Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards were held last week in Kansas City, MO, and are a program of the Entrepreneur's Organization.

Our very own Maria Mahdaly was representing Saudi Arabia!

Stay tuned, as Maria shares with us her experience and thoughts on the event.

Friday, November 20, 2009

A new kind of awareness "campaign"

The "pink glove dance" was filmed by people in the medical community, aiming to raise breast cancer awareness.

It's a cute idea and I just had to share it:

More about breast cancer advocacy in the Middle East

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Be Unreasonable!

The Unreasonable Institute's name comes from a quote by George Bernard Shaw:

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man [and woman]."

This group of 4 young men, believe in "unreasonable people" - "those who are just crazy enough to ignore the skeptics, who remain undeterred by persistent failure, and who, above all, are convinced they can change the world." (from their website)

This "unreasonable" quality is one of the things that they look for when selecting the top 25 fellows. Fellowship applications are currently being accepted- APPLY!

Check out the EnvisionGood interview with 2 of the founders:

Transcript HERE.

More Info:
what they believe.
the 2010 summer institute.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Project 7 is "...a consumer goods company passionate about social change and dedicated to addressing the seven most critical areas of need in the world today, as determined by Project 7—Build the Future, Feed the Hungry, Heal the Sick, Help those in Need, Hope for Peace, House the Homeless, and Save the Planet. No matter people’s political affiliations or background, these seven issues strike a chord in the very fiber of mankind..."

Project 7 Mission Statement from Project 7 on Vimeo.

Project 7 takes more than 50 percent of profits from its products to create a "community piggy-bank".

Throughout the year, the company collects applications from nonprofits that benefit one of the seven causes, and selects three finalists for each. Project 7 consumers then vote online for the organizations they feel should receive proceeds collected from consumer purchases throughout the year.

In total, Project 7 supports seven different charities, each representing one of the seven areas of need in our world.

Project 7 website

Monday, November 2, 2009

Young Leaders Visitors Program

The Swedish Institute Young Leaders Visitors Program (YLVP) is an intercultural leadership program with focus on social media as a tool for progress. The program targets youth from Sweden and countries in the Middle East and North Africa who are actively working for social progress in their respective contexts, through innovative online initiatives.

For the full version of the video click HERE.

This seems like a very interesting program-
Students: do you think something like this could be useful to youth in Saudi Arabia?