Causes are micro groups within HSBNE that are empowered to direct funds towards their own interests without having to convince merit to the group as a whole. In exchange for autonomy, Causes take some responsibility for the upkeep and community building of the hackerspace.
This means that (for example) a group of blacksmithers can direct funds specifically towards their interests (ie a new anvil) without having to convince the wider group of its merit as an expenditure. It means they can maintain their area and buy appropriate consumables for it.
When total funds of the hackerspace drop below the marker defined by the Treasurer, all cause fund allocation freezes until the general bank balance recovers.
This marker is currently defined as $10,000
You may allocate up to 25% in total of your monthly dues towards up to Three causes, which gains you membership in those causes and voting rights. You can change these allocations once per month by contacting the Treasurer and notifying them of your preferences.
At a minimum, to exist a cause must have:
Causes must contribute back to the hackerspace as defined by the executive. Failure to meet these obligations in a calendar month will result in no funds being allocated for that month, and the cause area being shutdown until the obligations are sufficiently met. The current rules for contribution are:
The area defined for upkeep gets cleaned and approved by a member of the exec as acceptable. Photos are taken as a reference. Each month a walkthrough will be performed to grade the area against the reference photos. No walkthrough report means no funds allocated for that month, and the area will be closed until the grievance is resolved.
Operation of a cause is bound by similar rules as the group as a whole. When in doubt, read our incorporation rules and follow them. The relevant clarifications are:
Otherwise, a cause operates as does the larger group, to highlight a few key points:
A cause empowers you and people with similar interests to direct funds appropriately within your own consensus. It does not, in any way allow you to:
For the purposes of our incorporation rules, causes are defined as subcommittees.
To start a cause, contact the executive with: