On February 17 and 24, 2024, the Lebanese Development Network (LDN) organized a series of workshops as pilot activities pertaining to DOUACTism Project.

The seminars were attended by a number of young community activists, youth workers, and city representatives involved in the process and outcomes of the project.

The sessions were dedicated to engage the target groups in innovative initiatives based on Non-Formal Education (NFE) developed around the concepts of Artivism and Doughnut Economics.

During the first day, project assistant Alec Donerian inaugurated the meeting with a general introduction through which he elaborated on the values related to the topics under discussion.

In turn, project assistant Yara El Hakim delivered a presentation about the concept of the Doughnut Theory and its visual framework for sustainable development. Hakim explained how this theory combines the concept of planetary boundaries with the complementary concept of social boundaries.

Drama Therapist Jawhara Boutros Elias provided a special training on Artivism aiming at raising awareness among participants aged 16 years and above about the SDGs through the medium of art.

She emphasized the use of creative and artistic methods of expression to cultivate knowledge, acquire understanding, and motivate change among the youth in society.

On the second day, a total of 5 community projects were presented by the participants who showcased their dreams through art - of a thriving city - using the framing of the Doughnut Theory.

DOUACTism seeks to create an innovative portfolio of NFE materials that is digital, easy to use and scalable focused on social inclusion, environmental challenges, and social entrepreneurial mindset, to build an ecosystem of CSOs and youngsters.