Meeting Notes 2015-12-02

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Sudoroom Weekly Meeting Wednesday December 2, 2015

juul is here. only a couple of other members. two new folk. waiting for more peeps to show up otherwise i'll just swear in the new members and call it a day.

intros

name, pronoun, icebreaker question

  • juul:
  • alan: don't know much about fermenting cabbage. sometimes i hang out in sudo room.
  • kc: come by every once in a while. didn't know there was a meeting.
  • max: twin on irc. new here. sauerkraut
  • dante: I like cole slaw
  • corey: this was my second day here. i was here yesterday.
  • jay: i'm a 18 year oakland resident. mainly an activist. a lot of stuff around police reform. reform in general. a lot of people getting killed right now. not sure that's really what i wanna do. got started with berkeley copwatch. i'm an activist first. it's what i'm really passionate about. i know ruby.
  • remote-jenny
  • eric: from portland. belong to a hackerspace up there called ctrl-h. lots of members from backspace. here for the holidays. planning on spending some time here.


announcements

  • Next Collabazaar tentatively scheduled for Sunday, December 13th in the entrance hall. Contact Jenny(@sudoroom.org) if you'd like to participate by running a booth!
  • Corey: Department of homeland security is hosting some event on december 10th. My impression is that they will be telling people how to apply for gov money to work on computer security stuff with the idea to keep people safe. We should get some of that money. Even ihttps://pad.riseup.net/p/sudomtgf they're the bogeyman it may not mean that we can't take their money. At least we shouldn't be afraid to go see what it's about. I plan on going. This is about the internet of things and they're scared that it isn't going to be safe.
    • Alan: That sounds cool. No that actually sounds terrible but I'm to go anyway.
  • Jay: (pitching his idea that he's looking for participants for) It's call ?ormasters. A website that maps out who the oligarchy in the country is. It's hard to make any change if you don't know who your enemy is. I want to make something that names them, maps out what levers they pull, who they fund, what companies they own, where they live. I haven't started building anything. I myself only know ruby / ruby on rails, and I can start building it and can do a good bit of it but I'd need a lot of help. Will come back Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • juul: Fridge is still making money.

new members

https://sudoroom.org/wiki/New_Member_Script

New Member App: Max

  • Would you like to very briefly introduce yourself?

I'm a programmer. I've been programming for probably 10 years. Never been to a hackerspace. This is my second day going to one. Always just been a lone wolf. Friend told me about it. Came by yesterday. Became enamoured with robot and. Mainly here to just learn from other people cause there's a lot of smart people here and kinda network i guess.

  • What brings you to sudo room?

He (my friend) didn't tell me about sudo specifically and then joined irc for a couple of days before coming in.

  • What do you want to hack or learn at sudo room (if you know)?

A robot (points a robot). This robot here (points at other robot). Building distributed computing with raspberry PIs using 3D printers to print multi-PI enclosure.

  • What do you want to share or teach at sudo room (if you know)?

I'll happily share my knowledge on programming and my electrical expertise. juul: do you know building/construction electrical. I could probably figure it out but haven't worked with it.


  • Sudo Room is part of the omni commons and as such, we take the omni commons statement of solidarity and safer space policy seriously. These policies include expected codes of conduct and the consequences of unacceptable behavior. As a member, you are expected to both act according to the code of conduct and also to be a part of acting to counter unacceptable behavior (we don't let mistreatment slide). Is this going to be a problem for you?

No. I've read the documents. Not here to cause problems. Here to learn. Get along with most people

  • Ideally this should include the group going over the statement of solidarity and the expected behavior and consequences of unexpected behavior section of the safer space policy to make sure the person understands what's expected of them.
  • Have you ever been banned, asked to take a break, or similar, from a hackerspace or any other collective?

No

  • What are the best ways to contact you?

turingcompleted@gmail.com

  • What is your schedule like?

Very weebly-wobbly. Changes becase I work at a shitty retail position right now. Usually have two weeks off during the week, usually one of them is wednesdays.

  • Do you have particular times that you think you'll be around? You should check out our regular events!

