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Decentraland Conference Center #27
Title: Decentraland Conference Center
A Conference Center in the Decentraland.org Virtual World.
A conference center in a natural, semi-forested setting.
A place where:
Participants are welcome to bring a wealth of diverse world views, including those of a spiritual nature. Conversations about the spiritual aspects of our experience are welcome. The space may be used for private or group worship, among other activities. But this is not a place of proselytization or religious debate, nor of disparaging the views of others.
A place where there is curiosity and openness to the exploration of the role of virtual reality in the development of civilization, in new paradigms of education and of governance, in the life of society, and in the development of the individual and community.
Conference Center meets TEDx Talks meets Town Meetings meets Spiritual Retreat meets Park.
Although this is not a Baha'i facility, we wish to acknowledge that its principles have been inspired by Baha'i teachings, and that the lotus temple is patterned after the Baha'i temple in New Delhi.
cfravel at fravel.net
We are inviting others who have experience in developing or using such spaces before.
gretchenkrutz at gmail.com
Publisher and Senior Editor of http://AllThingsBahai.net and associated groups and blogs, and promoter of interfaith activities.
Benjamin will serve as the General Counsel.
Rob will serve as independent board member.
oldfartmom at gmail.com
Rev. Jeremy Nickel
jeremy at sacredvr.org
You can join the Conference Center community public chat by joining the Decentraland Discord server, and finding your way to the conference-center channel.
You can contact the project lead for the Conference Center via direct Discord message to
You can contact the Conference Center for more information via the Contact form on the Conference Center website at https://dclconf.com
To have a welcoming place in Decentraland where we can consult about its development and future, and about how our work, creativity and play in Decentraland can bring benefits both in-world and in the physical world.
We will be building cultural norms of respect and courtesy, of heart and mind.
There should be enough land to make it feel spacious, more like a place in a park than urban.
Vision of land use
A central or key structure for peaceful reflection, prayer, meditation in the form of a lotus-shaped temple (see concept art below). (This structure is patterned after the Baha'i temple in New Delhi)
I invite others who would like to either be a part of this, or would feel comfortable with extending the space in compatible ways, to join this district or to request to be neighbors.
We will want to have some attractive, natural content -- trees, vegetation, paths, gardens, perhaps a fountain, park benches, and some limited amount of buildings or seating areas. I anticipate purchasing or making some of the content myself. I would also hope that much of the build would be contributed by participants, as I’ve seen done in another location, over time.
I can provide the lotus-shaped structure shown in concept art below, that could be used as one of the initial gathering and meeting spaces, but we may want to build out some more traditional meeting rooms, theaters, classrooms, and commercial spaces over time. We can use more open air meeting spaces, since we don't have to worry about weather.
How will funds be raised
I expect to purchase, make, or contract for some of the initial content, and anticipate contributions by the participants over time as the need arises.
Why others would want to participate in this District
Contributors can use the facilities for events, classes, meetings, and, if they feel it is appropriate, arrange some sort of registration or participation fee.
Physical World Analogs
Some Concept Art
Source of the above:
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?Let's discuss there in Slack. I gave some thoughts, quesitons. Thanks!…
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Question: How will the Conference Center be governed?
Some things I may ultimately need to finalize, as district leader, especially early on. But I hope those are very few and far between, and over time some sort of board is put together, and voting is done by land owners on policies needing landowner support.
I want it to be possible for people to work together for layout, for land use, for deciding how to monetize, how to sell land later if they want without ripping a hole in the conference center land, etc.
The conference center may never be a big revenue generator, like a casino or mall might be.
But I do foresee being able to generate some income, e.g. from renting/reservations on its use for meetings, conferences, expos, trainings, corporate offsites, even perhaps TedX talks or the like.
I'd like there to be some space designed for such things. And some space reserved for thought, ad hoc conversations, meditation, rest.
I do think that the conference center could become more valuable with time if we generate value in how it is used.
I lean toward monetary decisions giving weight to land staked. I lean toward cultural decisions being weighted by individuals who are contributing land or other value.
There may be a place for smart contracts or decentralized governance of some specific things, like space reservations and payments. But I lean toward most of our decision making being by open consultation to create unity whenever possible.
I could see the possibility of collaborating with some of our neighbors, like the University in particular, when some activity needs more space than either of us alone has.
As of today we have at least 20 people who have staked a total of 174 lands, or 17400 sq m. That could be 4 interconnected zones of over 40 lands each. If you have staked lands, be sure to PM me in chat.decentraland.org so I can include you in the planning discussion. We have also discussed with Decentraland University about being close neighbors, and that will very likely happen.
Question: Why would people hold conferences or meetings in a virtual world?
So, given that it isn't only about VR experience, there are a number of reasons people would hold conferences or meetings virtually.
I've been hosting group interactions in Second Life for a few years now, and the people that come together and benefit from it would never assemble in real life for the reasons of the travel cost and time outweighing the benefit.
I'll bet that Decentraland communities of interest, like those for some district, or common interest in some technology, or planning future work, would find meeting in world to seem exactly appropriate. I have already had one leadership meeting "in world".
Question: How will the Conference Center generate economic value for its landowners?
