We work as a bridge between the potential users of communication technologies and the engineers and developers of these efforts to ensure technology is deployed and appropriate for use by communities in the developing world.
Our name references both the biological phenomena and the concept of the rhizome, which we’ve worked to translate into a set of principles that inform our work and what we strive to achieve. We attempt to strike a balance between the benefits of interconnectedness and autonomy – two ideas that are seemingly at odds. We take inspiration from the rhizome in that if one is separated into pieces, each piece can give rise to a new plant. This change in approach is crucial in the telecommunications sector where spectrum is tightly regulated in favor of large corporations and technology is locked down by patents.