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Telling the Story of ‘Me’


Why do we love stories?

Books have always fascinated me, especially those that told stories. As a child, my mother read bed time stories that took me to other galaxies. I managed to start reading on my own when I was three, thanks to my parents’ love and big library, and I still read stories insatiably. I’m sure I’m not the only stories-addict… but, why? Why do people like to read stories: stories of others whom we neither met nor knew, stories of joy and misery, stories of love and death, stories that happened and those that still wander in the future?

Rediscovery

Honestly, I never gave that much thought until lately… and specifically until after my TEDx talk (TEDxArarStreetWomen – the first women TEDx in Jordan). Being forced to write and then tell a story of ‘Me’ is beyond any other experience I ever lived. The combination of stress, joy, memories and emotions was overwhelming. It is as if my life was put on hold and every single moment would pass by as if it is re-happening all over. Suddenly, I felt re-discovered… it was scary and enjoyable at once. There were moments when I felt I had no story worth telling… and then in a few hours, I would feel that strong urge to unlock my soul and let it all out. Of course, at the end, it must be in between… I chose to talk for 9 minutes only!  Undoubtedly, the story of another human impacts us somehow, whether consciously or unconsciously. A story well-told is like a time watch… it could take you across ages – backwards or forwards – and puts you on the same road and in the same seat as any of the story’s main characters. There were stories that I didn’t want to finish, and there were others that I wish I forget forever.

Emotion-izing ‘Me’

To tell the story of another might require imagination, empathy, research and intellect. However, to tell the story of ‘Me’ requires an open mind and soul, and lots of emotion-ization.

While I strive to learn how to manage and control emotions especially those related to the most unforgettable moments and situations, within a week, I deployed a reverse process to emotion-ize all data and information. I learned how to weave the mind, heart and soul into a story worth telling.

The story of ‘You’, ‘We’

I thought that was it! I prepared the talk and rehearsed several times. I’m ready for the big day, I thought.
Sitting there in the theater hall watching and feeling every talk was another experience. The 17 other women (and man) sharing their stories of ‘Me’ left me awestruck for days. Obviously having the mind, heart and soul present helped me travel in every story’s time watch to live with every single speaker throughout her story. I smiled, laughed, cried and wow-ed for hours. The story of ‘You’ awakened a new dimension of ‘Me’ that was put to sleep.

I know now that ‘We’ shouldn’t listen when we are told to disconnect the mind, heart and soul… emotions are never too much.

I know now that every story is worth telling.

I want more than ever to make every day a visible thread in my colorful story.

Here is the link to my humble talk:

https://youtu.be/WccchgnFtAs

With love to TEDxArarStreetWomen and all the women around the globe weaving a story every moment.

Innovating for Sustainable Development – it’s everyone’s business!


For decades, science, technology, and innovation were exclusive elements for more developed countries. Investment in research and development is still as low as it could get in developing countries. Even with the most talented individuals, research and development are confined within labs with minimal market and public interaction. This cannot be the case anymore as collective local actions are instrumental for global change.

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) not only highlight innovation as a goal but also emphasize the value of innovation to achieve other goals. Whether it be education, energy, health, climate change or poverty that we strive to address, science, technology, and innovation will need to be tackled in a participatory and inclusive manner to ensure benefit to the public. Building sustainable economic clusters and social businesses around new technologies are only possible though widely-enabled innovations from the full spectrum of community; including women, youth and indigenous communities. Connecting local technological needs with global opportunities is a common challenge in many countries that requires us all to be more conscious of market dynamics and social inclusiveness. The ability to recognize local technological needs and capabilities is core to create a value proposition that maximizes economic productivity and competitiveness.

