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Traveling, people, cultures, and our interaction within cities...I'm an adrenaline junky- I love water-sports and the ocean
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I played the trombone for 5 years in my school jazz band
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"Stay positive, work together, and have the strength to do what you love"
Design is my way of thinking and its process dictates my approach to everything I take on. It encourages me to see things from different perspectives and try and solve problems while opening up new possibilities for people. Living in various cities throughout my life, from Beirut to Baltimore to NYC, I have been exposed to many realities and have seen the limitations that various societies hold. I’m committed to understanding individuals, their needs, and the community they come from. In catering to them, I thrive in working with my peers to create social change through design.
This is a great post Jonas. I am Lebanese and grew up in the Middle East and Lebanon up till college. I was faced with many of the same challenges and hurdles that Arianna mentioned. Even at some international universities, young girls write to each other in bathroom stalls and ask anonymous questions about sex and sexual education- things that may seem so banal to others are extremely important as they are often unknown by many. It's not only about understanding sexual health- but about understanding a young woman's body as it changes. It is unfortunate and devastating that the societal norms are such a large part of the culture and the everyday there. Let me know if you'd like to talk more, I'm happy to share more stories and tell you more about my personal perceptions.
Thanks Shane, will definitely look into the post you sent as a reference. We felt like a product like our could essentially be adapted in many different areas of the world, it's quite simple and the 'pieces' that come with it (such as the first responder group and community aspect) can be delegated within each city.