Our Philosophy
 
A Dimension Beyond
 

At A Dimension Beyond we will constantly strive to create simple, easy to use applications and systems that will be able to be used by anyone.


Our mission is to promote openness, innovation & opportunity in the design and execution of products relating to Virtual Worlds and Virtual Reality.

At A Dimension Beyond, we’re a small global community of technologists, thinkers and builders working together to keep virtual worlds alive and accessible, so people worldwide can be informed contributors and creators of virtual worlds and virtual reality. We believe this act of human collaboration across an open platform is essential to individual growth and our collective future.

A Dimension Beyond-The Manifesto!

Introduction

Virtual worlds are becoming an increasingly important part of our lives.

A Dimension Beyond is a global community of people who believe that openness, innovation, and opportunity are key to the continued health of virtual worlds and virtual reality. We are working together to ensure that virtual worlds and virtual reality are developed in a way that benefits everyone.

A Dimension Beyond uses a community-based approach to create world-class open source software and to develop new types of collaborative activities. We create communities of people involved in making the virtual world experience better for all of us.

As a result of these efforts, we have distilled a set of principles that we believe are critical for virtual worlds and virtual reality  to continue to benefit the public good as well as commercial aspects of life. We set out these principles below.

The goals for the Manifesto are to:

  1. 1.Articulate a vision for virtual worlds and virtual reality that A Dimension Beyond participants want to pursue;

  2. 2.Speak to people and work with people whether or not they have a technical background;

  3. 3.Make A Dimension Beyond contributors proud of what we're doing and motivate us to continue; and

  4. 4.Provide a framework for other people to advance this vision of virtual worlds.


These principles will not come to life on their own. People are needed to make virtual worlds open and participatory - people acting as individuals, working together in groups, and leading others. A Dimension Beyond is committed to advancing the principles set out in the A Dimension Beyond Manifesto. We invite others to join us and make virtual worlds an ever better place for everyone.

Principles

  1. 1.In the future virtual worlds will be an integral part of modern life—a key component in education, communication, collaboration, business, entertainment and society as a whole.

  2. 2.Virtual worlds are a global public resource that must remain open and accessible.

  3. 3.Virtual worlds must enrich the lives of individual human beings. It also must be easy to learn and use for everyone. There should be no barriers to using virtual worlds.

  4. 4.Individuals’ security and privacy on virtual worlds are fundamental and must not be treated as optional.

  5. 5.Individuals must have the ability to shape virtual worlds and their own experiences on virtual worlds.

  6. 6.The effectiveness of virtual worlds as a public resource depends upon interoperability (protocols, data formats, content), innovation and decentralized participation worldwide. Virtual worlds must be able to run on a wide variety of machines from computers, to tablets and phones. The system must be OS agnostic.

  7. 7.Free and open source software promotes the development of virtual worlds as a public resource.

  8. 8.Transparent community-based processes promote participation, accountability and trust.

10. Commercial involvement in the development of virtual worlds brings many benefits; a balance between commercial profit and public benefit is critical.

11. Magnifying the public benefit aspects of virtual worlds is an important goal, worthy of time, attention and commitment.


Advancing the A Dimension Beyond Manifesto

There are many different ways of advancing the principles of the A Dimension Beyond Manifesto. We welcome a broad range of activities, and anticipate the same creativity that A Dimension Beyond participants have shown in other areas of the project. For individuals not deeply involved in the A Dimension Beyond project, one basic and very effective way to support the Manifesto is to use A Dimension Beyond products and other products that embody the principles of the Manifesto.

A Dimension Beyond Pledge

A Dimension Beyond, Inc. pledges to support the A Dimension Beyond Manifesto in its activities. Specifically, we will:

  1. Build and enable open-source technologies and communities that support the Manifesto’s principles;

  2. Build and deliver great consumer and business products that support the Manifesto’s principles;

  3. Use the A Dimension Beyond assets (intellectual property such as copyrights and trademarks, infrastructure, funds, and reputation) to keep virtual worlds and virtual reality there- as an open platform;

  4. Promote models for creating economic value for the public benefit; and

  5. Promote the A Dimension Beyond Manifesto principles in public discourse and within virtual worlds industry.


Invitation

A Dimension Beyond invites all others who support the principles of the A Dimension Beyond Manifesto to join with us, and to find new ways to make this vision of virtual worlds a reality.


(This was liberally taken from the Mozilla Manifesto, a document that rang very true for us. We thank them for graciously making their webpage open source too so we could use this!)