[Noisebridge-discuss] Fundraiser is really moving along!

Morgan. morganw8-nb at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 21 16:16:34 UTC 2013

I thought it might be useful to respond to James' call for volunteers who can commit to 3pm or 10pm with a sign-up sheet on the wiki.  

So, using do-ocratic principles, I set one up on https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Art

I hope you find this useful.  

--- On Tue, 3/19/13, James Sundquist <sundquistjames at gmail.com> wrote:
Subject: [Noisebridge-discuss]  Fundraiser is really moving along!
To: "Noisebridge Discuss" <noisebridge-discuss at lists.noisebridge.net>
Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 4:59 PM

Current state of the March 30th Fundraiser now includes a tentative events schedule that is pretty solid.

What we still need:
More tables of people demonstrating cool hacks, etc!  Please simply notify everyone of your table being added to the Hackitorium via nb-discuss.
Volunteers who can pre-commit for helping with 3pm Setup and/or 10pm Teardown
People who want to give quick talks between performances on anythingFood Prep- Perhaps someone can help get ahold of Vegan HackersTell your friends using word of mouth advertising!

Find Mike Kahn- We could use his sheets to cover the member shelves
On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 2:57 PM, Danny O'Brien <danny at spesh.com> wrote:

So it looks like I'm not going to be able to get back from Toronto in

time for the meeting tonight, where we'll be consensing on the new

officers; I mentioned last week my Secret Agenda if I'm consensed for


1) Laziness -- I'm going to try and get as many people to help me work

on the accounts as possible. I don't think the treasury job is really

doable by one person, and so I'd like to commandeer help. I know we've

had at least three people offer to be treasurer and work on the

accounts, but for various reasons they've not felt confident or prepared

to do it on their own. I feel the same way, but I am confident that

together we can do it.

2) Impatience -- Kelly is an *awesome* treasurer, and has done a lot to

improve our accounts and our systems. But she's also in Boston, and

working hard on a Ph.D., and has to fit her treasurering between all

that. I think we need to start getting more pro-active about

understanding our finances (and being transparent and public about them)

very quickly, because we're currently burning through money faster* than

previously, and I think that means (again) more people working on the


3) Hubris -- I got asked by a few people (including a journalist) about

the tweet from the last week's meeting that we Noisebridge would be bust

by August. This is technically true, because right now our average

income is about $2K more than our average outgoings. But I believe

that's not quite as horrifying as it sounds, because we traditionally

don't cover our costs by our regular predicted income, and instead we

top up our finances with the occasional high-value donation or

fundraising run. Again, more info is useful!

I'm pretty sure that the world isn't going to end, and that Noisebridge

is loved enough by the hundreds of people who use it every month that we

can not only get back to our $15K-$18K reserve (we're at $11K right

now), but actually stabilise things so we don't have to panic about

money every 18 months or so. We just need to be able to sort out the

easiest ways of having people pay, and more opportunities for people to

remember to donate. Kelly (and also Tom) have done an amazing job fixing

one of our perennial problems, which is reconnecting with current

members when they forget (or Paypal cancels) their donations. I just

think we have to give more chances for others to give us their beautiful

shiny dollars, pennies and shiny shiny bitcoins.

Anyway, that's the theory. I think a lot of this can be done by me and

others even without being treasurer, but it'd be useful to have access

to all the stats.




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