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" Investing in people for a positive change ".

Enable people to take greater control of their own lives and to actively

engage in confronting economic, political, social and environmental challenges.

Community Service
" humanitarian assistance to people in need ".

 

Every person can make a difference.

If everyone did one little thing, we will have billions of acts of  kindness, social justice and social responsibility that will improve our world.

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" Connecting people for a more inclusive world " .

We educate and empower people to become globally competent.

We are morally compelled to confront global injustices and take responsible action to promote a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

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​​​​​​​INN@SE– Innovative Social Entrepreneurship with Youth Engagement

Desert Bloom is a partner in the above two-year project funded by EU (under Erasmus+ Prorgamme KA 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices/ Strategic Partnerships for youth). The project is in line with our mission to empower young people to thrive and harness their potential and have the opportunities and skills to contribute to a more prosperous and sustainable world. The project seeks to enable young people to meaningfully engage in social entrepreneurship makes them stakeholders of their immediate future and their community’s long-term well-being. It invests in young change agents that able to create innovations that disrupt the status quo and transform our world for the better. INN@SE will contribute to the development of critical skills and competencies of young people to positively engage in society, exercise leadership and become involved in social change focusing on social impact and innovative approaches.

Project website: https://innose.up.krakow.pl

Target groups:

Young people and Youth workers, trainers and other professionals (and related organizations) supporting and promoting entrepreneurship among young people.

 

About Us

Desert Bloom for Training & Sustainable Development
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Desert Bloom for Training & Sustainable Development

The history of Desert Bloom goes back to around the end of the second millennium, when a group of vibrant youth established the “Self-Improvement & Community Service” initiative at the University of Jordan Alumni Club in February 2000. The initiative aimed at improving graduates' life and professional skills. The repercussions of 2001 world Trade Center tragedy incited the group to do something. Hence, they established "Quested Peace Initiative" in February 2003 to restore trust and confront the growing hatred and misunderstanding between Western and Arab worlds.

Creating pathways for positive change

Behind every success there is a great team, together we can make our world a better place for all

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“WE ARE ALL MIGRANTS” Youth Exchange

Desert Bloom participated in the “WE ARE ALL MIGRANTS” Youth Exchange, Turkey, from the 31 Aug. to 7th of Sept. 2021

 

 

Since the beginning of history most people in the world have had the experience of leaving the place where they grew up. Humans are in motion across time as well as geography. So why to divide people and label them as refugee, asylum-seeker, migrant and native?

The twenty-five participants of this project were from five countries: Italy, Portugal, Germany and Turkey representing five NGOs; Grup Farkındalık - Turkey (the project host, Youth from Kassel to World – Germany,  Associazione Internazionale New Humanity – Italy,  Associacao Juvanil de Deao, Portugal along with Desert Bloom for Training and Sustainable Development – Jordan.

“We Are All Migrants” took place in the city of Şanlıurfa in Turkey (1500 km south of Istanbul), and more specifically inside the campus of Harran University. The project was co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

During the project, several activities were concluded including presentations about migrant issues in the participating countries, filmmaking and film presentations, tourist visits of archeological sites, implementation of discussion sessions to prepare the group to cultural fair and the most exciting activity was the visits to refugee families, tree planting and the visit of the commission for Syrian refugees. The participants distributed some gifts to the refugees' children.

The project raised awareness about issues that forced migration and highlighted the problem of refugees’ integration into society. We Are All Migrants shed light on the main causes of the exclusion of migrants including societies’ ignorance about migrants and their cultures, lifestyle, language, religion or race. This lack of information leads to hate speeches, prejudice, and fear. Therefore, through the introduction of migrant’s culture, We Are All Migrants aimed to overcome these social divisions and to break down prejudice and stereotypes.

Please check this video about this project:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrV3I7q_qYo

 

 

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Youth International Camp 2021- Sustainable Tourism

The International Youth Camp 2021 on Sustainable Tourism was co-organized by Dr. May Al-Hendi, Desert Bloom and the South Badia Center for Training, Awareness and Voluntary Work.  The camp was a serious attempt to promote the concept of sustainable tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts while addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities. About 50 people from Asia, Africa and Europe participated in this camp.

The camp provided many experiential learning opportunities related to personal development and sustainable tourism.

First day:

We visited Alia Ecovillage in Al Salt, a sustainable retreat house built from natural stones and recyclable materials. We learnt how to build eco-friendly houses made with natural materials and recyclable stuff. Then we did a hike at Wadi Daam forest and cooked our lunch. Then we did team building exercises in the forest. At night, we visited Prophet Joshua Cemetery where we listened to the Prophet Joshua story from the adherent Mosque Imam.

Second day:

We visited Madaba, a living example of Christians- Muslims cohabitation. It is known as the “City of Mosaics” where the cultural epicenter for Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. We visited St George’s Church & Mosaic Map, Church of the Beheading of John the Baptist and Mount Nebo where we enjoyed the panoramic views of the Holy Land. Then we headed to Karak, where we organized a “kids Carnival”; an entertainment program for orphans. Afterwards, we visited the Karak castle. Then we went to Dana Biosphere Reserve for camping.

Third day:

We enjoyed a yoga session overlooking Dana valley. Then we moved to Udhruh Visitors Center, where we visited Al-Hawashim Tent and the House of Hamad AlJazi. Then we were hosted by a Bedouin family where we had an authentic Bedouin hospitality experience. Afterwards we headed to Wadi Rum, where we enjoyed a jeep safari tour, night walk and a reflection session in the desert of Wadi Rum. Late at night, we moved to Aqaba.

Fourth day:

We started our day with Yoga eye exercises, followed by a workshop on Biogas. We learnt how to build our own simple environmentally friendly, renewable energy source from food waste, animal manure and agricultural byproducts. Then we had two workshops on leadership and grant management.

Fifth day (optional)

About half of the participants visited Petra and the rest went back to Amman.

 

More, photos and videos are available on the below link:

 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1I7IrUKgRho5U9p2mt4RWvdt8vCm4T0CU?usp=sharing

 

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Analyzing young people's challenges applying Problem Tree Technique

Analyzing young people's challenges applying Problem Tree Technique

As part of Desert Bloom effort to finalize the design of a digital educational game "Young Entrepreneurs, Play it Right" under “INN@SE- Innovative Social Entrepreneurship with youth engagement”. The president of Desert Bloom, Mamoun Khreisat, facilitated a workshop to identify the top challenge that is currently facing young people to be used as a practical example for the educational game. The hybrid workshop style (virtually via zoom and physically/ face-to-face) was chosen to enable better engagement. Eight experts and ten young people contributed to the discussion. The workshop was under the URI MENA Cultural Café.

The participants agreed that the most common challenges that currently facing young people are:

  1. Lack of employment opportunity (number one challenge)
  2. Ineffective educational system (costly, does not focus on social, emotional and practical skills, Mismatch between education and the labour market …etc).
  3. Horizontal inequalities (inequalities between similar groups with different identities, e.g. social class, origin, religion, gender- women and men).
  4. Lack of freedom of choice (Young people are controlled by their families, peer pressure and prevailed norms and customs)
  5. Social Media (Time wasting, peer pressure, cyberbullying, low self-esteem and mental ill-health).
  6. Body image (Young people tend to compare themselves to others, particularly with those they see in the media)

To analyze and explore solutions to number one challenge “Lack of employment opportunities”, the participants applied the Problem Tree Analysis technique.

  • We identified the direct causes of lack of employment opportunities
  • We identified the (Primary Root) of lack of employment opportunities.
  • We discussed the direct effects of this challenge on young people.
  • We discussed the impact (indirect effects) of this challenge on society.

To analyze and explore solutions to number one challenge “Lack of employment opportunities”, the participants applied Problem Tree Analysis technique.

Suggested solutions include:

  1. Promote entrepreneurial mindset.
  2. Skills training- provide adequate cognitive, non-cognitive and technical skills.
  3. Direct the young people to future jobs like IT and digital transformation jobs (Cyber security expert, Software developer, Big Data analysis, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics engineer, etc)
  4. Promote continuous self-learning (consistently build new knowledge and skills)
  5. Raise the awareness of online jobs.
  6. Improve the educational system by integrating cognitive, non-cognitive and technical skills in school education
  7. Promote volunteering and Internships
  8. Highlight the importance of building social networks
  9. Improve the informal sector conditions.
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Bridges No Walls

Bridges No Walls, Training Course, Valencia- Spain, from 16-22 May 2021

“Bridges no walls” training course is a real attempt to create bridges instead of walls between people. The project was hosted in the beautiful city of Valencia by Joveslides- Spain from 16th to 22th May 2021 under Erasmus+ program. Participants came from Germany, Greece, Italy, Pakistan, Belarus, Egypt and Jordan. Desert Boom was represented by three Jordanian young women. The main objective of the one-week-training was to fight islamophobia and correct prejudices of gender islamophobia. 

