Why Lebanon is full of opportunities
Too often seen as a region where job opportunities are too rare, with a political instability and only few solutions to tackle issues around waste, education or even refugees, the MakeSense community is super excited to be opening in Lebanon and the MENA Region! Let’s start reinforcing social entrepreneurs’ impact with the power of citizens!
Problems are everywhere.
It will take less than 5 seconds to think of 5 social or environmental problems in Lebanon. Garbage crisis, electricity, women’s rights, youth employment opportunities, and really one not to be undermined is the issue of refugees.
Think of over 1 million registered syrian refugees, mostly kids, growing up in Lebanon uneducated and unhealthy, this may trigger social problems in the heart of the Lebanese community on the long run if we don’t take accountability. So after working with more than 45 Social Entrepreneurs tackling the refugee cause in Europe, we know it’s also key to start the same mobilization with Social entrepreneurs helping refugees in Middle East and especially Lebanon. Forward.makesense.org/refugees
So what about thinking of those problems as opportunities for business and growth?
MakeSense believe social entrepreneurship is the future of business!
Simply put into words, social Businesses are a hybrid model between mainstream enterprises and social associations. Social Businesses stem from a sustainable business model comparable to mainstream business to generate revenue streams instead of solely relying on charity and donations meanwhile having a comparable impact to the more traditional social associations and NGOs.
Within 5 years the MakeSense community has spread almost all over the globe in helping more than 1,500 social entrepreneurs in 45 countries and 100 cities with over 25 000 people mobilized. MakeSense is finally settling in the Middle East and North Africa region with a Hotspot in Beirut.
MakeSense is the empowerment of social entrepreneurship with sustained social and environmental impact powered by a solid and passionate movement of citizens.
In fact, citizens have a key role in MakeSense ecosystem, for without them, social innovation and change will not go forward.
The MakeSense volunteers called Gangsters are proactive element of support and influence for social entrepreneurs in solving their challenges thanks to creativity workshops, the Hold-Ups.
With our tools, Gangsters can become advocates of change and accelerate the movement to better Lebanon.
Adding to our year-long mobilization campaigns for Digital Education, Refugees, and Waste & Climate, we are committed to accelerate change in Lebanon with our upcoming event #HoldUp2016 “New Year New Resolutions for a better Lebanon”.
Our own resolutions for Lebanon
From the first week of January, there will be Hold-Ups creativity workshops organized to help solving social entrepreneurs’ challenges from the MENA Region. Please get in touch if you want to organize some and help makesense launch in the region.
After an immersion of one month in the headquarters of this global social Business in Paris, Elsa Abi-Khalil is launching the MakeSense community in Lebanon to foster the social business ecosystem, in partnerships with local actors.