As we approach the end of the first year since we opened the doors of RootSpace and enter 2009, we are inviting you to CELEBRATE WITH US! :-) and help us brainstorm what we can and should do to have the kind of impact we striv
Tuesday, Dec 23, 7-9pm
RootSpace Office (Charles Helou St, Valli & Valli Bldg 6th Floor)
RootSpace envisions a sustainable knowledge-based economy and society in Lebanon, the West Asia/North Africa (WANA) region, and the world. RS implements strategic projects to promote the soft skills (creative problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration), key concepts (social innovation, social entrepreneurship, sustainable development), hard skills (science, tech, open source dev't, project mgmt, business development), and structural supports (research, info dissemination, best practices, org/biz support & tools, social venture investment & support) to fuel widespread systemic change for sustainable social and economic development.
• RS focuses its work in developing & post-conflict communities and countries, and builds connections between developing and developed nations.
• RootSpace currently hosts the following groups in the RS shared-office in Beirut:
- Association for Volunteer Services (AVS; www.avs.org.lb)
- Arab Initiative to Foster a Culture of Volunteering (www.arabvolunteer.org)
- DevIneMedia (Development in eMedia)
- Heartland Alliance (Beirut office; www.heartlandalliance.org)
- Hibr.me (www.hibr.me)
- Human Rights Watch (Beirut office; www.hrw.org)
- International Crisis Group (Beirut office, www.crisisgroup.org)
- Mideastwire.com (www.mideastwire.com)
- T&E Consulting (startup consulting group focusing on conflict resolution and disability issues)
Plus the following individuals and activities:
- Sean Lee Teaches English (on Sunday mornings)
- Samer Azar (green construction/development startup)
- Soha Frem (educational and NGO consultant)
Interested in joining us? Contact us.
RootSpace co-founder Kevin Braithwaite is speaking at the SOCAP conference in San Francisco, California, panel details below. Got a question for the panel? – send a tweet to Kevin at @kevsf
Interested in taking part in a RootSpace delegation to SOCAP’11? Let us know....
The MENA ICT Forum is nearly here!
Only a few days remain until the launch of the MENA ICT Forum, October 10-11, in Amman. This event promises to be one of the best in the region, with a great cast of speakers, sessions, and partners. Building on years of a Jordan-focused event, 2010 is the first year that this conference has a region-wide focus... and it promises to be exciting.
More than covering just the flashy new tech trend of the day, the Forum covers some critical topics that are central to sustainable social and economic development, such as e-government, education, and the Arabic content crisis. The full agenda is available on their site.
With so many events happening around the region, it is no accident that we are making the trip from Beirut to Amman for this one... we'll be covering the event live, plus taking notes and checking out ideas for what we can do in Lebanon, and how we can contribute to the energy and ecosystem that is so helpful for emerging innovators and entrepreneurs who work locally and need to develop and compete globally.
Register today and join the fun!
... more info from Amman in a few days.
Here is a great opportunity to showcase innovation coming out of the WANA (West Asia/North Africa) Region ... the World Bank's upcoming "Innovation Fair: Moving Beyond Conflict", April 12-15, 2010. Applications are due March 7, but the sooner you get them in the better! Projects will be voted on by site users, and that public support will be one of the criteria used to determine which projects will get funded! Get your project(s) up early, and try and spread the word to get people to go visit the site and vote!
4SITE Forum closed on Nov 18, 2009.... and was a great success and a great start on that journey. Participants came from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Canada, and Dubai, with great discussions about a variety of topics. All info and the schedule are still up at www.4siteforum.com, and we are already working on next plans, and next steps... including 4SITE 2020, an exciting initiative to promote and support social innovation and social entrepreneurship throughout the WANA (West Asia/North Africa) region.
Videos of the speakers will be up soon... the last thing that remains to be said is a special thanks to all the partners, volunteers, speakers, and sponsors:
Baraka Group (UAE) was our key strategic partner in the initiative.
4SITE Forum Cedar Sponsors included: Cisco Systems, Maktoob, and Bayt.com (our exclusive online recruitment partner)
4SITE Forum Gold Sponsor included: Aramex
4SITE Forum Silver Sponsor included: Collabora.co.uk
4SITE Forum Startup Sponsor: YallaStartup
Business Community Partner: Zawya
Media Partners: Jeeran, InteractiveME, Forward Magazine (Syria), Hibr.me, Lobby Innovazione, and Imprese e Startup
RootSpace is working in collaboration with several key partners to organize 4SITE Forum: Investing for Sustainability | Innovation | Technology | Entrepreneurship, November 17-18 in Beirut.
We are posting up this position to help our friends at the emerging youth/media outlet Hibr...
PLEASE READ THE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS BELOW BEFORE CONTACTING US REGARDING THIS POSITION.
Web Manager/ICT technician for youth/citizen media project
(looking for one full-time manager and part-time contractors/assistants)
RootSpace is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, and we are trying to maximize our limited resources to achieve as much impact as possible. As such, we welcome volunteers to help us out in any of the following areas. "CARE" volunteers or interns (Capable, Available, Reliable, Engaged) especially welcome!