[TheThinkTank] alcohol at shop - during meetings - pros and cons?

Reno Bikes renobikeproject at gmail.com
Wed Jul 30 15:44:28 PDT 2014

We allow alcohol, but only at breakfast meetings.

On Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 2:26 PM, momoko saunders <analyst at bikefarm.org>

> Hey all,
> We at Bike Farm recently had a proposal to ban alcohol at our general
> meetings. We already have a strict policy against alcohol during open shop
> hours.
> I'd love to know if other shops have policy around alcohol during meetings
> or in the shop off hours. Do you have concrete examples of how this effects
> the shop and it's patrons/volunteers?
> For those who do not have alcohol, do you notice an difference in time
> spent hanging out with other collective members, did it change the social
> dynamic? How does it affect your volunteer pool?
> For those who have alcohol, do you discuss it often? Do you think it adds
> or deters from your collective? What is the role of alcohol?
> The arguments in my mind seem to revolve around safer spaces and
> regulation. I believe in having as little regulation as possible, but I
> also respect the need for safer spaces. I wonder if there's a way to not
> introduce policy while still making an inviting space for all.
> Your thoughts and experiences would be appreciated!
> -momoko
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