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Hello It’s Raymonda :)
I know i’m a little bit late, but this blog is a healthier way to provide ideas than facebook itself. I think this is a media subject itself!!! We preferred something smooth such as facebook because we can comment fast or know each others better or probably share our business and projects. It’s a business card in its own right I agree but since I am here talking I must say that I’m reading everybody’s post and ideas, and you are all seriously well TALENTED AND HARD WORKERS AND amazing! We are a combination gathered in a Imagination Studio concept, giving and sharing simple ideas and initial thoughts for improving at least 1% in Lebanon.
So briefly: This is a country how can i say it ? Like one food sample with endless tastessss!!! We are talking to fix but I found out that this is all ”mer2in 3a lebnen”(la ehke bel derij). For Lebanon an action-reality is A MUST that’s why we need people on the ground that know every corner. I believe each one of us can provide something or at least ask someone… And my IDEA IS: Instead of fixing each error aside and since we all do know that visual MEDIA IS: THE FASTEST MESSAGE THAT STICKS IN OUR MEMORY why not leave each media channel loading itself and create our own?
IT CAN BE DONE! IT NEEDS A LOT OF WORK I KNOW!! We all do know why!!! But if we gather all our forces starting with what we have we can have a community that is born from Imagination Studio. People that are interested can just switch to our channel of thoughts and creativity. Seriously talking LEBANON IS HUNGRY FOR THIS looking around us… This is it a generation that should NOT BE copy paste genes from ….and from…. we can create. We already know WHAT WE WANT… B.T.W Dima & Zeina I’m reading your ideas you are seriously on the road I LOVE THIS… Joanna thank you for hearing us. What do you think guys?
P.S YOU ARE ALL AMAZING SO HAPPY FROM THE INSIDE THAT I KNOW YOU NOW :) !!!!!
Hello Media and Influence team !
After yesterday’s workshop, i got some ideas i’d like to share !
- I think the final outcome of this team’s work is as important as the whole activities and projects surrounding it. So if we were to create an open user-generated news tool for people to contribute, it needs to be shaped by workshops to teach people about “peace journalism” per example, or a series of campaigns to make people more aware that the current news in the country are one sided and non objective.
- Maybe go into setting up some free journalism classes to youth from all over Lebanon?
- Video-journalism should have a big part too, it’s not very widespread in the area yet but highly beneficial.
- I don’t read any news in Lebanon, because I feel that none of the news speak to me. I don’t understand politics, and all the news are about politics. Any other interests have very little time or none in the news. I think we should address that as well, how to make social and cultural issues part of daily news as well.
Voila ! The only example I have from someone setting up a similar platform is the “Mashallah news” team guys http://mashallahnews.com/
They had written about us 2 years ago :) http://mashallahnews.com/?p=269 and I think are doing an interesting job !!
Contact Media & Influence team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Raymonda Adib: I’m a new soul digging my way into the path of Arts. After studies in philosophy, psychology and literature, I’m now doing my last year at the Lebanese University of fine Arts, majoring in visual arts, and I’m on my way to my MA. I find life exprience is a whole package so I’m interested into: weird mythology,cancient languages and books, philosophy, knowledge, logic, fantasy, space, numbers, time traveling, modern architecture, video art, compositions, weird installations, music, traveling, being in touch with different backgrounds, watching too much manga, tattoo and piercing lover, third eye opening, and of course CONTRADICTION. I’m willing to give all my twisted random and organized ideas for Imagination Studio.
Vanessa Bassil: A Journalist and a Peace Activist. She earned her BA in Journalism in addition to another BA in Political and Administrative Sciences in the Lebanese University. She is currently pursuing her Master degree in Information and Communication Sciences. She’s passionate about media field as well as activism. She reports and writes for several newspapers and websites and has 4 years experience in the Lebanese Media. She strongly criticises the way Lebanese Media deals with news and works for a new form of delivering information. She’s committed to social change and has a special interest in the relation between media, politics, public issues and humanitarian causes. She particularly believes in building peace through media. Therefore she researches, practices, and advocates for her main cause: Peace Journalism. As she believes in acting locally and thinking globally, she’s willing to use her experience, knowledge and skills in both Media and Civil Society for the benefit of Imagination Studio, and therefore for the benefit of the society.
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Dima Boulad: A graphic design graduate from AUB; she continued her Masters in multimedia in I.E.S.A paris. After working for 3 years there in motion graphics, she moved back to Beirut. After working in post-production for one year, she is now freelancing from her office in Geitawi on various projects from design to motion graphics. Together with 3 friends, they started in 2010 a collective called Beirut Green project that demands and works on having more public green spaces in the city.
Joanna Choukeir: Communication designer who founded Imagination Studio because she believes that co-creation can improve our society. She is currently doing her PhD and lecturing at the University of the Arts, as well as working with Uscreates.
Aisha Habli: She’s always looking for something new to learn. She has a passion for writing that keeps her up at night and is interested in things so varied as ice cream, psychology, trees, and medical research. Much involved in activism, and her recent interests include women psychology, journalism, and the art of public speaking. A senior Biomedical Engineering student at HCU, planning on joining the BME Graduate program later this year. Currently based in Saida, she has been in Lebanon for 5 years now, and the dynamics of this country and its people never fails to amaze her. She also has a bad case of Twitter addiction.
Bruna Kesserwani: A wannabe polymath who has lived in the US, Georgia and Lebanon. She is interested in the intersection of various fields including politics, economics, psychology, culture and philosophy. She loves coffee and Nutella a lot.
Dalal Mawad: A multimedia journalist currently finishing her Master’s degree in journalism at Columbia university. She holds a BS in Economics and an MS in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics. She has previously worked as a researcher at the United Nations Development Program in Beirut. Dalal joined this team because she believes that media can empower individuals to bring about positive social change; and because social media has given citizens a new tool to voice their needs, issues and concerns. She also believes that amidst Lebanon’s polarized political environment, a more independent and objective press can bring people together.
Vanessa Mghames: I am all about adventure and new experiences, I feed on creativity and culture! I am currently pursuing a bachelor in Audio-Visual. I am only nineteen, but I’ve got enough energy and enthusiasm that can feed a country!
Mohieddine Saadeh: I am a computer engineer. I have around 10 years of experience in Web Development. I develop programs using ASP.Net 4.0 using MVC framework and PHP. I currently work as a project manager at Koein.
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