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Youth Engagement In Beirut

ACTIVE YOUTH-LED INITIATIVES AN INSPIRATION TO MUNICIPAL ACTION Social movements in Beirut gave visibility to a mass of young activists eager to engage in political life and improve city’s livability by setting made-to-measure projects. Some youth-led initiatives are calling for access to public space (Horsh Beirut and Dalieh civil Campaigns) or supporting heritage preservation (Save Beirut Heritage). Others are advancing sustainable mobility (Bus map Project & Beirut cycling circle) or fostering creative industries (Altcity/Creative space Beirut/Lamba labs). The trust remains, however, a cornerstone concern for establishing a constructive dialogue among citizens and decision makers (Municipalities under the spotlight campaign). These youth initiatives are producing alternative forms of adaptation and reflecting the image of a resilient society. In the light of these growing local energies, Beirut seems to be able to mitigate political void. Would that help the city overcome the crisis in the long run? Is it a suitable reality that would invite young people to think twice before leaving in search of new horizons abroad? During these last months, we met youth-led initiatives with various success stories, which can considerably inspire and guide local stakeholders. Different solutions can be provided to social issues. However, sustainability can only be secured when upscaling is sponsored by local policy. Therefore, there is a need to establish a platform for multiple voices where youth initiatives can garner the attention of decision-makers and investors. One of the YEI project goals sought to connect communities of interest, and structure the dialogue about youth engagement at city-scale. The process launched several moments of collaborative thinking and co-creation that are exposed in the following lines.

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Youth Engagement in Beirut  

This publication shares the findings of a one-year assessment on youth engagement in the urban governance of Beirut. The "Youth Engagement I...

Youth Engagement in Beirut  

This publication shares the findings of a one-year assessment on youth engagement in the urban governance of Beirut. The "Youth Engagement I...

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