Ramzi Jaber

Ashoka Fellow
Palestine,
Fellow Since 2013

Citation

This profile was prepared when Ramzi Jaber was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
Ramzi is systematically changing how people in the Arab region access and process information. His organization, Visualizing Impact (VI), seeks out reliable but often buried sources of data and facts about pressing social justice issues. He then presents the results in visually appealing, easy-to-understand infographics that tell a visual story of the facts that might otherwise be misrepresented by special interest groups or go unnoticed. By making this information accessible, Ramzi is not only bringing harsh social injustices to the forefront of public attention but creating a new demand for verifiable data that can lead to new thinking and citizen behavior around a problem. For example, VI’s initiative called Visualizing Palestine is changing the narrative and modes of thinking about a country, people and conflict that is so often misunderstood by and misrepresented to the outside world. Ramzi works with organizations to help them move beyond promoting their own agenda to, instead, identify a particular issue and use data from reputable sources and multiple angles to provide their audience with both the context and specifics to take effective steps to address the problem.

Ramzi is spreading his new methods for using visual tools to communicate social justice issues through higher educational programs and through targeted media channels. Ramzi is also helping individuals learn how to produce their own visual data through workshops and an online toolkit. His goal is to shift the culture from consumers of biased, incomplete and mis-information to informed citizens with their own ability to galvanize public opinion and pressure decision-makers to address social injustice.
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