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Our first meeting to discuss the project October 14, 2006

Posted by aiesecexperience in The Project Status.
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well I’ll start keeping track of the things we are doing to finish the project and come up with good results so here we go…

Thursday 12th.October

     I arrived earlier then agreed on at the chess-court, (better early then Late), about 15 minutes before the time Naila arrived then Mahmood, its important to me to mention that some team members where not able to come for different reasons, but each of them did send a msg with some of the other members informing and apologizing.

After every one arrived we looked for a place to sit down and start the meeting, there was a small problem in deciding the proper place, until Hana stricked us with the sense of adventure and simplicity (by the way I think Hana will be able to motivate the team  in many ways that will be helpful) after sitting down and getting comfortable (not very comfortable) we started the meeting….

First we took a short look at what we understood about CSR “Corporate social responsibility”  according to what we read and researched.

Next we started talking about the questioner, how we wanted it look like, and what elements we wanted to be in it, and ended with the following decision

the questioner will have the following features:

1) It will start the a simple definition of CSR, and perhaps a short introduction to the topic

2) The questions will have multiple choices as answers

3) It will concist of about 15 questions

4) Available in both Arabic and English

after that were decided we started with thinking about the questions and making a draft, I liked this phase for many reasons, some of them are; even that we were not 100% organized we were able to keep a level of order over the meeting, I got to know how many of the members think and analyze things, we might have kept getting out of track and talk about other stuff now and then but we always were able to get back to the main subject, and the way we came up with the questions were interesting first someone would come up with a perspective about CSR that we should ask about then we would start discussing if we should or not, then if we decided that we should we started thinking about questions, and a mind storm of ideas would be hit the meeting, then we would linguistically manipulate the question so that it would be clear, direct, and proper…

Ok some of the questions we came up with:

1) Did you have prior knowledge about corporate social responsibility

        Yes, No

2)Do you think CSR should be obligatory or voluntary?

      obli, voul

3)Do you think CSR is profitable on long-term bases?

      Yes.No

4) DO you know any companies that are socially responsible here in Jordan?

   Yes_______, No

5) In your opinion what are the priority for CSR in Jordan ( or what are the problems CSR in Jordan are most needed for?)

       The answers are writen, analazing it is Karam’s responsibility

6) Do you think that people and NGOs are able to affect companies to adopt CSR in Jordan

        Yes,No

7)Do you think that the topic of CSR should be included in university courses

Now those are our main draft for the moment, but we agreed that every one should do a bit more research about it, and come up with more questions for our next meeting, and that we should hurry up, because time is running by

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Our 2nd meeting with Annika October 14, 2006

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well last week we had our 2’nd meeting with Annika, thats the third meetingwith AIESEC, till now this might have been the less fun meeting yet the most usefull.

The steps and benifits of AIESEC were explained, even if it was not in a very deep detailed way, it gave me a better idea of what it is, what I might benifit, and what I should put under concideration when I am planning what I want to do in the long run with my AIESEC experience.

Now about the atmosphere of the meeting, as I mentioned in the begining this was the less fun meetings till now, Annika did tell me that she read my blog and that she has  distributed the link to some of her collegues, now what worries me about that, is that she might have read my advice about “cutting down on cafeine” and have taken it a bit too serious, she was less active then usuall and she might still have acted in a very friendly and nice way, but I couldn’t stop feeling that there was some newly frozen ice between her and us, and the sence of being in a lecture took over, on the other hand this might have happened because we have started the more importent and serious parts of the experience and might have nothing to do with my small unserious advice, (which I only wrote to add some fun in the post, and to help you “the reader” to imagine how things we in the first meeting)

Any way… the meeting was very usefull, it gave me some basic idea about where I might beheading with AIESEC, and it alos gave me some key elements to look for when I am searching about AIESEC on the net.

 oh just as a small note, I should have writen this post many days ago, but I became so busy I couldn’t update my blog for a few days , sorry for that!!!

the 2’nd meeting October 8, 2006

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 well well well, today at about 2 pm I got a SMS from AIESEC saying that we got a meeting at 2:40 pm , to be honest I was a bit upset for the very short notice but I quickly got over it.

On my way to the UN building where the SMS said the meeting was suppose to be I met Mohamad (a guy from my group) and we agreed to call just to make sure about the meetings place, Annika, who answered was very helpful and told us it was in the same building the first meeting was at, so we went.

after getting there and  a small chit chat  with the others who had already arrived, Annika came in and informed us that she will be in charge of our group, we then sat in what was suppose to me a semi-circle and went through the names again, this time also mentioning a name of food that starts with the same letter, (I think to make remembering the names better, but for me I got more confused, any way after a few more activities (no need to mention details about that) Annika told us about our project, we are suppose to make what could be called a study about students’ awareness about corporation responsibility,.