Would like to start going to the cyber wizard institute. Maybe even do/teach a course there.

New Member: NAME

  • Would you like to very briefly introduce yourself?
  • What brings you to sudo room?
  • What do you want to hack or learn at sudo room (if you know)?
  • What do you want to share or teach at sudo room (if you know)?
  • Sudo Room is part of the omni commons and as such, we take the omni commons statement of solidarity and safer space policy seriously. These policies include expected codes of conduct and the consequences of unacceptable behavior. As a member, you are expected to both act according to the code of conduct and also to be a part of acting to counter unacceptable behavior (we don't let mistreatment slide). Is this going to be a problem for you?
  • Ideally this should include the group going over the statement of solidarity and the expected behavior and consequences of unexpected behavior section of the safer space policy to make sure the person understands what's expected of them.
  • Have you ever been banned, asked to take a break, or similar, from a hackerspace or any other collective?What are the best ways to contact you?
  • What is your schedule like?
  • Do you have particular times that you think you'll be around? You should check out our regular events!

pondering

  • 10/28 Andrew applied, is now a member!
  • 11/04 Dane applied, is now a member!
  • 11/11 Kwaku, Gracie & Micolah applied, pondering ends Dec 9

$$

  • $1,885.08 in the bank - $283 quarterly insurance to be paid tonight [PAID] + $236.54 from PayPal = $1836.62
  • Stripe for November: $1345
  • PayPal for November: $550h
  • Total monthly costs: $2000 rent + ~$370 utilities + ~$94.33 insurance = ~$2450
  • Goal for fiscal solvency: ~$7500

Did we (tunabananas) pay rent for november? of course, and december. Nice! We have monies Let's spend them all on nerdy stickers We do need stickers. Plz order them! Or I can if you send me the SVG Let's get the hex ones this time! Here: http://hexb.in/vector/sudoroom.psd You should order them from stickermule.com They're kinda expensive but the only company to do it right. Too expensive. I bought 9 last month to distribute to sudo nomads..

Proposals

  • jenny: Maybe not enough members to pass proposals?
  • Dante: we talked about the buried seeds thing two weeks ago and everyone seemed for it
  • jenny: they're now asking to have the former Rise Above space for approx 50% of what we'd been renting it for

Buried Seeds Omni Membership Proposal

1. Mission statement

● What do you do? What happens in the world because you exist? (1­3 sentences)

Buried Seeds Medicinal Collective (Buried Seeds) is a collectively­ run project dedicated to facilitating the production of and accessibility to Earth­-based medicine. We are committed to living, gardening, healing, and loving in rhythm with the Natural Order.

2. Origin and group history

● How did you start? What have you done? (1­3 sentences)

Buried Seeds started in August 2015 when a tax defaulted lot was made available to thecollective members ­ Tatille Jackson and Thunder Currier ­ and their vision had a place to land. Since then, the members of Buried Seeds have established themselves as stewards of the land by moving into tiny homes. We are in the process of creating a regenerative herb and food garden while laying the groundwork for an Earth­based medicine lab.

3. Participation in the Omni

● Why are you interested in becoming a member? How does your group intend to use thespace? What are your needs? (less than 5 sentences)

Buried Seeds is interested in becoming a member of Omni Commons because it is importantto us that we grow in and contribute to spaces that are driven by the ideals of equal access, collective movement, and mutual support. We intend to use the space as a medicine­making lab and education hub for Earth­based herbalists. To achieve this, we are looking for:❏ securable floor space❏ access to plumbing (to install sinks)❏ access to electrical outlets - We will bring in all other equipment, shelving, supplies, etc.

4. Group finances and paying rent

● What does your group do to support itself financially? What is your best plan for contributing your potential share of rent to the Omni? (less than 5 sentences)

Buried Seeds will have three main income sources ­ monthly membership dues to themedicine­making lab, the sale of herbal medicine kits, and workshops/classes/gatherings. As we willbe funding the build out of the medicine lab and adding to the overall value of Omni, we propose thatwe pay $100 for the first two months of rent ­ the amount of time we are giving ourselves to completethe medicine lab. For the following four months, we propose that we pay $500 per month. After that, we can revisit the rent agreement including the possibility of offering a percentage of income. Buried Seeds is prepared to pay rent from its reserves if necessary. We expect transactional revenue tocover this expense from the seventh month moving forward.

