Since mid-2016 r0g_agency has become increasingly active with its partners on peacebuilding and open tech innovation at a number of South Sudanese refugee settlements in Uganda, primarily in the regions of Arua. Adjumani and Bweyale. Beginning with the first pilot trainings using the #ASKotec kit as part of the 2016 jHUB community development workshops at the Panyadoli Self-Help Secondary School (Kirandongo refugee settlement) r0g_agency began to conduct outreach and training at numerous sites as part of the #defyhatenow initiative in 2017 as well. Given that project partners who had formerly been active in South Sudan had to flee or support relatives at these sites, activities continued and expanded in these new contexts reaching more communities who were both affected by conflict as well as actively engaged in peacebuilding. In doing so the projects also increasingly came into contact with further local initiatives and NGOs working to train and empower local youths, working to bring new perspectives to young people for a life beyond conflict. Precisely locating and identifying the broad range of activities that these organisations are involved in and getting a sense – not only of their physical location – but also of their missions, communities, resources etc., r0g_agency introduced the #ojoVoz community documentation and witnessing tool to begin plotting a user driven map of the region. The first test nodes for an ASKnet map of South Sudan refugee innovation nodes in Uganda, focusing on training, innovation or points of cultural action, as well as local support infrastructure were generated as part of a preliminary mapping exercise in December 2017. As the local teams, including partners such as YSAT (Youth Social Advocacy Team) and CTEN (Community Technology Empowerment Network) working in Rhino Camp and Bidi Bidi settlements, along with Adjumani based YEF (Youth Empowerment Foundation) build up their activities, visit and interact with other groups and initiatives the ASKnet map (Access to Skill and Knowledge network map) should become a resource useful to anyone interested in supporting youth skills training, empowerment and peacebuilding activities. If you would like to contribute to the mapping effort, please contact ASK@openculture.agency. You can learn about and download the free and open source ojoVoz Android app here, as well as learn about the Sauti ya Wakulima project by Eugenio Tisselli that led to the development of the app.
The #ASKotec (also called #ASKotek) is a kit designed to work as a mobile trainer‘s set to tackle basic field challenges when it comes to Open Tech and Open Source Hardware innovation, education and repairing wherever needed. Providing »Access to Skills and Knowledge« as an multi-functional »Open Tech Emergency Case« gives rural and urban innovators a new point of entrance.
A dust proof case with basic tools and materials to distribute knowledge and product development. As well as up-cycling old material to new #open innovation …anywhere!
The set contains
basic electronics and connections
soldering and cutting tools
mechanical and measurement tools
Guides and additional things (ex. adapters, first aid kit and additional things)
(optional) A Linux computer and documentation content
As a follow-up on the #OLG- Open Learning Guide it was developed alongside the recently published #OHG – Open Hardware Guide with the motivation of local people from South Sudan and Uganda in Pioneering for Open Tech Innovation. #POTI #opentech4all
For more detailed information and further development you can use the OER ASKotec document (incl. content list) created under open source license cc-by-sa 4.0. Also the packing guide created by the local people from South Sudan might come in handy. ¹
Feel free to contribute or support us for extended research.
¹ if you need any editable OER material let us know
The South Sudan Open Knowledge and Innovation Hub
OPEN HARDWARE GUIDE published!
Following up on the 2016 “Let’s Go jHUB” programme, the OPEN HARDWARE GUIDE or #OHG is an outcome of the Open Tech and Repair Skills workshop led by Timm Wille and hosted by the Hive Colab innovation hub in Kampala.
As a follow-up to the first Open Learning Guide (#OLG) the Open Hardware Guide gives examples of hands-on skills possibilities and projects applying open hardware methodologies. Acting as an introduction to resources and as a tangible tool in the form of a rugged A1 poster for trainers, tinkerers and facilitators, the #OHG is ready for distribution to anyone interested in exploring open technologies in a very practical way.
