OPEN MIC: Zeina Saab
On Thursday the 5th of April, we had the pleasure of hosting a screening of ‘Meet me halfway’ – a film documenting the work of the Nawaya Network in Lebanon, and a Q&A with the networks founder Zeina Saab.
We would like to thank everyone who came and contributed to the Q&A and the discussion that followed. Unfortunately due to technical difficulties with our filming equipment, the footage the discussion was lost.
However, we are very happy to share with you the documentary itself (see below). For further info about the Nawaya Network and how you can help support their cause, visit www.nawaya.org.
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Who: Zeina Saab is a Lebanese-American who was born in Lebanon and raised in the US. She received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of California, San Diego and her M.A. in Urban Planning/International Development from MIT. She has consulted with the UN and USAID where she has worked on youth issues and gender empowerment. She moved back to Lebanon in 2011, where she has been working to establish The Nawaya Network to empower promising underprivileged youth and help them realize their true potential.
The Nawaya Network is a new non-profit organization based in Lebanon whose aim is to connect promising underprivileged and at-risk youth to resources that will help them develop their talents and interests as a way to keep them off the streets and away from violence, crime, and drugs.
Film: “Meet Me Halfway” is a film documenting The Nawaya Network’s pilot project in 2011. The film follows the lives of four underprivileged youth in Lebanon while they struggle to pursue their passions and develop their strengths despite very limited resources. (To see the 2-minute trailer, please visit www.nawaya.org)
The Open Mic concept:
Uscreates Open Mic started as a project for the World Social Marketing Conference 2011, and we enjoyed the concept so much that we now host Open Mic sessions every once in a while at our studio. The sessions take place in the mornings or evenings, when an interesting speaker visits and shares their works with Uscreates and friends.
Linda Selwood Choueiri on design and mindfulness
Helmut Aschbacher on service engineering vs. service design
Jonas Piet on service design
Ben Gallagher on Girl Hub marketing
If you would like to do an Open Mic session, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Open Mic as a subject.