[ml] Noisebridge Weekly Meeting Reportback

Mike Schachter mike at mindmech.com
Wed Dec 29 20:30:56 UTC 2010

Sounds good to me, it'd be nice to be more connected to everyone,
but I rarely have time to go to Tuesday's meeting so it'd be great
if you or someone else did and told people what's going on with ML.

As for the fundraising pitch, it'd be good to have you do that too, as
most people including myself should probably be more guilted into
contributing $$$ to NB.

Thanks! See you tonight?


On Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 12:52 AM, Jared Dunne <jareddunne at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi MLers-
> I attended the weekly Noisebridge meeting and wanted to report back to
> the ML group on what happened and my thoughts.
> Some things I learned, which you should know:
> - The members at the meeting did not bite and were very welcoming to
> all (as advertised)
> - The Noisebridge funding outlook has rebounded thanks to increased
> member dues, onetime donations, and back dues coming in.
> - While we are back to having a nice 3 month buffer of savings, we
> need to keep the dues and donations coming in.
> - I now have a good sense of the membership process/rights, so let me
> know if you have any questions/interest
> - You can setup reoccuring monthly paypal donations of any amounts
> ($5, $10, $20, etc) without formal membership
> - You can do onetime donations through paypal or donation box
> - Both of the above are tax-deductible, but proper membership "dues" are
> not.
> My thoughts:
> - Despite the good news on the funding recovery, I'd like to see the
> machine learning group collectively contribute more financially to
> keep NB afloat.  In that vein, I volunteer myself to give a quick NB
> fundraising pitch before each ML talk/workshop to solicit donations.
> Additionally, I have some other fundraising ideas, perhaps we can
> discuss at next meeting if there is any group interest.
> - I also see there being a need for more communication between our
> group and the collective Noisebridge membership.  For example, there
> is already a natural place in the Tuesday NB meeting agenda, when we
> can announce upcoming ML group talks/workshops and report back on what
> we have been up to lately.  Since I'm planning to start attending the
> tuesday NB meetings regularly, I volunteer to be a bit of a liaison in
> that sense.
> Feel free to discuss further or ask me any questions on or off-list.
> Jared-
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