Doing Development Differently – OPENing up Cooperation
Digital Alternatives and Social Innovation series
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From the circumpolar high arctic to the African savannah digital technologies and networks affect all areas of human interaction. They are not just physical or economic drivers but change social interaction and basic societal structures. Key components of this changing (global) society are increasing opportunities for open innovation and knowledge-sharing. In the Workshop Series “Digital Alternatives and Social Innovations” open culture advocates, researchers and social activists discuss the opportunities these shifting paradigms present.
Doing Development Differently – OPENing up Cooperation looks at the need to re-think international development taking into account these rapidly evolving scenarios. The continually expanding tool-kit of open resources for development actions employing ICT4D (Information and Communications Technologies for Development), open data and collaborative citizen driven initiatives are moving faster than the policies to implement them.
The notion of Doing Development Differently aims, by applying and linking the use of open data and open technologies, to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, harnessing these new technologies to strengthen governance. Such ‘open development strategies’ base themselves on the key elements of collaborative enterprise and technological possibilities inherent to the open source movement. They range from open source software (FOSS) to up-cycling and DIY practices, from open educational resources (OER) to comprehensive open data repositories, from crisis mapping, witnessing and citizen journalism to the creation of globally interactive open knowledge and resource commons. The work of Canadian and German organisations and grantees in these area such as the IDRC-funded SIRCA program, the Humanitarian Open Street Maps Team (HOT), or the Open Institute’s open governance initiatives illustrates both the potentials and urgencies of taking a decidedly open approach.
Doing Development Differently is an event by r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation gGmbH, Digital Unite e.V., and the Centre for Internet & Human Rights at European University Viadrina (CIHR) as part of a wider Workshop Series on Digital Alternatives and Social Innovation. For this Workshop we will be hosted by and collaborating with the Embassy of Canada to Germany in Berlin and supported by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.