Stick to it and win it!!

August 2nd, 2009

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At city mall, young people accepted the challenge to win this Toyota FJ Cruiser.. the competition is simple, you have to stick your hands on the car as long as you can.. the last one standing will be the winner..

How far can you go!?..

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I was lucky to attend a 3 days workshop organized for bloggers to learn more about blogging and human-rights from professional people in online journalism, law and technology. The workshop was organized by the CDFJ incorporation with USAID and IREX.

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Lawyer Mohammad Qtaishat, blogger and online Journalist Mohammed Omar and technologist Ammar Ibrahim took the effort to train bloggers and pass some of their great knowledge and experiences to them.

Let me tell you some of the things that I gained from this workshop..

- I’ve learned more about human-rights and where do we stand as a country from these rights. It’s really important to learn about the laws, constitution, what’s your rights and how can you protect yourself from fear and oppression.

- I’ve learn what is Advocacy and the importance of being part of change.

- I’ve learn so many legal and constitutional term that i’ve never knew before.

- I’ve learned so many tricks and tips and rules in online writing and journalism.

and the most important thing is that my network has expanded and I’ve meet so many young and talented Jordanians who I believe they are the seeds of change.

I think the base of this workshop must be expanded and more experiences can be added.

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Yesterday I attended Amman Centennial Forum. It has been a long time since I attended such a public even like this.. I became somehow a very domestic person lately!

Anyway I just want to post some of my though while I was there.. I had so many things on mind I wanted to to say out-load yesterday but I kept my mouth shut to give a room for others to in-light me and to listen deeply for the first time in my life.. :)

Ok… I failed big time.. every-time I hear someone talking a whole new discussion starts on my head… I could not stop it.. but I kept silent and decided to share my thoughts with you:

1- First impression: Shit!! I thought it was a small gathering, I did not expect so much people!!

2- Second impression: Ohh.. here is my facebook friends!!

3- I was so happy, excited and thrilled to see that the keynote speakers are university students. This is exactly what I am talking about. Give university students a chance to get out of there class room and do something useful to their society.. Thank you Dr. Rami Al Dhahir.

4- What a kick ass magazine!! Interruptions magazine is really a revolutionary concept.. great Job Syntax.. great work by Ahmad Sabbagh.. “I am a Banana!”

5- What’s with the word “Aqal Hazzan!!”.. we really need to work more on this perception thingy. East Amman vs. West Amman… Here is what I think of this…
a. There will always be East Amman and West Amman. This is a fact that we cannot ignore or wipe..
b. Being from East Amman does not mean I am pure or “Aqal Hazzan”
c. Some areas on East Amman has better services and infrastructure than most of west Amman..
d. Instead of useless war of east and west..I believe we should acknowledge it and celebrate the differences.. Open bridges of knowledge between the two sides and make it part of Amman’s identity… preserve each zone, not to force any neutralize attempts. but create the in between space where both sides can share, use and connect.

6- Transportation in Amman. promising plans: I just wanted to pitch two ideas
a. We have a pretty not bad transportation system at the moment… but the problem is I know nothing about the routs and coverage areas… there are no resources or maps to tell you how to get from Point A to point B except asking “el Hajeh”..
b. What can we do about those people who crosses the road under a pedestrian bridge.

7- I love this Mayor.. this man is really doing something great for the city.!!

8- I have so much faith on the next generation

9- I feel so useless now.. What can I do to be part of this change.. I hate this feeling..

I had so many thoughts at that time… but now I can’t remember anything..

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2 years for Ikbis

November 24th, 2008

I can’t believe how time pass by so quickly… it’s been two years since we’ve launched ikbis.com. I have learned so many things about the online business due to ikbis. This site was a true challenge for many people who worked on it. and it really made a difference in the Arabic online communities… ikbis was the first photo and video sharing website in the region.

I think after two years, ikbis is becoming more and more mature and focused… also It’s taking a good position in the arab virtual space. Ikbis aims to encourage arab online users to become more proactive and create original user generated content. It’s also known as a family friendly video and photo sharing website which gave it an edge from similar foreign websites .

We which all luck for ikbis in the upcoming years and my God bless the yellow and brown website :)

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Ikbis teaser before the launch.. the biggest yellow button on the web!

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ikbis first homepage

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ikbis team having a small balling celebration :)

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Calligrapher Saleh Nasab and designer Hussein Al Aza’at are leading a new effort in organizing a second round workshop in calligraphy. This time they are going to take a farther step and will introduce 4 courses. a comprehensive course, Diwani, Farsi and Thulth courses as well.

