Posted by Karl Johnson on Nov 28, 2012
Related program: Football for Hope
You may have heard of the Open Architecture Network. It's the online, open-source platform we use to post all of our projects, and track their progress. The OAN (now transitioning to an expanded platform called Worldchanging) is a Design Fellow's best friend...unless you're Nathan Jones.
Nathan is leading design and construction of the Besongabang Football for Hope Centre in Cameroon. In the heart of the Cameroon jungle. Limited access to internet and intermittent electricity outages "come with the territory" of being a Design Fellow, but Nathan surely feels the heaviest brunt of these limitations. Where he works there may not be power for days, and he does as much as he can on a charged laptop before it winds down, and uploads images to the project page when the opportunity arises. He's also know around headquarters for relying on his satellite phone when email's out.
But Nathan's found a way to bring his work to the world...and to bring the Open Architecture Network to Besongabang.
As a side project, Nathan built an "Analog OAN" on the roadside beside his project site-and has been able to explain the Football for Hope program, the context for his centre, to the community.
Awareness is always a good thing, and Nathan's conversion of hyperlinks to a pinup board is commendable. As you can see it's a real hit with passers-by, who can now view the Besongabang Centre from a whole new perspective.