Archives For Entrepreneurship & Social Entrepreneurship

It’s the 6th of June; this day, back in 2009, was my first working day at Ideation Box started at 8:00pm after everything got to its place; from furniture, internet connection, computers… etc. At that time, the company was established under the announced intentions of providing web development services, however, a few people knew that it has been established under very special circumstances and as a cover that gives me the space to build Nakhweh.

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Spending a couple of days with Dina Sherif and Ziad Haddara is very enlightening, especially if the conversation goes in the direction of the core of what we do. The dilemma of non-profits vs. generating revenues and overhead, and how the majority of people from different backgrounds consider it a sin, was one of those interesting conversations we had.

In my case, I have founded Nakhweh and registered it as a non-profit a few years ago. In general, I’m a very bad fundraiser and always look within my very closed circle of people to sustain my work; this definitely leads to limiting my scope of work, however, I’m better when it comes to closing business deals. I have asked a few friends around about the impact of turning my non-profit into a profit making company to avoid this conflict, the majority disagreed with that option and thought that it will leave a negative impact on most of the stakeholders.

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8184424662 51e176040e zSince day one of my entrepreneurial mission back in 2009, attending events and conferences became part of my lifestyle. Most of the conferences were tackling the same “entrepreneurship” dilemma, whether they are specialized or generic, as some of them were ICT related and some about social entrepreneurship.

It’s clear for everyone attending such events that they all have a lot of things in common, including audience, speakers and content. It reached a point were I started to call those who always show up as “usual suspects” and I’m not denying that I’m one of them.

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بعيداً عن صور مرشحين المجلس النيابي المثيرة للاشمئزاز، إذا ذهبتم إلى طرف منطقة عبدون ونظرتم إلى الجهة الأخرى من العاصمة، ستجدون مجموعة من البيوت التي ربما بشكلها لا ترتقي لتصل إلى مباني الجهة التي تنظرون منها، ولكن ما خفي كان أعظم. تلك البيوت تقع في مناطق عدة، منها منطقة جبل النظيف.

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Regardless of my endless fights with Zain Jordan, even after I got rid of their service; their أنا مع زين is absolutely getting on my nerves, I find it really useless and reflects nothing but how cocky and bumptious the company is. What value does Omar Al-Abdullat, Diana Karazon or Mohammad Al-Wakeel give the company or give me as a consumer (and I know they are not the only ones in the campaign)? Why those people? Where’s the rest of the community or the other users of the “largest” mobile provider in Jordan?

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This article has been posted on Wamda on October 18, 2012

“Social Entrepreneur” and “Social Activist”: these are two terms that are being used often lately given the recent revolutions (in which social media played a role) and the push for entrepreneurship in the region.

Yet the definition of both terms is not clear for many; you can see those who volunteered for a few times for a certain cause calling themselves “social entrepreneurs,” while the ones who established social ventures to solve real social problems sometimes call themselves “social activists.”

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This article has been published on Wamda on September 16, 2012

It’s been three years since we launched Nakhweh (@nakhweh) to match volunteers in Jordan with local opportunities. As it evolved into what it is now, one of the most complicated struggles we’ve gone through has been trying to bring NGOs online to post their volunteering opportunities on our site. To do so, we started urging them to highlight their work and offer an alternative narrative in light of the general violence and strife in the media climate lately.

Now, three years later, it’s a different story; Jordanian nonprofits have begun welcoming the virtual world and some role models have even become leading examples of how social media can be used for social good.

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Like many others, I saw this post on my Facebook feed… I had mixed emotions of happiness and sadness about it. It’s the natural flow of life, especially for one of the longest serving CEO’s of one of the most successful companies globally.

Fadi Ghandour

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تمت دعوتي من قبل الأصدقاء في روّاد التنمية لحضور الحفل الختامي لحملة “٦ دقائق” والتي تعنى بنشر ثقافة القراءة في جبل النظيف وخصوصاً بين الأمهات، لم استطع أن اتوقع قبل الوصول إلى هناك من هم الحضور أو ما هو برنامج الاحتفال ولكن إبداع شباب وشابات روّاد أشهر من أن يعرّف، وكنت متلهفاً جداً لحضور الفعالية.

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