Most Recent Projects and Humbling Experiences
Media & Arts for Peace Intitiative
The Geneva Center for Security Policy
The Media and Arts for Peace Initiative will steadily advance ways to connect peace, human rights, security, media and arts in an environment where we can reflect on new, more creative and innovative ways of dealing with the issues the world is facing. Through education, events, public discussions, analyses, and incubation of new media and art projects focused on peacebuilding, we aim at spreading the transformative power of media and the arts for a better (safer) world. Partner with the GCSP and let's make peace more captivating than conflict.
Media & Arts for Peace Online Course
The Geneva Centre for Security Policy & the U.S. Institute of Peace
The Media and Arts for Peace (MAP) is an online, self-paced course designed and delivered in partnership with the The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the U.S. Institute for Peace (USIP). This course explores the impact of mainstream media, digital/social media, and the arts – live art, street art, music, dance, film, and theater, etc. – on peace. Participants learn how these various media have been engaged in enriching public discourse, highlighting civic responsibility and social justice, and telling the stories behind every conflict – stories that can be used to either dehumanize or humanize a conflict and the people behind it.
Inside Outside Advocacy Workshop
A project by Honey&. Iyad Kallas (ROYA)
This workshop was 1st delivered in hybrid format (online-offline) for Kuwait's Abolish153 Winner of the 2016 Chaillot Prize for Human Rights in the GCC. The training was designed and presented by Honey Al Sayed and Iyad Kallas in both Arabic and English, and organized by Nawar AlBarak and Shoroq Burhamah.
The training objective was to increase the number of politically active women and youth in Kuwait, and deepen their knowledge on the importance of advocacy to help fight for women’s rights, political freedom, and gender-based violence in our community. “ With a focus on “Political Leadership and Grassroots Advocacy Training”.
The training is available in Arabic and/or English.
ABOUT: Iyad Kallas is a France-based Syrian project manager, entrepreneur, trainer & lecturer. He co-founded "Vision" (community development NGO) and SouriaLi (independent advocacy grassroots media) where he currently coordinates pro-impact activities with colleagues in Syria and in the exile: advocating socially-responsible communication, culture-sensitive journalism, empowering pro human right projects & civil-society initiatives.
ABOUT: Abolish 153 campaign aims to abolish article 153 from Kuwait’s penal code, which effectively gives men regulatory, judicial and executive power over their female kin in blatant disregard of the constitution, international agreements on human and women’s rights and even the Islamic Sharia. Campaign video
Spark Media, Honey&. and Syrian playwright & Hakawati Bassam Dawood, are currently creating a live performance piece that explores the complex and clouded Syrian conflict, both as catastrophe and as creative catalyst.
Syrians Unwritten is a multi-level theater project which probes the impact of the Syrian conflict and refugee crisis through a surrealistic narrative of Syrian characters who struggle to understand their capsized lives.
The performance piece imports direct from the crisis zone the jagged truths of creative and entrepreneurial individuals under fire, the beleaguered bursts of inspiration, and the angular individual voices that establish a people’s collective capacity for adapting and creating in a region ripped by war and displacement.
Syrian Refugees-Art Project
Honey&. Matt Kenyon are currently developing new media sculptor dedicated to the plight of refugees, with the aim to bring awareness to the worlds refugee crisis.
ROLE of Honey&.: Creative Consultancy
ABOUT: Matt Kenyon is a new media sculptor who lives and works between Brooklyn and Providence Rhode Island, where he is also an Associate Professor in the Digital + Media Program at the Rhode Island School of Design where he runs the Interventions in Capitalism research group (with Edek Sher). More about Matt here, plus TedTalk.