Hayda Lubnan Project

The Hayda Lubnan Webspace aims to foster a positive vision about Lebanon by encouraging the Lebanese people to dream about a better future for their country and express themselves.

This webspace is part of the “Hayda Lubnan” project, which supports an exchange on how people in Lebanon would like to live. On this platform, you can share individual visions and get inspired by ideas of others. The project creates an opportunity to encourage individual and communal reflection and gives a voice to different aspirations. Three platforms of exchange are envisaged: Beside the webspace, young people living in Lebanon have been working together for a series of ‘future workshops’ since 2015. The challenge here is to discuss, express and develop a common vision and find an attractive way of presenting it. These artworks will be presented in an exhibition.

Why talking about a vision? The clearer a vision takes shape, the easier it is to take steps towards it. But especially when times are difficult, it is not easy to think about a positive tomorrow. The Hayda Lubnan project creates an opportunity to encourage individual and communal reflection and gives a voice to different aspirations. Finding out ways of how to develop common visions of a peaceful future is essential because individuals, families, enterprises, communities, and nations move toward what they imagine to be a desirable tomorrow – through daily choices of action.

Who is behind the project? The project ”Hayda Lubnan” is supported by the Civil Peace Service of GIZ. GIZ is a federally owned enterprise that supports the German government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. Within the Civil Peace Service of GIZ, advisors and local staff work in close partnership with local NGOs in order to link committed stakeholders through systematic exchange and to create exchange across conflict lines.

Workshop on Digital Journalism

Within its Media, Peace and Conflict program (MPC), held a two-day workshop on Digital Journalism for more than thirty students, activists and journalists. The workshop was organized within the framework of the “Hayda Lubnan” project, and it was supported by the German Agency for Development GIZ-ZFD. The location was AltCity in Hamra- Beirut. As for the dates, they were January 15th and 16th, 2016.

The workshop kicked off with a session revolving around the culture of peace journalism and its relationship to digital media, given by the Founder, President and Executive Director of MAP Ms. Vanessa Bassil. A debate about citizen journalism and its role in digital peace also took place. During the second training session, Ms. Veronique Abu-Ghazaleh Margossian relayed the most important techniques that must be adopted in the digital press.

Another training session spoke of digital rights and digital safety. The speaker was Mr. Muhammad Najm from SMEX. Mr. Najm provided the participants with advice in order to protect their accounts on social networking sites. The first day ended with a session given by the Editor of “Al Jadeed” website, Mr. Ibrahim Dsouki in which he displayed his digital experience. Mr. Dsouki also talked about how he moved from working in traditional media to working in digital media, detailing the challenges and opportunities of electronic media.

The second day of the workshop, began with Mr. Joseph Yaacoub, coach and strategist in digital marketing. The session’s topic was personal marketing via the Internet. The second session was presented by the Editor in Chief for “MTV” website, Mr. Danny Haddad; it was on how to create, develop and manage a news website.

This was followed by a collective group work led by Ms. Vanessa Bassil, aimed to determine the characteristics of peace digital journalism and how to apply them in practice within journalistic work. The “Hayda Lubnan” Webspace was taken as an example.

The last session was with the social activist Assaad Thebain who introduced the way, which journalists must adopt in electronic writing and publishing, referring to the stages of writing, information gathering and the use of key words on social networking sites to increase the number of readers.