From FECAL FACE DOT COM– This might seem a bit off topic here -( generally how we
make help our cities work now and in the future) – but it strikes me as apt that the key to a more meaningful future is everyone taking part in it – not just consuming and spectating/ vegetating – but actually doing something tangible! I love making stuff, programming stuff and want to learn more and how to do more stuff– – – I am all for Noisebridge‘s vision which is based on this idea:
We make stuff. So can you!
“Inspired in part by the open source movement, public spaces are emerging where people congregate to share ideas, make cool projects, teach, and brainstorm with collaborators on everything from coding to cooking. With no leaders, they have one rule: “Be excellent to each other.” Take a tour of the hackerspace Noisebridge, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, with co-founder Mitch Altman.”
Be excellent to each otheris the guiding principle of Noisebridge. Similar to Wikipedia’s don’t be a dick, this is “the fundamental rule of all social spaces. Every other policy for getting along is a special case of it.” Unlike Wikipedia, Noisebridge takes a positive approach, and avoids the practice of officially enumerating the myriad potential special cases; “be excellent” is enough.
We make official Noisebridge decisions by consensus, which means the unanimous consent of all of our members. Decisions are made at our weekly meetings, and items proposed for consensus are announced at least a week in advance to give everyone time to hear about them. Members may block by proxy if they are unable to attend or if they wish to block anonymously.
Doing excellent stuff at Noisebridge does not require permission or an official consensus decision. If you’re uncertain about the excellence of something you want to do, you should ask someone else what they think.