Social Media Exchange (SMEX) is organizing Lebanon’s first dialogue between local grantees and representatives from major donor organizations about the role of social media in civil society in Lebanon and the Middle East tomorrow, on Saturday November 21 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm in their offices in Beirut.
“President Barack Obama called for a ‘new beginning’ in America’s relationship with the Muslim world during his historic speech in Cairo in June. Speaking in Morocco earlier this month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signalled the US would turn to the web to reach this goal, announcing a $5m initiative to ‘empower grassroots civil society organizations’ by helping them use digital technology.”
With this foray into ‘social media for social change’, the US government is demonstrating that the internet will be at the center of foreign aid and development policy in the years to come and funding opportunities are on the horizon for civil society and non-profit organizations in the region.
What are the real opportunities for organizations in Lebanon and the Middle East and how social media tools are already being used?
Many practitioners will be talking about their projects and the problems they encounter working with online technology in a low-bandwidth environment explaining whether social media really can help empower us and our communities.
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