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setbacks are there to make you stronger

A brilliant young lady with immense talent sent me a heartfelt email today. She had been active in social work and dropped off the scene after receiving harsh criticism.  The critic, someone in the humanitarian field also turned competitive and broke the young lady’s spirit.  She left behind a promising beginning and settled for work…

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Dubai for Acumen – Social Entrepreneurship: The Social Impact

The Dubai for Acumen event pictures are finally published! Check out them out on http://zd.ly/JL and get a glimpse of this inspirational evening. The video will be out shortly, for those of you who were not able to attend or those wanting to keep a record of the evening. For more information on the organizer, sponsors, speakers and…

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Venture Capital in the Middle East and North Africa Report

The lack of comprehensive reporting on the MENA’s venture capital scene has left many aspiring entrepreneurs in the dark. With a new report published on the MENA Private Equity Association’s website, many would regard this as a relief. This document highlights the definition of venture capital, mentions some of the challenges, and lists the venture…

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career advice..

I received an email this week from a young Arab professional titled “Career Advice”.  It was a very honest account of his struggles to feel fulfilled, realize his potential.. make sense of his career path.. he has a job he dislikes, he’s always told he’s not realizing his full potential.. he cannot even recall what…

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My wish list…

In a recent conversation where a colleague made sweeping generalizations on what Arab women want, I remembered a movie..”what women want” Mel Gibson takes us into the world of a PR agency that hires a women to unleash the secrets of marketing to women.  I cannot speak for all women, what I can do is…

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Tawasul – Connecting Children with the Environment

Ernst van der Poll approached us wanting to materialize a program he had envisioned to bring children into nature, get them involved in conservation, spread the program across the UAE and mobilize children / youth from the Arabian Peninsula with their counterparts across the world in marine conservation. We worked with Ernst in the following…

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NGOs – Strategic Planning & Implementation

Supporting a US-based medical charity servicing the region’s disadvantaged community with pediatrics medical needs. We built a strategic plan and followed with interim management, volunteer training, online community management, events hosting, PR and fund raising support services.

Special Abilities

We believe all human beings are gifted with unique abilities that need the support to shine and develop. With this guide, we work closely with centers for the specially-able and build social programs that engage them in mainstream industries, education and society.  Our projects included: Planned and facilitated volunteer activities for Dubai Center for Special…

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Cause marketing – Marine Conservation

A private-government owned entity known for its CSR and community programs engaged us to develop a marine conservation campaign rooted in projects with a felt impact on the Emirate of concern.    The program that will be rolled out over a 3-year period will engage stakeholders in education, government, marine conservation NGOs, tourism and maritime corporations,…

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A baraka year..

Reflecting on 365 days is like playing a reel of photos, with emotions in the background substituting for music. 2010 brought a lot of promise, hope, heartfelt emotions, financial anxieties, many new beginnings, and a few bitter endings. We were blessed with: Working closely with the PCRF and realizing through our support that nothing can…

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