[Noisebridge-board] Visit / chat?

Mitch Altman maltman23 at hotmail.com
Sun Feb 2 00:44:25 UTC 2014

I could probably make time to meet you any of those evenings, if you let me know which one soon (my calendar fills up quickly). 


From: alex.bandar at gmail.com
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2014 15:32:49 -0500
Subject: Re: Visit / chat?
To: maltman23 at hotmail.com
CC: me at tomlowenthal.com; secretary at noisebridge.net; press at noisebridge.net; board at lists.noisebridge.net

Hi Mitch,
Many thanks for your reply!  Apologies for my long delay in getting back to you.
We'll be visiting SF on the afternoon of Thursday, 2/27, through the afternoon of Sunday, 3/2.  We'd be grateful and honored to meet and chat with anyone at Noisebridge - you've all deeply inspired what we're doing here in Columbus.   Could you please let us know rough availability?  We're also meeting with the Crucible, Exploratorium, TechShop, and MAKE Media.  Would you be available evenings and/or weekends?


On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 4:42 PM, Mitch Altman <maltman23 at hotmail.com> wrote:

Congrats on the space in Columbus!  
Please email me when you're in town.  I'll be happy to talk with you.

Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:06:10 -0500

Subject: Re: Visit / chat?
From: alex.bandar at gmail.com
To: me at tomlowenthal.com
CC: secretary at noisebridge.net; press at noisebridge.net; board at lists.noisebridge.net

Hi Tom!
Many thanks for the prompt reply! Totally understand and respect the decentralized governing gig :-)
Will follow up with some of the contacts below, and really look forward to visiting in a few weeks!
Thx again,
On Jan 24, 2014 11:57 AM, "Tom Lowenthal" <me at tomlowenthal.com> wrote:

On 23 January 2014 20:44, Alex Bandar <alex.bandar at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Noisebridge,


> My name is Alex - I started a makerspace here in Columbus, OH called the

> Columbus Idea Foundry (www.ColumbusIdeaFoundry.com).  Myself and 2 of my

> friends/members will be visiting Noisebridge between Feb 27 and March 3, as

> part of a story we are writing about our trips to various

> hackerspaces/makerspaces.


> We would be delighted to sit down and chat with someone at Noisebridge,

> ideally someone in leadership, for a tour and a chat about the culture and

> benefit of hackerspaces/makerspaces, especially as regards the

> entrepreneurial innovation.


> Would it be possible to set up a time/date for a tour and a chat?  Although

> we are looking to write a piece about our experiences, if there is someone

> other than the press at noisebridge address who would be better suited to chat

> with us, please feel free to forward this to them.


> Call/email anytime! Thank you very much, and best regards,



> Alex

> 614-893-6053


> -------------------------------------------------------------------------


> Alexander R. Bandar, Ph.D.


> Director, Columbus Idea Foundry


> 1158 Corrugated Way, Columbus OH 43201


> Alex at ColumbusIdeaFoundry.com


> cell: 614-893-6053



> on the web...


> http://www.ColumbusIdeaFoundry.com


> http://www.Facebook.com/ColumbusIdeaFoundry


> http://www.Twitter.com/ColumbusiF



> and TEDx talk....


> http://tedxcolumbus.com/speakers-performers/2011-a-moment-in-time-speakers-performers-2/alex-bandar/

Hi Alex,

Thanks for emailing us. It's always lovely to hear from someone else

who runs a hackerspace. I hope you're having fun with your traveling

hackerspace story.

Noisebridge doesn't have a lot going on in the “leadership”

department. We try to have as little authority concentrated in one

place as we can. Our meetings take place by consensus. Consensus often

seems odd if you're used to Robert's Rules or democracy or something.

Once you get used to it, it can be pretty exciting.

I've CC'd some people who might be interested in chatting with you.

Our <secretary at noisebridge.net> email alias is a little cabal of

bureaucratically-minded folks who help pay the bills and keep the

lights on. The <board at lists.noisebridge.net> mailing list includes our

board — who mostly are mostly there to take the blame when we

inevitably burn the place down, launch into orbit, or create a black

hole. There are also a couple of other folks on that mailing list who

might be interested in talking.

If you really want to talk to the Noisebridge, you might try talking

with our community. Our main discussion list is

<noisebridge-discuss at lists.noisebridge.net>. There are a whole load of

different folks there, so you'll want to anticipate “vibrant”


Thanks for thinking of Noisebridge,


Tom Lowenthal

Noisebridge Secretary


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