Frequently Asked Questions
Donating. If you have the means, please donate. As a non-profit committed to incubating a humane dynamic medium for the public good, donations go directly to paying our staff, paying rent on our Oakland space, and purchasing equipment. Individual donations are particularly impactful at this early stage as we build relationships with foundations and institutional partners.
Volunteering. We will have several volunteering opportunities for local community members to help run open house events and studio hours. Please send us a note if you are interested.
Partnering. We are particularly interested in bringing in our Oakland neighbors who may not have connections to existing tech communities. If you run an organization or a space in Oakland that you feel would fit well with Dynamicland's mission, please get in touch.
We're presently concentrating our energy on Dynamicland Oakland, bringing people together to the same space so we can learn from each other and shape the medium together. We'll then create experimental sites at other communal spaces in Oakland, for example libraries, museums, science labs, and classrooms. If you run a space like this in Oakland or nearby, do get in touch!
Our goal is to eventually set up dynamiclands as community spaces in other locations worldwide. If you are interested in helping us do this, the best thing to do for now is to keep up to date with our mailing list and visit and engage with our Oakland community when you can.
Realtalk is the operating system that enables objects in Dynamicland to run computational processes and communicate with each other.
Think object oriented programming but with actual physical objects. Every recognized object can run processes, react to other objects, and recognize other objects. For example, a camera is an object that runs a process that recognizes pages it sees. A page is an object that runs the code printed on it. A printer is an object that reacts to another object wanting a new page of text to exist.
Dynamicland shares many core values with the open source movement and in some ways goes beyond them.
A primary design principle at Dynamicland is that all running code must be visible, physically printed on paper. Thus whenever a program is running, its source code is right there for anybody to see and modify. Likewise the operating system itself is implemented as pages of code, and members of the community constantly modify and improve it.
That said, the pages of code physically in Dynamicland are not in a git repository. The community organizes code spatially — laying it out on tables and walls, storing it in folders, binders, and bookshelves.
We believe the long-term vision and scale of impact we aim for is impossible to achieve in a commercial context. A good analogy is the internet which was developed in a research context in the late sixties but was not commercially-driven until the nineties. The internet could not have happened if its creators had to derive a profit from it in five years.
As an institution, Dynamicland is modeled after traditionally nonprofit public-benefit institutions such as museums, arts venues, and public libraries. It's intended to be a public commons where all people are welcome to create, think, and play together.