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#OSJUBA Program

KOW & Supermarkt Berlin 21-22nd JUNE, 2012

Thursday June 21, 2012
KOW Brunnenstr. 9, Berlin 19.00 – 21.00

South Sudan and Open Source Culture

An introductory solstice evening hosted by KOW in Berlin-Mitte to discuss current scenarios and contexts in South Sudan, as well as its capital Juba, and to introduce the notion of Open Source Culture. The evening is a prelude for the conference and workshop beginning at 10 am the following day at Supermarkt, Berlin-Wedding.

Hosts and guest speakers Thursday evening will be:

Stephen Kovats (r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation, Berlin)
Roman Deckert (MICT / Media in Cooperation and Transition, Berlin)
Duer Danier Galwak (SPLM GERMANY, Frankfurt)
Johannes Lehne (German Federal Foreign Office)
Nadia EL-Imam (Edgeryders – Council of Europe, Strasbourg)
Daudi Were (Ushahidi, Nairobi)
Johhny West (OpenOil, Berlin)


Friday June 22, 2012
SUPERMARKT Brunnestr. 64, Berlin 10.00 – 18.00
Open Source and Post-Conflict Development
#OSJUBA Conference | Workshop

10:00 – 10:30 #OSJUBA Introduction
Ela Kagel (SUPERMARKT) | Welcome!
Stephen Kovats (r0g_agency) | #OSJUBA? Open Source = Open Cultures

10:30 – 11:00 Open Source and Africa
Geraldine de Bastion (newthinking) | The Role of Open Source in Africa
Daudi Were (Ushahidi) | People First!

11:00 – 11:40 The Case for Open Systems
Maja Bott (KfW) | Citizen e-Participation in Togo
Micz Flor (Sourcefabric) | Find A Way or Make One

11:40 – 12:20 Radically Real and Open
Stephanie Hankey (Tactical Technology Collective) | Evidence In Action
Venzha Christ (HONF – House of Natural Fibre) | Micronation/Macronation: Democratizing Energy

12:20 – 12:40 Sustaining Open Network Ecologies
Jan Tretschok + Carolin Wiedemann (xm:lab) | Transcultural Transfers from Journalism to Independent Cinema

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 16:00 FOCUS ROUNDS
Mapping data | technology | economies | participation | urbanism | media | resources | education …

Four 90 minute simultaneous thematic Focus Rounds form #OSJUBA‘s collaborative workshop element. Keeping in mind these ‘mapping’ keywords, each Focus Round will explore one theme within the broader #OSJUBA which include the areas of innovative open source usage / open society and post-conflict development / participatory, citizen based open cultures / complementary or alternative forms of implementation, and will be led by two participants, whom we’ve paired according to the potential interesting synergies that may emerge!

The Focus Rounds begin right after the lunch break at 14.00 with a 30 minute intro to the 4 themes and lead participants (so, ca. 5 – 7 minute quick intros for each of the 4 clusters).


Kai Voeckler (Archis Interventions)
Post-conflict urbanism –  Archis Interventions approach
Cities in the post-conflict rebuilding phase have recurrent, comparable problems. Political power vacuums at the national level and the absence of civil self-monitoring generate uncontrolled forces that seriously damage the cities’ chances for recovery. For this reason it is necessary to scrutinize the aid and planning strategies we have used and intensify the search for possible alternatives. We call upon all those working in the field of politics, aid, architecture, and community work and development cooperation to share their knowledge and experience and rethink how to rebuild the community by a smart reconstruction of the city.

Jörn Schultz (icebauhaus)
icehubs | Innovation.Collaboration.Entrepreneurship
The ice-network is currently undertaking its first collaborative steps in South Sudan through a pioneer project connecting Juba to Addis Ababa and Weimar in the area of architectural prototyping for low-cost  and appropriate housing in Africa. icehubs is an expanding African network of grassroot greentech innovation hubs supported by the GIZ, where the network is based on principles of open culture, activity and pragmatic technology adaptation. Its intention is to provide a platform for inspiration, connection and international collaboration on equal terms.