The #OHG content was developed by the workshop participants based on their designs and documented steps in test workshops held with students at the Panyadoli Self-Help Secondary School in Bweyale, Uganda. Alongside the #OHG, the participants helped develop and test #ASKotek, the ‘Access to Skills and Knowledge – open tech emergency kit‘ a field-trainers resource tool-kit for repairing, building and learning about practical electronics including small scale solar power.
The Let’s Go jHUB (#LGJ) project, in collaboration with icebauhaus e.V. (Weimar), KAPITAL / jHUB (Juba) and r0g_agency for open culture gGmbH (Berlin), was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through its programme of “Support for Media, Access to Information and Freedom of Expression”. Given the violence that broke out in Juba, South Sudan’s capital, in the summer of 2016, the programme was implemented though the generous support and cooperation of GIG partner organisations iceaddis in Addis Ababa, mLAB and iHUB in Nairobi, kLAB in Kigali and Hive Colab in Kampala.
Contact us for a full A1 poster size version, or download a PDF version of the Open Hardware Guide here!
#OHG / #OLG
#Peace4ALL Video PREVIEW Juba, Arua, Rhino Camp, Online & Berlin
#Peace4all Music Video Preview 28th March 6-8pm
The preview of the new #Peace4ALL music video from the #PeaceVillage in collaboration with #defyhatenow takes place Tuesday March 28th at 6pm.
The video preview will be on March 28th with German Ambassador to South Sudan, Johannes Lehne and #Peace4ALL artists online at r0g_agency studio.
Launch events to follow in Juba, Arua & Rhino Camp Uganda. Stay tuned for events in South Sudan and Uganda, while you enjoy the music video online.
Free Boy, RonnyRiddimz, Barnabas Samuel and Ladule Chris appearing on skype from Arua! Join us in Juba, Arua, Rhino Camp, Berlin & online.
#Peace4ALL #defyhatenow #AnaTaban #PeaceVillage #SouthSudan
“We just wanna dedicate this song, to everyone who lost their love ones, in the wars, and all we wanna do right now
is to create a #PeaceVillage for everyone to live in
we wanna change the way that people live and to #defyhatenow.”
Lyrics: Jaiksana A. José (RonnyRiddimz pan de beat – intro.)
Roundtable Discussion @ r0g_agency, Berlin
In the face of recent and disturbing news from South Sudan, you are cordially invited to a round-table discussion with Ambassador Johannes Lehne and our South Sudanese social media expert Nelson Kwaje, at the r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation.
This informal discussion around grassroots peacebuilding through education, innovation and culture is on Tuesday, March 28, 6-8 pm at our new Charlottenburg office in Knobelsdorffstr. 22, 14059 Berlin, Germany.
#Peace4ALL #defyhatenow #PeaceVillage
The #PeaceVillage uses music to send positive and educational messages through songs and poems, raising awareness of the consequences of violence and the importance of peace building by discouraging hate speech online and offline.
The music program was designed to break down the prejudices that exist among South Sudanese communities and foster a culture of reconciliation by sending positive & educational messages through music & poems.
Brought together by their desire and commitment to fight ignorance about hate speech online and the effects of war, the groups embeds education in their lyrics in a bid to #defyhatenow.
#defyhatenow: Mobilising Civic Action Against Hate Speech and Directed Social Media Incitement to Violence in South Sudan.
#defyhatenow is an initiative to combat social media hate speech by the r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation, Berlin, and independent partners in Juba, funded by the ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (zivik) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt).
r0g_agency are very happy to coordinate the international social media #peacejam for UN World #peaceday, September 21st 2016
Events taking place now with #defyhatenow partners in Juba, Wau & Maban (South Sudan); Nairobi & Kibera (Kenya); Rhino Camp in Uganda, Edmonton Canada; and whever you are online.
Please use hashtags #PeaceJam #DefyHateNow #SouthSudan & #PeaceDay on your social media posts & tweets. Using #peacejam #defyhatenow hashtags will help track the broader South Sudanese use of online channels for positive cultural change, and gain a better understanding of the social media peace landscape of South Sudan.
Peace messages from Juba #peacejam “Peace is our strength” by Abar Algor & “PEACE is NO PoCs” by Soro Wilso
Selected events include traditional youth dance, street theatre and workshop in Juba; The Rhino Camp #PeaceJam (Arua, Northern Region, Uganda) which aims to reconnect south Sudanese Refugees in Uganda through an open interaction and workshop based event. Following the recent escalation of violence in south sudan majoring in towns like Yei, Wau and Yambio of the former western Equatoria state there has been an increasing rate of refugee influx to Uganda, South Sudan’s neighboring country; Diaspora meeting to #peacejam in Edmonton, Canada; Social media awareness and peace message workshop at The Hub, East Africa in Nairobi.
Traditional dancers & youth group, street theatre in Juba Sept 21st.
#PeaceVillage #PeaceJam, Uganda
The #Defyhatenow initiative brings together South Sudanese youth, elders and women from four refugee cluster settlements of Ariaze A & B, Ariwa, Simbili and Eden of the Rhino Camp to a peace building event. Aimed at networking, reconciliation and connecting South Sudanese socially through open interaction, peace messaging, drama, traditional dances and music. A brief presentation on dangerous speech will raise awareness of online hate rhetoric as one of the key contributing factors to the current South Sudan crisis. The conflict has maintained a steady escalation after July 7th 2016, forcing a large number of South Sudanese to move to Uganda, now the top country hosting asylum seekers from South Sudan.
#SautiKubwa #Peacejam, Kibera Nairobi
Swahili word, translating to “the big voice,” organises fun events to bring together different communities living in Kibera slums. Collaborating with brothers and sisters from neighbouring countries to inspire people working together for peace, health & education. #SautiKubwa is a variation on the #peacejam in the form of funny short competitions including, laughing, eating and face-making (gurning). Ending with a hug, and posing for photos with the sign of peace, all are winners, Young footballers – an important part of our community for peacebuilding, will have a juggling competition & final #peacejam photo message.
Wikipedia Peace Agents #Peacejam
A first step in the wikipedia peace agents, where wikipedia is ‘mined’ to get an initial overview of information about South Sudan, what languages are being used etc … and for things that are particularly interesting to promote peace, unity and cultural diversity to bring these into the social media sphere, via facebook and twitter. Also contacting wikipedia authors, sources & connectors.
While you are #peacejamming, actively look for; link to; comment on and share / retweet any other South Sudan related peace, unity, cultural, artistic or positive development stories, organisations (grass roots, local, literacy/education, youth, women’s, diaspora groups etc) or online campaigns.
#peacejamming now! #southsudan world #peaceday social media #peacejam#defyhatenow Share your peace messages on social media – please use hashtags #PeaceJam #DefyHateNow #SouthSudan in your postings & tweets; repostings & retweets. Participate online by sharing your peace messages on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc).
We categorically condemn the escalation of conflict in Juba and urge all parties to immediately seek a peaceful resolution & implementation of the peace agreement.
Our thoughts and wishes for safety are with the people of South Sudan.
r0g_agency, Berlin Mon 11th July 2016
Out now – the documentation booklet of the Step-Up Juba Media Lab 2015
an initiative by icebauhaus and r0g_agency supporting the implementation of a community-based media training centre in Juba, South Sudan. The idea to create a media lab has its roots in the Kapital Movie Industry Corporation (KMIC) collective, an independent group of young designers, film makers, IT professionals and artists who came together to help solve the acute post-independence social, political, educational and environmental challenges which arose through the long-lasting conflicts in South Sudan.
download pdf – OPEN KNOWLEDGE AND COLLABORATIVE MEDIA ACTIVITIES IN JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
Open Learning Guide:
The “Step-Up Juba Media Lab” project is a collaboration between icebauhaus, Kapital Movie Industry Corporation (Juba) and r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation gGmbH (Berlin), funded by the German Federal Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through it’s programme “Support for Media, Access to Information and Freedom of Expression”.
