Radical
Engineers

Call for projects

Could your project or organisation benefit from our technical expertise?
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About us


Faced with the threat of mass extinction, a warming globe and rising inequality, we cannot afford to merely fight symptoms, but have to instead radically rethink the economic and social systems that produce them.

We connect radical organisations working on bringing about post-capitalist economies, communities of care, or waste eradication with our growing community of software developers and designers. Our aim is to provide those who best understand the problems with the technological resources they need to successfully implement the solutions.

Along-side our immediate support, we organise meetups, co-working events and speed-dating sessions for engineers and projects to meet.

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Our Values


Diversity & Inclusion

We only succeed when the systems and tools we create are inclusive to anyone, regardless of time, physical fitness, wealth or digital literacy and built by a diverse group of people.

Effective Radicalism

Effective Altruism asks how we solve the world’s problems & pairs this with a theory of change: start by doing the most effective good you can. Effective Radicalism suggests that the best we can do, might be to consider changing systemic conditions.

Collaboration

Our problems are too great and our systems too complex to go at it alone. The Radical Engineers believe that lasting change happens when humans set their egos aside and collaborate.

Don’t disrupt, transition

Too often disruption takes the form of vulnerable people having their lives uprooted. Instead, we value strategies that help us transition to new economic systems.

Projects


Alternative Justices

District Commons

Alternative Justices is a collaborative community-based project that offers alternative systems for addressing harm in our communities. It seeks to further the research, creation, and application of systems of justice that can transcend and transform the state and its flawed systems of law and justice.

How does this project contribute to systemic change?

This project aims at creating an entirely different system to the traditional criminal justice system. In this way it’s goal is to replace and create alternatives, not to reform the current system, but to change the system.

Wobbly

Wobbly is a workplace organising platform, being designed and prototyped by a small voluntary team of developers. It’s a communication and coordination tool, with structures and processes modelled on the IWW's organising style. They’re creating a space for energetic, powerful, and democratic unions to win struggles, grow.

Current needs

Wobbly's main need today is in front-end development.

Excess Material Exchange

The Excess Materials Exchange is a digital facilitated marketplace where companies can exchange any excess materials and products. EME speeds up the transition to a circular economy and turn waste into wealth.

Current needs

EME is looking for everything, from designers to engineers.

Missing Maps

Missing Maps' mission is to put the world's vulnerable people on the map. Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally 'missing' from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.

Current needs

Missing Maps is looking for more people who can code satellite images into maps.

TimePeace

TimePeace looks to connect refugees and asylum seekers with the local population. For many refugees, arriving at their adoptive country is just the first step. They must then build a life from scratch. At TimePeace we see an opportunity to tackle problems of social integration while enriching society. We are building a mobile app, which will connect refugees / asylum seekers and locals, to meet and share for free their skills, passions and interests. This is much more than just an app - TimePeace embodies a movement that strives towards an integrated, diverse society.

Current needs

TimePeace is looking for people with mobile app development skills.

Team


Anouk Ruhaak

Anouk has a background in political economics and software development. Over the past decade, they developed their research skills as an economic analyst and investigative journalist, worked as a software developer and founded several communities in the technological space.

Tom Berman

Tom is a software developer / hacker, interested in projects with clear social, political and environmental impacts. Also worked on an art commission looking into the future of work - Work We Want, shown at the Southbank.

Margreet Dijkstra

Margreet is a behavioural economist and web developer with an interest in projects with social and environmental impacts.

James Curtis

James is a business planner specialising in income and budget planning for charities and organisations with radical ideas for improving the world. You can also find them running around behind the scenes at events like the Escape Room Industry Conference, Now Play This and Hack the Police.

Zarinah Agnew

Zarinah is a neuro-scientist who in addition works on building intentional communities and prefigurative politics. Citizen and nomad of the Embassy Network, where their projects include Alternative Justices, Second Life, The Social Observatory, Haight St Commons and many others.