Constitution

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This is the Constitution of the Dorset Constructorium. Members may propose changes at any time.

(See also: Our stance on commercial activities)

Part One

This sets out the way in which the Constructorium will be run and organised, as well as rules for members. This constitution has been agreed upon by a majority of the members who responded at the time of proposal, and further changes must be agreed upon by a majority of members who respond after a suitable period of at least one week.

  1. The Dorset Constructorium is a non-profit organisation. If any profit is made from membership fees, after essential expenses have been deducted, the money will be used for new equipment for the Constructorium.
  2. The Dorset Constructorium committee consists of three central members: the president, the secretary and the treasurer.
    1. The president is responsible for the overall direction of the hackerspace. This includes, but is not limited to, organising events, liaising with third parties and suppliers and proposing changes to the Constructorium’s running.
    2. The secretary is responsible for the day-to-day running of the hackerspace. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring the hackerspace complies with legal requirements, updating rules for members as and when needed and arranging access to and from hackerspace premises.
    3. The treasurer is responsible for the funding and spending of the hackerspace. This includes, but is not limited to, collecting membership fees, paying out expenses such as rent, and utility expenses.
  3. All members of the Dorset Constructorium committee fulfil their role on an entirely voluntary basis. No remittance will be received, nor expenses for any reason.
  4. The Dorset Constructorium committee will hold at least one Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will be open to all members. The date, time and location, will be communicated to members no later than one week before the meeting.
  5. In the event of an issue that must be dealt with quickly, the committee may hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), which will be open to all members. The date, time and location, will be communicated to members no later than one week before the meeting.
  6. The Dorset Constructorium committee are elected on a Single Transferable Vote system using online voting tools administered by a member of the Constructorium who is not nominated. The committee will stand for re-election yearly in July, which may coincide with the AGM.
  7. The Dorset Constructorium aims to provide the space and tools for members to work on their own projects. Each member must assess the safety of their own projects, the tools they are using, and the space they are using before starting. Each member is individually responsible for their own safety and their own actions whilst at hackerspace events. Dorset Constructorium accepts no liability for any injury, death or loss caused by members’ actions, except where required by law.
  8. Members put the safety of themselves and other members ahead of all other considerations. Members should not use any tools or equipment that they are not confident in using, or should seek assistance to do so. If an urgent safety risk is identified, members are required to cease all work until the risk is resolved.
  9. Members must respect the Constructorium environment by ensuring they clear up their projects when finished and that their work does not cause hazards to others whilst in progress. Members should also respect that some items provided are not to be hacked, and this will be made clear.
  10. Members may bring their own tools and equipment to the hackerspace and may expect that others do not use or borrow them. If items are not clearly marked as being owned by the Constructorium or for general use, permission must be sought from the owner before using them.
  11. Members will be required to pay a reasonable amount towards the use they make of the Constructorium. The treasurer will set out the rates payable and make this information available to members or potential members at any time it is requested.
  12. Members must respect the decisions of the committee, with regards to new rules and regulation, or individual directions.
  13. Everyone is welcome in the hackerspace, but under 16s are required to attend with an adult who takes full responsibility for their actions and projects. Because of the possible presence of under 16s, members must ensure that their behaviour and projects are not unduly adult (e.g. pornography, crude language).


Part Two

This sets out the ethos of the Constructorium, the values of which members should uphold at all times.

  1. The Dorset Constructorium aims to be a fun environment, which also allows people to learn and develop their ideas for their own advancement, for the good of others, or for the good of society as a whole.
  2. The Dorset Constructorium firmly believes that no idea is without merit, and help and advice should be given to all those who request it.
  3. The Dorset Constructorium is a place for sharing knowledge and ideas. Helping other members is an integral part of this. Members should always feel that they can ask for help.
  4. The Dorset Constructorium is available to everyone. No-one shall be excluded or given unfair treatment on grounds of age, race, nationality, disability, experience, knowledge, sexuality, gender, religion, appearance or personal beliefs.
  5. Members of the Dorset Constructorium should never knowingly undertake projects designed to cause harm to people, animals or the environment or projects which are intended to commit or assist in the committing of crimes.
  6. The Dorset Constructorium respects and abides by international, national and local laws.
  7. The Dorset Constructorium aims to be as energy efficient as it can. Members should ensure they keep their energy consumption to an absolute minimum, for example, by switching off equipment that is not in use.
  8. The Dorset Constructorium strongly encourages the re-use of unwanted items. In the event that this is not possible, then members are encouraged to recycle as much as possible.