r0g_agency is the Berlin-based non-profit agency for open culture and critical transformation. Initiated in 2012 and founded as a non-profit company (German gGmbH) in September 2013 by Stephen Kovats and Susanne Bellinghausen, r0g_agency comprises a team of open culture specialists active in locations worldwide.
r0g_ thus follows a philosophy of ‘open knowledge for open societies’, with a focus on creating sustainable open systems solutions for post-conflict development. In doing so the r0g_agency acts to put into practice the mechanisms of sustainable open culture methodologies using appropriate and community based resources and technologies including Open Source (i.e. FOSS and Open Hardware), Open Educational Resources (OER), Open Data and related Open ICT4D, DIY and Up-Cycling methodologies.
What is r0g_?
The term ‘r0g_’ is the digital code culture derivative of the English word ‘rogue’. The term is used in its reference to that of the ‘maverick’, one who applies innovation, independence of thought in conjunction with unconventional or non-conformist methodologies for societal progress. It is named after the American politician and U.S. cattleman Samuel A. Maverick (1803-1870) who refused to brandmark his cattle, thus letting them graze freely and openly.
r0g_agency is the Berlin-based non-profit agency for open culture and critical transformation. It was initiated in 2012 and founded as a non-profit company (German gGmbH) in September 2013 by Stephen Kovats and Susanne Bellinghausen. As a collaborative and internationally networked organisation, r0g_ supports sustainable and hybrid forms of cultural innovation and social enterprise in regions undergoing rapid and fundamental transformation. Following a philosophy of ‘open knowledge for open societies’ r0g_ acts to put into practice the mechanisms of sustainable open source methodologies using appropriate and community based technologies (i.e. FOSS, OER, Open Data and related Open ICT4D). It sees these as tools for empowering citizens, where exchange, collaborative production and access to open knowledge are of fundamental importance in creating free and open societies. Our particular focus is on how these mechanisms can held enable peace and foster innovation in crisis and post-conflict regions.
How We Engage
The agency operates as a connector, initiator and producer within a global network of organizations and advocates that develop and implement projects and strategies in fields such as open source hard- and software, social media research, education, journalism, E-government, media arts, urbanism, cultural hacktivism, networked collaboration and digital forms of work. It runs workshops, seminars and conferences, developing its programming worldwide.
Where We Engage
r0g_agency works with both grass-roots as well as with governmental and international organisations – often with an interest to bridge gaps between policy and real action on the ground. We are engaged with communities ranging from the Canadian high arctic to the equatorial regions of Africa and South East Asia. Currently we are working primarily with communities and organisations in the Republic of South Sudan, Indonesia, Mali, and the Republic of Kosovo. We seek to connect and transcend geographical constraints, eliminating digital divides, creating common vocabularies of communication, mobility and access to open knowledge – bringing DEEP NORTH into creative dialogue with DEEP SOUTH.