5. Dedicated space

● If your group would like some dedicated space at the Omni, what square footage andwhat features are you looking for? Which specific rooms do you feel might be suitable?(1­3 sentences)

We are interested in the room previously used by Rise Above. Please refer to our answer to Question 3 regarding the features.

6. Other contributions to the Omni ● This question should inspire some imagination. We are exploring ideas to pay rent and purchase the building in the long­ term. The basic plan is for each group paying a shareof rent. Potential plans include groups sharing profit from their activities, producing Omni events, and booking other events. What is the best­ case scenario for using the Omnispace to further support your group? (less than 5 sentences)

Given the current real estate environment in the Bay Area, we fully support the plan topurchase the building and would be willing to host fundraising events, offer a percentage of sales toa “buy the building” fund, or come up with other creative ideas once we have a better idea of all thatthe Omni has to offer. The best case scenario for using the Omni space is that it will be a mutually beneficial scenario in which the culture of the Omni will help us draw in members and workshop participation while the presence of Buried Seeds will diversify what the Omni has to offer andstabilize its financial situation.

7. Additional ● Is there any other information that you think would be useful for us to know about yourgroup? (as many sentences as you like)

As requested, we have outlined our business, membership and fee structures. Regarding itsbusiness structure, Buried Seeds is applying to become a collectively­run LLC much like ImpactHUB. The people who manage Buried Seeds (aka partners) are independent from the public (aka members) who will be paying a monthly membership to the Buried Seeds medicine lab.To join the Buried Seeds Medicinal Collective as a partner, a person offers to contribute inone of the following roles ­ as a medicine garden steward, medicine maker, or medicine teacher. Ifthe individual’s proposal is accepted as financially and ethically aligned with the mission of Buried Seeds, then an agreement is made between the collective and the new partner. The agreement isbased on five main tenets ­ transparent and fair pay, consensus decision­making, a commitment to Earth­based healing, giving back, and nurturing each individual’s journey. It is important to note that based on its business model, Buried Seeds will naturally have a limited number of partners. Regarding its membership and fee structure, Buried Seeds will offer members of the public access to supplies, equipment, space, and classes in the medicine­making lab. In return, these members will pay $50/month for the aforementioned access in addition to an allotment of medicine­making supplies, e.g., tincture bottles. Members of the lab will have a clear and easy wayto provide feedback to the Buried Seeds collective. It is important for us to outline our exchange platform ­ in order to make what we offer available to those who may not have access to the one form of capital our society has deemed most valuable, we have decided to accept three forms of payment for the majority of our services. We will have predetermined amounts of 1) money, 2) garden volunteer hours, and 3) services that we will accept for the majority of our goods and services. This will also be based on the venue in which the exchange is taking place. For example, only money will be accepted at farmers’ markets or retail outlets whereas members may have the option of reduced membership rates to the medicine lab inexchange for contributing a certain amount of medicine to Buried Seeds or individuals can volunteera predetermined number of hours in order to participate in a workshop.Looking down the line, Buried Seeds would love to explore the idea of establishing a free apothecary for Omni members. Even further down the line, and when we have appropriately experienced herbalists on board, we would also love to host a community clinic.

Proposal: Elimination of delegates

via Jeremy, November 19th:

Any member of a collective can represent the presence of the collective. A presence of two-thirds of collectives need to be present to vote on a decision. Any member a collective has the capacity to block a proposal, if there is not block then it passes.

(We have similar process at sudo room, but require a certain amount of members rather than the presence of members from different collectives.)

Proposal: Use of decision making platform to vote on decisions

via Jeremy, November 19th:

The use of a sysem (such as DemocracyOS) to vote on proposals. The system would be used to keep track of our decision making process, simplify and increase accessibility to voting, and allow arguements against the proposal to be measured.