Migration, Communities

Refugee Open Cities (ROC21)


Who is behind this?

Daniel Kruse

Open State gUG



Who is joining forces?




Refugee Open Ware






Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Asylum homes burn, radical parties thrive and borders close: While Europe struggles with the so-called refugee crisis, we risk to fall back into a dark age of isolated nation states. „Refugee Open Cities“ tells a different story: This toolkit for crisis communities worldwide unlocks the vast potential of migrants and turns the negative picture around. Let´s move from anxiety to action, turn bunk bed halls into makerspaces and create communities envisioned by refugees and locals alike.

Where will your idea take place?

Berlin, Germany

Why does Europe need your idea?

People escaping from wars arrive at our doorsteps today - globalization is getting personal and immediate. Germany alone is hosting about one million new migrants and 3,6 million more are expected to arrive until 2020. Regardless of our opinions on migration, it is reality - and it won´t stop soon. Now it’s on us to leapfrog beyond the emergency mode of migrant camps, nationalistic rhetorics and slow bureaucracy. ROC21 aims to be a blueprint for dignity, diversity and human development.

What is your impact?

ROC21 is an open-source, adaptable toolkit to turn crisis camps into thriving environments full of opportunities, personal growth and participation. We will collect the best ideas from social architecture and community governance, learn from digital communities and maker spaces and facilitate open spaces among refugees and locals. Business and NGO partners will be integrated into our 9-months-curriculum for inclusion and our team takes care of strong media attention and political lobbying.

How do you get there?

Research: To gather first hand infos, we will visit refugee camps in Germany, Austria, Turkey and lead interviews with field experts and social innovators.
Production: After several concept sprints and iterations, we’ll present our findings at a ROC21hackathon to co-develop all content, design and programming.
Prototyping: We will offer and test selected methods of the ROC21 toolkit at actual refugee camps to challenge and refine our assumptions.
Roll-out: Our team will embed and engage itself long-term into a refugee camp situation while the toolkit is published and can be adapted and improved across the world.
Circular Impact: Migrants are supposed to be educated and trained for the rebuilding of their home countries, in jobs such as engineering, community organizing, law, education etc.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Crisis and refugee camp managers worldwide can use our toolkit and implement methods for themselves. Once rolled out, refugees profit from a much faster inclusion, access to the language, education and jobs. Local citizens will get to know refugees on a deeper level and take away a positive experience they can retell; with the help of media spreading to an overall better image from a crisis to a challenge. Finally, politicians can reduce structural stress and present a roadmap to their citizens.

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Idea created on March 5, 2016
Last edit on July 5, 2016