[Noisebridge-discuss] [Drama] Fwd: [Noisebridge-announce] Important Noisebridge Procedural Changes

Praveen Sinha dmhomee at gmail.com
Thu Mar 27 03:19:22 UTC 2014

I don't even know where to start with all of this.  I really don't like
this idea of centralization of power for a lot of reasons.

I am unabashedly still for radical inclusion of whole communities in this
process.  We don't have a still don't have a strong latino presence in
noisebridge, for example, even though we live in the Mission and we should
be functioning as a community resources.

That said, some how we wound up with a "membership" process that has been
reverted.  Under what I see in github:
     -- The decision making process has been closed to members only.
     -- ...  having money as a requirement for being a member????   If that
isn't noisebridge gentrification, what else is?
     -- ...  Making no effort to expand or streamline how more people can
participate if they aren't locally present during meeting times
     --  having multiple reports of people on the board going strategically
dark during important decisions, and then claiming a consensus

I realize that all of these passed some form of consensus.... But we need a
lot of work on this going forward.

As a side note, I really don't appreciate demonization of people because of
their choice of drugs.  We need to be fighting for the end of the drug war,
not using it as some transparent cheap political trick.

is a good article to read on the topic.

On Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 10:09 PM, Cat Herder <cat.herder at yandex.com> wrote:

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> https://www.noisebridge.net/pipermail/noisebridge-announce/2014-March/001072.html
> Madelynn Martiniere mmartiniere at gmail.com
> Wed Mar 26 00:19:10 UTC 2014
> Hello Noisebridge,
> As many of you may know, as of March 4th, 2014 a new board of directors
> was elected to Noisebridge. On March 12th, we had our first meeting, and
> the minutes are available on the wiki:
> _https://noisebridge.net/wiki/Board/Meeting_minutes_2014-03-12_
> As of this afternoon, the board has agreed upon several changes to the
> membership
> (https://github.com/noisebridge/bureaucracy/blob/master/membership.md)
> and consensus
> (https://github.com/noisebridge/bureaucracy/blob/master/consensus.md)
> process.
> These changes are now available under
> _https://github.com/noisebridge/bureaucracy/_ and are effective
> immediately.
> The first Membership Meeting is next Tuesday, April 1st at 7pm (next
> week). As it currently stands, all Council Members in good standing are
> now automatically considered consensus-eligible members for proposals
> brought to next week's meeting.
> If you were formally a member (formally formally known as Associate
> member), you are eligible to become a Member at April 1st's meeting.
> Your sponsors carry over, and your wiki page serves as your application.
> Membership dues will not begin until April, and more information
> regarding that process will be posted later.
> I encourage people to attend the general meeting this evening for
> discussion of upcoming events, exciting projects happening at
> Noisebridge, and discussion of proposals and working groups for the
> upcoming Membership Meeting. Several members of the board will be there
> to answer questions.
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