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'''1. Membership Fees''' (perhaps $50-$100/mo, with sliding scale available for starving students / unemployed)
 
'''1. Membership Fees''' (perhaps $50-$100/mo, with sliding scale available for starving students / unemployed)
 
*From 5/16 meeting:  
 
*From 5/16 meeting:  
-- A driving principle could be to '''separate membership fee-paying from perception of having influence in SudoRoom.''' Or, to what extent should financial contribution be separate from 1) governance privileges 2) access to the space?
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-- Should a driving principle be to '''separate membership fee-paying from perception of having influence in SudoRoom?''' Or, to what extent should financial contribution be separate from 1) governance privileges 2) access to the space?
 
 
-- Maybe a substantive membership benefit would be that members get to invite speakers & have classes at the space without having to get larger group approval.
 
  
 
-- Should "member" be the term used? What about participant/ supporter/ Sudo-Agent? (Patrik: we can call them whatever we want internally, but for the elevator pitch we should refer to them as "members", because that is what people understand.)
 
-- Should "member" be the term used? What about participant/ supporter/ Sudo-Agent? (Patrik: we can call them whatever we want internally, but for the elevator pitch we should refer to them as "members", because that is what people understand.)
  
 
-- Accept in-kind donations if cash not available? What would the list of acceptable trades be?
 
-- Accept in-kind donations if cash not available? What would the list of acceptable trades be?
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'''1.1 Possible membership benefits - what reason do we give people to donate on a regular basis?'''
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* Governance privileges
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* Access to the space
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* Access to shared tools
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* Maybe a substantive membership benefit would be that members get to invite speakers & have classes at the space without having to get larger group approval
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** would anyone pay for that privilege?
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* Discount for classes or other goods/services
  
 
'''2. Services/ Goods Offered to Community''' (Classes/ SkillShares; Events: Speakers, Conferences, Movie Nights; Goods: DIYbio kits, repair workshops, etc)
 
'''2. Services/ Goods Offered to Community''' (Classes/ SkillShares; Events: Speakers, Conferences, Movie Nights; Goods: DIYbio kits, repair workshops, etc)
 
* From 5/16 meeting: Selling goods/services can fuel and support membership (ie, members can provide goods/host events/teach classes/act as speakers + these activities can bring new members); but does charging for these opportunities run counter to the sudo open + accessible principle?
 
* From 5/16 meeting: Selling goods/services can fuel and support membership (ie, members can provide goods/host events/teach classes/act as speakers + these activities can bring new members); but does charging for these opportunities run counter to the sudo open + accessible principle?
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** Not being able to pay the rent also runs counter to the open + accessible principle
  
 
'''3. Fundraising''' (Grants: city/state/federal/private; Straight Donations, ex Donate button on website; Parties; Crowdfunding)
 
'''3. Fundraising''' (Grants: city/state/federal/private; Straight Donations, ex Donate button on website; Parties; Crowdfunding)

Revision as of 12:24, 22 May 2012

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This is a shared knowledge commons on our options to bring in income to cover costs for Sudo Room. These may be shorter responses than for decisions, so a template may not be necessary (we may end up choosing multiple or many options), but also feel free to contribute a free-form response below.

Income-bringing Options

Thought from 5/16 meeting: There seem to be three categories to bring in income (below). The discussion group thought that membership fees and services/goods offered would be the main sources of income, with the quality of the goods/services offered greatly affecting the energy and support of membership.

1. Membership Fees (perhaps $50-$100/mo, with sliding scale available for starving students / unemployed)

  • From 5/16 meeting:

-- Should a driving principle be to separate membership fee-paying from perception of having influence in SudoRoom? Or, to what extent should financial contribution be separate from 1) governance privileges 2) access to the space?

-- Should "member" be the term used? What about participant/ supporter/ Sudo-Agent? (Patrik: we can call them whatever we want internally, but for the elevator pitch we should refer to them as "members", because that is what people understand.)

-- Accept in-kind donations if cash not available? What would the list of acceptable trades be?

1.1 Possible membership benefits - what reason do we give people to donate on a regular basis?

  • Governance privileges
  • Access to the space
  • Access to shared tools
  • Maybe a substantive membership benefit would be that members get to invite speakers & have classes at the space without having to get larger group approval
    • would anyone pay for that privilege?
  • Discount for classes or other goods/services

2. Services/ Goods Offered to Community (Classes/ SkillShares; Events: Speakers, Conferences, Movie Nights; Goods: DIYbio kits, repair workshops, etc)

  • From 5/16 meeting: Selling goods/services can fuel and support membership (ie, members can provide goods/host events/teach classes/act as speakers + these activities can bring new members); but does charging for these opportunities run counter to the sudo open + accessible principle?
    • Not being able to pay the rent also runs counter to the open + accessible principle

3. Fundraising (Grants: city/state/federal/private; Straight Donations, ex Donate button on website; Parties; Crowdfunding)

  • From 5/16 meeting: fundraising is time-consuming and difficult and will be more likely if membership is solid (also, goods/services provided by the community can inform the viability of grants/crowdfunding)

-- Also: crowdfunding vs funding portal (eg; Sudo Room as Kickstarter Project vs. Sudo Room as Kickstarter :)

Free-form Income-bringing Responses

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Resources About Income-bringing Forms and Processes