[Noisebridge-discuss] My name is Al Sweigart and I am here to recruit you!

Darius Garza 313kid at gmail.com
Thu Mar 13 17:39:19 UTC 2014

+1 on getting more membership. The process seems like a daunting,
intimidating hazing in front of a bunch of people that don't want you there
anyway. After watching a few membership proposals I ran in fear from ever
considering becoming a member, ever.


On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM, Al Sweigart <asweigart at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi everyone. I'm Al Sweigart. I've been elected to the board of directors
> of Noisebridge. If I ever find out which of you jerks voted for me, I will
> haunt you and your children and your children's children. For three months.
> There are a lot of problems with Noisebridge that have been stagnating for
> a long time. To reiterate: I don't want Noisebridge to become TechShop or
> Hacker Dojo. The bay area already has those. But if "be excellent" was the
> only guideline we needed, these problems would have long been solved. I
> want the board to take a more active hand in making policy in accordance
> with Noisebridge's bylaws. (Available here:
> https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/bylaws )
> Here are my priorities:
> 1) Safety and security - This is top priority. Noisebridge needs to be a
> safe place that won't burn down and where members are free from harassment,
> and if they are harassed, feel confident that their problem will be taken
> seriously and with urgency. Tools need to stop disappearing from the shop.
> And the entire space needs to be ADA compliant.
> 2) Getting more members - Noisebridge is an awesome place. More people
> should become involved with the space. We need to open up membership to
> more people and make becoming a member more accessible.
> 3) Cleanliness - Noisebridge is also a filthy place. No other way to say
> it. The bathrooms need to be kept clean. The mouse problem needs to be
> fixed. The clutter needs to be tossed out (and kept from reforming). The
> kitchen... oh man, the kitchen.
> 4) Organization - Noisebridge has a lot of great resources, but most of
> them are unusable due to disorganization or knowledge barriers. We need to
> organize the dirty shop, catalog the library, set up an easy scheduling
> system for the classrooms, organize the member shelves, and most of all
> document how to use this stuff. (I've long forgotten how to thread the
> sewing machine and I've never used the laser cutter.)
> 5) Accessibility - People come to Noisebridge and are really in awe of all
> the stuff here. But getting into the door is difficult. Finding out how to
> become a member is difficult. Finding out what equipment is usable by the
> public, or even what kinds of equipment is available, is difficult. For
> every hurdle we have, we are losing more and more potential members. People
> come to Noisebridge, but they don't come back.
> It'd be great if you could volunteer some time to help out with these
> things. I don't mean by sitting through boring meetings or being left with
> vague directions: I have a bunch of low- and high-commitment tasks that you
> can help with.
> The first of which is the monthly cleanup this Sunday at noon:
> https://noisebridge.net/wiki/Noisebridge_Monthly_Cleanup
> (Punch and pie!)
> Thanks! Feel free to email me any questions, death threats, comments, or
> criticisms. Wait, not that... third to last one.
> -Al
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