The ‘Cardivore’ by Dr. Naif Al Mutawa

Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

Iman Ben Chaibah, founder of Sail Publishing, a digital publishing house for online magazines and ebooks, and editor in chief of the Emirati Sail Magazine, an online magazine about community and culture written in English by Emirati columnists. Iman is a multi award winner in digital publishing, entrepreneurship, and literature. Iman has also completed the Leadership Strategies in Magazine Media Course in Yale University. Besides her work in publishing, she also lectures in Canadian University in Dubai.
Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

Referenced from Dr. Naif Al Mutawa’s official website : http://www.al-mutawa.com/

The ‘Cardivore’

I had been granted access to the elite of the elite. I was now sharing their oxygen. Now it was up to me to convince them that I was not just air.

As the recipient of the 2009 Social Entrepreneur of the year award for the Middle East, the hosts of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Schwab Foundation, invited me to attend. This was my chance to network my small ideas with big people. And God knows, I put the “net” in network. Davos Man didn’t stand a chance.

Evolution had primed me for this venue. At five foot seven inches, my eyes are at the level of their name-tags. I don’t need to pretend to recognize anyone.

Natural selection has shaped me to see name tags before the bearer sees me. My mind-eye co-ordination for seeing and assessing name tags is unequalled. My eyes are level with his torso and my body is wide enough to be my roadblock against escape. If a man with an earpiece is following him, he is either important or self-important. Either way, he’s worth my walking by in stealth mode. No need to strain my hamstrings and my barely visible neck to read his tags. I was made for this.

My unsuspecting prey doesn’t stand a chance, bodyguard or not. I am the fastest business card in the East. The sight of colorful comic superheroes on my business card stops unsuspecting prey in their tracks. This is, after all, Davos, not Comicon. Puzzled, the prey looks down and our eyes meet. I then unleash my powerful hook, a comic book placed right in his hands, and I introduce myself as the Kuwaiti social entrepreneur who is trying to make a difference to the children of the world with old messages of peace and social justice packaged in the New Media understood by them.

Once cornered, the artist in me uses images and the psychologist in me uses guilt to wrestle Davos Man to my ideas. In one round of three minutes or less, I explain my idea and thank them explaining that their entry fees to the forum indirectly paid for my presence. I am grateful to the Schwabs for having me here. And I am grateful to the man in front of me.

I am here for him. I am here with him. I am here because of him. I am here because I have a new solution to an old problem. He may be Davos Man. But I am Davos Boy. And one day I hope to grow up to be Davos Man. But today he must listen. Being a short-wide social entrepreneur with colorful comic companions gets me the access I need.

When it is time to eat, I retreat to my corner and go through my treasures. I pull out my new stack of cards and check their biogs in the media guide.

While others eat, I assess. What satiates me is not on the tables; it’s in people’s pockets. I am a cardivore.

I introduce myself to unsuspecting Princes, Crown Princes, Former Crown Princes, and artists formerly known as Prince.

I may have yet to figure out how to play Pokémon or Bakugan, but I have become a master at the ultimate trading card game.

At night, the rules change. I note their names and send them an e-mail. We met. Thanks for your words. We should talk. I’m a social entrepreneur. I’m trying to fix the world. They get their buzz from their beverages and their buzzwords from me.

The intoxicating mix of endless possibilities of how business can change the world and the world can change business …

And that’s how Davos Boy met Davos man.

Bobby McFerrin Hacks Your Brain with Music

Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

Iman Ben Chaibah, founder of Sail Publishing, a digital publishing house for online magazines and ebooks, and editor in chief of the Emirati Sail Magazine, an online magazine about community and culture written in English by Emirati columnists. Iman is a multi award winner in digital publishing, entrepreneurship, and literature. Iman has also completed the Leadership Strategies in Magazine Media Course in Yale University. Besides her work in publishing, she also lectures in Canadian University in Dubai.
Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

This is a video I found on TED* that I just couldn’t not share it! and wouldn’t let the first edition of Sail eMagazine go by without traces of music!

In this fun, 3-min performance from the World Science Festival, musician Bobby McFerrin uses the pentatonic scale to reveal one surprising result of the way our brains are wired.

Here is the link for the video: Bobby McFerrin hacks your brain with music

*To those who don’t know about TED, please check it out on TED.com. Its simply life changing for those who are ready for it!

