[Noisebridge-discuss] Having a discussion about the kitchen

Praveen Sinha dmhomee at gmail.com
Thu Apr 3 16:52:35 UTC 2014


Thanks so much James and Dana, these conversations and understanding and
getting past preconceptions of each other and reporting back is really
really important foundational work.  Big plus!!!

On Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 8:05 AM, James Sundquist <sundquistjames at gmail.com>wrote:

> Last night there was a lengthy discussion about communal usage of the
> kitchen that spontaneously lasted from 9 - 11:30.  Coffee and cake were
> served.  We talked about do-ocracy, responsibility, and how to have
> effective communication about the kitchen.
> A big take away was that people need to talk about this in-person and
> consider how it impacts everyone, because removing the kitchen will not
> remove Noisebridge's problems by itself.  I just want to note that this
> really was a discussion, which included everyone being able to speak their
> mind while being respected; the point of talking was to gain perspective by
> asking questions rather than talking over others.
> 1) A big reason the daily users of the kitchen do not respect you is
> because they do not know you or feel any connection in the space without a
> communal kitchen.  Any valid concerns of those who want to disable are
> unknown to the daily users of the kitchen.
> 2) There is no clear understanding of how to properly use the kitchen. The
> average person in the kitchen does not understand how to wash a dish and
> has an opportunity to be taught. Once again a couple people are mobilized
> to micromanage the kitchen, but there is no greater community understanding.
> 3) It is difficult to know how capable we all are of having a respectful
> conversation to allows people to maintain their dignity, because community
> building should be the goal when people are in conflict.
> 4) A big part of this as I understood it was reassessing how people are
> introduced to this space.  Example, "Welcome to Noisebridge; we're a 501c3
> Non-profit that encourages education and learning by doing.  This is a
> Do-It-Yourself space so at a base minimum you're expected to wash your own
> dishes and keep your work area clean for the next person."
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