[hackerspaces] How do you take decisions

Joshua Pritt ramgarden at gmail.com
Thu Oct 12 22:46:41 CEST 2017


Yep depends on the decision.  Here's some recent examples from Melbourne
Makerspace in FL:

1. Projector died. Needed for classes.  One member just went and bought one
for ~$600 new.  Since we don't have enough extra in our coffers to pay for
it then we'll pass the hat around and pay him back slowly over time for as
big a portion as we can.
2. Move to a bigger space?  All hands meeting with report from treasurer
showing our income vs expenses with old space rent/bills and new space
rent/bills.  We had to hold off for a few months until we got a few more
members.  Then we met again and saw we could do it so we did it.



On Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 4:40 PM, Chris Weiss <cweiss at gmail.com> wrote:

> depends on the decision.  if it's minor and undo-able it just gets done.
> if there are legal ramifications the elected board handles is.  if it's
> not-optional they pick the best option (rental insurance for example, best
> cost per needed coverage).  other things get taken to the membership with a
> formal vote.
>
> On Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 3:31 PM Matt Joyce <matt at nycresistor.com> wrote:
>
>> All power is descendent from the Orb.
>>
>> On Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 4:28 PM, S├ębastien Gendre <seb at k-7.ch> wrote:
>>
>>> Hello Worlds.
>>>
>>> When you need to take decisions about your space or your community, how
>>> do you proceed?
>>>
>>> - With the whole community?
>>> - Inside a restricted committee?
>>> - With do-ocraty principle?
>>> - Other?
>>>
>>> Usually, I read that hackerspaces proceed with a balance between
>>> do-ocraty and consensus with the whole community. Which is in line with
>>> one of the hacker values: No authority.
>>>
>>> But at our hackerspace, all decisions about our space or our community
>>> are taken by a restricted committee. The freedom left to the members are
>>> for
>>> their own projects. Is it make us a false hackerspace?
>>>
>>>
>>> Regards
>>> ---
>>> Seb
>>>
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