Category Archives: Community & Social Innovation

The KAUST President’s Task Force: Maturing a Young Community

By | April 21, 2014

Recently, KAUST President Jean-Lou Chameau invited community members to join a task force to help make recommendations towards improving our community. Specifically: The President’s Task Force is your opportunity to be part of shaping future community, arts and cultural programs, events and activities at KAUST. My hope is that we can build upon our success by… Read More »

Community Pride: 3 Years of CommBuild

By | August 21, 2013

In 2010, Amy Sample Ward had an idea to start an online group for community organizers working on social benefit projects. I soon became an active member and even took the lead organizing role (aka “cat herding”) for a time. 3 years later, this community is well-established and making great strides in helping strengthen communities… Read More »

Blog Action Day 2012: The Power of We

By | October 15, 2012

Happy Blog Action Day! Over the last few years, I’ve participated in a yearly blogging event called Blog Action Day. Blog Action Day brings together bloggers from different countries, interests and languages to blog about one important global topic on the same day. This year’s #BAD topic is: The Power of We. According to the organizers,… Read More »

GeekFest: Getting Unorganized in Jeddah

By | September 30, 2012

The other day, I was contacted by Nessreen, one of the organizers of GeekFest Jeddah to ask if I could do a GeekTalk about community organizing at their upcoming event. I had contacted her on twitter a few months ago after I first heard of GeekFest and told her that I was really excited about… Read More »

Up-and-Coming Community Projects in the Middle East

By | June 6, 2012

With my recent professional reset, I’ve been thinking a lot about online and offline socially-focused community building here in Saudi or in other areas of the Middle East. I see a huge opportunity at the intersection of online/offline community building, digital media, and social benefit in the region. I have also come up with one… Read More »

Life reset. I’m going #indie

By | April 24, 2012

I’ve decided to take my efforts independent and become a community building consultant for social benefit projects. Below, I’ve crossposted my announcement from the NetSquared Blog. It is with great sadness that I’m writing this post. Over the next few weeks I will be phasing out of my position on the NetSquared team. It has been… Read More »