Extremism Index

Is it possible to quantitively assess the degree of extremism in a society? How to define it? How to set the criteria? Can we design an “extremism index”? 0 % would be for a very tolerant and open society, 100 %  would be for an extremist and very closed one? These questions came after several discussions I have had …

Diasporas and entrepreneurship

For those who are interested in knowing more about  how to mobilize the diasporas energy, skills and funds, a very interesting report has been made by  Anima Investment Network, called ” Diasporas: gateways or investment , entrepreneurship and innovation in the Meditteranean”. The report lists a number of initiatives made by diasporas all around the …

Social entrepreneurship in North Africa

I attended a meeting about “Social Entrepreneurship in the Arab World” with Ehaab Abdou, co-author of the very insightful report “Social Entrepreneurship in the Middle East” . The main issue raised by this event was how to take advantage of the revolutions to create a better legal and economic framework for social entrepreneurs and impact investment …

The National Diaspora Collaborative Fund

There is a need among expatriates to give back to their home country in a structured and sustainable way. Many of them are embedded in their host country and feel embarrassed when asked about contributing to the development of their area of origin, because they do not know how to do it in an effective …

A surprise from the revolution

So much to say, assess, deduce, expect and criticize, after what happened recently in my home country. It is obvious that Ben Ali’s departure was not followed by a huge exodus of his allies, servers and loyal supporters. Instead, some of them decided to spread the violence and the chaos with the energy of despair, others have …

News de Ginette

Durant ma rentrée à Georgetown University, j’ai été marque par l’attention particulière réservée aux étudiants internationaux. L’administration était très consciente des soucis supplémentaires sur les niveaux papiers, accès à l’information, choix des cours, que posait notre statut d’”etudiant international”. Des journées supplémentaires, en amont de la rentrée, était réservees aux étudiants internationaux pour leur exposer …

The Golem effect on development

The way we perceive others actually can affect how people will actually work. This is the idea behind the self-fulfilling prophecy. And the prophecy can obviously be positive (Pygmalion Effect) or negative (Golem Effect). To say it shortly, the Pymalion Effect is when high expectations tend to lead to high results versus the Golem Effect when …

Watching the radicals

Take the time to go through all the Arabic satelite channels and you will be appaled by the huge number of religious ones. Giving the micro for hours to a “respected theologist” is becoming the only media offer. People call to ask about the Islamic answer to various questions that range from ” what kind of …

Thinking of a new job?

Just one little and last post about the switching carrer issues, before I actually start the MBA program. If you don’t like your job, you have basically 2 options: Doing nothing and waiting; Taking actions in order to assess your skills, your capabilities, your values, your professional goals and find your new path and hopefully your fullfillment. For …

Non Violent Communication

I want to share with you  the concept of “Non-Violent Communication” created by the psychologist Marshall Rosenberg in the seventies. It is a method of conflict resolution, but, if practiced daily, it can become even more, a sort of life style and an effective way to tackle whole human relationships. The main goal of “Non Violent …