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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!

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Problems are everywhere.

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

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So what about thinking of those problems as opportunities for business and growth?

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.

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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.

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1st Lebanese Hold-Up happened on December 5th, to solve the challenge of Menaversity!

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

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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.

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Contact Elsa at elsa@makesense.org

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makesense est une communauté internationale de citoyens, d’entrepreneurs et d’organisations qui résolvent ensemble les défis sociaux et environnementaux

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