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.
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.
- Membership Fees - perhaps $50-$100/mo, with sliding scale available for starving students / unemployed
-- 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? -- Thought: 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? -- Accept in-kind donations if cash not available? What would the list of acceptable trades be?
- Services/ Goods Offered to Community
-- Classes, SkillShares -- Events: Speakers, Conferences, Movie Nights -- Goods: DIYbio kits, repair workshops, etc -- Thought 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?
-- Grants: city/state/federal/private -- Straight Donations (put Donate button on website) -- Party (like had before) -- Thought 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 :) -- Crowdfunding
Free-form Income-bringing Responses