I don't know why Andrew is trying to remove 72 square feet of space from
Sudoroom while there are plenty of rooms and spaces at Omni which would be
great for storage, and are being totally unused (several areas downstairs)
But I would like for our delegate to oppose selling off any of Sudoroom's
space. I do think it would be great for Omni to rent space to the Oakland
Tool Lending Library for $700 per month in an unused part of the building.
I think there are plenty of things people have been doing to make Sudoroom
nicer and more welcoming, and there's plenty more that we could be doing, and
people should come in and get involved.
I don't like how Andrew's words about Omni and Sudoroom sound a bit like the
group that we had to remove, who wanted to "revolutionize" the space to be
what they thought it should be, without input from anyone else.
I do like the idea of partnering with the Tool Library in terms of workshops
and skill sharing, and connecting to their broader network of people though.
This also reminds me of when someone else suggested moving Sudoroom into the
basement and claimed that we hadn't been paying our rent (we were actually
fully paid up and paid ahead a bit at the time)
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Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2023 14:32:56 -0800
From: Andrew R Gross <arg5029(a)gmail.com>
To: consensus(a)lists.omnicommons.org, finance(a)lists.omnicommons.org
Subject: Re: [omni-consensus] Financial Report
I went to a meeting of the Oakland tool library a few months ago, and
they've got a somewhat inverted situation to us: they have a lot of money
that they're not sure how to use.
They're located out of the Piedmont branch of the Oakland public libraries,
just up the street from us, and they rent a storage locker about a half
mile south of Omni.
I asked, and they spend about $700 a month on a locker where they store
tools that they then drive by pickup truck up to the library twice a month
for a tool sale. They know Omni and Sudo through Peter Mui, but not that
well, but they said that they'd just as soon give us the money as the
storage locker business. If we set up a storage space on the ground floor
in Sudo Room, we could convert around 12 x 6 feet of floor space into $700
Additionally, they're pretty well organized, but they don't have a lot of
volunteers. If we partnered with them and cleaned up Sudo room, we could
start running fixit workshops and tool-use classes and things, which could
bring in revenue and members for Sudo Room. Overall, I think they have a
much better culture of Sudo Room, and could help connect us to a broader
network of people who share our mission but may not fall into the
traditional demographics we're connected with.
I really burned out of Sudo Room and Omni, but I'd like to come back in
2024 if I'm part of a functioning team, focused on genuinely reforming
Omni, starting with Sudo Room. It's a huge space that isn't well utilized
or welcoming to new members. I still believe a well-organized group of
about five people could change that, and create virtuous cycle that could
turn a lot of things around.
*Andrew R Gross, (he/him)*
412.657.5332 - shrad.org <http://www.shrad.org>
If anyone is looking for workshop space, we have some spots open at our
place in West Oakland, right by the West Oakland Bart.
Nice shipping containers with electrical and roll-up doors. $350-500
depending on the size, utilities included. 24/7 access, bathroom, internet,
A small group of fabricators, makers, engineers, artists, and other
businesses co-work in this space. The space can accommodate electronics
projects, metal work, woodworking, arts projects, etc.
Not a live-work space.
We have a range of different options available so come on by to check it
out and we can discuss your needs. Some pictures attached.
Get in touch if you're interested, we look forward to hearing from you!
Tell us a little about yourself and the projects you are working on.
Hi Sudo Room,
A friend of mine with a small woodshop in the area is looking to move
places, and is interested in joining me in making another shared makerspace
in Omni, with a focus on woodworking.
I don't know if the delegates will vote on the proposal this week, but if
so, that will be before the Sudo Room monthly meeting. I would appreciate
comments and questions about the idea now, ideally so that Sudo Room could
make a vote by Thursday. I will be around today and tomorrow but welcome
comments on the google doc or over email.
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From: Paige P <pgeplan(a)gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Nov 27, 2023, 9:38 AM
Subject: Woodshop Proposal
To: consensus <consensus(a)lists.omnicommons.org>
Cc: Klea Bajala <kleajb(a)gmail.com>
This is proposal for creating a woodshop in the Omni (as a project or
It is still a working document but I hope the information here is
sufficient for the delegates and collectives to understand our aims.
we need a volunteer to help administer the front door access control system.
Someone comfortable with shell commands and vim and ssh, please speak up!
extra bonus if someone is available to help with cgi scripts for basic html
stuff, in order to make a way for nontechnical people of omni (who have
password access) to approve card access.
we can collaborate on this of course but i need someone to take over the basic
responses to the keycard requests now.
Events working group is organizing a fundraiser on January 20th. An Omni
Commons Winter Maker Fair. We encourage all collectives to participate and
for folks to spread the sign up sheet to all artists! There will be space
for vending , performing, leading workshops and more! If you would like to
join the organizing committee let us know!
WINTER MAKER FAIR SIGN UP FORM!
See below: Sodoroom member Thomas Lopes also runs the Raspberry Pi
interest group of the Berkeley Linux Users Group, he'll be holding their
meeting from 11am-2pm at Sudoroom, it'd be great to have a bunch of
veteran Sudoers present to hang out, help him host and welcome newcomers.
Thomas also knows how to flash the locked Dell Chromebooks so if you
wanted to unlock some more Chromebooks tomorrow would be a good day as
he's around. (We could use some more to hand out as general purpose
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From: tom r lopes <Unknown>
Date: Friday, November 17, 2023 at 9:17:40 AM UTC-8
Subject: Pi.BerkeleyLUG: Next meeting this Sunday 19.11.2023
To: BerkeleyLUG <Unknown>
Now with Pi 5!
I still have one Pi 5 8gb from the launch event last month and a 4gb
that I pre ordered from the announcement.
The launch event went pretty well. People were interested in how the 5
would work in their projects. And one 8gb Pi 5 was given out (and a
couple of 4s).
Sorry no giveaways this time.
So at SudoRoom in Sunday November 19 from 11 am to 2pm. There is a
buzzer at the door or call or txt me at 510-984-2455 for access.
I'll be 3d printing some parts and looking at Sudo's little metal lathe.
Alan had been checking out the lathe and we have gotten some parts but
there is still some things to check.
Hope to see you there.