Membership Information

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Hive 76 Membership Levels


Hive76 is a Member Owned organization. We have two types of membership, and a 'friend' status, which for people that want to be involved, but don't want to be members.

  • Core Membership: $100 a month, for heavy users of the space
  • Basic Membership: $50 a month, for most people
  • Friend of Hive76: $15 a month, 'nearly' a member. Also commonly known as 'dismembership'

Core Membership

Core Members are people that have a lot invested in the space, and use it often for personal or (case by case allowed) small business or event use.

What you give

  • $100 a month
  • 4 hours a month working on a Hive76 project/event
  • 2 Class,Events, or skill-shares managed/hosted/run a year

What you get

  • 24/7 access to Hive76 for personal
  • Automatic permission to have group events (5+ people)
  • Core Members have priority on equipment and tools
  • The right to vote on and can block organization decisions*
  • Private storage locker.
  • At-cost use of tools and consumable parts (MakerBot, etc)
  • Permission to use all space equipment and tools (once trained)
  • The ability to check out some tools.
  • First dibs schwag and stuff.

Basic Membership

Basic Members want to help run and make the space work, and use it often, but maybe are not around as often, or are not as active on the current set of projects.

What you give

  • $50 a month
  • 2 hours a month working on Hive76 Project/Event
  • 1 Class, Event, or skill-shares managed/hosted/run a year

What you get

  • 24/7 Access to Hive 76 for personal projects (sign-in *required*)
  • Minimum overhead cost for classes or events run at Hive.
  • The right to use any/all equipment when a Core Member is not using it
  • The right to vote on organization decisions*
  • 1/2 of a shared locker for on site storage.
  • Can reserve the space for group events (5+ people)
  • Permission to use all space equipment and tools (once trained)


A Dismember uses the space once in a blue moon, or just likes to drop by during open hours. The don't want to help run the space too much, they just want to use it once in a while.

What you give

  • $15 a month & no time on projects

What you get

  • Access to the space during classes, open house, or when other members are around
  • Weblog and private mailing list access
  • Discount on classes and events
  • Permission to use most space tools and equipment (but not all)


Hive76 is owned and run by its members, so we are a bit careful about how we accept new members.

  1. First you probably should go join the Discussion List, and drop by for a few Wednesday night meeting/open houses. Get to know us. This is a shared space, and to make it run well, we need to know personalities mesh well.
    1. In your membership bid email to the Discussion List, please answer the following questions (as suggested by Jordan -- FEEL FREE TO COPY/PASTE INTO YOUR EMAIL):
      1. What do you hope to gain from Membership at Hive76. e.g. what will being a Member allow you to do that you can't do simply by coming to public events such as open house? Are there skills you plan to learn at Hive? Collaborations you are looking forward to?
      2. What do you plan to give to Hive76, that will benefit the space/Membership? e.g. Skills you are bringing to Hive you are willing to share/teach others, classes you envision that you could teach if there is sufficient interest, anything else?
      3. Please provide constructive criticism of Hive76. What are we doing well? What are we lacking? What could we do better? What brought you to Hive and where do you see Hive76 going in the future?
  2. After you get to know a few people, ask someone to sponsor you. You might have to ask a couple of people, or get to know an existing member a bit before they will sponsor you. If you don't have an existing member to sponsor you, no worries, we'll help find someone to sponsor you.
  3. Fill out our new member form. Also send an email to the discussion list with a little bio info, and mention who your sponsor is.
  4. Core/Basic Members: Since these members get full access to the space, the current membership needs to vote to accept the new application. This is done in person, usually at the weekly open house. Give everyone a week's notice before voting so they can attend or call in.
  5. Start paying your dues.
  6. Finally, you will be contacted to make sure your keys, blog, hive-email, and other facilities work. You also should get a formal 'shelf by shelf' tour of the space, so you know where to find tools, parts, and equipment to use.
  7. Basic and Core Members need to buy a keyfob and set it up with PeeJay for 24-7 access.

Guidelines for Conduct in the Space

This stuff is generally considered "common sense" but as we grow it's important to emphasize these rules by which we expect all members and entrants to the space to follow to make best use of our shared space.

  1. Individuals should be at least 21 or accompanied by a parent or guardian to enter the space
  2. The Quartermaster has domain over the space. Do what the Quartermaster says. No change to the space is minor; people rely on the location of items.
  3. No alterations to the infrastructure or physical layout of the space can be made without discussion and approval (from Quartermaster and/or Management).
  4. Obey the "campsite rule"... leave the space in a better condition than how you found it.
  5. Return tools to their proper location. Every tool has a home. Send them home.
  6. Perform an inspection of the space before you leave: SOLDERING IRONS OFF, major lights off, equipment put away. Check the trash -- if it looks full, take it out and place a new trash bag in the can. Brooms are provided for your convenience. Do not unplug or turn off any power strip unless it could pose a hazard to the space or its inhabitants (e.g. power to a soldering iron or power tool).
  7. If you have not been trained to use a piece of equipment (whether you know how to use it or not), don't use it. Ask the Quartermaster for help.
  8. Clean up the shrapnel from your work; use the vacuum to clean up debris from grinding, sawing, drilling, cutting, etc.
  9. Using a tool inappropriately or for a purpose other than for its design or in an unsafe manner is prohibited.
  10. Proper safety equipment must be used at all times when using power tools. Wear goggles and a mask if you are generating dust. Get help if you want to get on a ladder (don't use the ladder alone).
  11. Open food containers, empty drink cans, and cups need to be rinsed in the sink before throwing into the trash unless you are taking the trash out when you leave. See above.
  12. If consumables are running low, send a request for replacements by contacting the Quartermaster and email
  13. Blatant or repeated disregard for these guidelines are grounds for revocation of membership.


For major space decisions, Core Members + Basic Members vote. A proposal is passed by 2/3 majority. Core Members can block if they absolutely can't live with the outcome. A 'block' can be overridden if everyone else (except that one core member) votes to override it. Lite members are encouraged to be part of decision making, and can participate in discussion. Their votes are recorded and announced, but don't count towards the 2/3 majority. More on our voting process can be found here.


Effective summer 2010, we have not been having regular meetings, issues are often discussed on the mailing list instead. Hive meets weekly before Open House. On the 1st and 3rd week of the month, we have a *voting meeting*, which is (basically) just a meeting where members vote on any open proposals. About every 4-6 weeks we have a Management Meeting, where the officers get together, and talk about how the space is doing, and coordinate the next set of things to do to make the space better. Once or twice a year we have a 'Board Meeting' (which will be required once we're a nonprofit), followed by a BBQ or Party. The 'Board Meeting' will probably take all day, and will be planning for bigger things to come. This is where we BS, dream big, and remember how awesome the past year was.