Juba, South Sudan … November 30 to December 2, 2015
Bringing together peacebuilders, tech innovators and open culture advocates from across South Sudan and beyond to hack, code, make and collaborate for peace! Visitors are invited to participate and collaborate during the event, in workshops taking place in the format of a “barcamp”.
“We invite kids, teachers, trainees, youths of all ages, and all people, with all skill levels from anywhere in South Sudan and beyond to join us for the #PeaceHackCamp”, says director Lagu Stephen.
This is a unique opportunity for people in South Sudan to network with peer innovation communities from other African innovation labs, experience hands-on knowledge sharing and have the chance to exchange good practices from local peacebuilding initiatives.
#PeaceHackCamp takes place in Juba, Monday November 30 to Wednesday Dec 02, 2015. Free and open to the public.
#PeaceHackCamp is a project by Kapital Movie Industry Corporation (KMIC), Juba, South Sudan, a community interest based, non-profit organisation. It was formed in 2011 as a network of visionary youths committed to empowering the communities they live, work and study in through the power of media, ICT and open expression. The organisation is concerned with conflict mitigation, media literacy, and the development of peaceful methods of association to help cement the process of nation building, and community development.
KMIC is proud to present the #PeaceHackCamp in collaboration with the Central Equatoria Women’s Union (CEWU) and the Aggrey Jaden Cultural Center. Both organisations are the key venue partners of #PeaceHackCamp as well as curatorial and content partners.
For the preliminary program and to register for workshops go to https://peacehackcamp2015.wordpress.com
tweet #PeaceHackCamp with your Open Culture, Innovation, Open Knowledge, Media and Peacebuilding ideas @KapitalMovie!!
“As hacking means finding new and innovative solutions; in hacking peace, where peace is elusive, we want to help re-open the window of opportunity in the world’s newest country for a peaceful, just and prosperous future!” #PeaceHackCamp director Lagu Stephen Samuel.
The South Sudan #PeaceHackCamp is an inter-communal peace-building project aimed at media literacy training and networking with people from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, literacy levels, including those with informal education, self-taught skills and people displaced by conflict. Initiated by a group of dedicated South Sudanese students, IT and media professionals, #PeaceHackCamp will address how to make and share media, not just consume it, while introducing and creating public awareness on the benefits Open ICTs, Innovation and Open Educational Resources (OERs) as vehicles for peacebuilding, development and national reconciliation.
The #PeaceHackCamp and its training workshops in media and ICT activism have been made possible with the generous support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Internews South Sudan USAID / iStream small grants programme for South Sudanese media organisations (April 2015 – March 2016)
The #PeaceHackCamp barcamp on ‘Innovation Hubs and Youth Empowerment’ forms part of the KMIC Step-Up Juba Media Lab project, in collaboration with icebauhaus e.V. (Weimar) and r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation gGmbH (Berlin), funded by the German Federal Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through it’s programme of “Support for Media, Access to Information and Freedom of Expression”.
#PeaceHackCamp programmes on mitigating social media hate speech and online incitement to violence form part of the #defyhatenow initiative by the r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation gGmbH, in collaboration with the Ebony Center for Strategic Studies (ECSS) and the Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO.
UN International Day of Peace Monday 21st September 2015
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed to strengthen the ideals of peace, within and among all nations and peoples. This year’s aim is to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace, promote positive interaction between people online, and connect to those with no access or limited access to the internet or social media.
On UN International Day of Peace, the #defyhatenow initiative, through app developer and social media activist Eng-Lual Michael Mayen in collaboration with r0g_agency, brought together community groups, activists and peacebuilders at the Intra-Africa hotel in Juba to hold a social media “peacejam”.
#jubapeacejam is an invitation to actively make South Sudan’s voice heard above the rhetoric of hate, violence and intolerance. Celebrating unity and independence, together we can take a stand against the forces ripping communities, friends, families and cultures apart.
