New space meeting 2018 03 27
The Noisebridge Space Program will meet today at 7pm. Please join to help find the future home of Noisebridge! Agenda items include: * Working group updates * Spacewalkers - see spacewalks channel on slack * A spreadsheet of spaces exists https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JtjEvI6LkT0ZI19SI5S3mWnn4aZ4JBEgkjyzzF5YI4o/edit#gid=0 * A slack channel exists * Looking for a space for lease within our budget, size, location and accessibility constraints * Is there a short list? * No, one of our goals is for a larger group of people to participate in spacewalks to build consensus around new spaces. * mister_name has been very busy over the last week, will be making calls and arranging space walks in the next couple days * What's the current favorite space? * 1144 Howard Street. Industrial warehouse. Not much to look at on the inside. 9,000 sqft @ $15,000/month * 132 Missouri Street. 6,000 sqft @ $8,000/month * 351 9th Street. Broker not returning our calls. We're interested in seeing it. * John and Victoria are working with Allen B. from bookstore. Possible to get in touch with a broker through AB. * Should we have a tenat broker or not? * Let's carry out this discussion on-line. * Corporate (Let's go to Google/Apple/other big companies) * Silver * Not present at meeting. * Grants team * Jarrod and Asya accepting applications for members of the grants team * Simbridge (Noisebridge standalone VR game) * Not present. * Could be a fundraising mechanism. Support needed to build out the VR NB experience. * NGALAC (Live streaming Arcade Cabinet group) * Could be a fundraising mechanism. * Media (videography/photography/copy/messaging group) * Scandiuzzi Krebs fundraising engagement * Mitch hunted down Krebs who does non-profit fundraising. S|K has trackrecord of working with non-profits. e.x. theater company in Seattle. * Mitch has been building momentum around employing people to help with fundraising. * We pay S|K $4,000 for discovery. They come in, get to know the space, build doc that outlines the fundraising plan (deliverable). Up to NB to continue to pay S|K to apply execute the plan for us. * S|K estimates that for an 8 month engagement our cost would be $33,000 and estimated money raised in the ~$100,000's * Timing is very close. $10,000 spent now on S|K would be $10k less we have to move. S|K estimates grant money to start coming in ~6 months * Do we have a timeframe on when the funds come in? * Build discovery document. * Used to working with orgs of all size. Smaller and larger than NB. * Confident that S|K could support NB as a client * Where will the mysterious money come from? Grants from big companies? Individuals? * All of the above. Individual contributors at $1,000+ to form a "leadership circle"(?) * Grants of ~$10-20k * Federal funding * Why do you want us to do this? * Given our current trajectory we're never going to raise the money on our own. * Our income rate is based on what we get now. If we're able to get enough money to afford more $$$/sqft then we don't have to compromise. * We have a good amount. ~$100k in the bank. Need to get more serious, need big guns, if we're going to double the amount of money we bring in per month. * Is S|K a big gun? * They have more experience than we do * Engage for fundingraise or only for the plan? * I think it's a good idea, but our timeline is real. * We can raise the funds on our own, through individual contributions. I don't think we're getting hands-off fundraising from S|K, but rather coaching for us to drive the process. Do we have the volunteer hours and committment to pull that off? Perhaps we'd get educated enough to motivate us. * If we have someone with a clear plan, "hey, you need to write these 6 letters", the fundraising process would be accessible to more people. * Would it be unethical to tie money out to S|K to funds in? * Agaist the ethics of professional fundraising * Do we want to do this? * I believe it's essential that we get outside help, but timing is tight * S|K is flexible * Can we raise extra funds specifically to hire S|K? * I like the idea of getting us a plan for the broader community to read/look at * We did lots of fundraising for reboot. What went into that? * Reboot was a one-time influx of a large purse, this is a different sort of thing. We need to become an org that's capable of mobilizing a lot of funds in perpituity. * We have some people willing to write grants in the community, but we don't really know what we're doing. * How do we get an increasing amount of capial over time? NP, as it is, would benefit from the coaching. * What's the discovery meeting like? * I have reservations on cost w/o guarentees of return. Maybe