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r0g independent, innovative and unconventional strategies for open societies, art and culture open source = open societies HONF http://www.natural-fiber.com/ http://ubermorgen.com/ WOPPOW http://slum-tv.org/ Agency for Open Culture and Critical Transformation Juba South Sudan http://mokolo.net http://afrinolly.com http://journalism.xmlab.org Juba is the capital and with estimated 372,410 inhabitants the largest city of the Republic of South Sudan. Juba is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, and is developing very rapidly due to oil money and the Chinese coming for work and development. stephen kovats
kovats@r0g-media.org
twitter @intertwilight February 29 @ 19.00
Marshall McLuhan Salon
Embassy of Canada Berlin Art, Culture and Open Technology
in the Changing Arctic Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag Mark Resch a maverick, independent, innovative thinker ... Julian Assange? Istvan Kantor? Open Source City? Slum TV http://arcticperspective.org/ Arctic Perspective Initiative r0g? rogue? ubermorgen? Paolo Cirio? Jaromil? Venzha? piratenpartei? acting in unconventional and non-conformist manner ... r0g Isaac Mao Solana Lansen Sharism The Enabling City Kate Lundy eDemocracy Forum MySociety Open Knowledge David Dietrich Senator, Australia Alejo Duque OS Streaming Systems Ela Kagel Sami Ben Gharbia Soenke Zehle Tatiana Bazzichelli Rob van Kranenburg jaromil bricolabs Disturbed Systems Threatened Voices xm:Lab shareable.net MindLab SeeClickFix CrisisCommons Chiara Camponeschi hacking is about playful cleverness ... Richard M. Stallman http://www.mict-international.org/ http://www.sourcefabric.org/ http://www.newthinking.de/ http://www.giz.de/ http://www.aspirationtech.org Allen Gunn, Executive Director http://ushahidi.com Juliana Rotich, Executive Director http://www.tacticaltech.org/ Marek Tuszynski, program director Stephanie Hankey, executive director http://joi.ito.com/ http://www.apc.org http://www.kabissa.org Micz Flor, Communications Director Klaas Gleenewinkel, Executive Director Andrea Goetzke, Program Developer "Truly innovative ideas challenge the status quo and stand out from the crowd - they're creatively disruptive." Tim Brown / Jocelyn Wyatt
'Design Thinking for Social Innovation' SSI_Review winter 2010 http://www.ssireview.org http://www.u-institut.de/ Michael H. Bleks, Subtropenlandwirt http://www.ixds.de/ Reto Wettach, Director Alfred P. Sloan Foundation D.school - Stanford U.
social innovation toolkit History
In 1922, a small number of Greek traders arrived in the area and established Juba on the western bank of the White Nile. The Greeks, who had excellent relations with the indigenous tribe of Juba (the Bari), built what is known today as the Business District. In 2005, Juba became the interim seat and the capital of the Autonomous Government of Southern Sudan. With the advent of peace, the United Nations increased its presence in Juba, whereas many Southern Sudan operations had until that time been managed from Kenya. From 1899 to 1956, Juba was in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan which was jointly administered by the United Kingdom and Egypt. British hopes to join the southern part of Sudan with Uganda were dashed in 1947 by an agreement in Juba, also known as the Juba Conference, to unify northern and southern Sudan. In 1955, a mutiny of southern soldiers in Torit town sparked the First Sudanese Civil War, which did not end until 1972. During the Second Sudanese Civil War, Juba was a strategic location that was the focus of much fighting.
#OSJUBA
Juba. The World's first Open Source City? Juba became the world's newest national capital on 9 July 2011, when South Sudan formally declared its independence from the Republic of the Sudan. However, the South Sudanese government and others have expressed dissatisfaction with the city's suitability as a national capital, and the government studied a proposal that would see a new planned city built as a replacement capital elsewhere, most likely Ramciel in Lakes. #OSJUBA KOW June 21 Stephen Kovats Roman Deckert Nadia EL-Imam Daudi Were Johnny West SUPERMARKT June 22 Coffee / Entry 09.30 Morning Session 10.00 - 13.00 Workshop Focus Rounds 14.00 - 16.00 Reponse / Mappings 16.30 - 17.30 Ela Kagel Geraldine de Bastion Maja Bott Venzha Christ Stephanie Hankey Micz Flor Georgios Papadopoulos Simon Höher / Emanuel Schwarz Carolin Wiedemann Nikolay Georgiev Kai Vöckler Daudi Were Christian Bauer Stephen Kovats technology economies participation data Johnny West Jörn Schultz Conclusion / Futures 17.30 - 18.00 10.00 - 10.30 10.30 - 11.00 12.20 - 12.40 introductions open source and africa the case for open systems mappings: Coffee Break 30 minutes Nadia EL-Imam Roman Deckert Geraldine de Bastion urbanism media resources Stephen Kovats Ela Kagel Tech Check 09.00 19.00 - 21.00 supermarkt open 08.30 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. Post-conflict urbanism – Archis Interventions approach 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. icehubs | Innovation.Collaboration.Entrepreneurship 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. 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.  LETS #OSJUBA!
