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

Naomi Most pnaomi at gmail.com
Thu Mar 13 21:16:02 UTC 2014

Al, you sure love to lump tons of things together.  :)

Greg, feel free to start a new thread to ask your question.  It should
be discussed separately.

On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 10:59 AM, Gregory Dillon
<gregorydillon at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thank you Al.  You've worked hard for Noisebridge.
> And your priorities sound totally correct.
> It does sound like change - and people want change.
> But, I think people also want to know how does a more active Board play out.
> Are there articulatable principles that guide it?
> 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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> --
> Let's stay in touch.  Greg
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