[Noisebridge-discuss] what if we changed consensus a bit

Rachel McConnell rachel at xtreme.com
Wed Feb 26 19:36:28 UTC 2014

I would come once a month at least if we did it like this.  And I'd 
bring costumes.


On 2/26/14 2:03 AM, Praveen Sinha wrote:
> I just got back from my second consensus night this month.  I go
> intermittently since the near start of the physical space, and these
> last few times have been really challenging.  People are at odds with
> each other in whole new and unique and diverse ways.  With that, I've
> been thinking of some new practices we could incorporate:
> 1) *We actually need to make it even more theatrical.*  I suggest that
> we have beginning and intermediate and end interludes where everyone
> just becomes comically theatrical.  People can act out as Viking
> warlords and take out their frustrations on each other.  People can
> recite/sing/ a mini opera.  We can have a Lady Ada drag queen and a
> Richard Stallman drag king.  Who the hell knows.  Let's blow some of our
> budget on ouchy the clown [1]  or one of the other dozen clown dom
> moderators living in this city if they haven't been gentrified out already.
> *I know this sounds completely insane.  But hear me out*, there's logic
> behind it.  a) it will be fun in a completely insane way which will b)
> make people a little bit more in a good mood and take things a little
> less seriously  and c) MOST importantly!  Such injections of random
> noise will make people more playful and thus more creative and think out
> of the box more!  There's even a name for it, it's called jittering, and
> it's used often in machine learning and the source of the name of
> noisebridge [2].  Wouldn't that be AWESOME [3] to have at consensus
> meeting?
> 2) Listen.  One of our primary goals as a culture in a space should be
> to increase people's engagement.  One source of both disengagement and
> drama is BURNOUT.  Studies have shown that burnout is caused by LACK OF
> RECOGNITION/GRATITUDE.  In fact, frequent recognition, especially that
> which is reward and not outcome based [4].  To address this,*I suggest
> that we start a culture of recognition by having a modification of the
> hippie/buddhist/therapist "tunnel of love"*.  In this, we go around all
> giving each other what we are thankful for in each other -- and if you
> don't know the person, you can give a compliment.  Over time, such a
> thing would reduce burnout in core members.  We can start with building
> it into the weekly introductions.
> Yes, I know that other spaces will make fun of noisebridge.  Well, to
> that I say, fuck 'em if they can't take a joke [5]!  No but seriously.
>   No other space out there would be capable of this.
> I appreciate any feedback and look forward to refining our stake in
> better futures.
> With love and hugs,
> praveen
> [1] http://www.ouchytheclown.com/meet.shtml
> [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jitter  I bet a lot of you don't really
> know what a Noisebridge IS even though you come here all the time!  A
> noisebridge and it's applications is truly fascinating:  the idea is
> using randomess as a diagnostic/repair tools and it works in circuits,
> machine learning, and physical neural brains like yours!  Ask around if
> you want to get a better understanding!
> [3] I can't say "awesome" without a plug for the awesome foundation
> http://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/chapters/sf
> [4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23055916
> [5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_SubGenius
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