A venue is a user-created location that can be used repeatedly as a locus of events.
Venues will provide an immediate benefit to organizers, articulate the movement's growth when visualized on a map, and provide opportunities for partnerships with hosts sympathetic to #occupy goals to offer meeting space. Expressions of solidarity are of import, but more so is the potential for the movement's growth, as idea spaces overlap, and community fostered. The coffee shop, the speakeasy, the yelp of idea spaces – that's what we're talking about.
It's a beautiful vertical and horizontal expression. It ties into the event model (events happen at venues) and group processes in FGA proper. For now, it explodes occupy all over the map. It hashtags everything.
Workflows promote local involvement and a more grassroots participation.
There is a community organising endeavour under way to connect with and catalogue existing occupy-friendly places, which include hacker/maker spaces, coworking facilities, ecovilalges, homesteads, intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing communities. By providing a solution that meets the needs of these communities, we'll be able to very quickly find ourselves surrounded by friends and allies. More info on those directories here: http://wiki.occupy.net/wiki/Directories
There is a list of the fields these various directories use here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArhSktWsQi1VdDl4MGcwdXp2a09jUHV3QU1NMnV6aXc
These are the properties that can be understood as fields on a Venue content type. They are initially loosely defined here.
Name Image(s) Address buzzer # lat,lon nearest public transit public/private Venue Description Amenities wifi electricity restroom wheelchair accessibility parking bicycle parking kid-friendly pet-friendly capacity (#) food nearby byo sold on-site (add to food): free on-site (add to food): kitchen (add to food): transfer (csa pickup/drop off) hours noise level rating
Comments are an important part of qualifying the space for use in an #occupy context. Photos are also key to venue selection for tone, amenities in context, and properties difficult to otherwise encapsulate in a description.
Personal experience and stories about the waitstaff's attitude, noise levels during rush hour, or the hidden gem of a falafel joint next door are sometimes more important than the listing itself in business review models. Ours, however is more wiki-like, and venue listings should represent the pulse.