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Islam in America

I have long maintained that the real Islam is being preserved and nurtured today in the USA.  In small social circles, academic forums, individual and collective discourse; uncovering relevance to environmental conservation, gender equality and much more. Young and old, Muslims and other denominations are having healthy, constructive exchanges on the beauty of Islam and…

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Resituating Sustainability

I was invited recently to present at a workshop convened by NYU, Abu-Dhabi Institute under the title of “Situating Sustainability: Urban Ecology and the Problem of Context”. The workshop brought together urban ecologists, architects, urban planners, anthropologists and authors who have studied, written about and had hands-on experience in shaping the urban-ecological landscape of many…

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Abundance Theory – conversation threads and questions.

How does 1+1 equal a million? How do you unleash the power of many? Is a focus on a single bottom line more effective than one a triple bottom line? It is simpler; but is it more effective? Does a single bottom line mean forgoing measures, or merging them? Must you look for a problem…

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Inspirational Stories of Palestine

There is no shortage of inspiration in Palestine. There is a shortage of platforms and media venues featuring inspiring people in and outside Palestine on a local, regional and global scale. When you mention Palestine and Media, visions of a people torn apart by conflict comes to mind. Refugees, school children standing across from tanks…

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The question of profit..

I start a conversation with a business man I recently co-presented with on a panel on Entrepreneurship “Pioneering or moving boundaries”.  In my presentation, I explicitly stated that social entrepreneurship is not a non-profit model.. and yet, he begins our dialogue by making a distinction between his “For-profit” and my “Non-profit” business. I am perplexed.…

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If it makes you cry, laugh, if it rips your heart out..

How one inspiring art curator and passionate human being brings beautiful inspiration to the region’s photo art scene.

..give me your hungry..

As Americans in the USA deliberate over the fate of the Mosque on Ground Zero, an American in the UAE breaks fast among hundreds of Muslims in their daily Ramadan iftar ritual at a Mosque.

How can I compare?

Leia Idliby, a teenager from New York visiting the UAE meets Khalil..

Khalil’s Story – 4th Update

Khalil spent the past few days completing the written exams, and receiving internet and email training. He is also signed up to the PCRF Online Social Community,  to begin interacting with volunteers digitally.  The objective is to enable Khalil to communicate with volunteers and community members he met during his visit after he returns to…

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Khalil’s Story – 3rd Update

8:30am, Khalil and I head to the dive center. On the way, I asked Khalil what he imagined he would grow up to do… “Nurse, I always wanted to help others, after my accident, I enrolled in a first aid and CPR course”. There we were met by Ernst and Ali Bin Thaleth who generously…

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