|Taking the stage at MENA-ICT and touring Amman.|
Whenever you share a thought, you are taking a chance it’ll be rejected or ridiculed. Whenever you reach out to another person, you are taking chance that they may not wish to connect with you. So, social media is all about taking chances, because it is about sharing ideas and making new connections.
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|A welcoming tweet and treat!|
|Jordan is also a food capital!|
- Jordanians are among the friendliest people anywhere. They are quick to make eye contact, smile and extend a heart-felt welcome to strangers.
- Amman really is a startup capital with a government intent on investing the resources to make startups into real businesses.
- People of all ages in Jordan and the Middle East are struck with startup fever, eager to create innovative businesses that tap technology and social and promise to create greater efficiencies for us all – and jobs!
- The topic of the day in Jordan is not politics, it is innovation – how to tap the energy, ideas and entrepreneurial spirit that touches young and old alike to create more jobs and a more vibrant economy.
- Investment in “disruptive innovation” is giving Jordan an edge and the Middle East a model that all can take encouragement from.
- The passion of Jordanians is a passion that focuses on building a better future; where so many others simply see great despair, many Jordanians see hope.
- Media in the West must do a better job of sharing the larger story of the Middle East, a burgeoning region where a growing population has not given up on hope or dreaming big, positive dreams.
- Others can and should do more to foster economic growth in emerging markets in MENA. The U.S. Aid Jordan Competitiveness Program, which was prominent in its participation and support of the MENA-ICT conference, is one example of such investment, facilitating an initiative that encourages Jordanians living abroad to share their success to help grow the Jordanian economy. It is a smart program that fosters partnerships and investment from those best situated to understand the potential for economic growth in Jordan, Jordanians living, working and prospering abroad.
- The state of being social – and the willing to take chances - remains the best way to create new friendships and opportunities in places we may never have imagined!
- To discover a place where the startup spirit is strong and the future is bright: #GoJordan! (Official Twitter hashtag for Jordanian tourism.) And look beyond Petra, as other historic sites populate Jordan and make it worth a visit!
I’d love to hear any comments you’d care to make and to connect with you on Twitter: @GlenGilmore