Category Archives: Lebanon

Literature Activity: The danger of having NO story

In my literature class this semester, I had a theme relating to “The Danger of a Single Story”. This was inspired by Chimamanda Adichie’s TED Talk, in which she discusses the nature of literature and cultural misconceptions. Why do we … Continue reading

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Speaker Workshops: An immersive journey

It’s two weeks to event day, and some people are still pitching ideas, hoping to be part of the speaker line-up on the 23rd of August. What many don’t realize is the absolutely mesmerizing creative process that our speakers immerse … Continue reading

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Intaliqi: Running this Sunday!

And here’s the Q&A that I had with the organizers: Q-Why are you running the marathon to support Intaliqi and what does it mean to you? A. I participated in the Beirut Marathon, and having an event dedicated solely to … Continue reading

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All we need is a community!

The title is reminiscent of the beautiful TEDxBeirut event organized last year, but as our dear Patsy so generously states, size doesn’t matter. And this blog is in honor of the incredible evenings spent at TEDxSKE.  On March 19, 2009, … Continue reading

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Driving in Lebanon as poetic justice

I’m writing this because the words need to come out somehow. ‘You silly driver. You annoyed the cars in all the lanes around you. From Sassine to Sodeco, all you did was creep from lane to lane. Honking with your … Continue reading

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TEDActive: Before and After

I’m a TEDAddict. Unashamed. Shout till I drop. Addict. It started with the first TEDTalk I ever watched which assured me that my need to radically review my stance on education is a necessity, not just for me personally, but … Continue reading

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Thank you for loving me, oh bank of mine.

I love how banks care so much about my future. They want me to keep my savings and get another loan. A bigger loan. Because they care. They care about my peace of mind as they ask me to spend … Continue reading

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It’s all in the shoe…invade it! Don’t play MAD!

We always hear about the need to feel with others and walk a mile in their shoes, but how many of us can actually visualize what this entails? Not such an easy process. Picture this, literally, since Hala H. Hassan … Continue reading

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I will NOT play MAD!

MAD – Mutually Assured Destruction. I can’t believe this is considered a military “strategy.” When peoples’ lives are in the balance, this isn’t a game, this isn’t a strategy. It’s pure destruction with peoples’ hopes, dreams, and lives being used … Continue reading

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Creating monsters…and then complaining when they groan!

Philip Zimbardo talks about The Lucifer Effect, or understanding how good people turn evil. The process is actually easier than you think. Recipe: frustrated individuals with no visible means of changing their circumstances political/religious leaders who add fuel to fire … Continue reading

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