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Ramy Nassar | curiosity | creativity | compassion | community

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TEDGlobal 2011 Wrap-Up

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 in blog, featured, photography, TED, travel

TEDGlobal 2011 Wrap-Up

This was originally posted on the TEDxWaterloo blog here.

In July, I had a unique opportunity to take part in TEDGlobal 2011: “The Stuff of Life” in Edinburgh. TEDGlobal, a relatively new program from TED has typically taken place in Oxford (for the initial three years), moved this year to the beautiful city of Edinburgh for the first time. It’s difficult to put into words the experience I had, but I’m going to try.

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TEDGlobal – Evolving Perspectives

Posted on Aug 5, 2011 in TED, travel

TEDGlobal – Evolving Perspectives

This is a post that I originally wrote for the TEDx blog: http://tedx.tumblr.com – the full post is available here: http://tedx.tumblr.com/post/7611891719/tedx-at-tedglobal-experiences-6-evolving-perspectives

I thought I had problems. You see, as the Organizer of TEDxWaterloo in Canada, we put on a pretty big show. We’ve had budget restrictions, a speaker who wouldn’t return our calls and even serious disagreements amongst members of our team. I thought I had problems. Then I arrived at TEDGlobal in Edinburgh and realized just how small my problems really were.

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RIM’s Role in Our Community

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 in local, writing

RIM’s Role in Our Community

This article first appeared in The Record on July 4, 2011. The original article can be seen here(as well as comments that people left).

I left my job at RIM almost a year ago now. I did so in order to pursue other opportunities, but after my tenure there I feel very close to much of what is currently happening within the company and our community at large.

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Woke Up in French

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 in photography, travel

Woke Up in French

Yesterday I woke up in French. Yes, I meant French, the language. Let me take a step back… Two days ago I departed Toronto heading to Paris (cheapest places to fly into in Europe these days…

Eventually making my way to TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, but I’ll save that for another post) and after connecting through Montreal, a short (compared to going to Bangkok earlier this year) flight later I was in Paris. As I stepped off the plane and made my way to look for my baggage, something odd happened. I was thinking in French.

Even now since arriving in Prague, I can’t seem to turn it off. Feels great to know the language is still deeply embedded in my brain somewhere even if I don’t use it too often. Can’t wait to go to Germany next week and switch over to another language!

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KW Awesome Foundation Launches

Posted on May 17, 2011 in awesome, local

KW Awesome Foundation Launches

Over the past few months I have had the pleasure of working with Gabrielle & Cate as well as more recently, a team of 12 trustees (Cate is one of them) on launching the KW Awesome Foundation. In a nutshell, the board of trustees gets together every other month, hears pitches about “awesome ideas” (we define awesome as: we know it when we see it) and then awards $1000 to the top idea. A second, $200 prizeis awarded to the “people’s choice” (voted on by the audience).

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