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"Vote for me - guaranteed to get in your way".
As campaign junk is erected, trashing the country, I couldn't help but wonder do these candidates ever think about the positioning of pix & messages? Like this dude strategically placed in association with this road sign. Is he really saying 'if elected my presence will be a road bump-slowing down policy & process'?!
I think I need to throw the towel in with respect to the ATV fiasco Jordan has been living through since beginning August, and which this blog has written about non stop since... blogged to death!
The latest news continues to be disturbing, insulting and ludicrous as appointments of key people enjoy massive conflict of interest, the work of two years is being dumped six feet under. Beat it to a pulp - I guess that's one way of dealing! Read AlGhad or the Jordan Times. All the while AVC continues to make the lives of investors in the industry miserable and frustrating.
Nadine Labaki's feature, Caramel (Sukkar Banat is the Arabic title) is an absolute must see. Look for where it's screening and watch it now!
The script is excellent. The dialog is smart, witty, familiar. The production design is awesome. And you will fall in love with some of the performances. Nadine Labaki directs a first class film at all levels, and it happens to be Arabic. Bravo to her and her entire cast and crew for raising the bar and proving that good Arabic films are actually possible. She worked very hard on it and got the script right to where it needed to be before going into production. The hard work surely paid off.
They've submitted it to the Foreign Category of the 80th Oscars. Nominations will be announced on Jan 22nd. This film deserves to be nominated!
Opens in Amman Oct 24 at the new Grand Cinemas at City Mall.
Watch this talk from those who have been blazing a trail and brought us The Huffington Post, FOX, CraigsList.
The Web in 2012 is a panel on the future of commerce, journalism, and community on the Internet, featuring Barry Diller, Arianna Huffington, and Craig Newmark. Moderated by Ken Auletta at the 2007 New Yorker Conference.
People, Programs, Passion - For Better or for Worse...
The recent and recurring topic that comes round in living room and boardroom chats lately is about partnership. Public-private, citizen-corporation, the self-the
other. Partnerships that engage people, are committed to programs, and are fueled with passion. Partnerships with a soul and conscious.
For partnerships to be effective we need an honest debate. We need to embrace the scary unchartered territory that comes with change. We need to be aggressive in implementation and assessment. Partnerships take serious, hard work. They take risk and sacrifice. They are about commitment and walking the talk and not just lip service for the PR sound bite.
Earlier this year back in Feb, I had the opportunity to curate a 2-day Corporate Social Responsibility Forum for the Greater Amman Municipality & TRACCS Jordan. I spent months before that designing the program and scope for each session, selecting the panelists, identifying the right moderator for each topic and working closely with all participants on the sphere of our intended conversations.
One session that worked to raise the bar of dialog was the opening session of day 2: Public Private Partnerships.
I asked HE Dr. Mohammad Halaiqa to chair and moderate this panel which included: HE Omar Maani/Mayor of Amman, Ghassan Nuqul/Nuqul Group, Dr. Moayyad Samman/KADDB, HE Nadia Saeed/Dead Sea Institute, Samer Asfour/DesignJordan, Ahmad Tantash/JordanInvest, Dr. Mahmoud Ababneh/Companies Controller, Osama Khalili/LG.
One exceptional voice was that of Ghassan Nuqul/Vice Chair of Nuqul Group. Ghassan gave a candid, passionate talk. Another compelling talk was delivered by Dr. Moayyad Samman/Director General of KADDB.
Watch the complete video of this session here and listen to Dr. Halaiqa provoke his panelists.
PPP & CSR part 1of3
PPP & CSR part 2of3
PPP & CSR part 3of3
PS: Ghassan mentions one of the Nuqul initiatives that had been in the making and waiting for government response for over 1.5 years. Since the forum and finally last month in September, Nuqul was able to launch their program adopting the village of Tubnah in Al Koura, addressing and working to deliver upon the needs of its community through several activities catering to over 500 individuals.
ATV Shots Go Offline... Contributing to the Barren Arabic Online Content Landscape
The plot thickens. It seems the new ATV management has taken it's programming offline, but the channel is still there with a big red inviting banner on the ikbis home page. An invitation to nothing!
Yesterday there were 20 shots to choose from on the ikbis.com/atv channel, today 1.
Maybe someone should break the news to the new ATV dudes about the multi-dimensional online space?! The ability to keep online what exists and add to it, grow it, etc. The importance of online archiving to retain user interaction, etc... etc.. etc..
The one progressive move that came out of this whole ATV charade over the past 2+ months was them placing some programming online when they were blocked from broadcasting. They addressed a painful and wrong situation and found a small beam of hope as they explored an online space. They put their work on the screens of potential target audiences, connected and interacted. Going online was proof of performance, and proof of the power of the internet!
The word that continues to hang on the tip of my tongue on this saga is 'arcane'.
The events that keep unfolding - or caving in let me say - on this "ATV case" are very interesting. I hope a scholar is keeping close tabs and documenting, analyzing, dissecting. I think this is one for the text books. This is that case study that throws students a curve ball when academia wants to confuse the crap out of them.
And we wonder where apathy comes from!
Something happened today. Someone decided to talk.
There may actually be hope of a wider conversation about the ATV fiasco afterall. Former ATV MD who gave an-almost birth to the station has a soulful word with AlJazeera Talk - click to read in Arabic.
