Causes

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.

Minimum Requirements

At a minimum, to exist a cause must have:

  1. One leader
  2. Five members total
  3. Committed to the contribution rules
  4. Approval from an executive majority vote
  5. Registered themselves with the Treasurer
  6. A wiki page (on the HSBNE domain) stating
    • The current leader.
    • The cause objectives.
    • The Causes’s Operating Document (if one has been approved by cause membership)
    • Causes contribution details (classes, area of upkeep etc).

Cause Contributions

Causes must contribute back to the hackerspace as defined by the executive. Failure to meet these obligations in a calendar month will result in all cause budget access being suspended until such time as the obligations are being met. The current rules for contribution are:

  1. One event or class per calendar month
  2. Obligation to ‘own’ a physical area of the hackerspace and be responsible for its upkeep and appearance.
  3. Grants specifically for the cause must also have some contribution to the hackerspace as a whole.

Cause Rules

  1. Members may allocate up to 30% of their monthly membership fees to up to three (3) causes.
  2. Causes must have an operating policy document to form and run. This document should detail:
    • Induction and Maintenance processes for cause tools.
    • Lists of tool maintainers and process for becoming a maintainer of each tool
    • Expectations for use of cause area, including Shared Working Spaces, Supervision and Storage.
    • Ongoing approved budgets for expenditure/reimbursement (ie, consumable restocking)
  3. Quorum is defined as minimum 3 people or 40% of cause membership, whichever is greater.
  4. Meetings must be given with 5 days notice of any agenda items.
  5. Causes may (at the discretion of the treasurer) accept contributions from sources other than membership fee alotments.
  6. Causes meetings may vote on items relating to:
    • Expenditure of a causes balance (at the discretion of the treasurer).
    • Induction processes for use of tools the cause is responsible for.
    • Supervision of tools the cause is responsible for and induction of supervisors thereof.
    • Maintenance lock-outs for tools.
    • Amendments to the cause’s Operating Policy.
  7. Causes must publish all voted policies/processes on their entrance (or as close as practicable) and on the HSBNE Wiki on their Cause page.
  8. Cause Leaders must resign their position at the Annual General Meeting and be nominated and voted in.
  9. Cause Leaders may be removed from their position by a majority vote of the Executive or the Membership.
  10. Causes may not:
    • Deny general membership access to a cause maintained area
    • Deny non cause members to any meetings, equipment, tools, consumables or classes.

Starting a Cause

To start a cause, contact the executive with:

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