Before I start, there’s one confession that I have to give here; being pleasantly surprised by Ruwwad is no longer surprising for me.

Last week, I got the official invitation for Ruwwad Day, which happened on Saturday the 1st of June in Jabal Al Natheef, from Samar Dudin. This invitation I was waiting for, after I knew about it during my frequent visits to the place and my work with my dear friend Batool. I made sure this time that people who I want them to go through the surprising experience of the Ruwwad Day get invited, including my very own team members of Nakhweh & Ideation Box.

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Endless ideas that keep crossing my mind every time I face or witness an issue that’s related to youth employability. This continuous debate keeps going in Jordan and all Arab countries, and it acquires significant attention as a main topic in different conferences and forums taking place around the region, one of which is the World Economic Forum meeting at the Dead Sea last Sunday.

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A couple of months ago, I addressed the issue of making money at social ventures and how it’s considered a sin from the perspective of many people, in one of my blog posts. During the last couple of years, I have made a lot of observations that triggered me to write this post, which addresses another relevant issue; the spending behavior of social ventures.

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أم محمد، إحدى السيدات المكافحات التي تشرفت بالتعرف إليها قبل سنتين عندما خرجت قبيل الفجر لشراء طعام السحور خلال شهر رمضان المبارك. قصة لقائي بأم محمد سردتها في مقال كتبته في ذلك الوقت بعنوان “وشاءت الأقدار”. Continue Reading…

لطالما كنت اسمع باسم دوزان واوتار من حولي نظراً لاهتماماتي الفنية، وقد سمحت لي الفرصة بمشاهدة اول عرض مصغر لهم خلال مسرح الفكر الجديد قبل عدة سنوات، وتجددت الفرصة ذاتها عندما دعوني أصدقائي في شركة أمنية لحضور عرض آخر في رمضان الماضي، علماً بأن أمنية هي أحد الداعمين الدائمين للفرقة كجزء من اهتمامهم الملفت للنظر فيما يتعلق بالأحداث الفنية والثقافية في الأردن. Continue Reading…

Last night, I took my RJ flight from Dubai back to Amman, and I was super excited about landing at the new airport. The feedback I got from different people about the new facility was conflicting, so I decided that I will make my own decision, based on my experience.

It didn’t really take disappointment a lot of time before it hits me; and I’ve expressed that over Twitter last night, taking advantage of the 70 minutes I spent waiting for the luggage. Furthermore; I was shocked from the way people reacted to my tweet, because the fact that the French people are managing the airport, makes it unquestionable and perfect by default. I will get into my opinion about this part later, after I list the reasons that made my experience at the new facility lousy enough to ignore anything positive happened to me there.

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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. Continue Reading…

CSRIt has been a long time since I started to work with a lot of NGOs when I started Nakhweh back in 2009, as a supportive platform to serve social institutions and initiatives. One of my main observations during the last few years, is the maldistribution of funds happening in Jordan. I was always trying to understand why a lot of impactful organizations or initiatives, regardless of their size and the people behind them, were failing to secure a very small amount of money to sustain themselves and continue their mission.

NGO funds in Jordan can be categorized under two main pillars; local and international funds. Local funds are mostly from private sector companies, and these come under the umbrella of the misunderstood CSR concept, also a small portion of these funds come from certain individuals. Continue Reading…

السكوت على ما يحصل في العالم العربي فيما يتعلق بقضايا الشباب، لم يعد خياراً، فقد خرج الموضوع عن حدوده بشبه تغييب كامل لأصحاب القضية. بعد سلسلة من المؤتمرات والاجتماعات والقراءات والدراسات، وبعدما ناقشت هذا الموضوع مع أكثر من شخص، تبين لي أننا نعاني من مشكلتين أساسيتين تقوداننا إلى استحالة إمكانية تحديد مشاكل الشباب أو الخروج بحلول.يجتمع المسؤولون من الحكومات وممثلو مؤسسات المجتمع المدني والقطاع الخاص في قاعة لاستحضار الأرواح التي تأتي لتؤكد لهم أن القضية معقدة وتزداد تعقيداً، أو لعرض العضلات واختلاق أكاذيب أو المبالغة في إنجازات لم ولن تكون في يوم من الأيام واقعاً، إلا في حالات نادرة. شخص مثلي وكثير من الأشخاص الذين انخرطوا في العمل الشبابي وخصوصا من فئة الشباب، يعلمون أن ما يحصل ما هو إلا اجتماعات صورية مشكلتها الأساسية هي في عدم إدماج الشباب في النقاش بالإضافة إلى وضع الافتراضات التي بنيت على تجارب لا تنطبق على مجتمعنا أو لم تكن ذات تأثير يذكر. جميعنا يعلم أن التأثير في القضايا المجتمعية، وخصوصاً فيما يتعلق بتمكين الشباب، يجب أن يكون نوعياً وليس كمياً. فعلى سبيل المثال، تدريب ٤٠٠ ألف شاب على مهارات التواصل لا يعني شيئاً على الإطلاق إذا خرج هذا العدد من التدريب بالحد الأدنى من الفائدة. Continue Reading…