As we light up the night sky and ring in the New Year, we wish our friends and colleagues in South Sudan peace, resilience and silent nights (and days) in overcoming the unnecessary turbulence that has gripped their country as a year full of challenges, hopes as well as successes closes … Let’s work to make sure that what was a tragic error shattering the fragility of the new state doesn’t spill over and drag South Sudan back into the dark days of eternal struggle. The fight now is neither against an outside aggressor nor an enemy within, but against senseless and narrow-minded political jockeying, it is a struggle for education, literacy and what should be the adventurous complexities of building a truly free society open and respectful to all its members. Continue reading
Following up on the MEDIA & MAKERS ‘Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media’Forum and the #OSJUBA discussions on the role of Open Source in South Sudan’s Post-Conflict Development r0g_team members Stephen Kovats and Clemens Lerche have recently returned from a research and project development trip to the region. Continuing the dialogue begun over the past year with H.E. the Governor of Warrap State, Nyandeng Malek Dielic on the #OSWARRAP Open Systems Strategies for Peace, Innovation and Development initiative, r0g_ had the opportunity to engage in more precise discussions on open education, development, security and empowerment issues with a broad range of government officials, civil society organisations as well as students and other citizens. Continue reading
Social Media Week Berlin – #SMWBerlin
September 23 to 27, 2013
The global new media and tech conference -
taking place simultaneously in 8 cities around the world!
r0g_agency in collaboration with the Otto-Suhr-Institute e.V. and the Heinrich Boell Foundation (Tunis Office) is proudly presenting four of the world’s leading social media activists, journalists and bloggers, all from Africa and representing fundamental open culture themes that touch our everyday lives no matter where we live or work: Slim Amamou – anti-censorship activist and one of the key leaders of the 2011 Tunisian revolution, Bisi Alimi – Nigerian gay rights activist, public speaker, blog writer and HIV/LGBT advocate, Japheth J. Omojuwa – Nigeria’s foremost political blogger and commentator as well as Heba Amin – Egyptian artist and scholar on Egypt’s unique Speak2Tweet project. Continue reading
Following the success and intense discussions that took place during MEDIA & MAKERS JUBA 2012: The Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media Forum (#MMJUBA), in Juba, South Sudan December 2012, r0g, along with South Sudan’s Warrap State Governor, Her Excellency Nyandeng Malek Dielic were invited to participate at the UNESCO WSIS+10 Review Conference on Knowledge Societies for Peace and Development February 25 – 27 in Paris. Leading a session on ‘Open Solutions for addressing global challenges‘ they were joined by the Director General of Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT and FOSSFA member, Dorothy K. Gordon, the data artist and open cultures activist Irene Agrivina of the HONF Foundation Yogyakarta, senior Federal German Foreign Office representative Johannes Lehne and the President of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Asha Kanwar. The session, which included ca. 20 live webcasting nodes worldwide addressed the growing international relevance of Open Systems Solutions as effective vehicles to address today’s major post-crisis, peace and global development challenges.
The Paris conference also marked the first time that South Sudan, represented by H.E. Ambassador Andrew Akon Akech Kuol, and H.E. Warrap State Governor Nyandeng Malek Dielic took the new state’s seat at a UNESCO plenary! As an opportunity to follow up on the MEDIA & MAKERS discussions, a first memorandum for an South Sudan Open Systems ‘roadmap’, looking to Warrap as a model or pilot state in which to implement open source and open data strategies, in support of open government principles has been drafted. Continue reading
MEDIA & MAKERS: JUBA 2012 aims to develop scenarios for a sustainable civil society in South Sudan, with an emphasis on openness, accessibility and transparency. Let’s create the world’s first Open Source Country – a new model for Africa and the world!
In collaboration with leading African and international open source and open knowledge specialists the event will explore potential elements of a new ‘open source culture’ in South Sudan that can tackle issues of post-conflict transformation, ICT innovation, education, resource management, policy transparency and economic development.
>>> The “OPEN KNOWLEDGE” Stream
The ‘Open Knowledge’ or ‘Makers’ stream at MEDIA & MAKERS JUBA 2012 builds on the groundwork of #OSJUBA and TEDxJuba in exploring the means and structures of contemporary open culture in South Sudan, with a focus on open data & open knowledge, ICT, and innovation. Using mechanisms readily available in the public domain, tools that access open data, networks, opinions and methodologies such as crowdsourcing, eLearning, social networking and open technologies, open systems allow citizens to have a say in their future.
MEDIA & MAKERS JUBA2012: Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media Forum, December 11-13th, Juba, South Sudan
Welcome to r0g, the collaborative agency for open culture, art and critical transformation currently being formed in Berlin Germany. The agency, initiated by Stephen Kovats, with a team of friends and colleagues including Ela Kagel, Micz Flor and Therese Breyer, is currently being set up. We’ve recently wrapped up our third event #OSJUBA and as the agency continues to structure itself we’ll have more info, connections, updates and new ideas about projects, events and the various initiatives we are involved with and are working on!
Our first public mini-presentation was part of the Free Culture Incubator finale January 26th at our ‘home base’ the Supermarkt, located in Berlin’s Brunnenviertel (check out Jodi Rose’s excellent report here). As we work on researching and setting up the agency, we held our first major public event ‘CIRCUM / POLARITY: Art, Culture and Open Technology in the Changing Arctic‘ at the Embassy of Canada’s unique Marshall McLuhan Salon on Wednesday February 29th. CIRCUM / POLARITY, as a project within the transnational Arctic Perspective Initiative is aimed at developing the role of open source culture, art and technology in collaboration with Inuit and Nordic cultures, as a means of strengthening cultural autonomy in the circumpolar regions. There’s more info on this through r0g’s CIRCUMPOLARITY thread, and by following @arctic_init on twitter!
Juba, South Sudan. The world’s first Open Source City?
r0g and its partners SUPERMARKT, MICT, KOW and Sourcefabric held its preliminary event focussing on open source culture and post-conflict development #OSJUBA, on June 21st at KOW, and June 22nd at SUPERMARKT. In the age of participatory and social networks, creative hactivism, powerful collaborative media platforms and sustainable open technologies, #OSJUBA (aka ‘Open Source City Juba’) seeks to apply the methodologies of the world’s diverse open source communities in creating new forms of sustainable development. Taking the new state of South Sudan as prime example of the challenges faced by a radically new political, social, economic and societal order after decades of shattering, and indeed lingering conflict #OSJUBA proposes an Open Source Framework for Regional and National Development, which could lead to the establishment of the world’s first Open Source Capital City.
#OSJUBA was a great success, with a diverse and highly motivated group of participants – internationally recognised open source and development experts coming from artistic, activist, journalistic, policy and technological fields. It was also a great pleasure to welcome Jodi Rose back, this time in her capacity as Or0gPO *Official r0g_agency Prezi Officer* structuring #OSJUBA input, output and feedback into a comprehensive prezi sketchpad, available for anyone to access and use (CC/BY). For more information, documentation and links to the participants consult the #OSJUBA thread, follow us on twitter @intertwilight, or contact us via events at r0g-media dot org
r0g is building up … so please stay tuned and feel free to give us your feedback!