Tabadol Program

Creathon

How can Civil Society Organisation become sustainable? Tabadol Creathon aims to create momentum, generate new ideas, and fund new solutions that improves the sustainability of civil society organisations’ operations, programmes, and impact in Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Syria.

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Inspirational Speakers

Kim Issa

Alfanar Country Director for Lebanon

Lea Baroudi

Founding Member & Director of March Lebanon 

Afif Tabsh

Founding Partner at RPS MENA

Anas Darkaoui

Asfari Foundation Interim CEO / Director: Civil Society, Partnerships & Engagement

The Creathon in figures

2

weeks in June 2022

42

CSOs participating to the whole event

4

countries (Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and Syria)

5

experts to leverage conversations about sustainability

68

participants

7

workshops to boost CSOs entrepreneurial skills

Outcome

40

applications submitted

20

CSOs invited to pitch

3

grants given of 7000 £ each

Grants awarded

The Asfari Foundation and makesense awarded to the 3 following CSOs 7000 pound grants to enhance the sustainability of their operations, impact, and programs

Design for communities

Design for Communities is launching a program to empower designers to implement innovative low-tech solutions for sustainable development that enhance the well-being of vulnerable households in response to humanitarian needs. Young professionals will become leaders in the field of social design through hands-on experience in human-centered projects.This is a concrete example of how building platforms can reduce costs and sustain impact beyond donor funding.

Beirut Today

Beirut Today, a free, independent news platform, is developing the Arabic content on their website by producing relevant, in-depth critical articles and audiovisual reports, as well as hosting workshops. By doing so, they aim to develop an income generating arm and editorial services to move towards more sustainability.

MMKN

MMKN, in partnership with Sila, is gamifying its academic and para-academic education support program through EdTech. Thanks to the Asfari – Tabadol Creathon Grant they created an MVP that is tested in public schools on students with varying backgrounds. The MVP consists of a sample game aimed at engaging the students with STEM subjects by revisiting sciences and math through a fun lens. MMKN’s model harnessed the skills of more than 2400 volunteers. Their experience would be of value to share with other CSOs. This solution is another example of building platforms with sustained impact on the long term independently from donors.

They joined the Creathon

“The Tabadol Creathon has given us the opportunity to learn about other organizations and associations in neighboring countries and to plan and build sustainable strategies,impact, and programs.”

Hanin Al Shawabkeh, Member of the Young Women’s Christian Association, Jordan, Madaba

“TABADOL Creathon provided our team with a lot of experience to develop in all disciplines, as well as a chance to network with many organizations interested in digital security and sustainable development”

Yahya Aslbih, Executive Manager at The Association General of CyberSecurity MENA, Syria/ Turkey

“The Creathon was one of the most important opportunities to develop team spirit and skills. It was interesting to meet new people and learn about their experiences. Sharing our experiences and gaining new ones allowed us to continue and become stronger, invest our strengths and take advantage of them.
Throughout the process, we learned to work as a team, divide the roles, improve our conditions, and build an inclusive society for ourselves.”

Fadila Wehbi, Founder of blessطرو, Lebanon, Tripoli

Calendar

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitators: makesense team
Participants: Everyone
Activity: Tabadol Creathon Info Session
Objective: Learn about the Creathon: objectives, schedule, and outcome, meet programs partners and get answers to your questions

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitators: makesense team
Participants: Everyone
Activity: Tabadol Creathon Info Session
Objective: Learn about the Creathon: objectives, schedule, and outcome, meet programs partners and get answers to your questions

Duration: 1.5 hours
Facilitators: makesense team
Participants: Citizens & entrepreneurs
Activity: Meetup with Active citizens
Objective: Learn about the Creathon and define active citizens role

Duration: 2 hours
Facilitators: makesense team, experts
Participants: Everyone
Activity: Opening of the Creathon and inspiration talks
Objective: Define the concept of Civil Society Sustainability under the following categories: operation, programs, impact, and environment, learn about Sustainable Practices & Models from Experts and explore success stories and real-life examples

Duration: 2 hours
Facilitators: makesense team, experts, CDC, Eedama
Participants: Everyone
Activity: CSOs Self- Assesment, challenge Identification
Objective: Conduct a self assessment for CSOs to understand where they do stand today, define and map challenges, understand challenges’ root causes and match CSO with entrepreneurs & active citizens to ensure inclusive & innovative exchange

Duration: 2 hours
Facilitators: makesense team, experts, CDC, Eedama
Participants: Everyone
Activity: Brainstorming workshop
Objective: Explore and generate new ideas and solutions for the framed challenge in an inclusive and diverse space, build upon each others ideas with the support of facilitators and get feedback from experts

Duration: 2 hours
Facilitators: makesense team, experts, CDC, Eedama
Participants: Everyone
Activity: Solution Conceptualization workshop
Objective: Combine your idea into robust solution, move from a handful of ideas and insights into a fully-fledged concept, one that you’ll refine and push forward and create the final framework with the guidance and support of experts

Facilitators: makesense team
Participants: CSOs
Activity: Submit your canva
Objective: CSO who want can will fill out a form with the tackled challenge and developed solution to apply to the grant

Facilitators: makesense team
Participants: Creathon partners
Activity: Screening & Selection
Objective: Creathon partners will select a sortlist of teams invited to pitched based on the submitted canvas

Facilitators: makesense team, CDC, Eedama
Participants: Selected CSOs
Activity: Pitch Coaching (optional)
Objective: Fine tune your approach & presentation and practice your pitch with a coach in a 20 mins session

Duration: Full day – 15min per pitch
Facilitators: makesense team and jury members
Participants: Grants applicants
Activity: Pitching day
Objective: Present your pitch in front of the Creathon Jury

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Q&A

Everyone can join the Creathon. There are 3 categories to register yourself:

  • CSOs who are solving a social challenges through their daily activities (they are potential candidates for the grant)
  • Social innovators / entrepreneurs who are working on a solution to social challenges (they can support CSOs and are not themselves candidates for the grant here)
  • Active citizens (anyone who is not a CSO and neither an entrepreneur) who want to support social innovation in the Levant, and come to learn, meet like-minded people, expand their network, or make an impact). 

The creathon is open to anyone who wants to support positive change in the levant and contribute with their ideas. This could be you! 

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Civil Society Organizations must be:

  • Registered organizations working in the youth and civil society sectors on the following themes: Governance, Independent Media, Active Citizenship, Lifelong learning (EdTech/TechEd), Entrepreneurship, and Innovation.
    registered in Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan OR working on solving challenges in Syria and registered in another country
  • Non-profits and/or social enterprises
  • Willing to develop learning content at the end of the programme summarizing their learning from it to benefit others.

Please submit your application by filling the following form.

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The call for applications to the Creathon will close on the 1st of June 2022