Also, I want to be sure that people who have staked land to the pool for the district will eventually have a way to sell some or all of their membership, without poking a hole in the land, to others who want to become more involved. The mechanisms for selling memberships from a pooled ownership is being worked on by Decentraland and the district leaders, but has not been fully worked out yet.
Question: How will the district be laid out?
With over 200 parcels now staked to the center, I rather imagine the shape being either square or perhaps better somewhat oblong, with several "centers" in the space.
One of these "centers" will have the the lotus temple that is seen in the concept art. It has been graciously contributed by its maker, and I have been given permissions to use it here. It will be a place for rest, contemplation, meditation, prayers, and, in some cases, conversation. I am inclined to have that space be open to the public, and have some trees and/or gardens around it. I hope that there is green - plants and trees, throughout the conference center land, and that, once water becomes possible, to have at least some open water space - pools/ponds at least.
Another "center" could be an amphitheater or conference-room-in-the-open space.
Since there is no bad weather in Decentraland, our use of space can benefit a lot from being more open, less cramped by walls and enclosures. Open space is a better use of space when space is scarce like it will be in DCL. Enclosed spaces can make things seem smaller and feel more cramped.
I envision some space for smaller meetings, or perhaps even some spaces used by various organizations for offices, meetings, or sharing of information.
In consultation with those who have staked land, it may make sense for some of the parcels to be owned by individuals for more specific uses, if compatible with the vision of the Conference Center.
I have increased my stake to make sure we have at least sufficient space to make the above possible. However, additional space contributions would make the conference center even more beautiful and open, which will likely make it distinct from the other spaces in DCL, which will tend to be more dense and urban.
The DCL folks have made offers to the district leaders to put some modelling effort into making things we need. I asked for trees and vegetation, an amphitheater, ability to put media onto a surface (e.g. a big screen monitor) on which we can put presentations. I've asked for pathways, grass, benches.
I've asked for Avatars, with some standards for rigging so that people can make avatars, animations, sit on things, and fly.
I've asked for in-world chat and voice support (people can use Discord or Slack voice in the meantime).
I've also asked for teleportation (so we don't have to waste land on vehicle roads and parking).
I hope others will ask questions, raise discussions, in the chat's District_University channel or here.
Incidentally, I'm in Central Time in the US, which is UTC-6 except during daylight savings time when it is UTC-5.
Here's an update:
But this is just a possible concept. Details of governance and financial management will eventually live in a district members agreement.
Suggestions / comments welcome.
I have created a first sketch of a possible layout of the Decentraland Conference Center.
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I've created updated layout concepts for the Conference center.
In either model we will need to work out district governance and financial plans.
Here is a draft of the initial Conference Center district development plan (building a prototype, not the governance doc)
Here is a link to the work in progress map of the layout of the district.
Comments are invited.
Latest information can now be found in the Conference Center page in the Decentraland Wiki.
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Hey Carl I'm so sorry man I've been running around meeting with possible investors getting assets been crazy I will be I'll be there at the meeting which is in 30 minutes and then the hopefully you and I can spend some time together talking afterwards and then also all day tomorrow all focused on documentation and getting together…
On Feb 17, 2018 10:35 AM, "Carl Fravel" ***@***.***> wrote: Maybe we should take discussion to the public #District_Conference_Center channel in RocketChat, or even to the membership Discord channel now? — You are receiving this because you are subscribed to this thread. Reply to this email directly, view it on GitHub <#27 (comment)>, or mute the thread <https://github.com/notifications/unsubscribe-auth/AgSHhRcoO6QNFc6sN-O93ehhhEAQyg3Dks5tVxvsgaJpZM4PoPAZ> .
I am all ears and eyes to you. As an artist, I look for the visionaries. I have been fortunate enough to get in at the right time with the right people. A lot of new art completed recently www.nathandfrench.daportfolio.com Let me know when we can discuss further, skype would be ideal and I will accommodate to your busy schedule. I know I've been in the shadows but just a personally intense last couple weeks which always leads us to be stronger. Best, Nathan On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 12:53 PM, BlacksheepAries <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:…
Hey Carl I'm so sorry man I've been running around meeting with possible investors getting assets been crazy I will be I'll be there at the meeting which is in 30 minutes and then the hopefully you and I can spend some time together talking afterwards and then also all day tomorrow all focused on documentation and getting together On Feb 17, 2018 10:35 AM, "Carl Fravel" ***@***.***> wrote: > Maybe we should take discussion to the public #District_Conference_Center > channel in RocketChat, or even to the membership Discord channel now? > > — > You are receiving this because you are subscribed to this thread. > Reply to this email directly, view it on GitHub > <https://github.com/decentraland/districts/issues/ 27#issuecomment-366461867>, > or mute the thread > <https://github.com/notifications/unsubscribe-auth/AgSHhRcoO6QNFc6sN- O93ehhhEAQyg3Dks5tVxvsgaJpZM4PoPAZ> > . > — You are receiving this because you are subscribed to this thread. Reply to this email directly, view it on GitHub <#27 (comment)>, or mute the thread <https://github.com/notifications/unsubscribe-auth/Ag338AjBoEStBgSDyhQGIhqjoxrr4R4Mks5tVzw2gaJpZM4PoPAZ> .
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