Surveying media use in the Middle East

Since the uprisings of the Arab Spring and the resulting spike of social media as a communication tool, media consumption in the Middle East has gone through rapid and unpredictable changes. To keep up with these changes and systematically assess their evolution, Northwestern University in Qatar began an annual survey in 2013 titled Media Use… Continue reading Surveying media use in the Middle East

Women Tech Entrepreners in MENA

There has been much focus on female representation (or lack thereof) in Silicon Valley recently. Recent harassment cases has brought into focus an industry that is overwhelmingly male and not always an easy work environment for women. In contrast, across the ocean, in the Middle East, women in tech are rising quickly through the ranks.… Continue reading Women Tech Entrepreners in MENA

Start-ups in MENA are leading the path to a sustainable future

There is an imminent force threatening the stability of Middle Eastern countries. And I’m not talking about political turmoil. This one is a force of nature. The Middle East and North Africa, already facing dramatically hot summers and desert-like climate conditions year-round, experienced what the Washington Post called a “hellish-like” heatwave last July. The heat… Continue reading Start-ups in MENA are leading the path to a sustainable future

Taking refugee stories to the street – The Caravan’s unique performance project

Photo by: Caroline Gervay

With the Syrian war in its fifth year, and the refugee crisis continuing unabated, there is a rising challenge by storytellers in the region to find new approaches to connect people to the human cost of the conflict. One of the more innovative efforts I’ve seen is The Caravan, a street performance project that tells… Continue reading Taking refugee stories to the street – The Caravan’s unique performance project