The BBC has a charter which is to “inform, educate and entertain.” and I like to think that OpenSim is similar:
- There are wonderful groups and communities that keep in touch and 'inform' each other of activities. I'm thinking meditation classes, Sunday worships etc
- There are some excellent educational approaches from classes in Blender to lectures or talks on Art etc, simulations of real life locations (Big Easy), Exhibitions of art, history, cultures and much more.
- Entertainment isn't just limited to Dances and DJ's (though I love these). There are many talented singers out there, some fun shows including musicals (recently we did Rocky Horror and a Blues Brothers show), there's also Poetry readings, photo and art competitions, quick build and prim word contests.
For me 'shopping' like in real life is an essential; I need clothes and content to build with. But as I'm not a shopperholic or collector, it isn't for me the main driver for being here.
OpenSim is only limited by your imagination, try out new things, new ideas, some will work others will flop. Most of all collaborate! join-up with others, link up with regions you like, get creative together!