Radical
Engineers


What we do

We build teams of hackers and makers and pair them with radical organisations. We help organisations find technical solutions to specific problems, or assess what technologies and infrastructures may help them be more effective in their endeavours.


Connect

We host workshops where our engineers connect with radical organisations and spend time gaining a deep understanding of their problems (either technical or non-technical).

Onboarding

We have a strict onboarding program that helps engineers understand the intricacies of radical organisations, including financial constraints, building things that can be maintained, being realistic about the scope of the project etc.

Collaboration

We connect with organisations like Critical Incubator to source time-worthy projects.

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Our Values


Mutually assured autonomy

Human beings depend on each other, but this dependence should not result in oppression. We believe technology should be governed by us all and enhance our collective autonomy.

Experimentation

We value trying and iterating with new things, and processes, without those experiment becoming a thing that we always do. Precedent is in tension with experimentation.

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 build 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 that 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 to 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

A collaborative community-based project that offers alternative systems for addressing harm in our communities. The Alternative Justices Project 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. Together we are building a web app that allows those who experienced harm to inform a steward, while safeguarding their privacy.

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.

Thunderpledge

Critical Incubator

A tool to help overcome collective action problems. What if an action (e.g. not eating meat, not taking planes) is only effective when large groups of people commit to it? Thunderpledge allows participants to pledge that they will commit to an action once a critical mass has been reached.

How does this project contribute to systemic change?

Collective action is hard, and humans often feel powerless when acting alone. Thunderpledge maximized the changes of collective behavioral change, so that systems can be changed, instead of reformed.

SOCIAL OBSERVATORY

District Commons

The human species needs to understand the forces that drive and modulate behavior if we are to stand a chance of designing society 2.0, a society that amplifies and supports prosocial human behavior, agency, participation that can safety steward this planet. To this end the Social Observatory is a shared resource for the scientific community, for the study of human social behaviour. We are equally interested in studying how humans behave in social settings, and how humans could behave if they were nudged.

How does this project contribute to systemic change?

This endeavour is about studying how humans act collectively, for the explicit purpose of building a different social system for the future.

Team


Anouk Ruhaak

Anouk is a data-journalist and software developer, with a background in social sciences. They recently started Scatterlab, a project aimed at prefiguring collective data governance, to build infrastructures that allow collectives to take back control over their data. Their expertise falls into data analysis, community building, new economic systems & technology.

James Moulding

James is a political technologist with a background in technology startups, he is focused on improving the capacity of the British left to both debate and deploy technology. James is currently helping run Campaign Lab, working to overhaul the Labour Party's approach to electoral analysis.

Tom Berman

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

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.