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#Are we a business? ''No''
#Do we need a business license? ''Yes''
#How does the board remain accountable to the membership? ''See the following analysis:''
##Sudo Room operates under our "Articles of Association", our own unique procedures which are not barred or prevented by California Corporation's Code. A corporation is allowed to use rules or policies of its own, so long as they are lawful, etc.
##* In lieu of a direct legal source for this, here are two examples of policies from non-profit organization that are used in governance within the community and not as the primary "organizational documents" used to register and administer the non-profit public benefit corporation:
##**Berkeley Student Cooperative (BSC) - Policy Directory - https://www.bsc.coop/policy/index.php/Policy_Directory
##**Mozilla Foundation - Official Mozilla Policies - https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/about/governance/policies/
##In the Articles of Association Sudo Room is defined to be "a deliberative collective, meaning there is horizontal democratic control and participatory management of the organization, which is composed of all individual members." - https://sudoroom.org/wiki/Articles_of_Association#Section_2.0_Definition
##Day-to-day decision making is algorithmic and depends on a consensus process for most situations, and exceptions for fringe-cases https://sudoroom.org/wiki/Articles_of_Association#Article_3._Decision-Making
##We needed to create a Board of Directors to create a proper state public benefit non-profit corporation and qualify to apply for federal 501(c)3 tax exempt status, given that sudo room's existence and mission are clearly for public benefit. You can see the Board's tasks include ensuring we fulfill the minimal responsibilities imposed on us by the state, and not other things: https://sudoroom.org/wiki/Board#Tasks The purview of the Board is responsibility, and not to meddle in day-to-day affairs which is managed by the lower-level policy (Articles of Association).
##If a member of the Board starts irresponsibly wielding power, which they may be technically capable of doing, the general members should remove this Board member from the board (this only needs a majority of members, though we would strive for consensus): https://sudoroom.org/wiki/Bylaws#c._Removal_of_Directors
#*In this way, there is an accountability mechanism that provides an exit-strategy and discourages transgression of Board members against the community's will and needs.
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