This time the courses will be much longer and much focused. It’s going to be a good chance for everyone to dive deep into the art of arabic calligraphy.

I wish this workshop will be a great success same as the first one and I hope it will get the attention it deserve from media and cultural society.

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It’s 12:00 AM and i am still working on my presentation tomorrow for Sha3shabooneh event… I don’t know if it’s going to be useful or not.. I still have lots of work and i hope that I can cover the 45 min they gave me.. I have no idea how am i going to fill that time

Join me and watch the biggest sha3teely scandal for this year.. more info click here

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كمشة أعياد سعيدة

December 21st, 2007

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Sha3teely | the wisdom of bloggers jury

As I posted before, I had the pleasure and the honor to be part of blogger’s jury committee in the JSFF this year. Although it was a time consuming but I believe it worth every second. I had the chance to get to know Moh Al Qaq and Hiba more “two amazing bloggers and designers”. I really enjoyed their companionship. I also meet Hazim Betar, the organizer of the event and one of the pioneering film makers who did a lot of the industry in Jordan. I meet also Nadine Toukan, producer, a friend and former co-worker at Arabia.com. Nadine is also the producer of Captain Abu Raed film. I had the chance to meet film makers, directors and film critics. But also let’s not forget the good amount of films screened at the Festival which enriched my experience and gave me the motivation and energy to do such films.

That was my personal side of the experience, the other parts concerns the event it self and the venue.

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I still don’t understand why the numbers of attendance did not reach a good number. Although the organizers did a Facebook group, sent emails, created a website and blogged about it. It seems that a street banner is doing much more effect than an email group or a blog. Or maybe people thought it was only for Jordanian short films and there are no other countries involved. But yet I am sure that there was something wrong and numbers can be increased more.

Also I believe that movies should be categories more based on quality and type, not only based on Arabic or international production. Sometimes I feel it not right to screen an amateur movie after a professional short movie, or screening a documentary movie after fiction.

Anyway I believe we all should support this festival, private and public. Because really I know that Hazim Bitar and his team are doing it for free and they are gaining nothing from that festival. So we can’t ask them for more. Instead we should all lend a hand to make the festival next year a success.

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Al Hussein Cultural Center | a treasure in the wrong hands

I don’t know why always when I go to this venue I get depressed. When you enter you feel you’re self in a ghost city. Few security people who can barley read Arabic or English sitting on chairs and they have no idea what is happening inside. And by the way nothing is happening inside. I always feel it’s so dead.

I think the venue was the biggest mistake in the organization part. I believe if the festival was in a different place I think it would be a much success.

Let me tell you what is wrong in that place!!
- Workers at the venue are not trained to deal with people. Most of the time they are rude, aggressive and not well educated.
- No organization skills.
- Dead, dead and dead place.
- A venue with an attitude. Everything they do is a generously and you should be grateful enough and kiss their asses for it. “Why!!”
- If you’re looking for creativity, you are in a wrong place.
- Watches out people are looking at you.
- Lo Sama7at Hatha Mamnoo3
- Where are the events??

If I were Omar Al Ma’ani
- Separated the management of the venue totally from the municipality and creates a new organization.
- Inject more energetic and creative team and give them total authority and freedom.
- Kill the sick governmental system thinking inside the employees and replace it with private sector mentality.
- Look for sponsors and inject more money in PR and communication.
- Adopt as many regular events as possible and create an open competition between other venues.
- Offer packages and allow for some private sectors to open investment inside the venue such as bookstores, internet café, galleries and traditional shops.
- Make use of the site and expand the border of the venue into outside areas.
- Make sure that the capacity of the venue is a full state and at least 5 to 10 event are happing each day at the same time.

If you have more ideas you are more than welcome to add.

May its hard to do the entire above, but at least let’s admit that we failed to take the maximum advantages of that great venue. Let’s make a good restart. Can we?

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I am so excited, honored and thrilled to be part of the blogger’s jury team of JSFF this year, along with Mohammad Al-Qaq and Hiba Judeh. In fact this is the first time for me to be part of a jury. I hope ill be useful enough and be able to make good arguments.

The JSFF will kick-off tomorrow, so make sure to attended one of its events. I am sure it’s going to be one the best film events this summer.

For more information please visit
http://jordanfilmfestival.com

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