Christian Bauer (Artesian)
SOLPAC -Energy for Everyone
SOLPAC (Solar+Package, earlier known as the ‘Solar Survival Kit’) integrates open source development and production to create ‘micro power-generators’ for use in remote areas with no access to a power grid populated regions that for reasons of unstable infrastructure, post-conflict transition or development may never be connected to a power grid scenarios of power autonomy or power backup without the need to depend on local power providers The system is designed for house lighting, mobility, communications, pumps, HVAC systems etc supplying outputs of 300 – 400W, which is then available for 3-4 hours after sunset. A pilot draft for South Sudan, which examines integration into, as well as the support and creation of local economies and infrastructures for South Sudan is currently being prepared.

Johnny West (OpenOil)
Imagine an Open Oil Industry
OpenOil was founded in the belief that creative, practical and socially progressive policy making in the oil and gas industries is both vital to our collective future, and possible within current constraints. Yes, our continued addiction to hydrocarbons is a bad idea and we need to get much more serious about renewables. But there is no credible plan for a carbon-free economy before 2030. Until then, the oil and gas industries will continue to play a huge part in global prosperity and development – or not. To refuse to engage with that reality is dangerous and irresponsible. It is also to guarantee “business as usual” in day-to-day workings of the industry. OpenOil believes that oil and gas production can benefit the citizens of producing countries more effectively, and the damage wrought by opaque and undemocratic government, often as a result of the prize to be obtained by controlling natural resource wealth, can be mitigated and reversed.


Nikolay Georgiev (Open Source Ecology)
Open Source Ecology | Open Source Economy
Open Source Ecology is an open growing network of people improving the whole spectrum of ecological, social and technical system according to sustainable criteria and open sourcing them in Internet. Thus an Open Source Economy gets created, an economy that optimizes both production and distribution, while providing environmental regeneration and social justice. From tractors to wind turbines to cars – all technologies are designed to be modular, scalable, simplicity, low-cost, Do It Yourself and for flexible fabrication. This open development promotes quicker innovation, open access to economically significant information and strong local economy, which ultimately replaces resource conflicts with common welfare.

Georgios Papadopoulos (alt. economies)
A currency based on solidarity for an emerging open source city

Money is the most valuable of economic infrastructures; without it distribution, and consequently production fails. Organizing a decentralized community based and run monetary system on the ‘LETS’ model (Local Exchange Trading Systems) for the new capital of South Sudan can provide a viable plan that can function as a blueprint for the new country’s economic infrastructure, animating economic development in a more equitable, sustainable and democratic way. Usually developed along the official state currencies LETS are habitually used as substitutes that aim to alleviate social exclusion, unemployment and poverty in situations of financial emergency. Network technologies provide a cheap and reliable infrastructure to support alternative monetary configurations, while at the same time these are more compatible with the traditions and realities of subsistence economies. LETS provide a vision for an economy that combines the ethos of new/appropriate technologies, local culture, with equitable and sustainable economic growth.


Simon Höher + Emanuel Schwarz (knowable.org)
knowable.org | connecting makers all over the world
knowable.org is a social network that makes practical solutions for everyday challenges widely accessible – especially in developing and transformation regions. By focusing on regular online access as well as mobile availability (WAP, SMS), it aims to foster free and open access to effective and creative low-tech solutions that help people providing for their basic needs on their own. Using ‘dynamic learning networks’ as a perspective for sustainable and decentralized development, there is a focus on the cultural and conceptual implications of learning, collaboration and decision making processes in complex networks.

Nadia EL-Imam (Edgeryders – Council of Europe)
Edgeryders | Tying ‘over there’ with ‘over here’
The Council of Europe, via the Edgeryders project designs and tests new ways of using digital technologies to address complex societal challenges. Questions of social and societal dialogue between here (Europe) and there (Africa) have become extremely poignant. Pushing for transparency and open governance in South Sudan is intimately tied to the discussions we are having about the social contract in Europe – an elusive harmonisation of deep values and dreams, reaching across national boundaries and across generations. The prosperity part of that ‘contract’ is broken, as entire continents failed to pay their mortgages, what means are at our disposal to create forms of social enterprise?

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:30 Response Mappings

Geraldine de Bastion (newthinking)
Roman Deckert (mict)

17:30 – 18:00 Conclusion / #OSJUBA Futures

Stephen Kovats (r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation)

18:00 – 19:00 Drinks / Supermarkt Chill-Out

Thank Yous, drinks and wrap-up chat with all participants, guests and audience

20:00 – 23:00 Football EM Quarter Final

Supermarkt EM Big Screen for those inclined to watch Greece and Germany battle it out on the pitch …

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