Written by 3rdroc Sunday, 30 January 2011 09:49
3rd Rock Grid Community Charter
The 3rd Rock Virtual World Grid (“3RG”), is made available by the 3rd Rock Company. It is a virtual world that comprises of two main areas: private regions (sims), surrounding a large area of connected regions, called the 3RG Core (“Core”). The Core is further divided into estates, residential areas, commercial areas, and more. At the center of Core an area of 25 regions, called Community Core, houses the 3rd Rock Grid Community (“community”). This community is a self-governing group of people who share a vision of spending quality time together in an environment that brings out the best in people and enables them to grow personally. The community is open to all who share this vision.
This 3rd Rock Grid Community Charter (“charter”) defines the various aspects of the community, including but not limited to its relation (contract) with the 3rd Rock Grid Owners and Operators (“management”), its governance model, and various standards and procedures that safeguard the integrity of the community.
The community charter and all that follows from it only apply to the shared community areas of the grid (the community core) and not necessarily to privately owned estates where different rules and standards may apply.
The vision of the 3RG Community is to provide its citizens with a stress-free and safe environment. An environment where all are welcome, regardless of their background; where all can grow together through sharing, participation, and cooperation, without regard to personal gain or status. An environment that is open, honest, and rational, without the pressures of marketing, religion, or domestic politics.
The community vision is therefore very much an attitude - a state of mind. Citizens of the 3rd Rock Grid that participate in the community are expected to:
To facilitate the community vision, a portion of the grid has been set aside for the community: the community core. The OneCore plan furthermore aims to translate the vision into functions the community wants to offer and allocates them to a location in community core.
While the community is self-governing and can shape itself without approval or consent from the management, there exists an understanding - a quid pro quo – in the form of a contract with management over the use of the community core. In this understanding, the community is asked to provide the following:
It should be noted that the community contract can only be implemented by volunteers. Citizens are encouraged to contribute to the community, but nobody should ever feel unwelcome when unable to do so. In this sense the community contract only provides direction for residents of the grid and can only be enacted with sufficient support from the citizenship.
The community vision and contract together imply that the community core is not intended to be utilised for anybody's personal gain. All activities aiming to achieve personal gain, including (but not limited to) commerce, should be conducted in designated areas outside the community core (i.e. other parts of core or private areas).
The community is governed by its members:
Governance is all about managing change. Two types of change are recognized:
The management has the right to veto any decision that violates the TOS or threatens the integrity of the grid.
The community delegates the governance of operational change to functionaries elected from the community: the Community Elders. On the operational side the community finds itself supported by the following roles:
The operational affairs of the community are split into the following portfolios:
On unassigned and unforeseen operational matters the community decides but will be procedurally supported by the council of elders, through a community officer. Most notable among these matters is the election of elders.
Operational decisions need to conform to:
The community has the right to reverse (veto) any operational decision.
The community elders may defer any operational decision to the community
The community itself will take all strategic decisions. The strategic decisions are assumed to include some special cases. A community decision is required for:
All proposals submitted to the community will be submitted through the council of elders, who support the decision processes. The council of elders will:
When taking decisions, the community aims to:
All strategic decisions need to conform to:
Community Roles and Remits
A Community Elder is elected by the community to manage an operational portfolio with the following remit:
A Community Senior is recruited by a community elder. The remit of a Community Senior is identical to that of the elder with the following exceptions:
A community senior may represent the community elder
Council of Elders
The community elders will form a Council of Elders with the following remit:
The role of a Community Officer is a temporary role for the duration of the procedure the officer is assigned to. The Community Officer:
Note that any community member is eligible to the role of community officer, including community elders and community seniors.
All who visit the 3RG are considered citizens. A community citizen:
A community member is an established and involved citizen who may also:
The owners, administrators, technicians, and management team of the grid are (often) recognized by the surname Rock. Wearing their official hat, they have no say in community matters other than where the TOS is violated or the integrity of the grid is threatened.
Most Rocks also use alts or simply visit the grid in a non-official capacity. In that case they are full members of the community (Community Members). The community trusts the Rocks to avoid situations where a conflict of interest may cause undesirable controversy.
The community devises and maintains procedures to formalize the strategic decision processes.
The council of elders is encouraged to devise procedures to support its remit.
The procedures are part of the community charter and are found in a document titled 'Community Charter – Procedures'.
The OneCore plan
The community develops and maintains a OneCore plan that contains:
The OneCore plan is:
The OneCore plan is part of the community charter and is found in a document titled 'Community Charter – OneCore'.
Standards and policies
The community creates and maintains a set of standards and policies for community core that:
The standards/policies are part of the community charter and are found in a document titled 'Community Charter – Policies'.