I would think at least 2 months is reasonable, but 3 would be more fair to LM.

Insofar as the other issues I brought up with the TV screens and the vending machines, perhaps we could frame it as: 
"One thing Omni has been working towards but could certainly use more of is sharing food and making music together, and more instruments and regularly-scheduled time for communing is something we're all excited about! We're also enthusiastic about your intention to reach out to our neighbors directly and invite them to participate.

However, some members have requested we not install the televisions in the space as videogame consoles and movie theaters. Omni is a space for creative and cultural production, participation and collaboration. We have many resources available that would foster creativity and skill acquisition, such as public computers, a film editing and post-production studio, a community print shop, a crafty corner in the basement with art supplies, regular film screenings using our many projection screens and projectors, a science lab and a hackerspace full of tools and gadgets to tinker with. Youth would be welcome to participate in any of a variety of semi-structured weekly meetups, such as: Hardware Hack Night, Tuesdays in sudo room; Fermentation Station, Wednesdays in CCL, Javascript Study Group, Thursdays in SR; Linux Installfest, Fridays SR; and Sunday printmaking workshops in MPM. We would very much welcome more youth-led activities.

Additionally, the vending machines in CCL are part of a sudo room project in development, and we'd love your input on items we could include for sale. See this wiki page for a list of items we're considering, such as hygiene products and electronics kits: https://sudoroom.org/wiki/Hack-o-mat "

But maybe that's all a bit much and we can simply have the conversation over the course of the trial period.


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On Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 12:04 PM, yar <yardenack@gmail.com> wrote:
On Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 11:42 AM, Jake <jake@spaz.org> wrote:
> that's a good question.  So far the offer to have LM do their thing without
> a 1-year commitment has not generated a response that I know of. Have they
> changed their mind or are you attempting to broker this on your own?
> Personally I think that we could offer them a month of Sundays to see what
> they're like.  Perhaps you can find out if they're interested in that.

From the 8/27 notes:

yar: would you feel comfortable with a 3 or 6 month trial period?
cheryl: i'd have to go back to my group. having to move after 3 months
would be disruptive. if we build we build, if we grow together we want
to grow together.

>From Stephen Novotny's most recent email:

"They feel that it’s essential for them to have a space to begin their
work and so they must begin investing their time elsewhere if the Omni
cannot come to at least a preliminary consensus to move forward with
their request for space on Sunday mornings and Friday evenings."

I think "preliminary consensus" means yes, a shorter trial period
would be better than nothing. It would keep them at the table long
enough to continue building a relationship, and if they reject this
offer because it's not a full year, at least we come out looking
reasonable. Even if LM doesn't end up accepting a shorter period, I
think the symbolic weight of the Omni community consenting to this
shorter period would go a long way in mending our community fractures
and keep our community from falling apart.

I also think 2 or 3 months would look a lot better than 1 month, which
is only four services. Would you block 2 months?