The cultural and economical challenges between Europe and the Middle East inspire me to seek new and innovative ways of improving our mutual understanding and collaboration. For the last years, I have been traveling and living in Middle Eastern countries – such as Jordan, Palestine, Oman, UAE, Lebanon and Iran – learning about the culture and studying the Arabic language. I found that there are much more differences between Middle Eastern countries and more commonalities between Europe and the Arab world than I expected. Rather, I see the potential for mutual growth and expansion besides all the conflicts which I am very much aware of. One thing I realized was the amount of misunderstanding and lack of knowledge of each other which is only partly understood because of historical calamities.
Thus I got motivated to look out for opportunities for building bridges, bringing people together to create something new and connecting talents across regional and cultural boundaries. There are many ways to approach such an endeavor. Based on my professional experience, I am convinced that such projects are best implemented if they are independent of actual politics and mass media. Additionally, they should convey mutual gains and also have a financial impact. Because then they matter.
I welcome everybody who shares my goal to develop culturally significant projects on bilateral or multilateral level leading to a better understanding and collaboration between Europe and the Middle East.
It’s is a journey – Let’s make it happen!
My experience living in different cultures got me convinced that there is vast potential for learning from each other and creating a new space – be it a new market or growing talents. I see the necessity of changing the existing opinion leadership and perception of our cultures and the information provided by politics and mass media. Hence, I believe in creating new sources and trusted personal information leading to a discourse of transformation. This is why I started writing my blog telling about my own personal experiences and how I gained from getting involved in these inspiring cultures. Now, I think it’s the right time to expand the ideas of a blog to a platform with multiple sources and channels for intercultural exchange.
Creating future space for you – me – us
My vision is building an independent competency center with projects shaping our future exchange between European and Middle Eastern countries. I am aware that we are facing an array of prejudices and mistrust between many countries within the regions and contradictory news from mass media but this is exactly why we want to start the projects. The plan is to create innovative approaches based on the idea of social business. It is all about opening up opportunities to draw upon a common market of resources and talents. For achieving this, we do not need huge institutionalized programs but concrete projects with an impact which in sum will make a difference. I believe in stories, real experiences and good coffee.
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