If we are to move forward, this dialog needs to continue. But how do we engage the silent parties? How do we convince them that the only way to learn and heal is thru confronting our fears and screw ups?!
Yesterday afternoon I got a call from a Jordanian research center asking about the volume of doc productions in Jordan. When I asked what his study was for, he started to say, 'you know, this country has been talking and working on reform for yea..."
I immediately laughed into the phone and cut him off saying, "good luck with that study".
There is no reform without a loud conversation with each other. There is no reform if we cannot hold the mirror up and say, oh shit! There is no reform if we continue to sweep things under the carpet, which covers not a floor but a bloody landfill it seems! There is no reform with fear. There is no reform with silence. And those with amnesia should not be allowed to even use the word.
Semantics should be honored, and delivering on it should be sacred. We use language so loosely these days. We use big words with little respect to them or to ourselves. When it comes to media, multimedia, content creation and access - I think we should refrain from using the six letter word 'reform' for a while; at least until we are ready to implement the real and very important and very difficult work that comes with it.
A dear departed once said, "what we are and what we aspire to be are two totally different things".
GETTING IT OFF WITHOUT GETTING IT OFF
a multipart series for screens of all sizes
The business of fear, amnesia and paralysis continues to prevail. A community in a waking coma. Raped spirits looking to heal with a band aid the day after. Scrambled minds confuse the light with the dim shimmer off a shiny wrapper. On the brink of a drought, and the only water supply is laced with an anaesthetic.
- The savage shares intimacies with a stranger through a restless soul that confuses the pleasures of confrontation for warped moral satisfaction.
- The ousted leader of ex-affairs drowning anger and illusion, tumbler after tumbler, regurgitating saturation and rushing back for more.
- The compulsive and charming tale-spinner weaves every waking hour as a master contortionist through the winding tunnel of life.
- The perspicacious apprentice in the competitive designer web, hankering to stand out amidst the surreptitious label owners.
- The gullible guest with a free pass for the front row seat where the curtain never falls and the fat lady never sings.
- The shifting pawns gracefully choreographing the dance of the cornered sphere, trading places to a tune of infinite variations on view.
- The chameleon embryo racing to take a life form to join, lead, follow al mahrajan, il carnevale, the jamboree.
They want to fuck, they want to watch, they want to be fucked - but don’t pull their pants down, don’t open their eyes, don’t spread their legs. The story of how this neighborhood gets it off.
... is one where they are connected to each other and their voices are heard loud and clear. A world that is fueled by action, determination and genuine hard work.
The first session in the Corporate Social Responsibility Forum I curated back in Feb 07 was moderated by Fadi Ghandour/CEO of Aramex. I wanted to open this Forum for the Greater Amman Municipality & TRACCS Jordan with the voice of someone I've witnessed implement huge change at many levels over the past 20 years. I asked Fadi to take on CSR in it's big picture.
Watch the full recording of Fadi Ghandour's inspiring session, The World & CSR:
The World & CSR part 1of3
The World & CSR part 2of3
The World & CSR part 3of3
This brings me to the one laptop per child program which is now operational. I've been following the progress of this amazing project for a couple of years and listened to it's godfather passionately talk about it against all odds!
If you believe our kids deserve to learn and grow with the latest tools at their disposal, tools that enable them to access and interact with the world, then you should be part of this program.
Provides children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment and express themselves. Nicholas Negroponte's amazing education project is now at our finger tips!
Listen to industrial designer Yves Behar talkabout the design of this laptop.
Watch David Progue demo this amazing machine!
Read Fadi Ghandour's chat with CNNas he stresses on the importance of shifting our investment into our youth.
Watch videos of the Feb 2007 CSR Forum for the GAM & TRACCS. Some truly inspirational speakers talk from the heart about what matters to people and how to get up and act, deliver and make this a better world.
Full videos of all the seven sessions here - some important and engaging talks. Watch, monitor and in a year let's evaluate what we tried to do, what we delivered, what we need to do next.
AmmanCity Blog - Connect with HE Omar Maani, Mayor of Amman.
What is the role of media within our social responsibility and that of corporates?
Watch the recording of the Media & CSR session from the Feb '07 Corporate Social Responsibilty Forum held by TRACCS Jordan & the GAM.
Moderator: Dr. Sima Bahous.
Speakers: Dr. Sari Nasser/President of the
Community Centers Association, Ayman Safadi/Al Ghad daily, Issam Qadamni/Al Rai daily, Mohammed Al Ayed/TRACCS Network, Daoud Kuttab/AmmanNet, Lina Ejeilat/blogger, Wisam Suheimat/Advize Grey, Omar Qudsi/Jeeran.com
The Role of Media & CSR part 1/3
The Role of Media & CSR part 2/3
The Role of Media & CSR part 3/3
Seven months later the ATV fiasco explodes - a mess we have been witnessing helplessly for a couple months now. The latest news today Oct 3rd, is that it seems ATV has been granted permission to broadcast by AVC. In a wondrous overnight turn of events it seems all paperwork is now in order and arbitration out of the way - wondrously one day after the new MD moves into the building.
Read release: ATV receives green light to start satellite transmission in JordanTimes
Hold on... why does this sound so familiar?? Ah..... maybe coz I predicted this would miraculously happen a few posts back?!
What are we doing? Are our claims so trivial that we don't bother to honor them even in part?!
Oh, and the Higher Council for Media stirs from it's slumber and meets with the troupe: