MISSION: r0g_ 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: 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: Involved with communities ranging from the Canadian high arctic to the equatorial regions of Africa and South East Asia, seeks to connect and transcend geographical constraints, creating common vocabularies of communication, mobility and access to open knowledge … bringing DEEP NORTH into creative dialogue with DEEP SOUTH.

The termr0g_logo_background ‘r0g’ is the ‘code cultures’ 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 brand his cattle, thus letting them graze freely.