We are a Berlin-based nonprofit dedicated to partnering with local grassroots organizations and governments to support open knowledge, open technology, and peacebuilding efforts in the Global South, specifically those regions undergoing rapid and fundamental transformation. We believe that open knowledge has the potential to create healthy, open societies.
The word ‘open’ is borrowed from the tech world and is used to describe something (texts, software, technology, information) that is accessible by the general public, and is free to be used and redistributed without legal or technological restrictions, removing barriers that might otherwise stand between individuals and the information they need.
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 work
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.