Doing Development Differently – OPENing up Cooperation
On Thursday January 22, 2015, r0g_agency in collaboration with the Digital Unite e.V., the Centre for Internet & Human Rights at European University Viadrina (CIHR) and the Embassy of Canada are hosting Doing Development Differently – OPENing up Cooperation, or #DoDevDif – a participatory event aimed at strengthening and better defining the notion of ‘open development’. Part of the CIHR’s wider workshop series on Digital Alternatives and Social Innovation, #DoDevDif brings together innovative development practitioners including open culture and ICT4D advocates, researchers, policymakers and social activists. Discussing the opportunities open data, ICTs and collaborative citizen-based methodologies pose for a new form of international development practice #DoDevDif welcomes all those interested in Doing Development Differently to an open exchange at Embassy of Canada in Berlin. The event includes both an open bar camp format, focussed debate and a special screening of the documentary film ‘Made in Africa‘ by Geraldine de Bastion and René von der Waar.
Save the Date! Doing Development Differently / #DoDevDif January 22, 2015
More event and registration available shortly!
Center for Peace and Development Studies
University of Juba, South Sudan
19.30 CEST (Berlin GMT+2)
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Mülhauserstr. 6. (Hofgebäude 1. OG)
stream archive (event begins at ca. 24 min.):
South Sudan: #DeepDive
Please join us for a special evening with our guest Prof. Leben Nelson Moro from the Center for Peace and Development Studies, University of Juba, South Sudan. At a time framed by the extremes of humanitarian crisis, immense pressures on equitable development and great uncertainty in its future political path South Sudan: #DeepDive is a unique opportunity to have an in-depth presentation on the economic situation on the ground in the country’s predominantly rural regions, as well as in its rapidly growing cities. Prof. Moro, who teaches in the areas of development, conflict, forced migration and humanitarian affairs will introduce the major players and discuss the conditions of the very heterogenous population of “Africa’s youngest country”.
South Sudan: #DeepDive is hosted by Dmytri Kleiner and Baruch Gottlieb from the ThoughtWorks Werkstatt in Berlin, in collaboration with r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation.
On July 8th 2014, the eve of South Sudan’s third anniversary of independence, the Germany Africa Foundation in collaboration with r0g_agency and Talk of Juba is hosting at Berlin’s Humboldt University as part of the #DefyHateNow initiative, with a simultaneous event node in Juba, South Sudan. The discussion explores the role of social media in aggravating the current conflict, yet perhaps providing a path to peace and reconciliation.
join the live online discussion
via Talk of Juba. Online moderator Brett McKenna will relay questions and comments for the panelists from wherever you are located!
Thanks to Baruch @telekommunisten for facilitating the stream!
The Humanitarian Open Media Repository / #OSIDP is a r0g_agency initiative to create an easily accessible and rapid use repository of ‘open licensed’ or ‘free to use’ documentary film, video, audio or other forms of digital media work. The #OSIDP is aimed for use by educators, media professionals, development organizations and local CSOs for urgent crisis and humanitarian assistance. Currently in an ‘embryonic’ state, the idea for the #OSIDP was initiated by the UNESCO South Sudan team’s call for copyright-free documentary films to support their “urgent psychosocial activities in the Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps, as well as the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites of UNMISS (UN Mission in South Sudan).” 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 returned to South Sudan on a research and project development trip in November 2013. This continues a dialogue begun earlier in 2013 with H.E. the Governor of Warrap State, Nyandeng Malek Dielic on the #OSWARRAP Open Systems Strategies for Peace, Innovation and Development. 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.
What is ‘free’, what does ‘open’ mean? We’d like to share this brief @-mail conversation, that took place in late october 2013 between r0g_team and two r0g_friends.
(A:) I just wonder about the meaning of Open Source material and stuff, are they neccessarially free stuff? If so, it bothers me how do the people getting involved into this revolution make things happen with this world stress financial and economic crisis? I am afraid; this might make the little understanding I have about ‘Open x x x x… things’ appears very stupid, but I really want to (learn) more things everyday about Open source.
there is a bit of difference between free and open … While in general open source licenses are and should be free, the free refers more to ‘free’ as in ‘freedom’ to use, share, build upon, and develop new creations with it. The issue can get a bit dogmatic at times, and for example, ‘open data’, or ‘open educational resources / OER’ are both free and open for public use, but are not ‘open source’ per se as they are not code or materiality in the same way, but are very important elements within the broader realm of ‘open systems’ scenarios. OER for example, is a vast network of public domain information and resources that are available for use in many sectors and contexts. So we talk more about ‘open systems’ or ‘open solutions’ because they are things that put the control and use of the resources in your hands (among other things). Continue reading →
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 →
Social Media Week 2013, the global new media and tech conference – took place simultaneously in 8 cities around the world, including Berlin. r0g_agency in collaboration with the Otto-Suhr-Institute e.V. and the Heinrich Boell Foundation (Tunis Office) was proud to present 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, 2013 in Paris. Leading a session on ‘Open Solutions for addressing global challenges‘ they were joined by the Director General of the 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. 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.