Amid the economic collapse in Lebanon, conditions deteriorated for already vulnerable communities, specifically Syrian refugees and agricultural workers. In response to racist and misogynistic campaigns, Commoning is working with several grassroots initiatives led by refugee Syrian women, who are among the most at-risk groups struggling in Lebanon today.
Through collaborative exploration and exchange, Commoning hopes to create learning opportunities and workshops that address the particular needs and aspirations of activists and grassroots organizations to support alternative models of organization. Based on their action-research, Commoning aims to publish its findings in the form of a multimedia e-book that will hopefully contain useful resources in alternative/collaborative ways of working and learning.
Commoning was founded by Amr Saed el deen, a Palestinian and Jordanian social scientist interested in grassroots activism, and Joude Gorani, a Syrian cinematographer working on the ethics of representation in the Syrian context.