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i-Space Navigator Charter


Purpose of this document

This document sets out the charter[1] for the i-Space Navigator: its vision, mission, values and purpose. Its development is entrusted to an entity that will coordinate the realisation of i-Space Navigator concept: its instantiation into publicly available specifications; a reference open source code implementation, available to anyone who is prepared to sign up to the open source licence and approach and implement it within their own applications, services and products and/or develop content that can be delivered through it to individuals.

Context at signing

In 2017 when this has been drafted we are in a period of unprecedented and accelerating change, change that is unpredictable, change that is seeing shifts in the locus of control and the realisation that there is a need to explore and embrace new modes of working and collaborating across all strata of society, economy and state. This document arises from the belief that how individuals manage and make meaning from information needs to change and move to a person-centred approach. This represents a massive opportunity for individuals, society, the economy and nation states to deliver increased efficiency, insight, awareness, knowledge and engagement, coupled with reduced risk, cost and effort. We believe this contributes significantly to the well-being of the individual, communities and society as a whole.

Governance of i-Space Navigator

At its outset the three individuals leading this programme: David Oliver; David Dickinson and David Alexander represent the governance body for the foreseeable future, until a formal legal entity is either established or an existing one is identified as the logical home for the assets being created.


To empower individuals to manage their whole life journey and interaction with the world around them at all life stages, events and regular processes and to do so in a more effective manner through convenient, trustworthy means of independently orientating themselves within the digital world, navigating to the right information and services they need and engaging and personalising and automating where relevant in an effective and impactful manner with minimal effort and maximum value that evolves with them over their life.


A world in which human beings from the earliest possible age are able to manage their lives and the world around intuitively and effectively and build their knowledge and capability incrementally and tune and adapt as they grow and develop. A world where content and services are delivered to the individual via their own control surfaces and interfaces seamlessly the way they want them to be.


Ethical intermediation for trustworthy meaning making – i-Space Navigator will consistently adopt a person centric approach to design where the individual is in control, empowered and enabled to manage the world around them in the most appropriate manner to meet their needs in the context of any activity, event or stage of their lives.

  • Universal applicability – i-Space Navigator is for everyone: individuals as they interact with organisations (public, private, social, charitable) nation states, civil society as a whole,
  • Freedom of access i-Space Navigator free to access and use as a framework and open source code base
  • Equality of access – Commitment to inclusive, accessible interoperability, portability and extensibility, multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-modal
  • Adaptability – i-Space Navigator anticipates and accepts that the interface surfaces on which it will be used will change and evolve over time from today’s de facto modes, such as web, smart devices, to consider and include e.g. synaptic, optical, embedded, augmented AI assisted
  • Independence – i-Space Navigator will remain Independent, protected, evolving, and mission led
  • Architectural separation – The content and services delivered within i-Space Navigator are separate from the core framework
  • Diversity of use – Motivations can be diverse for i-Space Navigator use for example for social good; commercial; transitional; transformative; health and social care; well being; safety critical; efficiency gains; risk reduction; costs reductions; knowledge growth.
  • Economic Diversity – i-Space Navigator supports any number of models of access, free, chargeable in form or another, linked to status and entitlements
  • Advocacy – we will promote, evangelise and educate about the benefits of a person centred approach and the adoption of i-Space Navigator.


We accept this is a transformational shift in the way in which individuals will interact with the world around them and it may take generations to become the defacto way of working in this new Independent Engagement layer.  The strategy is to

  • Research – the external component will be horizon scanning for useful thinking on technology and human cognitive sciences, plus an internal component around understanding and modelling impact and benefits from a person centred approach to the empowerment of individuals and the benefits to society and the economy.
  • Define – The foundations, metaphors and concepts for the i-Space Navigator and decompose these into specific functional building blocks within a specification that can be implemented into an open source code base and supporting documentation and tools to enable anyone to develop content and implementations of i-Space Navigator.
  • Test – Continually test design and concepts with human beings across different demographics and use cases to inform design and development of the core specification and components.
  • Fund – A mixture of grant, crowdsourcing, donations and sponsorship and project involvement that generates revenue. None must undermine the independence of the i-Space Navigator and its mission.
  • Build – Create a core team of architects, developers, consultants and legal advisers some paid, some donating their time and input to the framework
  • Engage – Seeking out pilots, and projects to demonstrate examples of use cases, provide support and guidance through mixture of online resources and events
  • Evidence and insights – build evidence of impact and value across all domains, through case studies in range of formats, sharing lessons learned
  • Inspire – adoption and embedding into all contexts of human endeavour through ongoing communications programme.
  • Equipcontent, service and product providers to easily understand, embrace and adopt i-Space Navigator through provision of clear documentation, resources and benefits case, incentives.
  • Maintain and protect – through the formation of an entity (or alignment to an existing organisation) to protect and maintain the integrity and relevance of core assets.
  • Evolve and extend – ensure the assets remain relevant and are extended and evolved to meet emerging needs, paradigms and use cases for orientation, navigation and engagement


Execution is fundamental to success and we will take the following approach:-

  • Evidence based – iterative approach, avoiding boil the ocean, accepting the need for architecture and vision but testing and tuning as we go.
  • Frugality – We are not empire building, we seek to use the most efficient and effective means of executing our mission and strategy, we won’t reinvent the wheel and we will use open source components that exist today as well as, free tools and services that keep our costs down and improve collaboration. We will seek to engage talent wherever it exists who wish to collaborate and contribute.
  • Asset building – we will capture and document our learning and experiences as we go and ensure we make these assets available in an easy to access and use manner, ultimately via i-Space Navigator.
  • Identify bounded information spaces where i-Space Navigator can be deployed and tested against a subset to verify and validate the approach. The purpose is to avoid boiling the ocean and build proof sources for the value.
  • No use of proprietary technology or processes that will embed dependency and barriers to access and use of the i-Space Navigator.
  • No commercial agreements that would conflict with this charter, we accept that this may make things take longer but mission protection is core.
  • Collaborate where the potential for adoption is strongest, and best aligned to our mission.
  • We will maintain a strategic, tactical and operational classification over our work at all times in order prioritise and differentiate clearly.

Adopted 27th July 2017. Signatories David Dickinson, David Oliver, David Alexander [1] Charter in this context means, terms of reference, statement of common understanding, the Why of our activities and the light that guides future work.