Industry: Culture and society
Company: Visualizing Impact
Ramzi Jaber is changing the world one infographic at a time.
Alongside Joumana Al Jabri, he co-founded Visualizing Impact (VI), a non-profit
organisation that uses design and technology to create infographics, or
data-based stories, aimed at informing the public about social justice issues
and encouraging social change. It was under this firm that he started
Visualizing Palestine, a similar initiative focused on social injustices in
Palestine, from unfit drinking water in Gaza to the imprisonment of Palestinian
civilians without trial.
The idea for VI first came to Jaber after he quit his job as
a civil engineer to organise an independent TEDx event in Ramallah. The event
had such a profound impact on him, for 18 months afterwards, he kept “asking
myself two questions over and over again. Why are we in this mess? And who is
doing something about it?” he told Kalimat magazine.
Today, Jabri’s infographics have been used in publications
including The Guardian, and on Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, and Daily Beast.
They also have been used in books and universities to help design students.
Jaber is also the co-founder of onlinecensorship.org, a
platform for people to crowdsource examples of censorship enacted by social
In 2013, Jaber was awarded a fellowship by Ashoka, the
world’s largest network for social entrepreneurs.