Working by the Nile in the peaceful garden of the Intra-Africa Hotel, participants from local youth organisations, journalists, students and visitors designed their own ‘peace slogans’ and imagined ways to create lasting peace in South Sudan, and indeed around the world.
Where social media has increasingly been a place used to stoke the flames of conflict, setting neighbours against one another, #jubapeacejam brings the builders of peace, dialogue and South Sudan’s unique, rich cultural diversity together.
The #jubapeacejam was organised by Eng-Lual Michael Mayen, a young South Sudanese innovator and app designer. Lual created the Salaam Game, an Android app aimed specifically at conflict and hate speech mitigation amongst youth, and was introduced for the first time to the public at the #jubapeacejam.
The app is being developed in collaboration with the ‘peace mobilizers’ programme of the South Sudanese Committee for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation (CNHPR), and is being supported by r0g_agency as part of the #defyhatenow initiative against social media hate speech and directed online incitement to violence.
Some thirty activists gathered for this first ever ‘social media peace jam’, including participants from peacebuilding organisations and projects such as Sawa Shabab, FreeVoice, Vistas / USAID, CNHPR, Internews, as well as IDP children from the Confident Children Out of Conflict (CCC) programme.
Salaam Peace Game was developed by Lual Michael Mayen, a 22 year old software engineering student, and founder of the Computer Bridge for Innovation and Technology, South Sudan.
Salaam is an Arabic word that means “peace.” The game provides participants the opportunity to play the role of parties in the conflict situations, and to play the role of a mediator who helps the parties reach agreement. You play the game by tapping the screen, and wait for your heart of peace to grow. When it is big enough, pop it to destroy the war symbols that drop from the sky, and the hate that comes from the side. When it pops, the heart releases a shock wave with the word “peace” in the middle and destroys the war and hate symbols. Salaam Game has good music in the background. The song is called “One people one nation,” and entertains the players when playing the game.
There are so many ways of preaching peace, and Salaam Mobile game is one of them.
Coming soon! What you are saying about Salaam Mobile game:
‘‘Peace is not created with a one-time act: the cease-fire, accord, or reconciliation is just a public point on a timeline between war and durable peace. True peace is built over time, with many different processes and approaches that move conflict into lasting, peaceful relationships. It requires action at many different levels, by different people, in different ways, and at different points in a conflict.’’
Salaam game can be a portal to effective peacebuilding.
Celebrating and amplifying cultural diversity, the #jubapeacejam facilitates open dialogue among cultures, artists and musicians – using the power of social media to #defyhatenow
#jubapeacejam works across as many channels and platforms as possible to bring online groups together, create slogans, exchange information, ideas and create new communities.
#defyhatenow is an online platform for peace and solidarity through positive messaging
International #peacehackcamp barcamp / innovation lab takes place Nov 30 – Dec 02, 2015
Stephen Kovats, r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation
#defyhatenow is an initiative in collaboration with the Ebony Center for Strategic Studies and CEPO – Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation.
Thank you to all the participants and programme supporters for making the first #DefyHateNow workshop in Juba a success!Read more
The workshop was marked by inspiring and thought provoking discussions enabling us to better understand the mechanisms and many facets of media induced hate and how these can lead to further violence exacerbating South Sudan’s conflict. Local South Sudanese civil society and international media development organisations, including Ebony Center for Strategic Studies, CEPO, Search for Common Ground, E.R.A.D.A., Freevoice, Internews, the South Sudan Women’s Peace Network, UNESCO and the Council for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation joined local media representatives and civil society advocates in exploring how to raise awareness around the effects that online incitement and social media hate speech can have on communities who themselves are not necessarily participants on social media platforms. We now look forward to strengthening cooperation to develop activities, enhance media literacy and awareness of the online mechanisms of dangerous speech, in a concerted effort to #DefyHateNow and support the peacebuilding process in South Sudan.
image credit: Hakim George Hakim … #DefyHateNow workshop group photo on the banks of the Nile River, Intra-Africa Hotel, Juba, South Sudan, April 25th 2015.