a currency based on solidarity for an emerging open source city 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. knowable.org |connecting makers all over the world 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 boundariesand 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? Edgeryders |Tying 'over there' with 'over here' 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. Open Source Ecology |Open Source Economy 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. tabula rasa - new beginnings? open energy Duer Danier Galwak 11.00 - 11.40 11.40 - 12.20 xm:lab | South South exchange and the politics of social media HONF (Indonesia) |MICRONATIONS MACRONATIONS: Democratisation of Energy Tactical Tech Collective | Evidence in Action KfW | Citizen e-Participation in Togo Sourcefabric : Find a way or make one Ushahidi (Kenya) | People First! newthinking | Role of Open Source in Africa Supermarkt | Welcome! r0g | #OSJUBA? Open Source = Open Cultures with with Jan Tretschok Juba. The World's First Open Source City? South Sudan and Open Source Culture SPLM Germany Ushahidi r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation Edgeryders | Council of Europe OpenOil MICT Media and Cooperation in Transition 10.00 - 18.00 radically real and open sustaining open network ecologies open economies collaboration Four 90 minute simultaneous thematic Focus Rounds form #OSJUBA's collaborative workshop element. Each Round will explore one broad theme within the broader #OSJUBA contexts including 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). The focus round itself then is 90 minutes, within which the 2 Focus Round 'leads' will present their work, position or thematic direction, ca. 10 minutes each, allowing for a good 60 minute feedback and discussion round with all participants. Each focus round will be equipped with its own beamer, and note taker who likely will be jotting commentary, output etc. into a PREZI framework, which will be published for all participants and anyone else interested in the project.

The output of each Focus Round, which will then be discussed by all participants/audience should or could include elements such as:

- an overview of other, similar or model projects that you believe are relevant and best practice cases vis-a-vis your own work or proposal
- a discussion on the challenges, opportunities and real on-the-ground scenarios of your proposal or project
- if there has been implementation (even if partial, or if this is still a process) what effects, and knock-ons has it had in both local and broader regional scale
- where do you take this - and other similar projects - in the future
- any other recommendations, new ideas, visions that could emerge from either your work, project or initiative 1 2 3 4 Focus Rounds education Lunch Break 13.00 - 14.00 #OSJUBA locations Supermarkt
Brunnenstr. 64
13355 Berlin KOW
Brunnenstr. 9
10119 Berlin r0g-media.org/osjuba #osjuba #OSJUBA Partners June 21 - 22, 2012 Berlin The Niles http://www.thecitizen.info/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/the_niles_mict.pdf http://www.theniles.org/ The Republic of South Sudan National Bureau of Statistics http://ssnbs.org/ Fast Facts
Total Population of South Sudan is 8.26 million
Total Area of South Sudan is 644,329 sq. km
More than half (51%) of the population is below the age of eighteen.
72% of the population is below the age of thirty
83% of the population is rural
27% of the adult population is literate
51% of the population live below the poverty line
78% of households depend on crop farming or animal husbandry as their primary source of livelihood
55% of the population has access to improved sources of drinking water http://r0g-media.org/osjuba/ #OSJUBA FOCUS ROUNDS #OSJUBA FOCUS ROUNDS #OSJUBA FOCUS ROUNDS #OSJUBA FOCUS ROUNDS Uni Saar 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). FOCUS 1: TABULA RASA/NEW BEGINNINGS

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. FOCUS 2: OPEN ENERGY

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. FOCUS 3: OPEN ECONOMIES

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 Papadoupolis (alt. economies)
LETS #OSJUBA!
