What is FLOK Society?

FLOK (Free / Libre Open Knowledge) Society is a networked participatory process and open research project to create policy proposals and political actions to transition Ecuador to a social knowledge economy.

FLOK presents an alternative vision for a collaborative model of society and productive matrix based on the commons, peer-to-peer systems, shareable knowledge and traditional community practices.

Once implemented, FLOK Society proposals will improve the quality of life [buen vivir], open access to knowledge and culture [buen conocer], and offer a method that will inspire the region and the world. Learn more

Research Streams


Institutional support for capacity building should focus especially on open learning and community collaboration. What does this mean? First, rethinking learning processes, which should encourage reciprocity and value creation based on a common work; and second, the use of resources offered by open education systems.

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Open Technical Infrastructures

Are you worried about security and privacy on-line? Limiting our dependence on a centralized and externally managed infrastructure is key for taking control of our digital future. We must identify standards of openness and consolidate a common orientation of our on-line infrastructure. Thus, we can ensure our own rights for collective expression and protect our privacy.

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Commons Infrastructures for Collective Life

Solidarity and community life is not only valuable for its humanitarian dimension but also for its empirical value. Commons oriented practices can improve public infrastructure and promote sustainable forms of collective life. There are already open infrastructures and commons-based practices in Ecuador and in the world. How can we bring these practices into a public policy?

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Commons-oriented Productive Capacities

Imagine a place whose productive activity respects nature and human beings, and it also ensures access to knowledge. We investigate how to improve the country's economic production honoring these premises. Which are the main areas to develop? The open agriculture, innovation and open and common designed networks and the distribution of renewable energy

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Social Infrastructure and Institutional Innovation

The only way to make this dream a sustainable reality in time is by creating a legal and institutional framework that promotes and supports such transformations. In this stream we deeply analyze the legislation concerning cooperatives, NGOs and businesses of all kinds. Obviously, it also considers how public policies can promote co-production of goods and services between the state and civil society with common resources.

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Buen Conocer Road Steps

FLOK Meetings

Participants of Good Knowledge

FLOK Society is driven through an interagency convention between: Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales, Secretaría de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación, Ministerio Coordinador de Conocimiento y Talento Humano and built collectively with Ecuadorian and global civil society.

Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales
Secretaría de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación
Ministerio Coordinador de Conocimiento y Talento Humano
Ecuadorian and global civil society


The collaborative construction of an open-knowledge system is a continuous process. We introduce the following tools for interactive communication between researchers, civil society, activists, government institutions and NGOs, among other groups that wish to join the free knowledge initiative.


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