Boosting local innovation might be the magical recipe for progressing on sustainable development goals if the ingredients are made available. Less developed countries need support to shape suitable models for innovation within the context of sustainable development. Lessons learned so far indicate that the public sector might not be the key driver for innovation. Businesses, on the other hand, play a substantial role in accelerating innovation as investors and consumers. However, the real catalysts for sustainable innovation are not yet fully empowered. Universities, research institutions, think tanks and NGOs are requested to step into the driver seat to define the needs and connect the dots. These players should be better equipped to understand local development challenges and convert them into innovation opportunities. Civil society organizations and scientists combining both knowledge and community power can advocate for an inclusive and enabling policy and regulatory environment that bolsters and celebrates local innovation.
http://www.missionandco.com/single-post/2017/07/25/Innovating-for-Sustainable-Development-%E2%80%93-it%E2%80%99s-everyone%E2%80%99s-business

يوم “انجاز” جديد والهام واحلام مع طالبات مدرسة عائشة أم المؤمنين – جبل الحسين


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سعدت بيوم مميز مع طالبات مدرسة عائشة  ضمن حملة قادة الأعمال مع انجاز. على الرغم من انها ليست المرة الأولى الا أن الطالبات يتمكن كل مرة من انتزاع اعترافات جديدة عن طفولتي وأيام ما كانت الاحلام ملونة بالوان ليست كالالوان. هذه المرة تورادت ذكريات سن ال 16 وأناس كادت تفاصيل الحياة المتعبة أن تخفيهم تحت طيات السنين. ما أبسطها وأصغرها كانت الدنيا وما أعمق لحظات التذكر والتفكر فيما اختلف وكيف امسينا.

أسئلة الفتيات هذه المرة تحمل بعض الامل اضافة للاسئلة المتكررة حول تكافؤ الفرص وتخصصات الدراسة الجامعية…. كانت هذه المرة تستفسر بفضول عما يمكن أن يواجههن ان قررن خوض غمار الحياة بثقة وتميز وسمعت قصصا اعتقدت أنها ما عادت موجودة في مجتمعنا حول حق البنت في استكمال دراستها واختيار ما ترغب في دراسته. فخورة انا بوعيكن وبفضولكن وأرى في أعينكن ارادة تحتاج الى المزيد من الثقة والاطمئنان…. بأن الغد أفضل فقط ان استطعتن الايمان بقدرتكن على جعله أفضل.

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Jordanian Women are Shaping the Clean Technology Future – Start by Telling Your Story!


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I must admit that I’m still learning and triggering thought on Jordan’s knowledge economy potential especially when it comes to the role of women. I also need to state clearly that I’m not a feminist and I believe in Jordanian women’s natural ability to take their part in development shoulder to shoulder with Jordanian men. Every day I encounter a new section of a story that is just beginning. Last week, I had the honor of being the guest speaker in the 2nd meeting for the CWEEL network in Jordan. CWEEL is the Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership and Jordan is initiating its chapter through a few active men and women from the energy and environment sectors.

While I had a presentation ready, I navigated through the eyes of the amazing women attending the event and I suddenly decided to speak from the heart to the heart. Telling my humble story was the gate through which we all entered into an honest discussion that was as inspiring to me as it was to the group. For years, we tend to immerse ourselves in the world of work and lose many opportunities for human interaction.. more importantly for listening to another person’s story. In a personalized story, one can find moments and aspirations that could be life-changing.

My theory of the Clean Tech Sector in Jordan is that it will be shaped by its Women. They are rising like stars in various organizations starting from key business associations and NGOs (EDAMA, Jordan Green Building Council, Architects & Engineers Business Council, etc); Regulatory bodies (Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization), Utility Companies, Research and Academia and Financing Institutions. It is still quite rare to find women business owners or CEOs but this is changing soon, I believe. Getting those women connected and sharing stories together will ensure the sector’s success and growth.

Unlock your potential by sharing your story with another woman. I’m grateful for all the stories that added a special flavor to my life!

 

Green Careers – what are we missing in the educational system?


I was lucky enough to join the Green Careers booth at the International Youth Day celebrations in Irbid organised by USAID. The experience was rich as it made me realise how little environmentalists are doing to empower each other and to give hope to the new green generations. Young Engineering students already had pre expectations that the main challenge in their career is going to be unequal employment opportunities. I had to listen and try to change that perception while inside my head wondered what if that is really the case. After overcoming that first point, we started real talk about:
– the right attitude… What impression am I giving.
– how can I stay up to date with sector development and priorities (energy, environment and water).
– with over 112000 registered engineers in Jordan, how can I build my competitive edge.
– in the CV and during interview, how can I show my added value to the company.
– what would an employer like to see in my CV as a fresh graduate.
– does voluntary work count.

I know I wanted to keep doing this… And reach out to all those feeling its a curse to study green … If I can’t… We all can try though.

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