Nayla Al-Akl and Beata Dreksler are leading a three-month international workshop course Post Disaster Community Management, part of the Middle East Social Innovation Lab (MESIL), funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Higher Education Dialogue with the Muslim World. The online workshop addresses Beirut communities and urban landscapes directly affected by the Beirut Port explosion (August 4, 2020).
The course comprises intercultural and multidisciplinary groups, including students and tutors from landscape architecture, spatial planning, architecture, and business from a number of international institutions. Students work on innovative community management and organization, community-based approaches for improving livelihoods, and enhancement of local neighborhood economy. In their work, students use methods such as Theory of Change, community- and challenge mapping, and Social Business Model Canvas.
Eleven AUB students from different faculties will participate in the workshop. LDEM part-time lecturer Wissam Melhem serves as coach and five LDEM students (Tima Farhat, Michelle Abi Hable, Ranim El Hariri, Luna Mansour and Yasmin Rizk) are serving as tutors.
The workshop is a collaborative activity with the University of Nürtingen-Geislinger (Germany) (lead institution), German Jordanian University (Jordan), Birzeit University (Palestine), and American University of Beirut (AUB). It also advances local dialogue through collaboration with the capstone project studio and local stakeholders.