[Noisebridge-board] Re: Making Decisions and then backing out after concensus has been reached (was Re: Ick)

Noah Balmer noahbalmer at gmail.com
Thu Oct 2 06:06:55 UTC 2008

Jake, I've put a lot of time and effort into Noisebridge.  I'd have liked to
put in a lot more, and I was prepared to commit significant resources too,
but your actions have made me think twice.  I saw some of what happened on
the channel today and was told about more of it.  As far as saw and as far
as I heard, you were the instigator.  You did a nice job stabbing me in the
     I got involved to help people out.  I wanted to do volunteer work for
free for a group that I thought, and still think, has the potential to be a
fantastic non-profit.  You're accusing me of name-dropping the position now,
and I can only laugh at that.  I tell people about Noisebridge all the time,
but usually don't tell people anything about being on the board unless it
comes up, because I hate stupid power dynamics and I don't like what they do
to a conversation.  I've always seen myself as a participant first and a
board member only to try to help, and to do my best to ensure the long term
legal and practical viability of the group.  I'm sorry to hear that you
don't value that.
     I've had enough of being lied about, enough of having my words twisted,
and enough of trying to reach agreements with someone who won't give fair
consideration to a different point of view.  If you can't bear disagreement,
all you have to do is ask me to go and get my name off the lease and then
you can have everything your way.  The hatchet job is entirely unnecessary.

     You're giving me a hard time for not being more trusting, but how can
you ask for trust in one forum while betraying it in another?  It's true I
disagree with you about a lot of things, but I thought that our disagreement
could lead to constructive discourse.  I'm sorry to see how you've reacted.

David, Mitch, Andy, Rachel,
I fully support everything you're trying to accomplish for the group and I
wish you the best of luck.

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