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. FOCUS 4: COLLABORATION MODELS

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? 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
with
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 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 Foreign Office)
Nadia EL-Imam (Edgeryders - Council of Europe, Strasbourg)
Daudi Were (Ushahidi, Nairobi)
Johhny West (OpenOil, Berlin) Christian Bauer is an art director and creative consultant in projects connecting art and culture with technology – with 24 years of entrepreneurial experience and 15 years of experience in elaborate cultural project management for Austrian artist André Heller. Christian Bauer is further more a pioneer and early entrepreneur for 3D technologies like 3D Online Communities (since 1993), Virtual Reality and Web3D (during the 90-ies) and was in the late 80-ies a GIS and CAD expert. His latest interest is in renewable energy, micro-energy creation and sustainable life-styles. Cofounder and partner in Sonnenpark St. Veit (one of Austria’s largest solar power plants), he is developing an energy toolkit for remote regions and is involved in alternative living projects: Artesian Visionary Creative Agency Artesian Prezi & Art Event: when dreams come true. Daudi Khamadi Were is a Kenyan technology, data and information strategist. Daudi is passionate about inspiring and supporting citizens as they provide positive solutions to the problems in their own communities. As Project Director at Ushahidi Daudi works on innovative ways technology can be used to bring about positive change in communities across the world. Projects that empower citizens to monitor elections, tools to track the efficient use of resources, tools to collect information from those directly affected by a disaster or crisis, tools to visualise and map a large amount of crowd sourced data. Ushahidi is an African technology company that develops free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping used globally. twitter: @ushahidi facebook: Ushahidi Emanuel Schwarz worked as a computing trainer in rural Honduras in 2006. He decided to get engaged in designing alternative strategies for development that evolve from synergies of knowledge, networks and technology. He studied Communication & Cultural Management and Corporate Management & Economics at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, writing his thesis on the cultural impact of game mechanisms on society. He co-founded a web strategy agency, worked as a freelance communication consultant and served as head of communications for an pan-European cultural project before he co-founded knowable.org in 2011, which just launched their first Beta prototype in early June in order to further develop the platform on the basis of critical feedback by its community. twitter @knowableorg facebook: knowable.org Simon Höher studied cultural and political science at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, writing his thesis on the World Bank and new approaches in international development cooperation. He worked with several organizations in Germany dealing with civic inclusion, cultural management and music. In 2009 he joined the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (Maputo) working in close cooperation with UNESCO, African Union and European partners. He was a freelancer, working with cultural projects and initiatives in Europe, before he co-founded knowable.org in 2011, which just launched their first Beta prototype in early June in order to further develop the platform on the basis of critical feedback by its community. twitter @knowableorg facebook: knowable.org Economist and philosopher, Georgios Papadopoulos holds a Masters in Philosophy of the Social Sciences from the London School of Economics and is pursuing his PhD in Philosophy and Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He is currently on a research residency at the Vilém Flusser Archive in the School of Fine Arts in Berlin, working on a book publication on the Drachma. His first book, Notes Towards a Critique of Money (2011), is published by the Jan Van Eyck Academy. Jörn Schultz, born in Sweden, graduated in psychology from Humboldt University Berlin, specializing in human-computer interaction. Developing and implementing Web-based systems for education and collaboration within different contexts including: eyetracking in Berlin, animation workshops in Buenos Aires and teaching in second life. Jörn worked two years for the GIZ in Ethiopia, implementing eLearning at Institutes of Technology, creating a national community of practice and setting up the first tech-innovation hub of the Horn of Africa, iceaddis. Jörn is now managing icebauhaus innovation network, connecting the Bauhaus University of Weimar to Africa. twitter: @icebauhaus Johnny West, Founder of the OpenOil project, is a social entrepreneur and writer with 20 years professional experience in and around the oil industry. He began covering energy markets as a Reuters correspondent in the Middle East in the early 1990s, and has consulted to the United Nations, Revenue Watch Institute, and others on oil and the public policy aspects of the industry. He contributes regularly to al-Jazeera, the Petroleum Economist, Huffington Post, Iraq Oil Report, and the Guardian and his book Karama! Travels Through the Arab