#way2gaza launch

Here it is.. the WAY 2 Gaza campaign..

The WAY 2 Gaza is PEACE / Education / Youth / Collaboration .. Victory through community support of programs that matter.  Mustaqbali is a program that matters.  The Welfare Association Youth members are rallying behind the program to support brothers ans sisters in Gaza benefiting from Mustaqbali. Their goal is to raise awareness,  generate global interest in the program and connect with you with youth in Gaza.

You can join and show your support through social media.

  • Change your avatar photo to a picture of you showing us your peace / victory sign
  • Use one of our avatars
  • Change your cover photo
  • Share links to the WAY site and invite others to join the campaign.

A special thanks to Issa Al-Kindy for the amazing photos & Nermeen Abudail for the brand & identity.

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Who won the genetic lotto?

A powerful TEDTalk by a model. She says she won a genetic lottery and speaks of her insecurities.  She reminds us that her images in magazines are created by a team of professionals. And yet, I look around and see her image everywhere in the place I live.

What chance at confidence do girls in this part of the world have if we continue to bombard them with “professionally done up” images of women? I get that consumerism boosts the economy and that commerce is good. With millions of products on the market, can we be more selective in what we push and how we push it?

Let’s set standards for the marketing and PR industry.  Let’s monitor billboards, ads, commercials to ensure they, at the very least, do no harm.  Let’s consult with psychologists and sociologists of our culture and assess the impact advertising images have on our youth. Let’s reflect while we consume.

Cameron Russell: Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model. | Video on TED.com.

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Photo Journal of the training for an awareness raising climb – courtesy of Hani Idris

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The WAY 2 Gaza is?

The WAY 2 Gaza is PEACE. The people and children of Gaza are peaceful ..

We live it through our actions, we share Palestinian stories of peace, love, kindness, solidarity, humanity. Last week, I hiked in Kuwait with a group of Kuwaiti, Palestinian and British youth; they were training to climb Kilimanjaro. Their goal is to raise awareness for Mustaqbali, a youth development program in Gaza.

I was touched by stories I read about children in Mustaqbali (. I’ll be featuring their stories, lives and how they intersect with youth abroad. more about that later..

ImageThe WAY 2 Gaza

Throughout 2013, the Welfare Association Youth intend to build communication bridges between youth outside the Palestinian territories, and their brothers and sisters within. They will share stories of the children of the Mustaqbali Program (مستقبلي) and how the program had a positive impact on their lives.

“WAY2Gaza” is about peace, prosperity, love, humanity; a cultural, educational, victory.

what do you feel the WAY2Gaza is? complete the sentence..

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socializing business – where social cause meets social media

I believe that every business must go social. The benefits are too great to ignore.  Over the past five years I’ve worked with many aspiring social entrepreneurs and interacted with accomplished ones.  While I’m very passionate about GOOD business, it isn’t the only kind of social I advocate.

Socializing business is identifying the processes that can benefit from the power of the collective and socializing those business processes; in so doing, the business grows exponentially. Nothing enables that more than the social web.

A few years ago I set out looking for business models to support social entrepreneurs and this is what I arrived at:

Socializing Business
Socializing Business
  1. A methodology borrowed from Open Source & the most successful social institutions in history: Religious Institutions.
  2. A broader focus on the entrepreneur’s character and life story rather than on his/her professional achievements alone.
  3. Putting a spot light on the business values and engaging stakeholders in conversations about them to hold the business accountable to them.
  4. Socializing the business core values and targets through relevant social media channels.

More to follow on the model in future posts..

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6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day | Fast Company

El Seed - An inspiring artist & entrepreneur creates elevating calligrafitti
El Seed – An inspiring artist & entrepreneur creates elevating calligrafitti

An article in fast company resonates with me.  I live by their recommendations. Maintaining a mind, body, spirit balance is key.  It is a tradition rooted in our culture and religious values. I would add reflecting on the work and lives of inspiring entrepreneurs; among my favorites, El Seed. The article calls for:

1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up. Your body loses water while you sleep, so you’re naturally dehydrated in the morning. A glass of water when you wake helps start your day fresh. When do you drink your first glass of water each day?

“و جعلنا من الماء كل شيئ حي”

2. Define your top 3. Every morning Mike asks himself, “What are the top three most important tasks that I will complete today?” He prioritizes his day accordingly and doesn’t sleep until the Top 3 are complete. What’s your “Top 3” today?

3. The 50/10 Rule. Solo-task and do more faster by working in 50/10 increments. Use a timer to work for 50 minutes on only one important task with 10 minute breaks in between. Mike spends his 10 minutes getting away from his desk, going outside, calling friends, meditating, or grabbing a glass of water. What’s your most important task for the next 50 minutes?

“الوقت كالسيف، إن لم تقطعه، قطعك”

4. Move and sweat daily. Regular movement keeps us healthy and alert. It boosts energy and mood, and relieves stress. Most mornings you’ll find Mike in a CrossFit or a yoga class. How will you sweat today?

“في الحركة بركه”

5. Express gratitude. Gratitude fosters happiness, which is why Mike keeps a gratitude journal. Every morning, he writes out at least five things he’s thankful for. In times of stress, he’ll pause and reflect on 10 things he’s grateful for. What are you grateful for today?

المؤمن إن أصابته مصيبة شكر

6. Reflect daily. Bring closure to your day through 10 minutes of reflection. Mike asks himself, “What went well?” and “What needs improvement?” So… what went well today? How can you do more of it?

إن في خلق السماوات والأرض واختلاف الليل والنهار لآيات لأولي الألباب

6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day | Fast Company.

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Journal the Journey – Journal the past

It is every Arab’s responsibility to document the beautiful and rich history of our people, places and culture.

With our cities, towns and architectural landmarks turning to dust, all that remains are the memories of our elders. They stand as our national treasures. In their stories are the gems of our rich, diverse, peaceful, beautiful and simple past.

Now more than ever, it is critical to document their lives, the stories of where they lived and how they lived, their friends, the places they visited, their traditions, their values and flood digital channels with their narrative.