Join us in building 5 more #ASKotec kits with skilled trainers

Providing Access to Skills and Knowledge in the form of a multi-functional Open Tech Emergency Case gives rural and urban innovators a new point of entrance for understanding the basics in a range of vocational skills from soldering, building simple devices to the handling of important yet often specialised tools that in these regions are normally hard to come by.

We just launched our crowdfunding campaign at betterplace.org/en/projects/63347-pioneering-open-tech-innovation-askotec-access-to-skills-knowledge-kit/

Pioneering Open Tech Innovation: #ASKotec Access to Skills & Knowledge Kit

 

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#defyhatenow – a peacetech approach to mitigate mass violence in South Sudan

This article was originally published on frient-peacebuilding-forum.de/pbf-voices-blog/…


How can technologies and digital media be strategically used to achieve conflict-resolution and peacebuilding objectives? To answer this question, peacetech is a growing field that allows peace advocates and local communities to develop new forms of engagement. The term peacetech thereby refers to two different approaches:

1) Utilizing existing online/social and traditional media tools for networking, communication and awareness-raising; and

2) Creating hardware and software systems that allow people

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Join the HATE NEWS conference in Berlin

As part of the Misinformation Ecosystems Conference Series 2018 and in partnership with r0g_agency a.o. Disruption Network Lab presents:

HATE NEWS

Manipulators, Trolls and Influencers

 

Investigating online opinion manipulation, strategic hate speech and misinformation – and their impact on civil rights.

What is the relation between deliberate spread of hate online and political manipulation?

This event looks into the online and offline consequences of spreading hate and false facts in the context of social media and the press, and analyses technological and social responses to these phenomena.

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South Sudanese colleagues visiting Berlin

With a range of exciting events happening these days in Berlin we are very happy to welcome three of our colleagues from South Sudan.

The founders of the #Go Girls ICT Initiative Yine Yenki and Eva Yayi as well as Bior Jaden attended the annual Global Innovation Gathering, presented at this year’s 12th edition of re:publica and will attend the Open Tech Summit here in Berlin.

 

Meet’n’greet

We celebrated their arrival with our own annual tradition of the r0g_agency meet’n’greet and presented the key milestones of our work:

  • the Open Hardware Field Kit #ASKotec
  • the Hate Speech Awareness project #DefyHateNow with our current social media campaign #Thinkb4uclick
  • a special sneak preview screening of DEFY – the film the new film by Sam Lukudu and Cont de Monk; shot and produced entirely on location in Juba, South Sudan

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Mapping Refugee Culture and Innovation Sites in Uganda

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.
IMG_20171217_113926Given 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.
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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.
IMG_20171215_162400If 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.

#ASKotec – A field kit for Open Tech

#ASKotec dust proof case
#ASKotec dust proof case – cc-by-sa 4.0

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

Access to Skills (ASK) through local training
Access to Skills (ASK) through local training – cc-by-sa 4.0

Open Hardware Guide (#OHG) out!

The South Sudan Open Knowledge and Innovation Hub
OPEN HARDWARE GUIDE published!

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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
#ASKotek
#LGJ
#openculture

Open Hardware Guide v.1 is free and open for use, modification and sharing by anyone!
CC-BY-SA 2017
(corrections and suggestions for amendments are also very welcome!)
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Peace4ALL Music Video & Roundtable

#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 Music Video Launch FB Event
@defyhatenow
defyhatenow.net / Community Development Centre (CDC) South Sudan

#Peace4ALL #defyhatenow #AnaTaban #PeaceVillage #SouthSudan

#Peace4ALL Music Video
#Peace4ALL Music Video

#Peace4ALL
“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.

Peace4ALL Video
Peace4ALL Video

#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).

#defyhatenow social media #peacejam

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.

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Photo: Hakim George

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.

Photo: Hakim George
Photo: Hakim George

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.

Photo: Hakim George
Photo: Hakim George

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.

For example, this fantastic work by #AnaTaban initiative & community of artists and activists working for peace in South Sudan.

Photo: Charles Lomodong #AnaTaban, The Guardian
Photo: Charles Lomodong
#AnaTaban, The Guardian

#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).

#peacejam toolkit
#peacejam toolkit

!! PEACE !!

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