This project supports raising the awareness of European and Middle Eastern societies to respect each other’s values, talents and contributions. The idea is to create new narratives of the Middle East emphasizing a positive, more diverse and integrative view.
He who understands other people has knowledge; he who understands himself is seeing clearly.Laozi , Dao De Jing §30
With the approach of connecting hearts building bridges, we want to bring people together and inspire Europeans for learning impulses and the chance to question own beliefs and cultural norms. A focal point is to challenge the narrow way, how women and their roles in society are being viewed.
Lebanon is in uproar. People are standing together against the political establishment. Everybody is in a positive upbeat mood shouting for a revolution, but there is also fear about what’s coming. Across the country, people are fighting for their rights and against an unjust and unsocial system. Emotions are high, intentions are good.
The mind / heart radar gives glimpses of the current state or mood in an area.
How do people feel, what do they do, how do they express themselves? The radar is just one way of looking at how people are balancing out system’s challenges. The short description just captures some main impressions from the streets, the photos behind illustrate stops of this journey.
Paul Parin writes about creating islands of reason.* Let’s look out for them. Sharing experiences can make one realize that there are alternative ways of seeing and acting upon circumstances. This can be a starting point for learning.
*Find more about the background and supporting research in the Theory of Change.