Watch the video and listen what the jordanian participants say about their experience:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt1aUuy68k8

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Review of "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" book by Stephen Covey

On 27 March 2021, Desert Bloom founder facilitated a Zoom session for URI MENA Cultural Café on "7 Habits of Highly Effective People".

Mamoun explained how people could change themselves, then tackled the habits of highly effective people as presented by Stephen R. Covey in his self-improvement book "7 Habits of Highly Effective People".

The following seven habits were explained and discussed:

  1. Be Proactive.
  2. Begin with the End in Mind.
  3. Put First Things First (manage priorities).
  4. Think Win-Win.
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood.
  6. Synergize.
  7. Sharpen the Saw.

In addition, participants enriched the session by sharing their Personal Mission Statements.

Major takeaways:

- You can change yourself and others through five possibilities (1) when we change convictions; e.g. beliefs, principles, ethics, thinking, ambitions (2) when we change interests (3) when we change competencies (4) when we change relationships and (5) when we change role models.

- It is all about our own perceptions. The way we see the world is entirely based on our own perceptions. In order to change, we must change ourselves, and in order to change ourselves, we must be able to change our perceptions.

-  Success is a function of personality, public image, attitudes, and behaviors.

 - As we grow up and become more mature, we understand the importance of teamwork, collaboration, and communication skills, and moving from independence to interdependence.

- Proactive people recognize that they have responsibility "response-ability" (the ability to choose how they will respond to a given situation). Reactive people take a passive stance; they believe the world is happening to them.

- To be proactive, we must focus on our "Circle of Influence/ control" that lies within our "Circle of Concern", we must work on the things we can do something about. This gives us positive energy and may expand our Circle of Influence. Reactive people, on the other hand, focus on things that are in their Circle of Concern but not in their Circle of Influence. This leads to blaming external factors out of their control, such as Marco Economy, COVID 19 pandemic...etc., emanating negative energy, and causing their Circle of Influence to shrink.

- Our self-awareness empowers us to shape our own lives, instead of living our lives based on the standards or preferences of others.

- We need to have a longer-term vision of what we will achieve in the long run from the things we do in our lives today.

- It is good to be a principle-centered person; identifying the timeless, unchanging principles by which you must live your life. This will give you the guidance that you need to align your behaviors with your beliefs and values.

- One should prioritize his/her day-to-day actions based on what is most important, not what is most urgent.

- It is recommended that everyone create his/her own time management matrix to start prioritizing.

- To establish effective interdependent relationships, we must commit to creating Win-Win situations that are mutually beneficial and satisfying to each party. If you can't reach an agreement that is mutually beneficial, there is no deal.

- We need to maintain an Abundance Mentality, or the belief that there's plenty out there for everyone.

- Most people with the Scarcity Mentality (people seeing life as a finite pie, so that if one person takes a big piece, that leaves less for everyone else) tend not to share recognition or credit and find it difficult to be genuinely happy about other people's successes.

- With Win-Lose, or Lose-Win, one person gets what he wants for the moment, but it will negatively affect the relationship between those two people going forward.

- Win-Win, is not only about being nice, it is about being courageous.

- To achieve Win-Win, keep the focus on results, not methods; on problems, not people.

- We must seek to deeply understand people and their perspective, before we expect them to understand us, through empathic listening. We should not prescribe a solution before we diagnose the problem.

- Synergy allows us to create new alternatives and open new possibilities.

- Synergy is valuing the differences between people.

- To be effective, we must devote the time to renewing ourselves physically, spiritually, mentally, and socially. Continuous renewal allows us to increase our ability to practice the habits of highly effective people.      

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Jordan Entrepreneurship Summit

Jordan Entrepreneurship Summit - From Resilience to Growth, 15 & 16 December 2020 

I enjoyed my participation in Jordan Entrepreneurship Summit 2020 representing Desert Bloom. The summit was a showcase of Jordan as an entrepreneurship hotbed, where a rich pipeline of diverse ventures delivers economic resilience and growth while providing exciting opportunities to investors. 

​Under the Patronage of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, this virtual summit provided experts, thought leaders, and policy makers. The summit also provided a venue where over 140 participants had chances to discuss how to capture the promise of Jordanian entrepreneurship, and brought selected startups with matched active investors.​ 

This two-day event was Co-hosted by iPARK and Beyond Capital, and funded by the European Union through the JADE and The Next Society projects and in partnership with the Jordan University of Science and Technology. 

