It Takes a Team: Visualizing Palestine Co-founders & Partners in Conversation

In 2013, Julia Bacha—award-winning filmmaker, media strategist, and the Creative Director at Just Vision—stated, Visualizing Palestine could revolutionise the way data-heavy research is shared with lay audiences. […] A very timely and badly needed intervention in the media landscape” .

Visualizing Palestine’s media – ranging from infographics to other visuals– has been used by institutions, organisations and individuals in more than 420 cities around the world with the support of over 500 financially vested VP Members in 190 cities across five continents. Along with a remote team that is often working from five cities at any given time, VP’s partners include Human Rights Watch and Oxfam and accolades in disciplines spanning information design, collective action and social entrepreneurship– Visualizing Palestine cofounders and partners come full circle to Dubai, the springboard of Visualizing Palestine and its antecedent TEDxRamallah. 

In this session, cofounders Ramzi Jaber, Joumana al Jabri, with their partners Ahmad Barclay, and Hani Asfour come together to share insights on Visualizing Palestine, at this junction, eight years from the release of its very first infographic: Hunger Strikes. 

This conversation is part of an exhibition and series of events, a collaboration between Jameel Arts Centre and Visualizing Palestine.

 

Joumana al Jabri 

Joumana al Jabri is co-founder of Visualizing Impact. She is a lifelong researcher in the realms of self-awareness and co-existence and their impact on societal maturity. Joumana’s work has been rooted in collaboration. She co-curated TEDxRamallah 2011 and co-founded Febrik.

Joumana has contributed to multiple publications including Al Manakh: Gulf Continued, and Creative Refuge, on creative processes in the context of Burj el Barajne Palestinian refugee camp, Lebanon. Joumana is a Synergos Arab World Social Innovator fellow 2014-2015 and a participant in the Wellbeing project 2016-2018.

Ramzi Jaber

Ramzi is the director of innovation at e.construct, an interdisciplinary engineering firm. He is also the co-founder of Visualizing Impact. Ramzi is a YGL at the World Economic Forum, Ashoka Fellow and was a visiting fellow at Stanford University’s CDDRL in 2012.

Ahmad Barclay

A partner with Visualizing Palestine since its founding in 2012, Ahmad is an architect, visual communicator and product designer. He is actively engaged in a variety of projects involving data visualisation, visual storytelling and learning through play, and has facilitated courses and workshops based on his practices in cities including Beirut, Amman, London, Lisbon and Bangalore. Ahmad is also co-founder of MyToyTown, a slot-together wooden play system for kids.

Hani Asfour

Hani Asfour is an architect, designer, and Dean of the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation. A practicing designer with 25+ years of experience, Hani previously held teaching positions at various regional and international universities. Named one of the region’s 50 most influential architects by Middle East Architect magazine, Hani was the Beirut Creative Cluster’s founding President. A frequent public speaker, he presented at TEDx Beirut and was the keynote speaker for data4chan.ge, whereby storytellers collaborate with human rights organisations to tell powerful stories through data. Hani is a founding Partner of Polypod, an award-winning multidisciplinary collaborative design studio in Beirut that was awarded Best Community and Cultural Project at the 2017 MEA Awards. Hani holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University with distinction and a BSAD in Architecture from MIT.

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