Summer is the season of life in Lebanon. A staple of Music festivals, dazzling art shows and performances, food, sun, sand, beach, mountain and pure awakening of senses.
Yet, we crave for more to fill our narrow alleys and wide hearts with colors.
“is a performing arts company comprised of artists from different backgrounds that are engaged in the artistic scene in Lebanon. Our network of actors, writers, film and stage directors, photographers, puppeteers and dancers has progressively formed around the shared needs to exchange tools and art practices, to meet the audience, and to continue questioning the world in which we grow”
… is planning a concert 28-30 August on the Vendome Stairs in Mar Mikhael. You have the chance to make this happen here:
I probably have a few drafts and rants on inefficient government operations in Lebanon, across all government entities i was forced to deal with. It’s tough to develop a more efficient government with staff that refuses to embrace technology (yes there are computers everywhere… no one uses them!!) and with a leadership that is stone-age.
This is not about the actual years these people have lived, it’s about the era that they refuse to get out of. (in the case of our 80+ MPs, yes, it’s about your age! The parliament is not your retirement fund!) This make sit apply to even younger generations within these institutes that are enjoying the status-quo of in-efficient and redundant operations.
Maybe we can learn something from the private-sector, enforce retirement (and pay retirement salaries), it may sound like a cost, but it’s not. It’s merely a small fast forward into the future, our future.
Allow more experience generations to supervise, train and advice
Create job opportunities for younger generations (it’s no secret we have a massive unemployment problem)
Solve alot of wastage in resources and time at multiple levels
Open the door for innovative problem solving and optimization, as well as, much needed new talents.
P.S. Our current “Minister of State for Administrative Development” has extensive experience in breeding cows, not computers, nor processes! The previous one (2009-2014) was a military man, and it gets more dismal as we go back.
This blog is currently in comma, it is not dead, It micro-blogs on on twitter http://twitter.com/lebanesevoices and facebook http://www.facebook.com/lebanesevoices. The archive is below and on the right of the screen, you can check out what I’m reading on the right below (goodreads)
I will be blogging soon *fingers crossed* – yes there is a folder of drafts waiting to become posts lurking in the CMS.
Here’s a kitten to keep you company while waiting
Also this blog is 5 years old now! If it were a human, it would have witnessed, Protests across the region, the fall of three dictators, the emergence of opposition across more than 10 countries in the region and many more abroad. Dozens Genocides and assaults, three full fledged wars on Gaza from Israel, presidential gaps, a devastating decrease in literacy rates in the MENA region. Syrians becoming the largest refugee nation in the world. Israel faces war crime allegations. Lebanon still sinking in an abyss of the unkown. Smartphones dominating the world, and technology invading every aspect of our lives. This five year old is set for a very confused psyche.
May their souls rest in peace.
Soldiers betrayed by our disgusting failure of a parliament that is being hijacked by corrupt warlords are falling everyday.
Originally posted on A Separate State of Mind | A Lebanese Blog:
A lot of the Lebanese populace will be spending this weekend either skiing their days away at resorts or clubbing the nights at various parties across the country, or, ironically, watching the “heroics” of an “American Sniper” at our cinemas.
As that “joie de vivre” manifests, however, the country will be burying 8 soldiers that passed away yesterday defending everyone against a looming threat at our borders, and whose heroics will fail to register with most.
Why did those 8 army soldiers die? Well, for one reason it’s because they live in a country led by so-called leaders who aren’t up to their title as they fail every single moment they “lead” to make the much-needed decisions that such times require.
Today, Lebanon is in an official state of mourning. No, it’s not mourning any of these 8 heroes who gave up their lives, not thinking of their families, of their children and…
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“Knowledge economy” will probably overtake the “entrepreneurship” as the buzz word for the next decade. Not that i find either words bad for the economy!
Saying that one thing that continues to be an obstacle to nurturing impactful digital progress and increasing efficiency is the lack of document and open data.
I emphasize on documented, because in many scenarios the data itself does not exist, as it is sitting in physical archives, hand written and badly maintained.
The Global Open Data index currently features 97 ranks, of which Lebanon is #85. Frankly I’m surprised Lebanon is on the list to start with, so although some may find this a bashing point, it shows that we are at least trying. Good job ;)
The index measures based on the following metrics:
The #1 ranked country is the UK, they are definitely doing an amazing job with their Open Data programs. Other Arab countries on the list with their rankings are:
#79 Egypt & Morocco
#85 Lebanon (for reference)
I’m also surprised some “leading, world-class”-PR-manic countries are not even on the list. Well I’m not really surprised, but it goes to show…
Back to Lebanon:
The above shows us that we need more transparent government spending and budgeting is necessary, but also that there are problems hindering our progress, like functional addresses, postal codes and maps that work. (thank you Zawarib)