bar. JLB is bringing the bartending robot back. Wants petty cash.

There is a show being planned for Friday, Feb. 17th, posters at the space and on the wiki.


Our One Rule is to Be Excellent to Each Other.

JLB - Excellence is when you do things that need to be done instead of complaining. Farley - I believe that being excellent at noisebridge is being nice to people, and cleaning up. Specifically talk to the person you have a disagrement about, and find a compromise, if you don't talk to the person first, to find a compormise its not excellent.


  • What are guilds - briefly describe (much like the previous section on "Excellence")

New Members/Associate Members[edit]

Anya is clarifying the membership process. Collin also interseted in applying for membership process.

Financial Report[edit]

Increased contributions through venmo, still losing about $3500/mo Spent some money on trash bags.

  • Funds in bank:

checking: 114,138.97 savings: 141,129.45

Spending Needs[edit]

No spending needs sent yet. Minor expenses to be reimbursed.

Fundraising Update[edit]

Half of the profits from the feb. 17th show are going to Noisebridge, estimated $100-200ish (based on turnout from previous show). Farley suggests rounding up the suggested donation to $100 for the new space.

We have a larger space, which could have more members.

JLB - THe Robot bartender can make the rest of the money.

Big C Consensus Items[edit]


Consensus Items [edit]

Only for talking about Big C consensus items, small c consensus items should be discussed with people at the space at the time of the change/new item.


Discussion Item 1[edit]

Emiline - Insurance Came up in a number of places, we are insured for

   use of workshops for arts and design
   small events such as classes, rehearsals and meetups
   spoken word events (eg hack comedy, readings or 5mof)
   We are also not allowed to have unacompanied minors
   We are not ensured for over uses of the space.
   Is very very sure its not covered by our policy.
   Our premium is around $200/mo concernts would triple it, 
   and I don't think we would have anything to work on cars in Noisebridge.
   We need to be a lot more careful about this, we are a fine line on getting coverage.
   We have been lucky to get it this year.  Lots of spaces have lost their insurance because the uses of the space were uncovered by their policies.
   Not just money that Noisebridge would be on the hook for, and the board member insurance as well.

Moof: What is the consequence of doing something that is not insured, will we lose insurance, risk of being on the hook for money? Is it just simply a risk the space is taking, or are there deeper consequences with the insurance system.

Emiline: We might not be able to have the space insured again, because our lease requires insurance for the space. We risk being on the hook for a certain amount of money.

Is the resonpbility of the board members to enfore that we follow the insurance policy. Board members can be sued.

There are a lot of things that we do at noisebridge that aren't going to be covered by our insutnace. THe power situation isn't covered by our insurance. People operating the table saw, other specialized equipment

Claus - There are many things that happen at NB that are not insurable. Need to come to a consensus at the weekly meeting about where the extents of this are.

[Discussion around what type of insurance adjustments we would need to get into compliance with the activities that are actually happening at NB. If we set that as a community goal, do we need to consider a different insurance policy.]

The reason insurance is becoming an issue right now is because we want to do a concert which appears to be a direct violation of our insurance policy.

Views were previously expressed (in Fall 2022) that this is primarily a space for hackers when the idea of more regular music events were discussed.

[Continued discussion on the pros/cons/risks of having an event like this in the NB space. Discussion around applying the learnings from past events at new NB events, as well as using it as an opportunity to introduce new people to NB]

Discussion about where the lines are that distinguishes a legal small event from a larger, uninsured concert. No clear conclusion on where those lines are.

Robin - A differentiator is that people are coming specifically for the event.

Claus - We still need to understand where the lines are and what is ok and what is not okay.

Some believe the show should proceed as planned, but no other events of this nature should be done without a more clear policy. JLB feels a policy should be found prior to the show. Claus feels we should continue this discussion continually as the show approaches.

[Description of how a prior event was organized]

Emeline provided a definition of what makes an event a concert.

Discussion Item 2[edit]

Claus - Noisetor Server

Do-ocratic Task Board[edit]

Participation also means doing stuff to contribute to the space. Propose new tasks or pick some tasks from Github, from what needs to be done around you, or whatever, and see if someone will sign up to work on that task. Anyone can sign up and it's a great way to show you are contributing!

End of Meeting[edit]

Note taker posts the notes[edit]

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

Fun things to do after[edit]

  • Do a 10 minute cleanup, bring dishes up stairs and wash them, clean the bathroom
  • Have some beers on the patio
  • Prepare the next weeks' meeting notes
  • Lick the walls. Or just draw on them
  • sing the Hackernationale (this almost never happens)