why stations? because elementary school was fun!
~~~ PROPOSED STATIONS ~~~
SOCIAL STATION aka SCHMOOZE STATION
function: to cross pollinate. to ease distractions on working groups.
possible amenities: couches, snack table, drinks. no stereo please?
location: adjacent to info & storytelling station
INFO STATION aka ORIENTATION STATION
function: resource centre for the weekend
possible amenities: schedule of individual workshops, sign up sheets for workshops, description of workshops, shop orientation/map, bike diagram with labelled parts, tool diagrams, flyers for events (bikebee & other), index cards & pens, clock, mailing list sign up, bulletiin board for messages.
location: should be the most prominent station upon entry. relatively adjacent to the social station
STORYTELLING STATION aka STORY STATION
function: to stimulate creativity. to create memorabilia. to foster collaboration & brainstorms. a place to let off creative steam. to build biker narratives. to disarm self-censorship. to entertain. to increase rapport.
possible amenities: inspiration board: e.g. big notepad on easel/huge sheet of craft paper taped to a wall. this could be used for 'one word' stories, collage (magazines, glue). whiteboard for brainstorming. puppet stage. bulletin board for messages. list of improv games/warmups, drawing games, word games. tape recorder. adjacent to the social station
DONATION STATION aka THE DONOR BIKE
fuction: to collect donations during the weekend, without being intimidating or embarrassing
possible features: secured lockbox, pretty sign (could be "bicycle bee donation station. pay what you can. no one turned away"), suggested donations rate sheet? (e.g. list of suggested donations for each workshop). will this station be staffed? needs something to get attention so that people see it (could be mounted on a sexy chopper, or an old broken down bike in need of help ("ol faithful"). could have xmas lights on it, just so people don't forget to donate, or forget to feel pretty.
location: near the exit, so that people won't feel pressured/intimidated/guilty. could be near the info station, but placed in such a way that it wasn't obvious until exiting. let's keep in mind that there are few exits. perhaps a few donor bikes (aka junky bikes) would exist, one in each workshop locale.
function: a quiet corner for nappies.
possible amenities: a few little sleeping mats & blankies & pillows.
location: out of the way
first aid station