Industry: Culture and society
Company: Visualizing Impact
Country of origin: @RamziJaber
Ramzi Jaber is the co-founder of Visualizing Impact, an infographics project that helps identify, report and publicise stories about his home country, Palestine. Jaber quit his job as a civil engineer in Jerusalem to co-organise the TEDxRamallah event in 2009, and decided to set up the non-profit with co-organiser Joumana Al Jabri.
Visualizing Palestine tells powerful, rights-based narratives of Palestine and Israel using data and creative visuals; stories such as the unfit drinking water in Gaza, the ongoing displacement of Palestinians, and the imprisonment of Palestinian civilians without charge or trial. The visualizations have been used in books, online publications, universities, subway billboards, and even used in classes to help design curriculums. They have been featured in The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Daily Beast, and recently was awarded at the Ars Electronica Festival in Austria. In addition, many requests have come their way offering to pay for more graphics, including by Amnesty International, Oxfam, and the United Nations. Jaber is also co-founder, along with Jillian C York, of onlinecensorship.org (OC), a space where communities crowdsource instances of censorship enacted by private online platforms. OC has recently won the Knight News Challenge. Jaber has also served as a fellow at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL).