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Khalil’s Story – 2nd Update

Khalil called last night to report that he had completed 3 out of the 5 chapters and was ready for the written tests. By 9am he was at the dive center, waiting for Jo to complete the tests.  Jo & Abood carried Khalil up to the classroom on the second floor of the Pavilion dive…

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Khalil’s Story… “Disability is a state of mind”

Khalil is a remarkable young man. The sparkle in eyes attest to that. January 16th, 2009, the skies rained shells on Gaza.  Khalil, 15 years old, was at his grandmother’s house with his two brothers. He recounts the event to Iman Odeh Yabroudi, the PCRF Patient Affairs coordinator in great detail; describing the brightness of…

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15 must read books for any social entrepreneur

Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid by CK Prahalad. (the title doesn’t do the book justice) The ethical corporation How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein Out of Poverty by Paul Polack Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets that Change the World…

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Open Diversity – Environment Stream Kick-off

Monday Feb 8th,  marked the beginning of the Open Diversity Environment Stream.  The meet-ups, in Dubai’s Shelter, are open to the public; anyone with an interest, passion, concern about the environment can join. The meet-ups are a platform to discuss issues, raise awareness and collaborate on solutions for environmental issues impacting the community.

The Spirit of Social Ventures

How much would you do to build a school, a community center, a mosque? A story of two men and their altruistic nature.

I wonder if he knows …

Bureaucracy is soul killing. Employees in governments and large corporations simply fail to take part in the human experience. They are emotionally detached from those they serve and the world at large!

Reflecting on Nature..

30 years ago, the deserts of Arabia were clean, the rivers cold and pure, the seas full of fish and vibrant corals, the forests lush, the farms rich with crop. Reflect on nature today.. what do you see?

“Reflective Working”

18 years of work and dozens of seminars on effective working practice and management, yet only recently have I started  practicing reflective working!  A few years back, I was telling a dear colleague and mentor that I had grown tired of working for the sake of working; that I often questioned why I was in…

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Characteristics of a Social Entrepreneur – Humble

An Arabic poem sums up this characteristic of the social entrepreneur using a nature metaphor

Social Entrepreneurship and the Middle East – A Vision

There’s a growing movement of social responsibility and social entrepreneurship in the MidEast. How can we grow it?

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