Kira Allmann is a public engagement researcher at the Ada Lovelace Institute (London, UK), where her community work focuses on digital and health inequalities. Prior to this, she was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford, where she spent several years studying community networks. She is also a writer, audio producer, and video dabbler and co-founder of the Cherry Soup creative co-op. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @KiraAllmann. More info: https://kiraallmann.com
Zenzeleni, which means ‘do it yourself’ in isiXhosa, has become exemplary of the unique challenges and remarkable successes of a community network in the global south. In this interview, Sol Luca de Tena discusses how the cooperative business model for Zenzeleni has evolved to center community needs and priorities.