Alternative Academy: Civil Society Incubator’s new programme of courses

Lebanon Support, in partnership with Jibal, is happy to announce a new joint programme of courses within its Civil Society Incubator: the Alternative Academy. The Civil Society Incubator’s Alternative Academy is a multi-disciplinary space for critical thinking, discussion, and debate, whilst maintaining a solid scientific basis.

Fulfilling the mission of the Civil Society Incubator to provide tailored knowledge and support, and in line with Jibal’s strive for environmental and social justice, the Alternative Academy aims to bring scientific knowledge to everyone, in line with the belief in open access to information. This programme will offer a wide array of courses, ranging from CSO management, to social sciences, to environmental and natural sciences, to communication and technology, among others.

Unless stated otherwise, courses will be held at Lebanon Support’s office in Furn el-Chebbak.

The first batch of courses launched as part of this programme cover a scope of topics around four themes: media, development, environment, and climate change:

Course 1: Switch Perspectives: New Approaches to Media Production, Journalism and Storytelling

This course is open to people wanting to get a better understanding of stereotypes and power dynamics in the context of journalism and media, and find ways to do more just and equitable reporting and writing. During seven 2-hour sessions over the course of seven weeks, participants get the opportunity to locate and understand stereotypes and power dynamics, reflect on their own perspectives and positions of privilege and/or oppression, look critically at media production, and, through workshops on pitching and creative writing, explore new ways of writing and telling stories.

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Course 2: Rethinking our Approaches to Aid and Development Work: Exploring Power Dynamics and Empowerment

Social work is highly influenced by the existing and available structures of funding, social and political contexts, possible partnerships, and power dynamics. Further, the broader regional context is shaped by the intertwining forces of colonial history and economical dependance. This training explores social work practice in light of these contextual and relational dynamics, taking a step back to redirect our actions where necessary and to the extent possible. By exploring various tools and sharing experiences, it aims at better understanding power dynamics that emerge and form in the field and at exploring new approaches for interventions.

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Course 3: Preparing for Tomorrow's Environmental Challenges: Sustainability, Technologies, Innovation

While this course tries to take distance from emotions and see the factual picture, this course will answer the following question: What is the environmental crisis made of, and where are the myths and the realities? Is there really plastic in our food? How is climate change affecting us? Furthermore, this course will discuss the challenges and how they can be transformed in opportunities. More specifically, this course will cover the topics around nature and its cycles, humans and how they work, energy, technical innovations and entrepreneurship, with a focus on trash and waste (plastic, food).

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Course 4: A scientific approach to climate change

From a scientific perspective, this course will explain the greenhouse effect at the planet’s level and in our daily lives. In more depth, this course will discuss the scientific approach of the climate change, and will trace a definition about the earth, the sun, the greenhouse effect, and the ways of mitigating the effects of climate change.

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