[Noisebridge-discuss] Membership Changes by Almighty Consensus

J.C. r33lmm at gmail.com
Wed Oct 30 08:28:30 UTC 2013

Made a short update to the homepage with a brief version (as follows), feel
free to add a more excellent iteration...


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On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 12:58 AM, Tom Lowenthal <me at tomlowenthal.com> wrote:

> Reluctant as I am to post to this mailing list, I am overcoming my
> strong inhibitions to bring you this breaking news.
> At around midnight, after extensive, constructive, engaged, and
> productive consensus-building discussion, Kevin, JC, Monad, and I,
> with the help of many community participants agreed the following:
> > There shall be a new tier of membership, called an Associate Member. An
> > associate member shall have all the rights and privileges of membership
> except
> > that an associate member shall not be entitled to full participation in
> the
> > consensus process. The process for becoming an associate member shall be
> the
> > same as the process for becoming a member, except that four sponsors
> shall be
> > required instead of two, and that it shall not require the consensus of
> > Noisebridge for a person to become an associate member, but that the
> consensus
> > of Noisebridge may reject an application for a person to become an
> associate
> > member.
> > Noisebridge's space shall be open only to members and associate members
> at any
> > time. A member or associate member may at any time invite a person into
> > Noisebridge and host that person at Noisebridge as long as that member or
> > associate member remains at Noisebridge. No other person shall be
> permitted at
> > Noisebridge at any other time.
> > Neither members nor associate members shall be required to pay
> membership dues
> > as a condition of such membership.
> That took some doing, and I'd like to thank everyone who actively
> listened and engaged with others' points of view to reach this
> consensus. However, we're not done. We also agreed to continue
> discussion at next week's meeting, particularly on the following
> points:
> 1. The process for becoming an associate member.
> 2. The issue of whether members or associate members shall have to pay
> dues.
> 3. Whether someone shall have to be an associate member before
> becoming a member.
> But we should definitely discuss other issues or suggestions that folks
> have.
> * * * * *
> Yet wait, there's even more. This means things for you, yes you, dear
> reader!
> There are currently no associate members, but a lot of non-members who
> use the space regularly, and probably want to continue doing so. If
> you're a member it's now extra-specially important that you be at
> Noisebridge more often in the coming days so that you can help host
> people, and vouch for them, and otherwise help build ties in our
> community and move us towards a steady ratio of members and associate
> members. If you're a regular who's not a member, please respect this
> change, and try to communicate with existing members and arrange to be
> in the space in the same time so that they can host you.
> I plan to print out some new associate application forms with four
> membership slots and so on, but until then, please feel free to use
> the regular forms, but write the word "associate" on them somewhere
> prominent, hack additional sponsor slots, and file them in the right
> part of the binder.
> * * * * *
> I'm sure that there will be hiccups and edge cases and other whatnot &
> malarkey with this change. Please -- out of respect for your fellow
> bridgers -- bring these to the list constructively and with an eye
> towards working together to improve Noisebridge.
> Your humble servant,
> Tom,
> Noisebridge Secretary, and executor of the will of our President (long
> may she reign), Empress of all Hackerspaces, and Protector of
> Noisebridge.
> --
> May the blessings of Consenso be upon you.
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