Spring, is the first book-length account of the events now rocking the Middle East. He is currently writing a sequel on oil and the Arab spring. Urbanist and publicist. Founder member of Archis Interventions; program director South Eastern Europe (SEE) Network. Urban development projects in South Eastern Europe. Urban research projects in Europe and Asia. Author, editor, exhibitions curator and lecturer on art and urbanism themes. PhD in Art History on urban spatial images. Professional expertise in landscape, architectural and artistic competitions and design projects, both solo and in teams of architects. Lectureships at various European cultural institutions and art academies. Professor for Creativity in Urban Contexts at the University of Art and Design, Offenbach, Germany. twitter: @archisvolume facebook: archisvolume Maja Bott, senior economist at KfW Entwicklungsbank, is an experienced economist, program designer and project manager in the areas of e-governance, e-government, early recovery and private sector development. At KfW she leads the design of innovative e-governance approaches for developing countries. From 2005 to 2011, she developed early recovery and private sector development programs for Sudan as Economic Advisor of the United Nations Development Programme and the German Development Agency DED. Prior to that, she established an e-government consultancy and an IT- & Media Business Association in Germany. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Munich. Ela Kagel is an independent cultural producer and curator, with a focus on free culture & the open web. Together with the transmediale festival she has initiated the Free Culture Incubator, a series of research events on the price and value of cultural work. Since 2005, Ela works with Public Art Lab and has initiated a broad range of media culture events, such as the Mobile Studios, Upgrade! Berlin or the Mobicases. Since 2011, Ela is founder and managing partner of SUPERMARKT, Berlin’s center for creative resources. She holds an M.A. in European Cultural Planning of the De Montfort University in Leicester / UK. twitter: @supermarkt facebook: supermarkt #OSJUBA event team An international consultant with a multicultural background based in Berlin, Germany, Geraldine de Bastion is an expert on information and communication technology and new media for development. She advises governmental organisations, NGOs and businesses on digital media and communication strategies. She also works with activists and bloggers around the world. Geraldine began her career working for the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). She helped organise the German delegation for the World Summit of Information Society (WSIS) in 2005 and worked for the Philippine National Development Agency (NEDA) on behalf of GIZ. During the past five years Geraldine worked with newthinking communications GmbH, an agency for Open Source strategies. In 2012 she curated the re:publica, Germany’s largest conference on Internet and Society. She has a passion for music, arts and new technologies and brings these interests into her work. In her free time, she is also an active member of the non-profit organisation Digitale Gesellschaft e.V. twitter @newthinking facebook: newthinking.de Writer, artist, producer and cultural nomad, Jodi Rose is the creator of Singing Bridges, an urban sonic sculpture using the cables of bridges as musical instruments on a global scale. Jodi helps create vision through mobile and cross-cultural collaborative practices, linking local contexts with global communities, and has now the joined the Prezi team as an instigator of creative non-linear evangelism. Jodi is co-initiator, co-curator, chief editor and the bridge linking partners of European Culture project T.R.A.C.E.S, Transcultural Research Artist Curator Exchange Series. She continues to explore philosophical and musical aspects of bridges through installations, compositions, on-site concerts, meta-nation Welcome to Bridgeland! and dreams of linking bridges around the world in the utopian Global Bridge Symphony. twitter: @jodivrose Roman Deckert has been working in and on Sudan, both North and South, since 1997. As country expert for the Berlin-based NGO Media in Cooperation and Transition (MICT) he has produced the Sudan Electionnaire for the 2010 elections and is editor of The Niles. Before joining MICT he worked as a small arms analyst at the Berlin Information-centre for Transatlantic Security (BITS). At #OSJUBA he will give an introduction into the South Sudan’s history and an overview of the present state with a view to the possibilities of open source. Media developer, writer and project manager based in Berlin, Micz Flor is co-founder and head of communication at Sourcefabric, a Prague based foundation for open source development in media, with branches in Berlin/Toronto. Since 1995 he has been knee-deep in Internet, organising a variety of events, net projects, magazines and temporary media labs. In 2000 Micz began work as a media developer for Eastern Europe and Asia at the Media Development Loan Fund (MDLF), where he met his fellow Sourcefabric co-founders. twitter: @sourcefabric facebook: Sourcefabric Creative Director of Edgeryders, at the Social Cohesion Research and Early Warning division of the Council of Europe. Nadia EL-Imam designs and tests new ways of using digital