We are a company living in symbiosis with an online community of thousands of hackers, activists, radical thinkers and doers, and just normal people that want to make a difference. The company started in 2013 as a spinoff of a Council of Europe project. It both serves the community and uses its collective smarts to power its own activities.
We’ve managed to turn discussions into action and launched outside-the-box thinking projects like a semi-permanent residency for hackers and social innovators, drawing inspiration from early Western monasticism, living in the service of a local community, and a bottom up process to map out the Cairo Bus Transportation Map to increase anyone’s ability to use public transportation in one of the most polluted area of the globe.
Out research network is pioneering work in digital ethnography to make sense of collective intelligence, most recently in the OpenCare project.
We work for the common good, and will not accept business if we think that the ultimate effect of what we do is going to be detrimental for society at large.
We employ members of our community – often, brilliant outsiders whom your average Human Resources department will never ever hire, and who would probably not want to work for you anyway.
Now, with Open Village, we are putting our experience, skills and knowledge all together to have a large impact in the MENA region. We tested our first prototype in Morocco, a 6 month experiment where we incubated 3 open source projects in Sidi Kaouki, Essaouira.