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روان بركات، رائدة اجتماعية أردنية أسست مؤسسة رنين التي تُعنى بإيجاد منظومة تعليمية متكاملة تركز بشكلٍ أساسي على تنمية مهارة الاستماع لدى الأطفال في ظل هيمنة وسائل الاتصال المرئية التي قد تضعف مهارات التواصل لديهم. شهادتي بروان مجروحة كأحد أصدقائها، ولست بصدد الحديث عن عملها من خلال مؤسسة رنين التي...

12 03 2017 / Posted by kamelasmar
Between a rock and a hard place: the trend towards for-profit social enterprises [Wamda]

Reducing the focus of my work as a social entrepreneur to become a social intrapreneur wasn’t an easy decision. I started working with Wamda two years ago, while I simultaneously tried to grow my own social enterprise, volunteer matching platform Nakhweh. My goal to turn Nakhweh into a revenue generating...

01 12 2016 / Posted by kamelasmar
You need more than a website to save the world [Wamda]

Aspiring social entrepreneurs need to understand that the tech component of solving a social problem is only a very small part of it. They need to realise they might be addressing deeply entrenched social practices. The idea of creating a platform to match volunteers with opportunities keeps popping up at...

13 10 2016 / Posted by kamelasmar
Why social entrepreneurship is critical for MENA [Wamda]

Activists in the Middle East and North Africa who identify challenges in their communities must step up and create social enterprises that allow the region’s youth to address those needs in a constructive and creative manner. Potential solutions must do three things. They should address an outdated educational system (critical...

31 03 2015 / Posted by kamelasmar
Why should fresh graduates choose to work for a startup? [Wamda]

Most of the region’s fresh graduates start their careers chasing jobs with big corporations, because they believe that will allow them to build up their CVs and get better opportunities later. On the other hand, many entrepreneurs face difficulty in recruiting the caliber of employees they need to scale up....

08 01 2015 / Posted by kamelasmar
Volunteering information: Interview with Kamel Al-Asmar [Startup – ArabianBusiness]

With so many entrepreneurs rushing from one project to the next, it’s a surprise to hear that one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs took some time out “to pause and reconsider”. Having already developed two entrepreneurial ventures, Kamel Al-Asmar, founder of online volunteer network for the Arab...

01 10 2014 / Posted by kamelasmar
A Forbes 30 under 30 shares some home truths about entrepreneurship [Wamda]

They call me a “social entrepreneur,” but I always prefer to call myself an “entrepreneur wannabe.” But regardless of the name, what we do should revolve around a purpose, about having an entrepreneurial idea that someone brings to life. It sounds appealing, but entrepreneurship is way beyond the fairy tale...

01 09 2014 / Posted by kamelasmar
How important is communication for startups? [Wamda]

Most startup founders, especially those working in tech, pay too much attention to the technical aspect of their product, working under the impression that people will be able to understand their product the same way as they do. Given that competition is always increasing, and companies with similar offerings are...

02 08 2014 / Posted by kamelasmar
A Venture In Volunteerism [Venture Magazine]

When Kamel al-Asmar founded Nakhweh, one of the Arab world’s first volunteering and development networks, he had no idea how successful it would become. It began in 2009 as a simple Facebook group called Volunteers for Jordan, but has since grown to become a platform for enhancing the volunteering culture...

20 03 2014 / Posted by kamelasmar