[Noisebridge-discuss] proposal to increase membership at noisebridge by changing the rules
jake at spaz.org
Mon Oct 14 00:38:39 UTC 2013
currently noisebridge is used by 99% non-Members, 1% Members.
currently, 99% of noisebridge Members do not use noisebridge.
currently, Membership at noisebridge requires ongoing cash flow into
noisebridge either by tradition or rules, it is not clear which.
I think this is not working out. Noisebridge's rent gets paid but the
people who come to noisebridge have zero motivation to become a member,
and so they don't bother. We should be adding several new members weekly.
Membership at Noisebridge should be a valuable tool to encourage
cooperation and a sense of belonging, while reinforcing accountability
and support between users of the space (including Members and Guests)
There is no reason for membership to be tied to giving money to
noisebridge. If someone is excellent and wants to be a part of
noisebridge, and no Member blocks them, they should be allowed to join.
Members should remain in good standing regardless of their financial
contributions as long as they are remaining excellent and accountable for
their actions, and those of their guests.
I propose that Noisebridge change the rules of Membership to do away with
the cash flow requirement, and to expressly do away with the informal and
inappropriate "bribe", which defeats the purpose of asking the potential
member to step out while their membership is consensed upon _or_not_.
We agreed last week to close noisebridge to non-Members from 23:00 to
10:00 every day, with the exception of guests of Members and
Members-in-Application who have two signatures. We will be able to take
advantage of this policy by encouraging more SUPPORTERS of noisebridge to
become Members. We can do this by removing the payment requirement.
If people want to support Noisebridge with money, they should feel free to
do so, whether they are Members or not. If people want to support
Noisebridge with their presence, excellence, and accountability to one
another, they should feel free to do so, whether they are in a position to
supply cash or not. I think this should be obvious.
I ask that absentee Members, who have been unable or unmotivated to offer
their support in the form of their presence, excellence, and
accountability, please stand aside from this proposal if they have
objections (or offer friendly amendments in the spirit of problem
solving). People who are not regularly using the space should not stand
in the way of improvements to be made by those who do use and contribute
to the space regularly.
The proposal should be worded as follows:
Membership to Noisebridge should no longer be dependant on a person's
ability or willingness to pay money to noisebridge, or to bring food or
beer to a meeting, but only on their ability to acquire sponsorship
signatures and be consensed upon at a meeting, after leaving the meeting
to give opportunity for any objections to be discussed before they return.
Members will thus enter and remain in good standing without regard to any
financial contributions they do or do not make in that time.
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