Greetings beloved Noisebridge community,
I think it is high time – probably past due, really – that the entire Noisebridge community convene to decide What Does Membership Mean?
I’m inviting everyone to participate in a 2+ hour session that will result in the entire community – Philanthropists, Members, and the uninitiated alike – generating a set of standards for Membership that come from Noisebridge as a whole.
Why me? Well, for the past half-decade, one of the “side quests” I’ve done in corporate and nonprofit settings has been helping whole organizations understand and name their most highly-held values.
The way I do this is simple. I ask everyone to come to a meeting held online (Jitsi will do nicely) and I ask people to come up with stories about what they believe constitutes righteous and good behavior in the org, in themselves, and in the people they work with. Then we all work on distilling those stories into themes, and from themes we assign value words and heuristics we can all agree on.
I would like to hold this kind of workshop for Noisebridge.
I want to be clear that i want everyone (members, philanthropists, and the uninitiated) to participate in generating as much conversation and storytelling as possible for the following questions:
- What makes a good Member?
- Are we a Trust-but-Verify culture? or a “people need to earn our trust” culture?
- What constitutes a good decision?
- What’s a “reasonable” block? What’s an “unreasonable” block?
I will set up a time on a day of the week when not as much other stuff is going on. Say… Sunday night? Would that be good?
And I am willing to run this for multiple weeks in a row to provide as much surface area for participation as needed to get everyone’s voice heard.