Regards

Mamoun Khreisat

Founder & President

Desert Bloom for Training & Sustainable Development

https://www.facebook.com/DesetBloom

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Global Entrepreneurship Symposium 2020

Global Entrepreneurship Symposium 2020

The Global Entrepreneurship Symposium was held from 7-9 December 2020 with more than 140 participants from 20 countries. The symposium was coordinated by Mr. Karim Sahli in cooperation with the following organizations:

  • ALMOBADR
  • United Religions Initiative- URI
  • We Love Souses
  • UNICEF
  • The 40 Foundation
  • Desert Bloom for Training & Sustainable Development
  • AnnaLindh Foundation

The Symposium gathered a wide diversity of expertise including business, government, NGOs and academia. A good number of social/ business entrepreneurs and young potential entrepreneurs enriched the discussions by sharing their stories and experiences. The facilitating team comprising Karim Sahli (Libya), Dr. May Al-Hendi (Jordan) and Mr. Anis Bofrikha (Tunisia) played a dynamic role in enabling transdisciplinary Knowledge creation and integration.

Mamoun Khreisat, URI Regional Coordinator for MENA and the Founder of Desert Bloom, introduced URI as a global grassroots movement for positive change across the globe. He explained how URI engages people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities stressing the fact that URI includes hundreds of social entrepreneurs in more than 100 countries.

Mamoun also introduced Desert Bloom as a Social Enterprise that focuses on building young people entrepreneurial competencies. He shed light on Desert Bloom's "INN@SE– Innovative Social Entrepreneurship with Youth Engagement" project that will develop a multi-stage digital Educational Game dedicated to improving young people competencies in the field of the Social Entrepreneurship. Moreover, in his intervention under social entrepreneurship theme, Mamoun shared Desert Bloom's model of Community Needs Assessment.

At the end of the Symposium, a committee was assigned to launch the Global Platform of Entrepreneurship.

Major themes covered:

  • Opening speeches by participating organizations
  • Entrepreneurship: Success stories from different parts of this world.
  • Entrepreneurship : Concept , laws and advocacy
  • African Cultural & Creative Entrepreneurship: Potential and Challenges
  • Social Entrepreneurship, Concepts and vision
  • Entrepreneurship and social Media
  • Launch of the Global platform of entrepreneurship
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Youth engagement in heritage stewardship - the why and the how

Youth engagement in heritage stewardship - the why and the how

Desert Bloom joined the panel for a webinar on "Engaging Young People in Heritage Stewardship in a time of Covid" in Oct. 2020 organized by 4D Heritage (UK) in cooperation with Desert Bloom, Cultural Heritage Institute of the Royal Agricultural University (UK) and Environmental Quality International (Egypt).

Desert Bloom shared its views about the importance of cultural heritage for young people, intercultural dialogue and peace. Mamoun Khreisat, the Founder of Desert Bloom, elaborated on how Desert Bloom views young people as change agents who will transform our world into better a place to live for all living beings. Desert Bloom inspires interfaith and inter-civilizational dialogue among young people from different parts of this world through visiting heritage site across Jordan. It chooses sites were different faiths, cultures and civilizations interconnect. These visits promote mutual respect and understanding among young peoples and reinforce their global competencies and universal morality to prepare them for an inclusive and sustainable world. Mamoun shed lights on Desert Bloom field visits to Madaba where we visit "Mount Nebo", a holy shrine for Muslims, Christians and Jews. It is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the place where Prophet Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land. Many believe it is the place where Moses died and buried. On the mountain there is a church dedicated to Prophet Moses built by Saint Helen, with many Greek inscriptions, beautiful mosaics with themes from the creation, nature and life. We also visit Jesus Christ Mosque in Madaba which represents one Jordan's interfaith harmony symbols. Madaba is a live example of cohabitation, brotherhood and affection that developed and was sustained over centuries between Islam and Christianity in Jordan. To add stories to places, we facilitate an open discussion on sites. We usually invite Christian priests and Muslim leaders to lead a dialogue in sites.  

