In many parts of the world, new governments and civic societies emerging from shattering conflict and revolution are facing the challenge to (re)construct nothing less than entirely new nations. Urgent calls to define political participation, state identity, economic development, self-determination and freedom to speak, learn, move and – very often- to reconcile among resolute opponents have transformed seemingly local conflicts into issues of global concern. Such is the scenario faced by South Sudan, the world’s newest country, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after more than four decades of brutal conflict, and the successful implementation of a peace agreement that was struck in 2005.
In the age of participatory and social networks, and powerful public domain technologies, #OSJUBA (Open Source City Juba) seeks to apply the methodologies of the world’s diverse open source communities in creating new forms of sustainable development. Harnessing South Sudan’s unique historical opportunity #OSJUBA proposes a South Sudan Open Systems Strategy, which could lead to the establishment of the world’s first Open Source Nation – a model of independence and collaboration in Africa and beyond.
Together with leading African and international open source and open knowledge specialists #OSJUBA explores how the emergence of a new ‘open systems culture’ in South Sudan could tackle the issues of post-conflict transformation, ICT innovation, education, resource management, policy transparency and economic development. A first memorandum for an South Sudan Open Systems ‘roadmap’, looking to South Sudan’s pastorial Warrap State as a model in which to implement open source and open data strategies, in support of open government principles has been drafted. For this first step ‘open sourcing’ step, r0g has teamed up with Warrap Governor Nyandeng Malek Dielic, the country’s first and only female governor, with the aim of fulfilling her vision of a prosperous and stable South Sudan, and overcoming the challenges she faces in helping her people in building their new country.
#OSJUBA is an initiative of r0g_ agency for open culture and critical transformation, initiated in Berlin in 2012 by Stephen Kovats, architect and former director of the transmediale, Berlin's festival for art and digital culture. A collaborative agency, it's team includes Ela Kagel, cultural producer, curator and founder of SUPERMARKT, Berlin’s center for creative resources, Jodi Rose, writer, artist and producer of mobile and cross-cultural collaborative practices, Amrit Naresh, researcher and writer for the transparency platform OpenOil.net, Lagu Stephen Samuel, South Sudanese medical student / film maker and Georgia Nicolau, international programs manager of Brazil's Festival Internacional CulturaDigital.Br
The agency supports sustainable and hybrid forms of cultural and societal development in regions undergoing rapid and fundamental transformation. Following a philosophy of „open source for open societies“ it acts to put into practice the mechanisms and methodologies of sustainable open source cultures and appropriate technologies. 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.
It 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.
Στην εποχή των συμμετοχικών και κοινωνικών δικτύων αλλά και των ισχυρών τεχνολογιών δημοσίου τομέα, η #OSJUBA επιδιώκει να εφαρμόσει μεθοδολογίες ανοιχτού κώδικα για ένα πιο βιώσιμο μέλλον. Προτείνει στο Νότιο Σουδάν μια στρατηγική ανοιχτού συστήματος που θα μπορέσει να βοηθήσει στην εγκαθίδρυση του πρώτου κράτους ανοιχτού κώδικα, ενός μοντέλου ανεξαρτησίας και συνεργασίας για την Αφρική αλλά και πέρα από αυτή. Σε συνεργασία με άτομα εξειδικευμένα στο χώρο του ανοιχτού κώδικα και της ανοιχτής γνώσης το #OSJUBA διερευνά πώς η ανάδυση ενός νέου πολιτισμού που βασίζεται σε ένα ανοιχτό σύστημα μπορεί να αγγίξει ζητήματα πολιτικής, εκπαίδευσης, βιωσιμότητας, τεχνολογίας, διαφάνειας και οικονομίας.