 The methodes we are suppose to use is very simple, the questionere way, I have done a few of those with the foreign studends’ office and it wasn’t so hard, as long as we stick togather, don’t get on each others’ nerves and keep to a time-line, we will be just fine.

I took every one’s name, number, and email address, and a few minutes ago typed them and send each a copy.

oooo one of the things I must mention was Karam’s idea of how to conntact each other, he made this comunication tree plan, so each will recieve any SMS by one member and send it to one member, so in the end the message will go in a full circle, that way no one will have to spend too much money and we’ll be sure the message got to every one. 

   In the end of the meeting they showed us a short documentary on corporation responsibility, mmm well it wasn’t as useful that I hoped, but it gave me some basic idea about the subject.

Ok I better end this post and start looking through the net about our projects subject so I won’t look like an idiot when we meet again.

Take care every one, God bless the Internet 

A messy start October 8, 2006

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   On our first meeting we were asked to arrange a time for the whole group to meet, and after a lot of efford my group came up with 2 temporary times for this week, the first was suppose to be today between 2:30 and 4:30, but I didn’t get any e-mails about any meeting, so I guess things got a bit messed up with the AIESEC people, well thats expected when they are handling as many people as we are are, and they are all alone, I wouldn’t mind offereing them some help (if you read this and need help just ask, I’ll be happy to try my best) an other thing I did at the first introductiory meeting was that I took the emails of my team so I could send them an email asking them about their free times so I can arrange a better schecual for us, I only got 3 replies till now, and worse then that is that I made a small mistake in the time-table I sent them , I forgot to add the 12:00 to 13:00 lecture, so I have to resend and ask them to rereply, (they are going to hate me) , but on the first look at the replies I had it seems that makeing a time that fits all will be very HARD if not impossabile, but we’ll try our BEST.

I might pass by the deanship today to see if I can find any of the AIESEC supervisors and see whats going on,  I guess we have to be patient if we won’t to get the best out of this experience.

           Take care all, and remember if you can’t handle the heat, don’t tickle the dragon

October 7, 2006

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hey every one, I am haveing some problems getting this blog up and running so I am writing this to let you know that you might have some difficulty reading and viewing all posts

The first meeting October 6, 2006

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Hey, this will be my first post on this blog, so wish me luck.

     My first meeting started out…well lets say not so good, but it ended GREAT, the meeting was at 2 pm 5.10.2006, I stayed after my last lecture so I could go directly to the meeting from the university, and at 1:30 I headed out, it only took me 7 minutes so I should have hanged out with my friends more, any way, I walked and when I was about 10 meters from the gate I knew I should enter I saw a guy standing there, well the way he was standing showed that he was there for s reason, nit just cooling in the shade, and by thw way the poor guy was in the sun and it was HOT yesterday, any way, I thought to my self that if he was there for the meeting I might be able to get to know him before the meeting start and have a friend to enter with instead of going into a hall filled with people I don’t know, but the moment I reached him he asked “are you here for the AIESEC meeting?” and I said yes, he then directed me to where to go (it turned out he is one of those in charge of the thing) so into the building I went, and passed the security check point, and then met another girl who gave me the last peice of directions (I really felt as if I was  in one of those races where you have to pass from one check point to the other to get new instructions), in the end I got to the hall got my self a seat, at that time the hall was quite empty, (by the end of the meeting it was quite FULL), a few different things happened but let me skipp to the “interesting” parts, after a bit of chit chat, one of the instructors said that they would give us some time to mingle (a very short time) and then they’ll see how many people we were able to get to know, at that moment I panicked coz my short range memory is TERIBLE, and I have always had a HUGE problem with remembering names, so at that moment the only thought I had in my mind was “I AM OUT OF HERE) another thing is that I don’t “brake the ice” with people so quickly (unless I am on a “mission”) , but to my surprise I started talking to people quite quicly and easly, and the biggest surprise was that afte the time was out I CLEARLY remembered at least 3 people, and kind of remembered a few others, well things went on, and we ended up being divided into groups , I turned out to be in group four, and the other members of my group seemed very interesting, each in his /her own way, I can’t wait to get to kow them better,.

did I mention that there was 4 instructors or supervisors (or what ever they call them), 3 girls and a guy all from different countries which is cool, the girls were jumping up and doun out of exitment, (may I recomend cutting down on the caffeien) but the guy was calm but not too calm, this made him have this aura of mystery around him (and thats exactlt how I want to be, never been able to do it the way it should, YET) , any way if I wanted to write everything that happened or even just the interesting parts I should start writing a book not a blog, so I’ll just stop here.

oh and please come back every now and then to check out how things are going in my adventure,

so take care all, and don’t drink and drive ( 🙂  I like giving friendly and funny advices)