Do-ocracy

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Typically, when someone wants to do or change something big at HackPGH, they bring it up at a meeting and the membership can vote on it. For smaller things, it may not be worth spending a week figuring out if everyone is on board; for those items, we follow a principle called Do-ocracy:

If you want something done, do it. But remember to be excellent to each other when doing so.

Use Cases

The Bad Version

  1. Dick paints the bike shed pink.
  2. Jane becomes unhappy about the fact that the bike shed she helped build is now pink.
  3. Jane posts a rant on the #general channel in Slack about how Dick is being a dick. Dick responds by calling Jane a variety of obscenities.
  4. Jane brings the incident to the board. Dick's membership is revoked. Some board members resign. The space loses multiple valuable members because they were so offended by what happened.

The Being Excellent To Each Other Version

  1. Dick paints the bike shed pink.
  2. Jane becomes unhappy about the fact that the bike shed she helped build is now pink.
  3. Jane politely engages Dick in discussion about his decision. Dick realized that other people he shares the space with have feelings too.
  4. Jane and Dick decide to repaint the bike shed blue.

Notes

  • An important part of being excellent is documenting your change. Leave a note on what you do-ocratically did. Contact numbers are especially important if you want people to contact you about the change. The biggest challenge in a do-ocracy is not reversal, but ascertaining (and taking) responsibility.
  • If someone nicely asks you to change something back, be nice and just change it back.
  • If do-ocracy isn't working, feel free to bring the issue up with the Board. Just remember that they're volunteers, so please try to Be Excellent to them too.

Original content on NoiseBridge's Wiki: https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Do-ocracy. Thank you!