technologies to address complex societal challenges. She organizes events like the Living on the Edge Conference, Create Your Own Conference, Prototype Sprints, Future-building for Wikicrats, Media Tech Dayand Art Patrons Are Sexy. She studied Human-Computer Interaction at the Royal Institute of Technology, Cognitive Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet as well as Interactive Art Direction at Hyper Island, in Stockholm Sweden . She has lived in France, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Switzerland, and Kuwait. www.nadiaelimam.wordpress.com and www.cookiesncode.com twitter: @edgeryders Nikolay Georgiev organizes Open Source Ecology in Germany – an open and growing network of people working to improve the whole spectrum of ecological, social and technical systems according to sustainable criteria and open sourcing them on the Internet. Thus an Open Source Economy gets created, an economy that optimizes both production and distribution, while providing environmental regeneration and social justice. This open development promotes quicker innovation, open access to economically significant information and strong local economy, which ultimately replaces resource conflicts with common welfare. #OSJUBA Event Participants Stephanie has worked to strengthen information activism and reduce limits to freedom and expression online since 1998. She is the co-founder of Tactical Tech, an international NGO that over the last nine years has built the skills of thousands of activists worldwide. It brings together creativity and alternative approaches to learning with strong advocacy and technology skills. This has included an ‘edumentary’ film showing the work of fifty information activists worldwide; 10 Tactics for turning information into action, and a digital security and privacy initiative that experiments with ‘flash trainings’, practical toolkits and a series of animated films about a little robot called Ono. Stephanie is currently working on an upcoming book on visual political representation and has recently co-founded a creative agency for advocacy; Tactical Studios. twitter: @tacticaltech facebook: Tactical Tech Stephen Kovats, cultural and media researcher with a background in architecture and urbanism, is initiator of #OSJUBA, a project being developed by r0g – his recently formed collective agency for open culture, hacktivism and critical transformation. He was most recently artistic director of transmediale, Berlin’s festival for art and digital culture 2008 – 2011 and co-director of the McLuhan in Europe 2011 Network examining the impact of the Canadian media philosopher’s work on art and culture in Europe. His work and interests focus on the dynamic relationships between media, political, and electronic space on the transformation of societal and cultural landscapes. twitter: @intertwilight facebook: r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation Hilary Roger

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Cara Bell-Jones Vincensius ‘Venzha’ Christiawan is a graduate designer and artist from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In 1999 he created HONF ‘the house of natural fiber, yogyakarta new media art laboratory’ that determined to fuse education, art and technology with local communities without any cultural limitations. Together with HONF he has produced internationally recognized art works and media based performances, developed a fablab and media literacy programs, and initiated festivals including CELLSBUTTON and YIVF. He has produced a number of multi-disciplinary projects such as the current work Micronations / Macronations, examining alternative and grass-roots energy. In 2011 HONF won the transmediale Award for ‘Intelligent Bacteria – Saccharomyces cerevisiae’. He intends and focuses for built new bridge between art and technology in Indonesia together with HONF. Venzha is a conceptor and director also for YIVF (Yogyakarta International Videowork Festival) and CELLSBUTTON (Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival), which produced and organized by HONF every year. Carolin Wiedemann studied Journalism, Communication Studies and Sociology at the University of Hamburg. She is a freelance writer with publications including SZ Magazin and Der Freitag. Currently research assistant in the department of Urs Stäheli (Sociology, University of Hamburg) and co-editing the glossary Depletion Design with Soenke Zehle (xmlab). Her Ph.D. thesis examines new forms of subversion and collectivity online (e.g., Anonymous). theme: political uses of social media, future of journalism, south-south exchanges. twitter: @XMLab_News Jan Tretschok has a background in communication design and is co-founder of the xm:lab eco-jhub (HBKsaar, Saarbruecken) which focusses on environment and ecojournalism issues with research projects and in-the-field training for journalists. As a founding member of Mokolo, the African Online Film and TV Platform for Exchange and Distribution he is also able to actively pursue his interests in visual literacies and new approaches in technology for open education. twitter: @XMLab_News #OS Picture of the day: End of rivalry: Youth leaders Galwen and Anan-Atak taking an oath not to engage in cattle rustling again in Tonj East, Warrap State, June 15. © The Niles | Aping Kuluel
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