The Outpost is a magazine of possibilities in the Arab world. It works towards catalyzing a socio- cultural transformation in the Arab region by exploring and tapping into possibilities of positive change.
Launched in September 2012, the magazine is an attempt to capture the energies of a changing region and lay down possible futures. It is ambitious, multidisciplinary and forward-looking. It aims to shift perspectives and inspire action.
The magazine is published from Beirut, Lebanon, and distributed worldwide.
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It took us one year to complete this number, during which we reached out to and collaborated with more than 200 writers, artists, creators, and thinkers from the Arab region and beyond. This is an issue about home at a time when many young Arabs are looking for one.
There are systematic attempts to crush and numb our body and turn it into a paralyzed, helpless, powerless, and insignificant entity. Our body is being invaded, violated, intoxicated, and numbed down. Yet if we were to be true agents of change in a region that really needs change, then our body is our foremost instrument. The revolution starts from inside our body.
This edition is made to warm the deepest corners of your heart. We think that the world needs a good dose of positive energy right now, and this issue is our little contribution. Starting with the ice cream on the cover.
In this issue, we examine how far a story can go in tangible changing the world. We trace the root of our narratives to better understand what they say about us, as well as the manner in which we can use them to discover ourselves and accept the commonalities and differences amongst each other.
In this issue, we actively chose to get lost. We invented new tools to maneuver through life, designing our present state of being by accepting where the unknown could lead us, in order to somehow custom make an exciting future. The issue presents a wide range of possibilities through infinite modes of getting lost.
The second issue of The Outpost is based on different World Makers whose creations, energies and activism are changing the Arab world upside down. These World Makers were numbered, indexed and rearranged, then connected to each other based on what they are working on. The result is a network showing the world that is constructed due to each of them making change in different clusters of activities and their interconnections.
Following The Outpost's inaugural issue which grounded the concept of possibility in a tangible framework of thought and action, Issue 01 was an opportunity to examine where we are today as Arabs and how we can move forward from here. It taps into conversations underlining important social, cultural and economic issue within the scope of Transport, Movement, and Evolution.
The Outpost’s first issue was released in September 2012 across the Middle East. A diverse team of investigative journalists, information designers, illustrators and photographers from different cities from around the region came together to produce the first edition.
Included with Issue 01 of The Outpost is an illustrated children’s book entitled L’Origine(s) du Monde, referencing Gustav Courbet’s 1866 painting. The narrative of the book is accessible to children, but relevant to readers of any age. The message of the book centers on the fact that we are the origin of the world and tangibly share the universe. The book aims to make the idea of a shared body and a responsibility towards our actions, perfectly encapsulating some of the themes running through Issue 01.
The book is written in English, given the scope and readership of the magazine. The Arabic version, however, will be available in 2013 and distributed to schools and public libraries across the Arab world. The book is licensed under Creative Commons to encourage its dissemination, translation and adaptation in different educational and creative media. You can download a free digital copy of the book here.