[Noisebridge-discuss] reminder - assume good faith
rachel at xtreme.com
Thu Mar 27 22:10:29 UTC 2014
Something I have always found effective is to act as if I believe the
other person is acting in good faith. This works really really well
because it lets them see that *I* am acting in good faith, and builds
trust. It is also usually true. Mostly people ARE acting in good faith
from their own point of view. The most likely reason for someone to act
in bad faith is that someone is accusing them of acting in bad faith
(insults them, claims they're trolling, etc).
Possible good faith POVs for some of the main talkers here:
Al - has been trying for YEARS to fix the terrible problems at
Noisebridge, more persistently than just about anyone else, and finally
has some actual means of getting something done
Naomi - dedicated to her responsibilities as a board member and deeply
worried about the new board having bypassed her on a decision
Jake A, Mitch - sad and hurt that the organization they founded is
moving so far from the path they started it on
Spinach, Johny, Rachel H - have strong moral and ideological beliefs
that they work towards in all areas of their lives, fearless of others'
A really important point is that everyone involved is incredibly
dedicated to Noisebridge, which is wonderful.
Note that there are other good faith POVs that all of these people might
have - I have simply invented some that fit their behavior as I see it.
And another thing, for those who think the above is naive. Even if I
don't really believe in someone's good faith, I will pretend to - that
way they get plausible deniability, and they can *start* acting in good
faith now and we don't get bogged down in accusations. SO much faster
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