During the Beirut Design Week 2018 creatives explored the neighbourhoods of Beirut. The participants developed themes and concepts referring to the city based on social issues, personal experiences and its visual language. Design thinking, design skills, and public participation are key tools and drivers for this project. They are all used as the methodology to explore, analyze, visualize and respond to the neighbourhood’s life and its people. The workshop aims to encourage social change-makers within this community. Once sensitised to their social and cultural context, participants are encouraged to take an active and responsible role towards a complex urban environment they live and work in. The social design workshop is an initiative from andrews:degen, a research-based graphic design agency located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We would like to thank the Goethe-Institut in Beirut, the Beirut Design Week and Public Work Studio for making this workshop happen.