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Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

Iman Ben Chaibah, founder of Sail Publishing, a digital publishing house for online magazines and ebooks, and editor in chief of the Emirati Sail Magazine, an online magazine about community and culture written in English by Emirati columnists. Iman is a multi award winner in digital publishing, entrepreneurship, and literature. Iman has also completed the Leadership Strategies in Magazine Media Course in Yale University. Besides her work in publishing, she also lectures in Canadian University in Dubai.
Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

Dear Readers & Viewers,

Did you have a look at Sail Magazine? What did you think? We would love to hear back from you with your feedback, comments, and suggestions.

Many thanks for your support!

P.S. you can now give your feedbacks on the top bar feedback link.

Closing Note, March 2010

Shaima Al Tamimi (@iamshaima)

Shaima Al Tamimi (@iamshaima)

Shaima, a 20 something year old who loves to immerse herself in all things fresh and interesting. She loves to travel, observe people and experience new cultures. Her quarterly column “Food for Thought” discusses important social topics from thought provoking perspectives. Shaima is also a food blogger
Shaima Al Tamimi (@iamshaima)

For those of you who will read this magazine. I am hoping that you shall set sail with your inner hunger to aspire to what YOU want to be, and do what YOU want to do. From this instance, gone will be the days where our dreams become disguised as our fears. One could argue that human beings are sometimes afraid to achieve self made success. Maybe, that is because we are afraid of breaching the boundaries of our comfort zone, afraid of stepping outside the norm, afraid to start from scratch and afraid that no one will hold our hand on the way. However, this need not be the case. I am a firm believer in taking one baby step at a time. The majority of successful individuals we see today, did not run before they could walk, and they certainly stumble before they could steadily put their feet on the ground. It is only natural! and therefore, new endeavors need not be scary my fellow Sailors. Fear not of achieving what you dream to achieve, for Sail is here to let you know that you are not alone on this journey.

Regards
Shaima Al-Tamimi

Here We Start, March 2010

Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

Iman Ben Chaibah, founder of Sail Publishing, a digital publishing house for online magazines and ebooks, and editor in chief of the Emirati Sail Magazine, an online magazine about community and culture written in English by Emirati columnists. Iman is a multi award winner in digital publishing, entrepreneurship, and literature. Iman has also completed the Leadership Strategies in Magazine Media Course in Yale University. Besides her work in publishing, she also lectures in Canadian University in Dubai.
Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

Dear Sail Readers,

Some of you may think why this magazine now. Though I’m tempted to respond like His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, when he was asked of the advancing development in Dubai, he simply said, why not? Yet that wouldn’t be fair now, would it?

I’ve noticed in the past few years, there has been an interesting maturity in the way of thinking. Is it only recently? What I know is that it is significantly growing and cultivating, and more people are joining it everyday.

The new way of thinking is manifesting in a new generation that is embracing its creativity, emancipating out of the old known corporate world, and starting their own entrepreneurial world. A new generation that is grasping new knowledge in versatile fields; economic, politics, nature, media, arts, etc. A new generation that is eager to discuss and debate topics wisely based on accurate acquired information.

What I know, is that there are still many more awaiting the breakthrough. They are lingering to endeavor on entrepreneurship and are bursting with ideas; they’re fully aware of the channels to be taken for achievement but are merely afraid of taking the first step.

Hence the need for this magazine.

Sail eMagazine is aimed to include the following sections:

  • Think Aloud section: a section that includes a discussion or a thought to dwell upon.
  • Creative Arts section: a section that displays creative works of young Individuals, to show that some have done it and so can you.
  • Spotlights: a section to include a spotlight on a video to watch, audio to listen to, or a book/article to read
  • Interview: In next editions, we will include an interview section with a young entrepreneur who has “been there done that”. To inspire more to join.

Sail eMagazine, with the blessing of God, should lead and support more people to start something new, with passion, to help our country grow beyond its current positioning. It is never too perfect!

Sail eMagazine is from the people to the people. The magazine is not to be fully authored by the founder. You can give in your suggestions of topics, creative individuals, or entrepreneurs. If you think you have an article worth publishing, send it in and we will consider it! If you have any creative work, send it in, and we’ll post it under the creative arts section. There is always room for new sections according to what our readers believe in ;)

Warm Regards,
Iman ben Chaibah