Ephemeral moments

Thank you for giving me the experience. These dissipating moments that only leave a slight memory of the world, not complete but still satisfying. The emotions stirred and the way these emotions change the perception with which the eyes do see. A true moment, while gone, is real no less. Recorded in the mind and will be visited once in a while just to reenact a feeling rather than the moment itself. For the moment is not one of view but one of sound and feelings stirred like no other. Thank you.

Being a Teacher

The second lecture of Week one of the Foundations of Teaching for Learning 1: Introduction course has touched on the subject of understanding what it means to be a teacher.

Here is a Think-piece [the attached image] as part of the course that shows what I am, and what I would like to be. Think Piece - What I would like to be

Thinking about this exercise has reminded me of a quote by Phil Collins,

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”

Become an Ambassador

Before I begin what I would like to talk about, let me first say that I have been lacking in my writing. Over the past several months I have been going through a (positive) transformation. I am learning, great things, and I am acting and applying them in my life. I have set a course and a target and feel the wheels turnings. To here is to hoping this is a beginning of a new journey that will lead to a better and more positive lifestyle and life in general.

Back to the topic at hand.

Become an ambassador to where? In my case, to my students.

I’m currently taking on a coursera.org course called Foundations of Teaching for Learning 1: Introduction. In the first lecture, this issue of being an ambassador is mentioned. Now that I think about it, it makes a lot of sense.

In order to be able to teach, and to bring in new information and knowledge to a “people” I would have to enter their world, and in some way use their means to send them my message.

The next time I enter the classroom, I will most likely think about what would an ambassador do? What will be the first course of action as an ambassador? Diplomatic mission? Treaty? Foreign Policy? I wonder.

Kuwait Tech Scene

Within the past several years there have been increasing demand by young people to create and grow a healthy and productive technology community in the country. While there exist societies such as the Kuwait Information Technology Society and the Library and Information Association of Kuwait there is still a need for applied technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, and an increasingly fast paced attraction of global technologies. What currently exists in the country is not enough, and there are people who have stepped forward to bring events to Kuwait that may very well be the beginning of a bright future for technology and the information sciences in Kuwait.

There have been several events during the past week, I’m not sure if it was a coincidence but this week has been very busy.

On Saturday 3rd of November 2012, Barcamp Kuwait 4 was held. It took place in the regency hotel and it started at around 3 pm and finished at about 10 pm. The event was sponsored by Microsoft and there were refreshments and light dinner as well.

The Barcamp event is an unconference, meaning it doesn’t follow standard conference guidelines and it is open to the public, and there are many on-the-spot presentations! If you’re interested in tech in general or tech in Kuwait be sure to check out the events. It is also a great networking opportunity.

Twitter: @barcampkw
Website: http://barcampkw.wordpress.com

On Tuesday 6th of November, GDG Kuwait (Google Developers Group) chapter held a meeting at Java Detour in Soor Tower in Salhiya. The meeting was also very information and we had a small workshop editing Google Maps. You can find pictures at the Google Plus GDG Kuwait Page.

Google Developers Group Page: https://developers.google.com/groups/chapter/113524358246094158685/
Twitter: @GDGKuwait
Google+ Page: https://plus.google.com/113524358246094158685/posts

On Wednesday 7th of November, StartupQ8 held its second event at the Global Investment House building where presentations were given to introduce Lean Startup Model and a Skype conversation with an organization jump-starting the startup scene in Ghana. The presentations were then followed by a networking session and pizza and drinks.

Website: http://startupq8.com/
Twitter: @startupq8

All in all, it has been a very eventful week and I have certainly met some very bright people. I’d like to thank everyone who attended and help make these events possible. It is an exciting time and I am sure this is just the tip of the iceberg.

If you happen to know about other events please do share in the comments below.

A Kuwaiti Movie; an Idea

Got an idea for a Kuwaiti movie that can follow the life of a expat, before their arrival, during their stay and the issues they face in Kuwait. I’m sure if is executed correctly it can be a very insightful story. It doesn’t have to be depressing or as a way to uncover the negative things in the country. It can be an eye opener to the life of a foreign worker in Kuwait. How they cope, and what theh go through from good and bad. There is a story that needs to be told. There are people who would love to hear it.