Author Archives: Basil Mahfouz

Crowdsourcing solutions to Lebanon’s crisis

Crowdsourcing solutions to Lebanon’s crisis

Reading Time: 3 minutes To overcome the current crisis, the new Lebanese government will need to develop innovative policies—quickly. Currently, authorities are following a conventional model by seeking ideas from a bureaucracy of civil servants and consulting agencies. Perhaps a more effective way for the government to find solutions is to engage citizens directly via a digital crowdsourcing campaign.

Lebanon needs a disaster policy for earthquake risks

Reading Time: 3 minutes Over the past 2,000 years, Lebanon has experienced over 13 major earthquakes. These tremors are a result of the country’s location within an active tectonic system called the Dead Sea Rift, which divides the African and Arabian plates. One of Lebanon’s most devastating earthquakes occurred in 551 AD, a 7.5 magnitude quake along the Mount