The Plenum Pattern

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This page is a part of Design Patterns.

Its content is derived from the presentation "Building a Hacker Space" by Jens Ohlig and Lars Weiler.

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Problem[edit]

You want to resolve internal conflicts, exercise democratic decision-making, and discuss recent issues and future plans.

Implementation[edit]

Have a regular meeting with possibly all members. Have an agenda and set goals. Make people commit themselves to tasks. Write down minutes of the meeting and post them on a mailing list and/or Wiki. Go for the only date that works: once a week. Weird dates like “first full-moon after the third Friday” will never work. Likewise doesn’t every other week or anything similar.

(Note from enki/metalab: every two weeks worked much better for us. having meetings without progress to report or things to discuss is worse than no meeting, because it attracts people who talk and deters people who are action-oriented) (Note from Moem/Hack42: we concur. Bi-weekly meetings are working fine for us.)

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