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Competences Development for Youth Work Against Violent Radicalisation and Extremism

Transnational Training and Cooperation Activities

Desert Bloom participated in in a four-day online Training Course on "Competencies of Youth Workers in Preventing Violent Radicalization and Extremism" from 12 to 23 Oct. 2020. The project was dedicated to developing youth workers competencies in the field of preventing violent radicalization and extremism (VR &E). The project was organized by SALTO Eastern Europe and Caucasus, in cooperation with SALTO Euromed, SALTO SEE, German, French, Italian, Polish and Slovenian National Agencies of Erasmus+.

The program fulfilled the following objectives:

  • Reflected on the key concepts regarding meaning of radicalization, community resilience, counter negative narratives
  • Introduced the competence model for youth worker for preventing violent radicalization and extremism
  • Explored Erasmus+ Programme & ESC potential in supporting youth work in developing community resilience.
  • Explored specific competencies to strengthen individual and community resilience

Participants had a time to reflect on the below four key competencies for preventing VR & E, on different levels; self, organization and community.

  1. Communicating meaningfully with others
  2. Facilitating individual and group learning in an enriching environment
  3. Displaying intercultural competence
  4. Networking and advocating
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Fibonacci Numbers and Universe Engineering

Fibonacci Numbers and Universe Engineering

Mr. Sherwan Mustafa, Desert Bloom representative in Kurdistan – Iraq, delivered a webinar on "Fibonacci Numbers and Universe Engineering", for URI MENA Cultural Cafe.

The following topics were discussed:

  • The Fibonacci p-numbers and Pascal's triangle
  • Fibonacci sequence
  • Golden Proportion or Golden Ratio in nature engineering
  • Fibonacci Retracements and Fibonacci Ratios (in investment)

Major takeaways:

  • There are many everyday examples of the Fibonacci sequence. Fibonacci numbers are nature's numbering system; they appear everywhere in nature, from the leaf arrangement in plants, humans, animals, insects to galaxies.
  • The Golden ratio and Fibonacci numbers reveal patterns. They appear in nature often enough to prove that they reflect some naturally occurring patterns.
  • Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Ratio may prove that the universe was intelligently designed.
  • Fibonacci retracement levels are widely used in technical analysis for financial market trading.
  • All God creations come from same origin…. This proves that we belong to one God.
  • We need more research and analysis to explore the secrets of our universe.
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Teamwork and Building Effective Teams

Teamwork and Building Effective Teams

Last Saturday, 12 September, the founder of Desert Bloom deliever a workshop on Teamwork and Building Effective Teams, for URI Cultural Café.

We discussed the importance of teamwork, advantages and disadvantages of cohesive groups and the stages of team building and the role of team leader in each stage (Bruce Tuckman's model).

Major takeaways:

  1. While the advantages of group cohesiveness generally outweigh its disadvantages, there are some serious disadvantages of group cohesiveness. Disadvantages include blocking the change, reducing creativity, alienation from other groups/ individuals and extreme competitiveness with others outside the group.
  2. Leaders should understand the four stages of team development (Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing) and explain them to their teams to move the team through these stages with minimum conflict and stress.
  3. Working with difficult people within a team is one of the most wanted skills in our modern world.
  4. Conflict within team is not always bad. It can be extremely positive. It provides chances to learn and open our eyes to new perspectives. Also, it helps us challenge our assumptions and move out of our comfort zone.
  5. Conflict exists as a natural and inevitable part of every relationship. Hence, we need to live with it.
  6. Acknowledge the conflict before trying to manage it. We should deal with conflict immediately and avoid the temptation to ignore it.
  7. Team participation in decision-making process concerning conflicts ensures their buy in to the result of decision.
  8. Objectivity and impartiality are keys to solve conflict within a team.
  9. We should learn to separate the people from the problem
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Time Management for Life Management

The founder of Desert Bloom facilitated a Zoom workshop on Time Management for Life Management for URI MENA Cultural Café . The workshop tackled how we can manage our time effectively and how to set priorities and goals. Participants exercised how to use Eisenhower Matrix (The four quadrants of Time Management) to manage their times on professional and personal levels.

Some takeaways from the sessions:

- Time equals life

- I need to start using “To-do list”.

- Time management is a key to happiness. It is essential to improve work-life balance.

- We need time management to lead a healthy life-style.

- Failing to plan is planning to fail

- We need to think carefully about Important but Not Urgent issues in our lives as they are tricky and they can affect our personal and professional growth.

- Time management is a choice …we can Manage time.

- Men should a locate time for house shores.

- Multitasking is not always good.

- Perfectionism could make life difficult and miserable…We need to learn to delegate

- We should learn to say soft “NO”

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