we should do the discovery and find out. * What's the process for agreeing to spend the initial $4k? * Through consensus * In either case, the $4k doesn't really matter. If we succeed at fundraising we're in the money, if not we're out of here. * Have we done due dilligence? Do we know how S|K compares to other similar orgs? * No doacratic due dilligence at present * There are resources online we can leverage to educate ourselves. Foundation Center has a webcast on how to do grant writing. Augur will organize a night to watch the webcast at NB. * Lady Red will create a consensus proposal to spend the $4k * Partnerships update * MEDA follow-up * Talking to MEDA about zoning issue with the city. Working with us to resolve. * MEDA likes NB and wants to help. Part of helping might be finding a space or helping us negotiate with our current/future landlord. They suggested other things we can do to help increase our visibility to the city/larger community. Connected NB w/ local community org focused on education, Mission Techies - trains kids how to use computers, etc.. We're working on some ideas * Hillary Ronan visit * Very excited by NB, willing to help us w/ building permit, space use and speaking w/ our current landlord * NB isn't the only anarchist community in SF. Have we reached out to other like-minded communities? Does anyone know anyone to help reach out? * MAKE SF - no update * Other orgs to reach out to may include: * Longnow * Internet Archive * EFF * ACLU NorCal * Have connections to people w/ money, experience fundraising, etc. * NB whiskey, NB Kambucha, noisecoin, etc. for $5,000 per flask * NB auction * Cotenant update * Partnering w/ another local, like-minded org to share space. Gives access to larger spaces on the market that NB could not afford on our own. * Make more connections to attract orgs to share space. * Landlords often want a single master tenant * Could also do co-tenacy w/ other art, indoor skate park, etc. orgs * Do we have a list * Could use a working group for partnerships and co-tenant effort * Is there a consolidated fundraising working group? * We are repeating ourselves as a result of lack of centeralized documentation. * Can we aggregate docs on the wiki? * We have talked to Danny @ EFF - he wants to help, but needs direction * MC big events * Write an email campagine * Any other people we can tap for support? * Naomi * What's our target goal for fundraising? * $15k/month for a lease * Drive people to Patreon page * Drive people to donate.noisebridge.net * Make the donate page cooler. There are some confusing UEX around weird edgecases. Lower card processing fees here. Not clear how to end a subscription or if a subscription is currently going. * Written in Rails, maintained by Patrick, could use a maintence support. Rewrite/fix in/with Haskell? * What are methods that are successful to drive people here? * Classes * NGALAC * Simbridge * Makerfaire * Tinkerfest * Who at Noisebridge can bottomline raising revenue? * Can independent folks bottom line independent fundraising mechanisms above * How much for a down payment? * Tiered goals. $100k additional money to start. * Rent party approach to raise a nice purse * At what point do we engage high-profile supporters? E.x. Cory Doctorow. * John Perry Barlow Symposium, show up at Internet Archive in NB shirts and shmooz with supporters. Saturday, April 7th 8pm * Three, maybe four epics * Find a new place to live - mister_name - Spacewalkers * Get a big chunk of money - Victoria - Very Large Money Bag Working Group * Bump up the recurring revenue - Naomi - Make it Raining Working Group - Other names discussed include: Many Small Money Bags Working Group? ATM Working Group? Trickle Down Economics Working Group? Fundraisers? * Documentation - Kevin will seek out a bottomliner who can attend Tuesday meetings - Media Working Group (videography/photography/copy/messaging) * Would be great to get a person bottomlining each of these epics. * How do we give recognition? Show appreciation? * Show up, help out, gives validation * Listening and matchmaking, creating intoductions that points back to the working being done * Big group projects is a great opportunity to meet new people, make new friends * Action items? * Spacewalkers - organize and conduct at least 2 spacewalks with report backs to the group * Make it Raining - learn how other people have been successful at Patreon. Ideas about information products (not physical stuff). Huge brainstorm about this on Slack. Make a wiki page. * Very Large Money Bag - Follow up weekly in advance of the Tuesday meeting. Find people, reach out, get in contact with names of people/orgs listed above. I will contact one person at minimum.