Activists and Entrepreneurs: The Future of the Arab Spring
Maryam Jamshidi, Author, The Future of the Arab Spring: Civic Entrepreneurship in Politics, Art, and Technology Startups
Chair: Leonie Northedge, Research Associate, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Three years on from the Arab uprisings, many of the goals of the protests remain unmet. However, the spirit of collaboration which was nurtured during this time lives on and has resulted in an expansion of grassroots organizations, tech startups and artists’ collectives. At this roundtable, Maryam Jamshidi, author of The Future of the Arab Spring: Civic Entrepreneurship in Politics, Art, and Technology Startups, will argue that the Middle East’s ‘civic entrepreneurs’ continue to apply their talents to rebuilding their countries’ political, economic and social fabrics.
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