I really enjoyed the material of week 3 very much; as it matches with one of my best potential which is networking and marketing. Not necessarily marketing product or machine, but here I mean marketing human capacities and talents. It is a treasure to get in touch with people from different background, having diverse hobbies, and working in various fields. It enriches the person’s experience. But not everybody is clever enough to keep a channel open and to network for the “other”. In Egypt, before the revolution- and let me first speak in general- most of people/women are not that eager to network inside their community- like engaged with community and its different streams to form up big groups working for a certain goals. Most of ladies like to be involved in religious services, in the mosque and church, rather than doing social interaction work. The big reason was: the control of security system- National Security may follow you if you dare enough to engage widely with people in social activities; other reason is people was losing hope of better change to brought into the community. So, they less cared about what they could do, and as a result they were less active to enlarge their network ability or to create social events. But, of course they are some small activists and social workers who organized events- which were mainly either artistic events like photos displays or musical concerts, or intellectual seminars with thinkers and writers. After revolution, there was a leap. Everybody became active, everybody wanted to interlink with other. Tens of hundreds of initiatives and projects presented. But because of the chaotic atmosphere in the political sphere, there is a little mistrust between people. Why so and so arranges this activity? Does he or she have a hidden agenda? Does he or she want me to share so he or she can grab my leg to join a specific political party? People are not sure about many things. How to overcome this, by setting the basics, e.g. stable government, democratic lifestyle, elected president, and clear schedule of NGOs and social activists. Not easy. It needs a surgery not a pain killer. Speaking about myself, I always like networking, simply because of my work as journalist, secondly because of my travels. I have many friends and contacts worldwide, not only in Egypt. But to be honest what I failed to do till the moment is to make use of my contacts so we can share together a useful productive activity. I like the section of “Resource Exchange” and hope this will help me set with others a useful online network and so a fruitful activity to be shared. As for the tools I use, of course social media tools like FB, twitter. I am so engaged with Linkedin. When I was in America, Meetup site helped me a lot get in touch with the American community through attending events. World Pulse came later to introduce a new world of communications to me. In Egypt we have a big cultural center, A Sawy Cultural Wheel in Cairo, which does a real good work, hosting events of all kinds, and setting summer clubs. So, the schedule of Sawy is very resourceful to me and to many. You know what I am afraid of now; is having many resources but missing the skill of using them in a better way. What if getting in touch with wonderful people, but losing the ability to work with for something valuable. I should give it a try… once again!
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